State Policies to Promote Shared Prosperity in Cities

The United States continues to be a country of tremendous economic opportunity, but this opportunity is not shared equally among the nation’s residents. As highlighted by the Shared Prosperity Partnership, success in the 21st century depends on generating growth that benefits individuals of all incomes, races, and ethnicities (Berube et al. 2018). Yet even in the nation’s most successful cities, the failure to distribute the economic opportunities and benefits more evenly across under-served communities has resulted in stark racial and economic disparities. Across the United States, courageous leaders at the local level are responding with creativity and resolve to promote more inclusive growth, but they face a challenging combination of disruptive forces (Poethig et al. 2018). Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Brookings

It’s All About Time – Spring Email Wellness Challenge Invitation

Spring Email Wellness Challenge April 6 – May 18, 2020

Sign up for the Ohio State University Extension, Live Healthy Live Well 6-week Email Wellness Challenge. Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to you from an OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

During this six-week challenge you will consider ways that “time” affects your life. You will be encouraged to fill your plate ½ full of vegetables & fruits for two meals each day. For activity, you will aim for 30 minutes of movement at least five times a week. You will focus on strategies to improve sleep. You will also explore ways to enhance your work/life balance and enjoy more “me” time.

You will learn tips and strategies to help you utilize time management tips to reduce stress in your life. By practicing wellness habits over the 6-week challenge, you will begin strengthening positive lifestyle behaviors. During this challenge, you will gain ideas to help you:

  1. Manage Time Constraints
  2. Enjoy Mealtime with Family
  3. Enhance Sleep
  4. Find Time and New Ways to Connect with Family and/or Friends
  5. Fit Creative Time into your Life
  6. Reduce Screen Time
  7. Focus on Work/Life Balance
  8. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
  9. Add more Movement your Day

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Look at this chart and find your county. Go to the link listed beside your county and register.

Allen                  go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Belmont             go.osu.edu/belmontsp20

Butler                 go.osu.edu/butlersp20

Carroll                go.osu.edu/carrollsp20

Champaign         go.osu.edu/champsp20

Clark                  go.osu.edu/clarksp20

Clermont            go.osu.edu/clerhamsp20

Cuyahoga           go.osu.edu/cuyahogasp20

Darke                 go.osu.edu/darkesp20

Fairfield             go.osu.edu/fairfieldsp20

Fayette               go.osu.edu/fayettesp20

Franklin              go.osu.edu/franklinsp20

Fulton                 go.osu.edu/nwosp20

Hamilton            go.osu.edu/clerhamsp20

Hancock             go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Hardin                go.osu.edu/hardinsp20

Hocking             go.osu.edu/hockingsp20

Holmes               go.osu.edu/holmessp20

Licking               go.osu.edu/lickingsp20

Lucas                  go.osu.edu/lucassp20

Mahoning           go.osu.edu/mahoningsp20

Miami                 go.osu.edu/miamisp20

Montgomery      go.osu.edu/montgomerysp20

Morrow              go.osu.edu/morrowsp20

Ottawa               go.osu.edu/ottsandsp20

Perry                   go.osu.edu/perrysp20

Pickaway            go.osu.edu/pickawaysp20

Pike                    go.osu.edu/pikesp20

Putnam               go.osu.edu/aphsp20

Ross                   go.osu.edu/rossspring2020

Sandusky           go.osu.edu/ottsandsp20

Trumbull             go.osu.edu/trumbullsp20

Tuscarawas         go.osu.edu/tuscsp20

Vinton                go.osu.edu/vintonsp20

Warren               go.osu.edu/warrensp20

Washington        go.osu.edu/washingtonsp20

Wayne                go.osu.edu/waynesp20

Wood                 go.osu.edu/woodsp20

If your county isn’t listed, you may register with this link: go.osu.edu/yp4hspring20

Sourced from: Family and Consumer Sciences OSU Extension Pickaway County Ohio State University Extension

Pandemic Spreads into Rural America at Rate Similar to Urban Areas

While a lower percentage of rural residents have acquired COVID-19, the disease is spreading in rural America at about the same rate as urban counties. The most recent data from USAFacts.org shows the number of coronavirus cases in rural (or nonmetropolitan) counties increased by 16% in the last 24-hour period, from March 30 to 31. The nationwide rate of increase was 15% during the same period. Deaths in rural America grew by 40% (from 95 to 133) from March 30 to 31. While the rate of increase was sharp, those deaths still account for only a fraction of the national death toll of 3,506 as of March 31. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Daily Yonder

Infodemic: Half-Truths, Lies, and Critical Information in a Time of Pandemics Webinar

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, so does misinformation — thwarting efforts to control the disease and risking lives. In this webinar, Dr. Claire Wardle, a leading expert on content verification, will outline the global trends around information flows and the coronavirus. What misinformation is spreading? How is accurate information being shared? How are newsrooms, health authorities, platforms and businesses responding? During this unprecedented emergency, are we prepared for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences? Together, we’ll discuss whether we are prepared during this unprecedented emergency for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences.

The Webinar is being held Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

Follow this link to RSVP.
Follow this link to join the webinar.

Sourced from: The Aspen Institute

Leading Inclusive Conversations Webinar

Join Forward Cities for a chat on the art of facilitating conversations that lead with an inclusive lens and help move communities to action through a more well-informed dialogue. With social distancing in full effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to ensure all perspectives are honored, voices are heard, and buy-in is had.

The webinar will be hosted by Forward Cities’ Senior Director of Learning Networks, Brett Brenton. Featured panelists include Forward Cities’ Director of Talent Development, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Jamey Stowell of Delta Leadership, Inc. and Forward Cities’ Local Directors Kim Louis (New Kensington, PA) and Gabriel Muñoz (Kansas City).

The webinar is being held on March 31, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET

Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Forward Cities

Anchor Institutions and their Role in Healthy Food Systems

Anchor institutions are entities that are important, long-term fixtures in a community and take some responsibility for that community’s successful development. They are usually non-profit organizations – such as universities, hospitals, and school systems – but may consist of large corporations, government centers, military bases, or sports teams. We should care about anchor institutions and their role in health because of the power and responsibility they carry. Anchors control large amounts of community capital and can influence the kind of employment options available, the quality of foods that are offered to students and employees, what medical care benefits are provided, or the reach of public transportation. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Community Commons

OSU Extension Internship Program

OSU Extension is offering a paid internship this summer in some of our urban counties. Through this internship, interns work closely with local OSU Extension educators as they teach classes, work with volunteers and make a difference in the community. Interns will learn how to use their education to make a difference in people’s lives and realize what they are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans.

This year the internship is being offered in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lucas, Mahoning, Stark, Putnam, Wayne, Columbiana, Portage, Greene, Ross, Fairfield, Washington, and Pike.

If you know of an interested student, please encourage them to complete an application.

Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Learning and Organizational Development

Prosperity is Increasing in America’s Largest Metro Areas, but Not for Everyone

Even amid a coronavirus outbreak that is prompting fear of a worldwide economic downturn, it’s worth reflecting that the United States has achieved a record-long economic expansion over the past decade-plus. The nation’s GDP has grown in every quarter since the middle of 2009, and the labor market has added jobs in every month since September 2010. However, GDP and job growth on their own are not sufficient markers of economic health. As the annual Metro Monitor illustrates, economic success involves a combination of growth, prosperity (increasing average value of an economy), and inclusion (improved well-being for everyone)—trends that differ dramatically in their trajectory and magnitude across the nation’s major metropolitan areas. This year’s Monitor tracks the performance of America’s metro area economies in these three respects, from the dawn of the Great Recession in 2008 through 2018 (the latest year of available data). Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from: Brookings