At USU, we know health matters to everyone. That is why Health Extension has been launched as a flagship program in our Extension system. USU is committed to connecting every Utahn to evidence-based information that can improve quality of life. We take a holistic approach, recognizing that social factors, individual characteristics and behaviors, and community resources all come together to impact health outcomes.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest health philanthropy, has awarded National 4‑H Council a $4.6 million grant to improve the health of 1,000 communities across the nation over the next 10 years. Utah State University Extension was one of five universities selected for this honor based on our preparedness to drive innovation for other communities and to implement the pilot projects. The partnership will focus on three elements:
(1) designing a sustainable network structure to promote health and well-being in communities across the nation; (2) creating and disseminating tools for healthier communities; and (3) launching a training curriculum for local community advocates.
This approach will exponentially increase the impact and outcomes of the local Health Councils to drive impactful, sustainable changes.