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Introducing two new SNAP-Ed educators in the Metro

By Janice Rasmussen, regional coordinator 

April Smith is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and legal studies. April has two passions: food/nutrition and working with the Native community. Previously, April worked as a family advocate in the child protection system and an elder advocate. Her proudest achievement is working with The Healing Generations Program in developing a curriculum that was federally funded by the Administration of Native Americans for over $2 million dollar in a five year period. The Healing Generations program focused on Native family values, cultural activities, and language revitalization. April is excited to begin her journey at the University of Minnesota Extension in sharing nutrition education and is extremely excited to be working in the Native community again.
April Smith head shot.
April Smith, SNAP-Ed educator

Pae Say graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science in community health and minor in gerontology. She represents the first generation of Karen graduating from college. Pae was born in Umphiem refugee camp in Thailand, the youngest of seven children. She lived in the camp for 16 years. In 2008, she moved with her family to Minnesota. They sought a better life, freedom, and further education.

Pae Say SNAP-Ed educator head shot.
Pae Say, SNAP-Ed educator

Passionate about helping people resettle in the United States, Pae taught children their native Karen language and pride in their culture for many summers at church. She has worked at Karen Organization of Minnesota as a community health worker, and Neighborhood House as a family coach. She organized Karen focus groups and support groups on mental health. She also worked with Wilder staff teaching “Living with Chronic Disease” to elders. Her goal is to help people to eat healthy, stay healthy, and have a good quality of life, especially in the Karen community.

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