About Well Connected Communities
Well Connected Communities (WCC) is a nationwide effort to cultivate wellness led by America's Cooperative Extension System (in partnership with National 4-H Council) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. University of Idaho Extension joined this initiative as a self-funded participant in 2017 and continued on for Wave 2 of the program after being awarded grant funding in early 2020. Today, Extension faculty and staff are busy implementing the initiative in three Idaho communities: Caldwell (Canyon County), Preston (Franklin County) and Marsing (Owyhee County).
The Well Connected Communities team has worked to integrate three sectors of participants: health coalition members, trained community wellness volunteers and 4-H teen health advocates. WCC participants can be involved at one, two or even all three levels. Longevity and sustainability for the programs are being sought through the commitments of trained volunteers, continued professional development opportunities and the investment of youth participants.
- Community Health Coalitions
- Community Wellness Volunteer Program
- 4-H Teen Health Advocates
National initiative: Thirty-nine communities across 12 states have committed to creating healthier, more sustainable places to live, work and play. Visit website.