Extension's National Framework for Health Equity

R E COMM E N D A T I ON S

Cooperative Extension’s Framework for Health Equity and Well -Being makes the following high-level recommendations to the Cooperative Extension System and its partners:

1. Advance health equity as a core system value to ensure that all people have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as they can be. 2. Utilize community assessment processes that integrate data science and resident voice to identify and address health inequities with greater precision. 3. Invest in the success and visibility of Extension’s health -related professionals, programs, and initiatives. 4. Establish partnerships with academic units, universities, government agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and foundations that share a commitment to reducing or eliminating health inequities. 5. Utilize a community development approach to advance the work of coalitions focused on influencing the social determinants of health.

These high-level recommendations may be implemented through the following detailed recommendations.

Recommendation 1:

Advance health equity as a core system value to ensure that all people have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as they can be.

1.1 Identify examples of current work explicitly focused on health equity and share those examples across Cooperative Extension.

1.2 Adopt an organizational perspective that frames racism as a public health issue in a manner similar to other threats to public health.

1.3 Prioritize hiring, retention, and development of a diverse and culturally competent workforce.

1.3.1 Evaluate recruitment and retention data at the institution level and implement clear and transparent plans for addressing obstacles to achieving a diverse workforce.

1.3.2

Create opportunities for individuals who do not possess advanced degrees and professional credentials but have valuable lived experience and community knowledge to participate in the Extension workforce.

1.3.3

Address embedded issues within tenure track processes that disincentivize the creation of a diverse tenured faculty pool.

1.4 Create structural mechanisms that drive new resources to chronically under-resourced Extension services and communities.

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