The EXCITE Newsletter: October 14th, 2021

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RFA: Vaccine Hesitancy of the Cooperative Extension System: PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 12th


We invite all Land Grant Institutions to apply for up to $300,000 funding for Dec. 1, 2021- April 30, 2023, to: 1) assess vaccine hesitancy of Extension field educators, specialists, and administrators, and 2) create and implement a strategy to reduce vaccine hesitancy for COVID-19 and other adult immunizations to increase confidence and willingness to become immunization educators in their community.  The goal of this project is to reduce hesitancy around vaccination and increase willingness to serve in educational roles around adult vaccination among Cooperative Extension personnel at all three types of Land grant institutions (1862, 1890, 1994). View the Vaccine Hesitancy of the Cooperative Extension RFA, and view the application guide. The deadline for the RFA is now November 12, 2021.

Reporting Reminders


EXCITE program team member Laura Downey shared some tips for technical progress reporting in the October Spotlight and the Newsletter from the last week of September. Please be sure to review those as you continue with your reporting.

    1. Ensure you select the correct month to report.
    2. To make revisions, do not submit a new report but use the link in your confirmation email and select “EDIT”
    3. Remember to upload any assets associated with events and programs you report.
    4. Please submit your monthly report even if you do not have any project activities, reach, or assets to share.

Upcoming Strategy Session for A2 Pilot Projects


Our first of four Strategy Sessions for A2 pilot projects teams is coming up on October 29th, 11:30-3:30 ET. All team members from A2 teams (from all collaborating institutions) are invited to attend. The session will consist of some presentations to help inform and improve our work and importantly, reflection time to incorporate what we’re learning into your ideas, and time with coaches and teams with similar audiences. Find the session agenda here and register here.

Thanks for your continued work on your projects, please let us know if you have any questions or how we can best serve you.


Michelle Rodgers

Associate Dean and Director

University of Delaware

EXCITE Project Director

Kathryn “Katie” Stofer, PhD

Assistant Project Director for Immunization Education, EXCITE

Research Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

University of Florida