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SNAP-Ed Educator Takes on New Role in Anoka County

By Trina Adler, Program Leader — Health and Nutrition

Andrew Doherty has taken on a new role with the Extension Center for Family Development (FD) as an Extension educator in Anoka County, where he is leading efforts to implement the county’s SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership) worksite wellness strategies. Andrew’s new role, which began July 13, is a temporary assignment in which he can use his skills and education to benefit the community.
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Many of you in FD know Andrew as a SNAP-Ed educator housed in Wright County. There, he has worked in partnership for more than two years with agencies and organizations primarily northwest of the Twin Cities metro area. He will continue to do his SNAP-Ed work one day a week from his Wright County office.

Andrew has had critical involvement with a variety of projects and initiatives during his tenure with Extension. For example, he has been active in developing protocols and best practices for creating multimedia educational materials for SNAP-Ed. He also has played an essential role in the development of the PoP (Power of Produce) Club Toolkit as part of the Extension Issue Area Grant Project.

In Anoka County, Andrew will be working primarily with small organizations to help them institute policies, systems, and environmental changes to support a healthy workforce. He also will be exploring strategies to make communities in Anoka County safer and friendlier to people with dementia, including educating businesses and residents on dementia.

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