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FYI Communications 6.6.19



FFY20 state plan updates are underway. Instructions and materials are on the DOH SNAP-Ed for Contractors Home page and individual DOH SNAP-Ed SharePoint pages. Please have contact information, budgets, and project details workbooks updated on your SharePoint page or sent to your regional lead (contract manager) by close of business Friday, June 14th.

Office hours for help completing project details workbooks are scheduled for:

  1. Friday, June 7th: 1:15-3:00pm
  2. Monday, June 10th: 8:00-10:00am
  3. Wednesday, June 12th: 11:15am-12:30pm

These office hours are open time for you to get your specific questions answered, and a time for us to hear from you regarding any other questions, issues, thoughts or suggestions about FFY20 planning. There won’t be a formal agenda or planned presentation during this time. Come with your questions!

If you are having issues with SharePoint access, downloading, saving or uploading, please contact your contract manger as soon as possible before June 14th.



In June Nikki Eller will host a webinar to explain how agencies can extract direct education and demographic data from PEARS. For more information about this webinar, see the Webinars + Training section below.

The statewide evaluation team continues to test English and Spanish versions of updated SNAP-Ed participant surveys around Washington. Places they’ve tested the updated surveys include Burien, Lakewood, Yakima, and Vancouver.

PEARS shared a client satisfaction survey during the week of May 20-24, 2019. As statewide PEARS users for SNAP-Ed, PEARS would greatly appreciate your time in completing this survey and providing them valuable feedback. The survey closes Friday, June 14th.


Q:  “How do I report the work I’ve done when a site that my organization does not work with asks for technical assistance once or twice, but does not ask me or my organization to lead a SNAP-Ed activity?”

A:  Report this as a partnership in the PEARS Partnerships Module. When creating the partnership, select types of assistance or support that you provide to your partner, and types of assistance that your partner provides to you and your agency. Examples of partnership assistance include marketing, development, materials, planning, technical services, etc.



Have ideas for a PSE Friday Forum? Please send the CTW Team your topic ideas and suggestions. You can send them to their *new* team email address

New on the website — Working with CSO’s:

There is a new page on SNAP-Ed Providers website about working with Community Services Offices (CSOs) in the state of Washington.  Please follow the link to read about ways to work with your local CSO and an interactive map of locations across the state: In case you have not had a chance to see it, there is also a new success story about the work WSU Skagit has done with their local CSO.  Here is the link:

Contact your IA if you have a success story you would like to share with the Washington SNAP-Ed community on our website, and continue to add your success stories to PEARS.

Summer Teaching Calendars are due:

Please submit your summer teaching calendars to the Evaluation and CTW Teams no later than June 7, 2019. All providers should use the handy form found here:

Please note: If you are not teaching this summer, let the curriculum team know via the link above with a quick note stating you have no direct education classes planned this summer.



PEARS webinar – multiple dates. Nikki Eller, SNAP-Ed Regional Evaluation Liaison, will host a webinar to explain how agencies can extract direct education and demographic data from PEARS. The webinar will be available the following dates and times:

  • 6/17 Monday 10-11AM
  • 6/19 Wednesday 1-2PM
  • 6/24 Monday 11-12PM
  • 6/25 Tuesday 10:30-11:30AM

The URL to register is here: A recording will also be made available at a later date.


Smarter Lunchrooms training – June 12. Bianca Smith and OSPI will be hosting a Smarter Lunchrooms training for SNAP-Ed staff (and other participants) on June 12 at Clover Park School District in Lakewood, WA. If you are planning to attend this training, and have not yet registered via OSPI, please contact your regional lead.


National Academy of Science: Culture of Health webinar series. Messaging to Advance Health Equity in Public Policy. This webinar will highlight a successful communications campaign that effectively utilized evidence-based strategies to engage key stakeholders to advance health equity in public policy.
June 12, 3:00 pm ET. Register.


Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI): Who Counts? Racial Misclassification and American Indian and Alaska Native Populations. Join UIHI Scientific Director, Adrian Dominguez, who will discuss how racial misclassification and limited analysis have excluded American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations from health assessments and community conversations. This webinar will also provide training on ways to improve capturing AI/AN race in health data.
June 14, 11:00 am PT. Register.


American Public Health Association (APHA) and the HHS Office of Adolescent HealthWalking the Walk: Applying Positive Youth Development Approaches to Adolescent Health. This webinar will use examples from the field to highlight how positive youth development approaches can be applied by organizations, systems and communities to improve adolescent health.
June 18, 12:00 pm ET. Register.



WA SNAP-Ed Regional Snapshots from the evaluation team are available! They use FFY 2018 data and were designed to have a consistent look with the surveys that the evaluation team is currently pilot testing. Regional snapshots are available at


WA Breakfast After the Bell-Statewide Summits

OSPI and United Way King County will conduct three Breakfast After the Bell Summits.  The schedule is listed below.  All SNAP-Ed providers are welcome to attend to learn more about BAB and how they can partner in their communities to help make the program a success.

Breakfast After the Bell (BAB) Resources


Nutrition Supports for Health Clinics Toolkit

This is a toolkit of healthy eating policy, systems, and environmental change strategies encouraged by the national SNAP-Ed program for obesity prevention and addressing food insecurity. It includes 1) an overview of SNAP, SNAP-Ed, and policy, systems, and environmental change strategies; 2) a description of 12 nutrition support strategies conducive to the health clinic setting; and 3) case studies of health clinics that have implemented nutrition and physical activity supports. Click here to access the toolkit.


HHS and the Men’s Health Network recognize June as Men’s Health Month. For further information and resources, please visit the Men’s Health Month website.


The USDA Foods infographics tell the story of USDA Foods in Schools by providing an overview of USDA Foods purchases by food group, form, state, and top purchases of produce and overall product types.



Pride Foundation: Community Grants Program. Supports community organizations that are working to improve the lives and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults and families in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. Deadline is June 28. Learn more.

Interesting in these or other funding opportunities? Please feel free to contact your DOH IA regional lead for technical assistance on grant applications.




It’s Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain

“The study, conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, is the first randomized, controlled trial to show that eating a diet made up of ultra-processed foods actually drives people to overeat and gain weight compared with a diet made up of whole or minimally processed foods.”


To Unlock Innovation, Guide Your Team through Creative Collaboration

“In this episode of our Creative Confidence Series, IDEO Partner and Managing Director Mike Peng chats with IDEO U Dean Suzanne Gibbs Howard about creative collaboration—the method IDEO teams use to come up with innovative new ideas. Mike gives insight into our new course, Cultivating Creative Collaboration, that teaches you how to guide others through the creative collaboration process. He also shares tips for overcoming common challenges, why this way of working is necessary in today’s world, and how tension can be harnessed to unleash creative ideas.”

School Meals Are Healthier After Major Nutrition Reforms

“The first comprehensive national study of the school meal programs following major reforms prompted by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 found that school meals are healthier than they were before the reforms and that students are eating the healthier meals…Using the Healthy Eating Index-2010 (HEI-2010), a team of researchers from Mathematica measured the nutritional quality of school meals in SY 2014–2015 and compared them with meals in SY 2009–2010. Findings showed that total HEI-2010 scores for school lunches increased from 58 percent of the possible maximum score to 82 percent, and total scores for breakfasts increased from 50 percent of the possible maximum to 71 percent (see figure below). The study also found that student participation in the school lunch program was higher in schools that served lunches with the highest nutritional quality and lower in schools that served lunches with the lowest nutritional quality.”