WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 4/5

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of April 5, 2021:

In this Edition

  • Upcoming WCC Webinars
  • Reporting
  • Important Announcements
  • WCC Communications Update
  • Additional Resources
  • National Health Outreach Conference

Upcoming WCC Webinars

  • Professional Development

Food Security as a Unifying Priority

April 22, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

We are all somehow connected to food – as growers or makers or servers and certainly, as eaters. While foods and food culture can be unique, food is a vital condition we all need to thrive. Join in a conversation with national voices and Extension peers to explore a variety of starting points and strategies for multi-solving as we work together to create food systems that advance health and well-being. Register for this webinar here.

WCC Reporting

  • Year 2 Q1, 2021 Reporting
  • Action Required The Q4 report was due March 15, 2021. Please visit the WCC community portal to upload your report for the period December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021.

Important Announcements

  • Master Volunteer Curriculum
  • Please note that the Master Volunteer Curriculum is now public on the WCC Website. Find it here.

WCC Communications Update

  • We are getting ready to add a new feature to the public website that maps all of our communities and provides a mini profile for each. (An expanded public community profile is planned for launch soon after that.) Please help us out by providing the following for each of your WCC communities
    • Community coalition name
    • Coalition online presence/s (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, website, etc.)

Please send the above information to Jen GE at JGrizzard@fourhcouncil.edu.

Additional Resources

  • County Health Rankings

Institutional Contacts for Health and Well Being, The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has released the annual update of its County Health Rankings featuring information on more than 30 factors which influence health.  The new rankings can be accessed at https://www.countyhealthrankings.org

Released every year by the UWPHI, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. An easy-to-use snapshot, the Rankings compare the health of all counties within states and call attention to the differences in opportunity to live long and well from one county to the next. In addition to the county-level data, the Rankings also features What Works for Health, a database of more than 400 evidence-informed strategies to support local changemakers as they take steps toward expanding opportunities. Each strategy is rated for its evidence of effectiveness and likely impact on health disparities. The Take Action Center also provides valuable guidance for communities who want to move with data to action.

  • Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Campaign Grant

Please note that this is a two-step application process. Please read through the grant information carefully

Voices for Healthy Kids works around the country to improve or create equitable policies that will make the places kids live, learn, and play healthier. Today we announce a call for proposals for the Policy Campaign Opportunity, designed to support advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity. We seek to support and drive local, state and tribal policy change efforts that will dramatically improve the health of children with a focus on those experiencing the greatest health disparities including Black, Brown, and Native children or from families from low income.

Short Form Application Timeline

March 15, 2021 Call for Short Form Application
April 5, 2021
5 p.m. Pacific 
 Short Form Application Deadline
April 20, 2021 Notifications

Invited Applicants Timeline

April 20, 2021 Application Available
May 16, 2021
5 p.m. Pacific
 Application Deadline
June 4, 2021 Notification of Award/Decline

Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, city, town or tribal nation. Applications should focus on public policy changes to reduce health disparities for children in urban, suburban or rural settings who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native or from families who have low income. 

Learn more about the Voices for Healthy Kids policy areas and the types of campaigns that will be supported.

Voices for Healthy Kids believes campaigns are most successful through collaboration between community organizations, advocacy groups, coalitions and others. Therefore, the Policy Campaign Grant is a collaborative grant. All applications are expected to be submitted as a joint proposal of two or more organizations, either as lead and subgrantee collaboration or as co-leads. Voices for Healthy Kids values authentic community engagement and equity-building strategies in all aspects of supported campaigns and therefore requires at least one of the organizations in the joint proposal to be representative of or serve the interests of the listed priority populations.

Voices for Healthy Kids has a two-step application process in the online grant management system. First, all interested, eligible applicants must submit a short form application. Then, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application for consideration in a competitive review process.

Applications can be submitted for $50,000 – $200,000 for a duration of up to 18 months and can support non-lobbying and lobbying activities.

  • 2021 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism, April 26-29, 2021

The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, encourages those who are interested to save April 26-29, 2021, for the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism “NECV” 2021! Plans are underway for an exciting Extension professional conference with a focus on volunteerism at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This conference is ideal for volunteer-focused professionals who are serving within all areas of Extension programs (4-H, ANR, FCS). For information about calls for proposals and registration opening:

Join the NECV 2021 interest list-serv at: http://eepurl.com/gY8Pzz.

Follow developments on Facebook at www.facebook.com/1NECV/

2021 National Health Outreach Conference, May 3-7, 2021

The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and human development. See https://cvent.me/Ygg1N0 for additional details about the conference.

Purpose: To showcase research, best practices and dissemination strategies that will create positive impact on the health of all Americans.

  1. Educate attendees about best practices for translating current research and health-related recommendations to target audiences, especially youth, minority and workforce audiences.
  2. Prepare attendees to translate research using communication practices and approaches to address health issues for target audience.
  3. Explore how to develop successful collaborations of multi-disciplinary partners to effect system, community and individual behavior changes to build population health.