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Friday, July 31, 2015

Health and Nutrition Portfolio Plan August Update

By Renee Obrecht-Como, Program Operations Director, and Stephanie Heim, Assistant Program Director

Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Health and Nutrition Portfolio Plan process began. On July 23, we met with the FD leadership team to reflect on the status of the work described in the portfolio plan. We quickly found that we no longer really needed to consult our “road map” (the Portfolio Plan) because the programs listed, the core strategies, work and evaluation across the spectrum of prevention all had simply become the terrain through which we traveled.

Here are some of the milestones we’ve passed on our travels:
  • Stephanie concluded a series of conversations with Health and Nutrition staff, focusing on the questions “What makes you proud?” and “What can we do better?” Read the responses »
  • Core strategies identified in the Portfolio Plan have been built into SNAP-Ed and EFNEP plans. See three examples »
  • A wave of hiring for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP regional and statewide positions is nearly complete, paving the way for training opportunities. For example, EFNEP staff engaged in an intensive training, or “boot camp,” this June and later this year, SNAP-Ed regional coordinators will participate in the University’s Leadership Essentials workshop.
  • Minnesota Food Charter funders and planners (including Extension) are working to create a network to support work that is already happening across the state. If you are interested in learning more, connect with the Health and Nutrition Extension Educator in your region or with Stephanie.
For more details, check out the full blog post on the Food for Thought blog: August Portfolio Plan Update.

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