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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 01/07/2022

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you’ve had a lovely holiday, and are ready to jump into 2022 – as we have oh so many updates this week!

*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • January 11: 2-3pm zoom office hour for quarter report support – contact Jen/Acacia for link
  • January 13: Series starts – Student Engagement with a Trauma Informed, Anti-Racist Lens training. Register here by TODAY Jan 7.
  • January 14: Friday Forum 9:30am – Farmers Market Partnerships through Collaboration. Find the link here.
  • January 14: FY22 Q1 Report and PEARS data DUE to IA
  • January 19th AND 25th: Virtual PEARS training with the evaluation team. Please register here.
  • January 26: What’s Up Wednesday 2-3pm – Quarter 1 Successes. Find the link here.
  • February 1-2: Examining Whiteness in Food Systems training. This workshop is rescheduled from December.  Please register on the WA SNAP-Ed training page


*NEW* Region 3 Updates

Introductions and staff updates – There have been several staffing changes over the past few months, and we’d like to introduce new folks, and some familiar faces in new roles!

  • Regional Latinx Outreach: Please Welcome Tania Churape! Tania started in December 2021, and will be filling in while Mariah is out on parental leave. If you have materials for Spanish translation, please send them to Tania at:
  • Island County WSU: Tricia Heimer is the new SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator! Tricia has been working with the Island WSU SNAP-Ed program for the past four years, and was hired into the position of coordinator in December 2021. Congratulations Tricia!
  • Whatcom County WSU: Noelle Beecroft is the new SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator! Noelle has been working with the Whatcom WSU SNAP-Ed program for the past year, and was hired into the position of coordinator in November 2021. Congratulations Noelle!
  • Snohomish County WSU: Jill Farrant is the new SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator! Jill had been working with the Snohomish WSU SNAP-Ed program for close to 3 years, before being hired into the position of coordinator in September 2021. Congratulations Jill (and sorry it took so long to announce!)


*NEW* Curriculum, Training and Website Team Updates

Last call to register! A series of workshops centered on a trauma informed, anti -racist lens, will start January 13th from 9:00 am-11:00 am. Please be sure to register by Friday, January 7, 2022 if you want to take part in discussions that could broaden your perspective on how you interact with the people we serve.


Join us January 14th for the next Friday Forum.  Staff from WSU Clark County will discuss their partnership with local farmer’s markets and how they have increased SNAP eligible participation through tours of the markets.  They will describe how they have made going to the market an easy-to-understand process and the steps they took to make the tours happen.  Access the link to all Friday Forums on the WA SNAP-Ed training page.  We will start at 9:30 am, Friday, January 14th.  See you then!


What’s Up Wednesday? The next What’s Up Wednesday (WUW) call will be January 26, 2022 from 2:00-3:00 pm. The topic discussion starter is “What are your quarter one success stories?” Join friends and colleagues from around the state to hear about the good work happening in Washington. You can access the WUW link on the training page.


New! Register now for a WA SNAP-Ed Workshop:  Examining Whiteness in Food Systems.  This workshop is rescheduled from December.  The new dates are February 1-2, 2022.  Details and link to registration can be found on the WA SNAP-Ed training page


New!  Nutrition Pantry Program (NPP) Training in March.  Registration is open for a two-part training about the Nutrition Pantry Program.  The two-session training will take place March 15 and 22, 2022 from 9:00 am-Noon, via Zoom. Designed to fully encompass PSE concepts into working with food pantries/food banks, participants will learn how to support client-centered and health focused food distribution sites.  The training is open to all WA SNAP-Ed staff and people must attend both sessions.


*NEW* Evaluation Team Updates

Upcoming Virtual Live PEARS Training

The training will focus on reporting Direct Education and Indirect Activities. The same training will be offered on two different days and will cover “tips, tricks, and common pitfalls,” followed by a Q&A session. Both training sessions will be recorded and added to the training webpage following the training, together with a PDF containing the Q&A questions and answers.


The two dates for staff to choose from are:

  • Wednesday, January 19th – 2:30pm–3:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 25th – 10am–11am


We now have a registration link for you:


As part of the registration, we also included a field for you to add your top two PEARS questions that you’d like us to cover. If at all possible, we ask for you to register and add your questions to the registration page by January 14th, to allow us to prepare answers for the first training. We look forward to seeing what’s on your mind!


Health Promotion Intervention in PEARS Goes Away January 14th, 2022

The “Health Promotion” intervention name in PEARS is going away next week, January 14th, 2022. This means that any intervention that is currently under the “Health Promotion” name in PEARS will need to be reassigned to a different intervention name. We encourage you to change any interventions that currently are designated as “Health Promotion” ideally by the end of quarter 1.


PEARS Action Item: Please Mark Finished Activities as Complete

As we are moving toward the end of Quarter 1, we’d like to remind you, that if any of your activities are completed, please make sure to mark them as Complete in PEARS. Ongoing activities should be left open until they are completed, or the end of the fiscal year was reached. Thank you!


*NEW* Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources

USDA Report: Indicators of Diet Quality, Nutrition, and Health for Americans by Program Participation Status, 2011–2016: The SNAP Report

This study is the fourth in a series that uses the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data to examine the relationship between SNAP participation and indicators of diet quality, nutrition, and health. As in previous studies, this study compares SNAP participants with income-eligible and higher income nonparticipants, by age and gender


National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Webinar: Annual NCCOR Showcase – Highlighting New Projects, Tools and Resources

February 7, 10-11am: Register here

We will highlight the Youth Active Travel to School Project, Economics of Built Environments Improvement, Advancing Measurement to Address Childhood Obesity, and A Toolkit for Evaluating Childhood Healthy Weight Programs. There will be an opportunity for webinar participants to ask questions about these projects and future efforts of NCCOR


Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen