We outline the process and development of the Well Connected Communities health initiative as undertaken in three Utah communities. This transformative community-focused alternative to addressing public health issues through Extension situates local communities as the origin for health decision making. The initiative recognizes the need for varied community statuses (i.e., planner, implementer, and innovator) based on varying levels of readiness and diversity of populations. We concluded that the Utah Well Connected Communities initiative aligns well with the 2014 Extension Committee on Organization and Policy National Framework for Health and Wellness. Replication requirements and implications for other Extension programs are presented.
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Sulzer, S. H., MacArthur, S., Garcia, Z., Jensen, C. E., Prevedel, S., & Voss, M. W. (2021). Scaling Community Health Coalitions: The Well Connected Communities Pilot Initiative. Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss2/11