The EXCITE Newsletter: April 7th, 2022

Reminder (and correct link): NHOC EXCITE Meetup

If you are going to NHOC May 4-6th, click here to let us know if you’d be interested in a potential EXCITE meetup Thursday evening May 5th. We will gauge attendance and send follow up details on a meeting place and time!

Monthly Spotlights sharing continues

Sharing is such a critical component of this project.  We invite everyone to provide a summary in a Spotlight session.  Your shared session in Spotlight becomes a video on the new dashboard. Spotlights will continue so you can share through the summer months even if your A1 project has completed. If you’ve finished and have not yet shared at a monthly spotlight, we still want to hear both the successes and lessons learned.  There are several opportunities both in upcoming Spotlights and other Extension Foundation presentations. There are several opportunities both in upcoming Spotlights and other Extension Foundation presentations. Please indicate your interest in sharing here.


If your A1 project is completed, you are still welcome to attend Spotlight and especially provide sharing session.  If you have a No Cost Extension, your contract requirements include participating in Spotlight throughout the contract to get updates and be a part of the sharing network.

Resources Roundup


CMS Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to invite the public to attend the upcoming webinar: “Rural Health Quality: How CMS Initiatives Improve How We Measure and Address Gaps in Care.” Register for the session that works best for you!

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from 3 – 4:00 p.m. (ET) (Register here)
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 12 – 1:00 p.m. (ET) (Register here)

Please register in advance if you can attend, as space will be limited. We request that you please only register for an event if you plan to attend. We hope you can join us and look forward to your participation! If you have questions on how measurement can support rural health quality that you would like addressed during the presentation, please contact

Ad Council Videos on Boosters and Variants

Ad Council’s latest video PSAs focus on Boosters and Variants and feature a number of doctors and health experts from across the country as they share their advice for how we can keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and protected as we navigate this new normal.

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Ad Council at with questions, audience insights, or suggestions for how their work can be more impactful for you and the communities that you serve.

CDC Booster Guidance update

On March 29, 2022, the CDC updated booster dose guidance to expand eligibility for some people to get a second vaccine booster. Adults aged 50 and older and some immunocompromised individuals are now eligible to get a second Pfizer or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster (whether they received a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson booster). To help you answer questions in your community, Public Health Communications Collaborative has updated their Answers to Tough Questions and booster dose toolkit with messaging guidance and a shareable graphic about the latest CDC recommendations on COVID-19 booster doses.

Lessons from Climate Change Misinformation

One of Extension Foundation’s recent Dynamic Discussions focused on climate change misinformation and what lessons science communicators can learn for working with any number of contemporary scientific topics. The video is 1 hour: