UPDATE: Disruptive E-nnovation – eXtension Strategy Committee Chair Keith Smith, Ohio State University, reports four targets for the new eXtension:
- Innovation as the engine to move and keep digital Cooperative Extension in the forefront of open access online learning;
- Engagement and retention of new and existing audiences, and digital professional development of Extension educators to bring new opportunities to Extension, enhance use of local resources, and increase institution’s capacities;
- Leadership and management structured as a nonprofit cooperative to support the flexibility, innovation and entrepreneurship needed in fast paced digital environments; and
- Entrepreneurship supporting a new “investment” business model that includes institutional choices to invest, public and private national and global partnerships, fees for services and leveraging revenue streams.
CDC Funding for Obesity Reduction -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announces about $4.7 million to fund up to six land-grant colleges and universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of more than 40 percent of the population. The pilot project will include intervention strategies through existing Cooperative Extension and outreach efforts at the county level. See http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/highobesitycounties/index.html for details. The deadline for submitting applications is July 23, 2014.
Alabama Extension Centennial News – Alabama Extension celebrated 100 years with a Commendation from the Governor’s Office https://sites.aces.edu/group/comm/newsline/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=787.
Teens Take on Health – The National 4-H Council and Molina Healthcare released findings from an 18-month project listening to teens about their health concerns http://www.4-h.org/about/youth-development-research/health-research/?utm_campaign=MOLINATTOH&utm_source=4HORG&utm_medium=CAROUSEL.
USDA-NIFA Releases “Hot Spot” Maps – See http://www.reeis.usda.gov/portal/page?_pageid=193,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL for new maps showing funding received by State and Congressional District.