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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 manages WCMER operations and provides support to Deep Dive Fellows. She brings 20 years of experience in the non-profit and business sectors, as well as leadership roles with WSU…

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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