WCC Weekly Bulletin Week of 5/10

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The following bulletin includes information regarding the Well Connected Communities initiative for the week of May 10, 2021:

In this Edition

  • Quarterly PI Call
  • Upcoming WCC Webinars
  • Additional Resources

Quarterly PI Call

  • Quarterly PI Calls are an opportunity to disseminate information and updates related to the WCC grant. The next Quarterly PI Call will be Friday, May 21, 2021 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET. We will be meeting via Zoom. You should have received a new Outlook Calendar invite from Hayat Essa will include the link and password to connect to the meeting. An agenda for the meeting will be provided a week prior to the call.

Quarterly PI Call Schedule:

  • May 21, 2021
  • August 20, 2021

Upcoming WCC Webinars

  • Professional Development

Freedom from Trauma, Violence, and Addiction

May 27, 2021

1:00 – 2:30pm ET

The impacts of trauma, violence and addiction on human life are far reaching. Adverse experiences and toxic environments can harm health and well-being across a lifespan and generations. Join your WCC peer leaders and national voices to learn and think together about;

  • Shaping collective understanding about the intersections between Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)
  • Engaging cross-sector partners to co-create community conditions that support freedom from trauma, violence, and addiction
  • Maximizing Cooperative Extension and 4-H youth—adult partnerships to interrupt intergenerational trauma and advance thriving


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.

  • Engaging Youth in PSE Health Action

Wisconsin has been implementing the Youth Advocates for Community Health program, which supports the process of young people identifying issues, enhancing awareness of communities, and discovering their niche to address issues through policy, systems or environment change. The program has been led by state and local staff from UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Health and Well-Being Institute (including FoodWise nutrition education staff) and Positive Youth Development Institute (including 4-H and Community Youth Development staff members). Presenters will provide an overview of the YACH Process and the curriculum resources and share experiences of engaging youth in projects from destigmatizing mental illness to improving safe routes to school, including lessons learned from adapting to a COVID environment.

Elizabeth Adams, Health and Well-Being Institute Population Health Fellow

Michelle Gobert, Forest County Positive Youth Development Educator

Christa Van Treeck, Associate Professor, Marquette County 4-H Youth Development Educator

  • Hunger in America – Share Your Story

In April, the House Rules Committee Chair Rep. Jim McGovern asked the public to submit stories and ideas for fighting hunger in the U.S. “Whether you’re an educator with exciting new research, an organization with an innovative concept, or a family on the frontlines, your voice deserves to be heard. Share your story and help guide us in our work to finally end hunger now.” 

See more here: https://rules.house.gov/hunger-america-share-your-story