RNECE Initiative Products
Behavioral Economics in the Healthy Retail Environment: Working Within the SNAP-Ed Context
September 20, 2016
The field of Behavioral Economics provides valuable insight in understanding people’s behaviors and decision-making processes. This webinar will introduce key concepts from Behavioral Economics and discuss how SNAP-Ed agencies can leverage these concepts to “nudge” consumers to make healthier food choices in a retail setting.
- Alice Ammerman, DrPH, MPH, RD: Professor of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill; Director of UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Director & Principal Investigator, RNECE-South; Principal Investigator & Executive Committee Chair, BECR
- Molly De Marco, PhD, MPH: Research Assistant Professor of Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill; Research Scientist, UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Project Director, SNAP-Ed UNC; Co-Investigator, RNECE-South; Investigator, BECR
- Daniella Uslan, MPH: SNAP-Ed Project Manager at UNC Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Strengthening Outcomes Through Collective Impact
May 2, 2016
Collective Impact is an emerging strategy for collaboration that is quickly gaining popularity in the social sector. In this webinar, we will introduce the concepts and theories behind collective impact, and guest speakers will discuss how it can be used by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP agencies to strengthen outcomes, especially in policies, systems, and environmental change.
- Loralei Jones (EFNEP Coordinator, NC Cooperative Extension) will examine EFNEP partnerships and how they can be strengthened by incorporating collective impact principles.
- Andy Naja-Riese, MSPH (SNAP Branch Chief, USDA FNS Western Regional Office) will evaluation of collective impact using the new SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework.
- Abby Piner (Program Coordinator, Community Food Strategies) will discuss how food policy councils are using collective impact and the forthcoming Collective Impact Toolkit for Food Policy Councils.
- Julia Carboni, PhD (Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) will discuss the unique challenges of leading and management collective impact initiatives.
PSE Change Measurement & Reporting
February 25, 2016
This webinar will provide an overview of policy, systems, and environmental changes (PSE) activities within the SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs and how to evaluate those activities. Information on how to measure reach in PSE activities and examples from implementing agencies will be provided.
- Molly De Marco, PhD, MPH (RNECE-South, UNC Chapel Hill)
- Andy Naja-Riese, MSPH (SNAP Branch Chief, USDA FNS Western Region Office)
- Lauren Whetstone, PhD (Project Scientist, University of California Sacramento)
- Alice Ammerman, DrPH (RNECE-South, UNC Chapel Hill)
- Theresa LeGros (Senior Research Specialist, University of Arizona)
- Pamela Bruno, MPH (Evaluator, Maine SNAP-Ed, University of New England)
- Daniella Uslan, MPH (SNAP-Ed Project Director, UNC Chapel Hill)
- Helen Chapman, PhD, RD (Program Leader, NIFA, USDA)
PHI Southeast Learning Community: Incorporating Farmers Markets and Community Gardens
January 26, 2016
You will hear from your colleagues about creative interventions and evaluation results from their projects that increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables through Community Gardens and Farmers’ Market interventions.
Materials: audio recording
- Meredith Ledlie-Johnson, MSW and Sarah Misyak, PhD, Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech
- Meredith Scott, MS, CHES and Robert John, PhD, ONIE at Oklahoma University
- Daniella Uslan, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderator: Amy DeLisio from Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition
PHI Southeast Learning Community: Best Practices Webinar – Childcare and School Wellness
December 1, 2015
- Katherine Hawksworth, California Project LEAN (a program of the Public Health Institute)
- Christi Kay, Health M Powers (GA)
- Lauren Headrick, University of Florida IFAS Extension
Moderator: Amy DeLisio, Public Health Institute Center for Wellness and Nutrition
NC-NECE – Evaluating a Multi Modal Community Nutrition Education Model within SNAP Ed and EFNEP
October 23, 2015
Panelist: Jennifer McCaffrey, PhD, MPH, RD
RNECE-South Training Webinar: Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change in SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Programs
August 17, 2015
Through the Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) Initiative, the USDA’s NIFA and FNS hope to assess and improve the long-term quality and success of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies used by SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs across the country. In the first of a series of PSE training opportunities, RNECE-South will provide an overview of PSE and how it relates to guidance, policy, and toolkits for SNAP-Ed and EFNEP implementers, specific examples of PSE strategies from across the RNECE-South region/network in both SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs, and guidance on the evaluation of PSE implementation and effectiveness.
The “Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change in SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Programs” webinar was developed by RNECE-South for implementers, evaluators, researchers, and partners of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs nationwide to provide a broad introduction to the guidance and training opportunities available to help programs get started with new PSE initiatives, improve current PSE implementation and evaluation efforts, and/or learn how current activities may already fit with PSE strategies.
- Alice Ammerman, DrPH RD (UNC) – Co-Director of RNECE-South
- Lorelei Jones, MEd (NCSU) – Co-Director of RNECE-South and EFNEP Coordinator
- Molly De Marco, PhD MPH (UNC) – Evaluation Specialist and SNAP-Ed Implementer
- Stephanie Jilcott-Pitts, PhD (ECU) – RNECE-South Project Consultant (PSE Implementation and Evaluation)
Western – RNECE Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit
Primary investigator: Karen Barale, MS, RD, FADA, Associate Professor and State EFNEP Leader – Washington State University Extension
Research Coordinator: Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, MPH, RD – Washington State University Extension
The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Project was designed in three phases.
- Phase one included in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews with food pantry managers and EFNEP/SNAP-Ed managers to determine current practices of “healthy food pantries” within the food assistance system of the NIFA Western Region.
- Phase two tested a draft pilot assessment tool in five state and included site visits to food pantry sites by a trained researcher who completed on-site cognitive interviews of the assessment tool content.
- Phase three was a field test of the food pantry environment with the assessment tool.
Field testing for validity and reliability was completed in seven states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington. Final data was collected in August 2017 and is currently undergoing analysis. The final product will be an assessment tool for the food pantry environment that will provide a numeric score on a scale of 0-100. The closer to 100, the more aligned the pantry environment is to current healthy best practices defined by in-depth interview results and research literature. Most pantries score between 35 and 65 at the start of the process. In addition, a recorded training presentation, instruction manual, and matched resource guide of best practice strategies will be available. This tool can help pantries and their SNAP-Ed and EFNEP partners identify action areas for PSE interventions, and the tool can be used pre/post to assess change.
For additional information about this project, please contact RNECE-W Research Coordinator, Alexandra Bush-Kaufman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Eat Well, Be Well Project Manual
In 2016, the Southern Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center (RNECE-S), a member of the USDA funded RNECE Initiative, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention SNAP-Ed team adapted an evidence-based healthy retail intervention, Baltimore Healthy Stores (Gittelsohn et al., 2011), to rural communities. We titled this project the “Eat Well, Be Well Rural Healthy Corner Store Project.” This manual provides a how-to and lessons learned for implementation of this intervention.
Materials: Eat Well, Be Well Project Manual (this link will open the manual in Dropbox where it can be read and downloaded)
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: An Introduction to Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals working to increase access to healthy food and physical activity options for low-income individuals and families. Learners will gain knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and evaluate effective policies, systems, and environmental approaches in this 12-hour, self-paced course. The online course contains six modules with videos, an interactive workbook, practical tools, and self-assessments.
- Module 1 – Introduction to Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Approaches
- Module 2 – Identifying Community Needs
- Module 3 – Building Partnerships and Collaborations
- Module 4 – Creating PSE Action Plans
- Module 5 – Implementing PSE Action Plans
- Module 6 – Evaluation of PSE Approaches
A certificate of completion for all graduates and 12 CPEUs for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are available.
Visit www.ecornell.com/pse for more information or to enroll.
Research on Behavioral Economics-Based Promotion of Healthy Food Choice in a Retail Setting: Can Results Inform SNAP-Ed Practice? by Molly De Marco, Jessica Soldavini, Tracy Wesley, and Alice Ammerman
What’s in it for Retailers? Establishing Partnerships with Food Retailers to Conduct Healthy Food Choice Research by Molly De Marco, Leah Chapman, and Nasir Siddique
Uses of Behavioral Economics Nudges within Healthy Retail Interventions in the SNAP-Ed Program: Research Opportunities by Daniella Uslan, Jessica Soldavini, Molly De Marco, Terry Hartman, and Alice Ammerman.