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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 07/23/21

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

As details come together for the SNAP-Ed Forum, we are getting so excited to have that time set aside together for learning and discussion! I know that some of you are going to be out of town or otherwise unable to attend, and we will miss you! If you can’t join us at the Forum, but want to access the recordings afterwards, you should go ahead and register for the Forum. That will give you access to the virtual platform so that you can view recorded sessions when you have time.


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • August 17-19: Register Now!! Virtual SNAP-Ed Statewide Forum *Register here: 2021 Forum Page
  • October 1: FFY2022 Starts!
  • October 6: Q4 PEARS data DUE in PEARS
  • October 22: FFY2021 Annual Report DUE to IA
  • October 30: Final FY2021 subcontractor invoices DUE to WSU
  • October 30: Final FFY2021 Time and Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter


*NEW* Race and Equity

  • ChangeLab Solutions: Equity in the Planning Process resources. Click here to view resources. Present-day planners and policymakers have a responsibility to undo and replace harmful planning policies and practices that have contributed to inequitable health and wealth outcomes. To do that, planners need a new set of practices and tools to equitably engage and collaborate with communities in developing plans that disrupt patterns of structural disadvantage. ChangeLab Solutions has created a blog post, guide and webinar to help planners elicit meaningful community participation that will infuse equity and justice considerations into their everyday practices and decision-making processes.


  • ChangeLab Solutions: Legal and Policy Strategies for Health Care and Food System Partners. A guide to creating just and resilient food systems through cross-sector partnerships. Find the guide here.


*NEW* Curriculum Training & Website Team Updates  

Register for the 2021 WA SNAP-Ed Forum!  Planning for the forum is well underway and we hope you have made plans to attend the virtual conference August 17-19, 2021.  Each day there will be a keynote speaker as well as breakout sessions centered around our statewide interventions.  Examples of topics include Community Connections, Farm to Early Childhood Education, What’s on the Horizon for Direct Education and Creative Ways to Promote Physical Activity.

As soon as we have session titles confirmed we will add those to the 2021 Forum Page, which is also where you can register. Each person will be able to select the breakout sessions they want to attend.  Mark your calendars, register and plan to attend!  This is going to be a great forum.


*NEW* Evaluation Team Updates

No updates at this time.


*NEW* Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources


  • ASNNA Open Forum: How can human-centered design support SNAP-Ed reach and impact?: Ideas for implementing and testing food retail strategies in your community. Date: Thursday, July 29thfrom 4 – 5:15 EST

The Food, Fitness, and Opportunity Research Collaborative and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters invite you to learn about how they have been using human-centered design methods to develop intervention frameworks that center the needs and desires of SNAP-eligible caregivers of young children in places where they frequent.

To date, the team has led over 40 hours of design workshops with caregivers of young children, SNAP-Ed Implementing Agency staff, and key system stakeholders to co-create robust intervention frameworks and roadmaps for food retail and early child education settings.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Introduce you to key human-centered design principles and the design challenge this project seeks to address
  • Explain how human-centered design mindsets and principles can help SNAP-Ed IAs engage SNAP-eligible audiences and key implementation partners
  • Demonstrate tools and techniques in the intervention framework to help you test and adapt these food retail strategies in your community

To register for the event, click here:


*NEW* Job Announcements

Common Threads Farm is hiring (Bellingham, WA):

  • We are adding a new position to our staff team: Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator. If you or someone you know is interested, check out the postingand apply today.
  • In addition to our traditional school-based Food Education AmeriCorps positions, Common Threads is currently recruiting for 3-4 YouthResponse Corps Members.  These positions are new and exciting for us in that they:
    • Focus specifically on COVID hunger relief
    • Come with a living allowance of $23K for the year plus a $6300 end of service education award, health insurance, and eligibility for food benefits (higher than we’ve been able to offer in the past)

If you know a young person between the ages of 17-25 who would be a good fit for one of these positions, please point them to this application page. While we welcome any and all strong applicants, we’re especially keen to encourage applicants from folks who do not identify as white straight women (no offense to those of us who identify that way, we’ve just already got that perspective in spades!) Thanks for helping to spread the word! This position starts at the end of August, so time is of the essence!



Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen