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.
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.
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.