The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed Part 3: What does equity look like within an organization? Advancing equity through recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion

ASNNA Race, Health + Social Equity Committee and SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team:

This is the third in a series of trainings on how to advance equity in SNAP-Ed programming and administration. In this training, the focus is on internal workplace equity, specifically related to hiring and retention practices.

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:1) Identify 2 practices that their organization can implement to advance equity in internal workplace policies related to recruitment, hiring and retention.2) Describe three strategies to work within your human resources system to write job descriptions and conduct recruitment and hiring with an equity lens, for example, how to include lived experience as a job requirement.3) Identify their sphere of influence and how their decisions can impact equity within their organization related to employee hiring and retention.

The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed Part 2: Authentic Resident Engagement as a Model to Advance Equity

ASNNA Race, Health + Social Equity Committee, SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team, and SNAP-Ed Connection:

The Healthy Food Policy Project team and its Advisory Committee members developed working principles to provide a template for authentic resident engagement in food access policy change. Join our hosts, UNC’S SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team and ASNNA’s Race, Health and Social Equity Committee, as well as our guest speakers, for a two-part training which will provide an overview of why and how to do authentic resident engagement, followed by a discussion session on applying the four working principles to our SNAP-Ed activities.

For more information about the CEUs, including to receive a certificate of completion if you watch the recording, email snap-edconnections@usda.gov.

Design Thinking for SNAP-Ed Video Series

Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC):

This video series is designed to introduce SNAP-Ed Implementing agencies to core design thinking mindsets and methods. Learning objectives include defining design thinking and providing an overview of how and why design thinking might be useful for SNAP-Ed IAs; identifying key assumptions driving your proposed intervention; understanding the design thinking prototyping process including what and how to prototype; and how to collect and analyze data during prototyping to encourage iteration and develop a robust, user-centered intervention. Included are additional resources for further learning including Frequently Asked Questions and suggested sites and reference materials for a deeper dive into Design Thinking/Human-Centered Design. Presenters include Lindsay Guge, Jared Bishop, and Claire Sadeghzadeh.

The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed Part 1: Bringing Racial Equity into the Conversation

ASNNA Race, Health + Social Equity Committee, SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team, and SNAP-Ed Connection:

In this interactive, 75-minutes session, presenters discuss how SNAP-Ed activities can be implemented to advance racial equity by framing the issue of racial equity in SNAP-Ed, the directive from the USDA, the definition of racial equity, and how we can work to engage communities to advance racial equity. The presenters include Stacy Dean, the Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Dr. Mary Marczak, Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development, and Dr. Stephany Parker, Evaluation & Program Design Director of Oklahoma Tribal Engagement Partners (OKTEP).

For more information about the CEUs, including to receive a certificate of completion if you watch the recording, email snap-edconnection@usda.gov.

Roadmap for SNAP-Ed Engagement in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Settings

Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC) and Cooking Matters (CM):

This training material is designed to guide SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies through six steps to building meaningful, impactful relationships with stakeholders to ultimately engage parents and caregivers in health promotion strategies within the early childhood education setting that center their needs and desires. The Roadmap includes templates and tools for relationship building, collaborative goal settings, and celebrating and communicating successes with partners, parents and caregivers, and beyond. Contributors include the Food, Fitness and Research Collaborative (FFORC) and Cooking Matters.

How can human-centered design support SNAP-Ed reach and impact?

Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC) and Cooking Matters (CM):

This webinar is designed to share ideas for implementing and testing food retail strategies in your community. Learning objectives include defining design thinking and naming key design thinking mindsets and principles, explaining how design thinking can help move SNAP-Ed reach and impact forward, understanding how to move an idea or solution forward using prototyping and testing, and knowing where to go to find more information and continue learning. This webinar draws on learnings from the Using Human-Centered Design to Test Food Retail Strategies guide. Contributors include Megan Bradley, Claire Sadeghzadeh, Lindsay Guge, and Liz Chen.

Using Human-Centered Design to Test and Implement Food Retail Interventions to Promote Healthy Food Choices Among Caregivers of Young Children

Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC) and Cooking Matters (CM):

This training material is designed to describe key insights and learnings from human-centered design workshops with SNAP-eligible parents and caregivers of young children (0 to 5 years) to learn about how SNAP-Ed could center their needs and desires when developing food retail interventions promoting healthy food choices. The guide provides two intervention frameworks prioritized by caregivers – a meal box intervention and a rewards program. The intervention frameworks were co-created with food retail stakeholders, SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies, and caregivers using human-centered design methods. Guide developers include the Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC) and Cooking Matters.

To watch a training video on how to move these ideas into action, see https://snapedtoolkit.org/training/programs/how-can-human-centered-design-support-snap-ed-reach-and-impact/.

Advancing Health Equity through SNAP-Ed Evaluation

Dr. Natalie Cook, PhD, Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech:

This webinar was offered as an introduction to the concept of Transformative Evaluation (TE) and to offer suggestions on how to incorporate TE principles and practices into SNAP-Ed evaluation to contribute to efforts to increase health equity through SNAP-Ed programming. The webinar was provided by the Evaluation and Reporting subgroup of the ASNNA Evaluation Committee.

Going Online: The nuts & bolts of providing SNAP-Ed programming virtually

Food, Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative (FFORC):

This webinar and associated training materials are designed to introduce SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies to online platforms to deliver SNAP-Ed programming virtually. Key topics explored in the webinar include general resources for navigating technical aspects of going online, common online platforms (e.g., how to pick the best one for your work, how to get started), and best practices for planning for accessing needs. The presenter of the webinar is Julia Kimmel.

Adapting to COVID-19 Series: Adapting SNAP-Ed Programming to Remote Delivery

SNAP-Ed Toolkit and SNAP-Ed Connection:

This webinar and associated training materials are a part of a 3-part webinar series where state and local SNAP-Ed programs who were creating, innovating, and delivering SNAP-Ed remotely in the COVID-19 era presented. The other two parts in the series include Collecting and Reporting Data and Measuring and Evaluating Impact. This webinar and associated training materials was designed to share how SNAP-Ed programming was adapted for remote delivery. The webinar includes content, guidance, and lessons learned from the developers of Food eTalk, Cooking with Kids, and Text2LiveHealthy.

These webinars are pre-approved for 1.5 CPE credits (until July 28, 2023) for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered by the Commission for Dietetic Registration.