RWJF: Reimagined in America Webinar – February 21

The power of data can create powerful change. It can serve as a rallying point and common platform to help residents, community leaders and advocates come together to set goals and drive change to improve health and well-being.

On February 21, 2019, at 2 p.m. EST join the next Reimagined in America Webinar: What Can the World Teach Us about Building a Culture of Health to:

  • Learn how communities around the world are using data to empower local leaders and residents to bring about change.
  • Get inspired by successful data collection and community engagement programs from abroad that are now being used in U.S. communities.
  • Explore what is needed to help more communities advocate for healthier solutions.

Click to register for the webinar

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NUEL eXtension Fellow Announcement – Deadline March 1

The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Group and eXtension are pleased to announce they are accepting applications for a NUEL Fellow to assist in the advancement of professional development focused on the unique nonsubject matter needs of Extension Professionals working in urban environments. Urban Extension will be the focus of an eXtension Impact collaborative scheduled for October of 2019. The linked Role Description provides the details and application process.

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FFAR: Seeding Solutions RFA is Coming Soon – March 1

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is seeking pre-proposals for the Seeding Solutions 2019 funding opportunity. The Seeding Solutions grants encourage the development of unique partnerships to support innovative – and potentially transformative – research focused in our Challenge Areas.

For Seeding Solutions 2019, FFAR anticipates funding at least one proposal in each of our six newly updated Challenge Areas. This year, FFAR will prioritize funding projects that both demonstrate strong partnerships, and have the potential for significant agricultural advancements through innovation and new technologies. We encourage applicants to reach out to the managing Scientific Program Director for their Challenge Area of interest to hone their ideas prior to submitting a pre-proposal in March 1, 2019.

Please note that the Seeding Solutions’ 2019 Request for applications will be available soon on the FFAR website.

FFAR awarded nearly $8 million to innovative projects during the 2017 Seeding Solutions program, which when matched, invested $16.6 million in agricultural research and innovation. We will be announcing the 2018 Seeding Solutions awardees soon, and are excited to further support agricultural research through Seeding Solutions 2019!


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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Ph.D., and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.

Collective Impact Assembly

Ohio State University Extension, Marion County & United Way of North Central Ohio invite you to join them for a Collective Impact Assembly featuring keynote speaker, Dan Duncan, faculty at the ABCD Institute & Senior Consultant for Clear Impact. The Impact Assembly will bring together land-grant universities, funders, community partners, and ordinary residents for cross-sector dialogue and peer learning to tackle complex, social issues. The assembly will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration opens February 15.
Follow this link to register for the Collective Impact Assembly.

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Ohio State Alliance for the American Dream Team Advances

Recently, members of the Alliance for the American Dream convened in Phoenix for a competition including 12 teams from four states. The Power of Home proposal from the Ohio State Alliance for the American Dream was selected by Schmidt Futures and will be advancing in the competition. Power of Home capitalizes on home-ownership as an opportunity for social mobility, while mitigating the risks for households on the edge of the middle class. Power of Home is an innovative digital service platform and suite of resources that leverages the purchase of a first home as a springboard for increasing income, reducing expenses, and maximizing the economic potential of the home. Follow this link to learn about all of Ohio State’s finalists.

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Why Sustainable Transportation is Essential for Our Future Lecture: Harvey J. Miller

Modern humans enjoy mobility levels that are unprecedented in history. While this has benefits, it also has enormous social, health, and environmental costs. Harvey J. Miller discusses how resolving these costs is crucial if civilization is to survive the 21st century, a world that will see 10 billion people, most of whom will crowd into cities. Harvey J. Miller is the Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) and Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University. The lecture will take place Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3 p.m. Follow this link to learn more.

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2019 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) is an opportunity for sharing and learning with colleagues from around the country who are interested in the latest trends and research in volunteerism. Featuring innovative ideas for reaching new volunteers and best practices for developing and retaining volunteers, NECV is focused on improving volunteer management efforts for Extension professionals. Conference participants will gather tools and skills through interactive sessions and networking with colleagues while developing plans to utilize these new resources in their own programs. The Conference is taking place May 14 -16, 2019 in Billings, Montana.
Follow this link for registration information.

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The Value of Civic Engagement

A Midwest community recently completed a citizen satisfaction survey and the results of the survey defined the community as “benign.” The survey described the community as one where engagement wasn’t a priority for the local government and residents simply left the future of the community to those elected to represent them. There weren’t any glaring issues in the community and community leaders were not advancing any big ideas or preparing long range strategic plans. All is good when things are calm, right? Follow this link to read more.

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