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Well Connected Communities

Posted by msanderson | June 27, 2019

National 4-H Council, in partnership with the groundbreaking health initiatives of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System (CES) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is helping to drive transformational change to create a Culture of Health across 1,000 communities in America over the next ten years through a project called Well-Connected Communities. Channeling the energy and dynamism of youth, collective impact grounded in evidence and the expansive CES network of professionals and volunteers, the community-driven plan will ultimately increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. WCMER co-coordinated WCC’s in-person project orientation; produced webinars related to youth leadership, healthy built environments and the opioid crisis in our communities; and produced a survey to assess current Extension professional development resources related to WCC core competencies.

Learn more about the Well Connected Communities Project nation-wide.

Western Center Project Team Members

DeShana York

DeShana York

DeShana York Advisory Board University of Alaska Fairbanks Phone: (907) 786-6330 Email:

Martha Aitken

Martha Aitken

Assistant Director Email: Phone: 206-219-2429 Martha brings 20 years of experience in the non-profit and business sectors, as well as leadership roles with WSU county Extension, to the Metro Center and Western Center. She is…

Rusty Collins

Director of the Denver County CSU Extension Email: Phone: 303-547-2881 Rusty Collins is the Denver County Extension Director for Colorado State University. Rusty manages an urban office of 15 staff members who have catered their…

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