The EXCITE Newsletter: October 21st, 2021

Should you need any accommodations to participate in EXCITE programming, please contact us at We recognize accommodation needs may change and we will do our best to accommodate such changes as they occur.

Link to EXCITE Website 

EXCITE Received Recognition from NIFA Director


Dr. Carrie Castille, Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in her report to National Extension Directors AND in NIFA’s newsletter, gave a shout out to the EXCITE program as a prime example of a joint effort – as Michelle Rodgers notes, “Your work is getting noticed!”

“We also introduced new programs and enhanced efforts in current programs this year, including … the EXCITE program, a joint effort between NIFA, the CDC and Cooperative Extension to leverage the power of Extension nationwide to deliver vaccine education to all communities.”  – Dr. Carrie Castile, quoted in NIFA Newsletter.

Reminder: RFA Vaccine Hesitancy of the Cooperative Extension System 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. We posted the recording of the application office hours and Q&A session on our website and started an RFA FQA document for your reference. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

October 29th 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