The EXCITE Newsletter: December 16th, 2021

Our Deepest Appreciation

It’s hard to believe, but the EXCITE projects launched in May and June of this year. Over the past half-year, our projects have reached over 4.5 million people – just through our 72 EXCITE A1 institutions. We are so grateful for all of your incredible work in this new initiative launched under such extraordinary circumstances. You all truly are an inspiration as well as an immense resource for our vulnerable communities across the nation. Thank you.

Addressing LGU Hesitancy – EXCITE Awards 25th Project to Washington State University
The “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” project from Washington State University’s College of Communication in collaboration with Extension was selected as the recipient after a competitive RFA process. Washington State will research hesitancy among land grant university personnel. They will be sharing messaging for internal personnel to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccination, adult vaccinations in general, and vaccine education through Extension. Read the full press release here. Congrats!

Get a Boost for the Holidays! CDC Updates


We want to see you in the New Year… please remember to get your COVID booster shot, available for all persons 16 and up. As the omicron COVID-19 virus variant emerges and may impact holiday plans, the most up-to-date guidance will be on the CDC website. A new page on the omicron variant has been updated as of Dec. 14, 2021 (at the time of this newsletter publication). The CDC page on travel and COVID-19 has been updated Dec. 10. For guidance on flu, the CDC has a dedicated set of pages that will be updated throughout the holidays as new information becomes available.

Leadership Corner: I am only because you are

EXCITE truly would not exist without the work of each and every one of you and the connections among us. That’s why Karl Bradley’s blog post on UBUNTU, “I am only because you are,” is so appropriate as we close out this year.

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CDC Celebrate’s COVID-19 Vaccine Anniversary


It was Dec. 14, 2020, when the first vaccines for COVID-19 were made widely available in the U.S. under federal emergency use authorization. We’ve come a long way in a year!

Reporting Reminders for Remainder of the Year


(Past) Due Dec. 15: A2 quarter 2 financial reports

Due Dec. 31: A1 December monthly program/evaluation reports – you are welcome to submit early, especially if your activities for the month wrap-up early.