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Friday, May 15, 2015

Launching the SNAP-Ed Community Partnership Funding

By Ryan Johnson, Associate Program Director — Health and Nutrition

Coming soon to a community near you: SNAP-Ed’s Community Partnership Funding!

This initiative has a new name and a new timeline, but the same goal: to learn from our partners throughout the state about ways to incorporate policy, system, and environmental changes in organizations and communities in order to promote healthy eating and active living for Minnesotans with limited financial resources. The projects funded through this initiative will also help guide future Extension SNAP-Ed work.

The spectrum of prevention graphic from the website
Organizations will look at the big picture and think
about how to achieve SNAP-Ed goals by influencing
policy, systems, and environmental change
(the top four levels of the Spectrum of Prevention). Read more »
University of Minnesota Extension will contract with organizations (or a group of organizations/coalitions) through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Organizations will work with Extension Health and Nutrition staff to develop and implement practical strategies for combining education with changes in policies, systems, and environments. The combined approaches are intended to break down barriers and pave the way for families with limited financial resources to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Health and Nutrition staff at all levels will be involved, from sharing the RFP and information about the initiative with current and potential partners, to helping organizations to develop proposals, to working with the organizations that are awarded contracts. Extension evaluation staff will also be involved to evaluate the projects.

The RFP will be issued June 29, with projects set to kick off this fall. For more information, visit the website: z.umn.edu/communitypartnership. Please contact me (joh04518@umn.edu) or Project Coordinator Jackie Billhymer (billh002@umn.edu) with any questions or ideas.

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