Wave 1 Participating Land-Grant Universities
- Penn State University
- Purdue University
- South Dakota State University
- University of Delaware
- University of Georgia
- University of Idaho
- University of Kentucky
- University of Maryland College Park
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nebraska
- University of Tennessee
- Utah State University
In Wave 1 of the Well Connected Communities Initiative ran from 2018-2019. In Wave 1, America’s Cooperative Extension System, in partnership with National 4-H Council, worked to help volunteer leaders help their neighbors be healthier at every stage of life. With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, these communities worked to cultivate wellness and foster a Culture of Health in America.
Public universities across 12 states identified a minimum of three communities to engage and support in this effort, including a mix of rural and urban communities. Within each community, local health councils developed and implement action plans to address top public health priorities in their area. Leveraging the proven power and innovation of 4-H youth leadership, bolstered by 4-H’s infrastructure, reach and impact, young people worked alongside the health councils to provide their ideas and perspective to help cultivate wellness.
Communities connected with volunteers to mentor youth leaders, build local capacity and ensure successful implementation of the action plans. Practical resources and training rooted in evidence-based practices and scientific research was made available to the participating universities and communities.