Forging connections, building capacity, and taking action, so that life-long health and well-being are within everyone’s reach.

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Well Connected Communities

Nebraska Extension is implementing Well Connected Communities — which is aimed at cultivating wellness across the country — to Lancaster and Thurston counties in Nebraska. Well Connected Communities is in partnership with the National 4-H Council and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Contacts

Lancaster County

Emily Gratopp at emily.gratopp@unl.edu

Tracy Anderson at tracy.anderson@unl.edu or 402-441-7180

Thurston County

Carol Larvick at clarvick1@unl.edu

Jennifer Hansen at jhansen6@unl.edu or 402-385-6041

Health Equity Coalition

We are striving to build a coalition that focuses on reducing and eliminating health disparities in Lincoln, especially the area in central Lincoln showing the greatest life expectancy gap on the Place Matters maps. The purpose of the coalition will be to gather, connect, and employ individual and organizational strengths to share leadership and achieve progress on coalition-determined goals.

Learn More

Youth Photo Voice Exhibit
Youth Photo Voice Exhibit: Amplifying Youth Voice on Building a Healthier Lincoln

Virtual Exhibit (PDF)

Master Health Volunteers

Well Connected Communities trains volunteers in the areas of health and wellness. After the training, volunteers become certified “Master Health Volunteers” and “Junior Master Health Volunteers” for youth. Volunteers receive 40 hours of training and then are asked to give-back 40 hours to their community. The training consists of education in areas of basic nutrition, physical activity and chronic diseases, as well as health behavior change theories, social determinants of health, trauma-informed care and many more topics to inform community health.

The 40 hours of give-back will vary based on volunteer preference, community opportunities and alignment with Nebraska Extension’s values. The give-back can align with current volunteer duties and even duties relevant to a person’s work or career. Volunteers help create small shifts toward health by infusing wellness into their collective action and, therefore, into our communities.