In Wave 1 of Well Connected Communities, public universities across 12 states identified a minimum of three communities to engage and support, including a mix of rural and urban communities. Within each community, local health councils developed and implemented action plans to address top public health priorities in their area. Leveraging the proven power and innovation of 4-H youth leadership, bolstered by 4-H’s infrastructure, reach and impact, young people worked alongside the health councils to provide their ideas and perspective to help cultivate wellness.

Communities connected with volunteers to mentor youth leaders, build local capacity and ensure successful implementation of the action plan. Practical resources and training rooted in evidence-based practices and scientific research were made available to the participating universities and communities.

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Wave 1 Participating LGUs

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