WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 11/16

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of November 16, 2020:

In this Edition

  • Quarterly PI Call Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Community Health Action Plans
  • Youth Voice and Leadership
  • PD and Coaching
  • News, Research, and Resources from the Field

THIS WEEK Quarterly PI Call Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Quarterly PI Calls are an opportunity to disseminate information and updates related to the WCC grant. The next Quarterly PI Call will be Friday, November 20, 2020 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. We will be meeting via Zoom. PIs should refer to the Outlook Calendar invite from Shay McNeil for the link and password to connect to the meeting. An agenda for the meeting will be provided closer to the next call.

Quarterly PI Call Schedule:

  • November 20, 2020
  • February 19, 2021
  • May 21, 2021
  • August 20, 2021

UPDATE Community Health Action Plans

  • We encourage you to review your community’s Action Plan Feedback Summary with your partners and update your action plan as needed. As your efforts continue, the PD team is happy to connect to provide guidance and learn from you about the ways in which your goal connects to policies and systems in community. UPDATE: Please plan to email your updated action plan to Shay McNeil at smcneil@fourhcouncil.edu by November 30, 2020.  

We will be coordinating some peer-to-peer cohort learning sessions. Hayat Essa has been reaching out to determine availability and coordinate the sessions.

If you are interested in discussing the feedback or receiving additional support as you update your action plan, please contact Shay McNeil at smcneil@fourhcouncil.edu.  

Youth Voice and Leadership

  • National 4-H Summit for Health Living, February 12 – 15, 2021
    • The National 4-H Summit on Healthy Living will be virtual and held on its usual Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 12 -15, 2021. The number of hours per day is still TBD but will last no more than approximately 4-5 hours on any one day.
  • Cost is $75 per youth or adult.
  • Registration will be open only during the month of January, 2021.
  • There will be seven tracks which participants will stay in for the three workshop sessions; once a track is chosen, that’s where you stay:
    • Food Insecurity
    • Health Equity
    • Physical Fitness
    • Substance Abuse
    • Nutrition
    • Mental Health
    • Adult Track for professional development.
  • Because of the tracks, there will be no limit on the number of registrations.
  • Highlights of the Summit will include keynote and capnote speakers and a speaker of the day, virtual State Showcase, 3 workshops, career exploration, a virtual “Coffee House” for discussion of national health issues, action plan development, and lots of opportunities for networking.
  • New for this year will be TBD follow-ups for pitching action plans in the “Dolphin Tank”, and following those action plans throughout the year to see the impact on communities.
  • A detailed agenda will be available in mid-November.
  • Opportunities for Collegiate Facilitators are available for those 4-H alums who are in college and attended at least one 4-H Healthy Living Summit.  Applications are due November 20, 2020.
  • Deadline Approaching National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living Collegiate Facilitators Needed

The Virtual National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living brings together teens from across the nation to focus on healthy living related challenges and opportunities for  youth today. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summit provides opportunities to learn life skills, participate in hands-on activities and workshops and learn from leaders in the field as well as networking with each other. Participants traditionally attend in teams comprised of two to eight youth and are accompanied by adult mentor/chaperone(s). The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living provides learning opportunities benefitting attendees personally as well as in their communities.

Twelve collegiate 4-H members/alums are needed to facilitate activities, serve as group leaders, help plan/implement the summit, and serve as role models to the youth attendees.  Applicants need not be members of a formally organized collegiate 4-H club, but must be currently enrolled in an institute of higher education and have at least one year of previous enrollment in 4-H.  Preference is given to individuals who have attended a previous National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living. 

Facilitators should be prepared to put in several hours of prep work prior to the virtual summit, and should also expect to work long hours over the course of the summit weekend. While this will be hard work, this is a great opportunity to meet 4-H members from across the nation as well as other collegiate 4-H members. Your registration fees will be waived and this is a wonderful resume builder for college or employment opportunities.

Applicants must be available virtually for 5-6 hours per day from Thursday, February 11th through Monday, February 15th, 2021. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Justin Crowe at jcrowe3@utk.edu or 865-974-2128. All applicants will be notified if they are accepted no later than November 30, 2020.

If you would like to be a Collegiate Facilitator, please complete the attached form and email to Justin Crowe by November 20, 2020:         

Justin Crowe

Director and State 4-H Program Leader

University of Tennessee Extension

  • National 4-H Summit on Healthy Living Request for Workshop Proposal

National 4-H Council invites you to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop for the virtual National 4-H  Summit (N4-HS) on Healthy Living. The N4-HS on Healthy Living takes place February 13 – 16, 2021. Workshops provide youth with a place to gain information in specific subject areas to increase knowledge, inspire career paths and help them develop action plans to implement and create change/impact in their communities. These action plans enable youth and adults, working together powerfully, to share information and bring about positive health outcomes in their home states. Interested youth and adult teams have an opportunity to submit a proposal for the N4-HS on Healthy Living by:

Proposal submission deadline: December 4, 2020

Target audience: Youth in grades 9–12

Workshop timeframe: 45-minute

Workshop participant size: Average of 20 – 30 participants

Workshop criteria: High level of hands-on, given the virtual format and include a career component, if feasible.

Submitting a Proposal

Workshops will be conducted via tracks in 2021. The planned tracks are below. Please be sure to indicate which subject matter area you are covering in your proposal.

  • Food Insecurity
  • Health Equity
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Fitness
  • Substance Abuse

Proposal Selection

Proposal application is attached. Proposals will be scored by the Summit Workshop Review Team and you will be contacted by December 18, 2020.

For Questions Please Contact:

Justin Crowe

Summit Coordinator


PD and Coaching

  • WE WIN Together Racial Justice Community

WCC is partnering with 100 Million Lives to lead the work on racial justice. WE WIN Together Racial Justice Community provides space for communities, organizations, and coalitions to learn with one another. Together, communities reflect and take action to address racism in relationships and in structures and systems. Register at https://winnetwork.org/communities-1 to participate.

Top 3 reasons to join: 

  1. Develop identity, voice and skills to advance racial justice.
  2. Share ideas and solve problems together as part of a community dedicated to this.
  3. Learn to tackle racism at multiple levels to create structural and systemic change.

News, Research and Resources from the Field:

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kate Robb, MSPH, Crystal Dixon, MPH, MCHES, NBC-HWC, Donna Chavis, Donele Wilkins, Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS and Michele Okoh, JD.

The final webinar in the APHA Advancing Racial Equity series will raise awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental racism on the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and people of color in the U.S. 

Presenters will:

  • Address historic and systemic issues (e.g., redlining, toxic waste siting, zoning policies) that have disproportionally impacted BIPOC communities, including social, economic, and health implications of these practices.
  • Discuss the importance of environmental justice initiatives to mitigate inequity and how public health professionals can address environmental racism.
  • Present strategies and frameworks to address environmental racism, such as health-in-all-policies, just transition, and cumulative impacts policies to curtail future health disparities.

If you missed the Housing is a Human Right webinar, check out the recording, slides and transcript from this examination of structural racism in housing. See all of the Advancing Racial Equity webinars.

To forge new, data-driven avenues of opportunity for people of color, the new Racial Equity Analytics Lab delivers data for decision making, identifies patterns of structural racism, and cultivates collaboration and continuous learning for change agents.

Tues., Nov. 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET. Register here

This presentation will review socio/economic factors determining health outcomes across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility availability.

Thurs., Nov. 19, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

This videocast seminar from the National Institute of Health (NIH) will explore the impact of the COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues and community engagement in response to the pandemic.  Review the agenda here.

Grants for communities without broadband access to provide residential and business broadband service and connect facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Closing date: Dec 23, 2020.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will recognize the annual event with online activities on Thursday, November 19. HRSA Administrator Tom Engels will kick off the day, along with a welcome from Jeff Colyer, Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. HRSA will host a variety of events throughout the week which are open to the public, including a virtual rural job fair and webinars focused on the rural response to COVID-19, social determinants of health, and telehealth.

HRSA Events

  • Using Accountable Care Programs to Improve the Delivery of Behavioral Health Care
This report from the National Academy for State Health Policy examines how Colorado, Minnesota, and Rhode Island are using accountable care programs to improve the delivery of behavioral health services. It was developed through HRSA’s cooperative agreement with the National Organizations of State and Local Officials. Read the report.