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COVID-19 has made food access more challenging for many communities. In Michigan State University’s Fall 2021 Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, 31% of the people we talked to said the pandemic had affected their household’s ability to obtain food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as having limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Households with low food security have trouble affording enough food and eating balanced diets. In 2018, the department estimated that over 37 million Americans were food insecure. By December 2020 that figure had risen to 38.3 million people, or 10.5 percent of U.S. households. Follow this link to learn more.

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National 4-H Council is pleased to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has renewed its partnership with 4-H and Cooperative Extension with a commitment of an additional $5 million to support the advancement of health equity and well-being across the nation. This two-year investment will build upon prior efforts to catalyze change at the community-level by creating system level supports that facilitate the implementation of the recommendations contained in Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being. Special attention will be given to system-wide interventions that amplify the role of young people in addressing health-related issues, advance Cooperative Extension’s work to addressing barriers to life-long health, and position equitable development as a strategy for creating communities in which all people thrive. For more information, contact Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director at

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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers website shows a state-by-state look at the demographic changes the 2020 Census results reveal. The state profile highlights all the key population characteristics of Ohio and can be drilled down to county level. Interactive state and county maps provide a snapshot of change from 2010 to 2020 on population, housing, race, ethnicity, diversity, and age. Follow this link to look at your county data.

The Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center is hosting a virtual professional development panel discussion series for formal and non-formal educators about learning to better incorporate the perspectives of those with whom we work in schools and educational programs. Moderators and panelists from each community provide a chance for educators to deepen their teaching practice in a safe online space for open conversation and community.

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Upcoming sessions include:
November 4 – Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives and Maple Sugaring Experiences in Place-based Teaching and Learning
December 2 - Incorporating Black Perspectives in Place-Based Teaching and Learning
February 3 - Special Needs Perspectives and PBE In and Beyond the Classroom
March 3 - Engaging with LGTBQ+IA Communities in PBE in Formal and Non-Formal Settings
April 7 - A Latinx Lens: Incorporating Latinx Perspectives through Place-Based Educational Programming
May 5 -Incorporating Asian Principles, Practices, and People in Community- and Place-Based Learning

The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) will hold the 2022 National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC22), in Camden, New Jersey, on May 23-26, 2022. The conference will offer in-person experiences and virtual participation options, exploring the theme of "Reimagining Our Future...Together."  The conference will provide opportunities to share research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. Proposals will be accepted for individual presentations, panels, lightning talks, and posters for NUEC22. Abstracts that highlight research or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. Proposal deadline is November 20. Follow this link for all the details.

A team of researchers at Cornell Tech has developed a forecast of urban technology trends over the coming decade, predicting movements in machine learning, life sciences, infrastructure and other fields. Cornell Tech, Cornell University’s tech-focused research campus, has developed a forecast for how technologies like artificial intelligence could shape cities in the coming decade. After a year of work, the team released its first “Horizon Scan” report last week to discuss the potential risks and applications of recent advancements in urban tech. Follow this link to read more.

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OSU Extension has joined the global community in celebration of Urban October. Urban October was created by UN Habitat as an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in cities and towns. Ohio’s theme is Celebrating Ohio Cities – Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Serve. Celebrating Urban October provides a foundation for deeper engagement that contributes to healthy urban communities and urban-, suburban-, and rural-relationships. For easy ideas to implement and graphics you can share follow this link to the Urban October Toolkit.

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Using one image and 100 words share what you have been doing to “create opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic, and environmental conditions in our urban and metro communities. We will help share these stories during Urban October. Submit your stories here

Last Friday, nearly 50 urban Extension colleagues gathered virtually for the OSU Extension Annual Urban Summit. During the Summit folks shared their gifts with the group, heard from Brian Raison about storytelling to connect to your audience, worked through scenarios in situation rooms, and learned about how they can get involved in Urban October. Resources shared from the Summit are located here.

Ohio State University Extension is celebrating “Urban October,” a worldwide campaign the United Nations launched to focus on the opportunities and challenges created by the fast rate of change in cities. The theme of Ohio’s monthlong campaign is “Celebrating Ohio Cities—Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Serve.” This is OSU Extension’s first year participating in Urban October. In the coming years, the Extension team looks forward to collaborating with additional university and community partners to build on this foundation and foster local, state, national, and global connections. For more information about Extension’s Urban October efforts, visit