The EXCITE Newsletter: April 15th, 2021

Do we ever have EXCITING news to share this week?!   Hopefully this is concise but informative. My goal is to have a weekly update in the form of the newsletter to keep the emails down but communication up!

My best,

Michelle Rodgers

Associate Dean and Director

University of Delaware

EXCITE Project Director

Action Items

  • The sub-award contract information for Activity 1 application is now available in the application for download.
  • The deadline for the Pre-Decisional Activity 1 Application is extended until May 7, 2021.
  • The Advanced Guidance: Activity 2 Pre-Application Guide is now available on the website.
  • Registration for the April 21 or 22 Activity 2 Pre-Decisional Application Assist workshop is available here.
  • Enter existing immunization education  programs into the National Registry.
  • Register – May 6 from 3-4pm Eastern for an introduction to CDC Partner Organizations interested in working with Extension and sharing success stories of existing programs.

Upcoming Events

EXCITE Activity 2 Pilot Project Pre-Decisional Application Workshop

April 21 or April 22, 2021 (Choose One)

2 PM – 4:30 PM ET


Project teams are strongly encouraged to join EXCITE for the Activity 2 Pilot Project Application Workshop on either April 21st or April 22nd, 2021 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM ET. To assure we have an open application process, we have dropped the requirement that you must participate in Activity 1 to request Activity 2 funding. We strongly encourage you to do both, but it is not required.


The purpose of this workshop is to provide information about the program expectations, share the resources that will be available and work with a key informant/coach to help teams create informed, strong, viable pilot project proposals for EXCITE Activity 2. Please have your partner organization participate with you in this planning session. We want you to be successful by embracing diverse targeted audiences, diverse interventions/programs, and diverse geographies.. Learn More & Register Here. 


First Thursday of Each Month

Beginning May 6th, 2021

3 PM – 4 PM ET


This will be the first of monthly organizational and professional development experiences for those involved in Activity 1 and Activity 2.  EXCITE huddles will be held the first Thursday of each month from 3-4 Eastern throughout the coming year so please hold the dates on your calendar. The May meeting will include two foci:  1) introduction by CDC to  potential partner organizations  including Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)  and 2) Your success stories selected from the national registry. Register Here

Pre-Decisional Activity 1 Application Consulting Workshops

April 20, April 27, 2021

4 PM – 5 PM ET


These consulting workshops will run on Tuesdays from 4 PM – 5 PM ET throughout April, 2021, and anyone that is needing assistance with the Pre-Decisional Activity 1 Application can join at anytime. Register Here

Laura Downey is an Associate Extension Professor and Evaluation Specialist at Mississippi State University (MSU). She received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Kentucky and received both her M.S. and B.A. from Auburn University. Currently, Laura serves the MSU Extension Service and Division of Agriculture through program planning, evaluation, strategic planning, and in-service education efforts. She leads the statewide program planning process for MSU Extension. Laura is also actively involved in academics at MSU in the School of Human Sciences by teaching graduate courses and by chairing or serving on graduate students’ committees. Central to her work is a collaborative approach that engages university students and faculty, community members, informal and formal leaders, and other community-based professionals as co-learners. When not working, she enjoys time with her husband and four children or reading a good book.