|ECOP Members – Delbert Foster, Mark Latimore, Jr., and Celvia Stovall|
Health Focus of Planning Grant – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded National 4-H Council a six-month planning grant to bring together diverse stakeholders from Cooperative Extension, Council, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build on the ECOP National Task Force on Health work to transform the culture of health. Council will work in close collaboration with a Design Team comprised of Extension representatives to create a model enabling the Cooperative Extension System to address national trends that relate to major health issues, particularly childhood obesity. Design team members are Michelle Rodgers, ECOP Chair-elect (University of Delaware), Lorrene Ritchie (University of California), Tammy Bray (Oregon State University), Tom Coon, (Oklahoma State University), Linda Kirk Fox (University of Georgia), Rick Klemme (University of Wisconsin), and Celvia Stovall (Alabama A&M University) with USDA-NIFA liaisons Lisa Lauxman and Caroline Crocoll.
Funding Through Prizes – Check out www.challenge.gov, a one-stop federal government site focusing on prizes to address tough challenges. Over the last five years, more than 400 public-sector prize competitions have provided more than $72 million in prizes. View a presentation on prizes and challenges provided recently to APLU staff at http://youtu.be/40bZKAF7pmo. Presenters were Jennifer Gustetic, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Christopher Nelson, Georgetown University. In addition to competing for prize money, using this competitive approach to finding solutions to vexing problems also has promise.
Ohio State University in the City Webinar – The Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research invites you to it third Metropolitan Extension Models webinar at Noon PT, 3:00 p.m. ET, on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5524141399639986178. This fast-paced session begins with the framework of Ohio State University’s urban mission and OSU Extension’s emerging model in Ohio’s largest cities. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.