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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Update for 08/07/20

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

We have had no shortage of information to share in the past few months, and this update is no exception.  Please note additions and or changes to due date(s) below due to the need to report on how COVID-19 has changed our programming this year.  We will keep you updated!

I will be taking some vacation time next week, and so there will not be a regular Friday update.  Though if anything urgent comes up, Jen will send it your way!


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • August 14: Friday Forum with CTW – COVID-19 and Impacts to WA SNAP-Ed *details below
  • September 30: PEARS data entry, including Q4 COVID-19 PEARS reporting DUE (moved up from October 6 due date, due to deadline for getting information to Evaluation Team)
  • September 25: Q4 COVID-19 Survey DUE to IA *Additional information coming soon*
  • October 1: FFY2021 SNAP-Ed fiscal year start!
  • October 30: All FFY2019 Effort Certification forms DUE to Kim Buckhalter
  • October 30: Final FFY2019 invoices DUE to Sponsored Program Services


*NEW* Racism and Equity

Civil Eats Article: Should the Dietary Guidelines Help Fight Systemic Racism? The new guidelines, published every five years, don’t reflect the nation’s growing diversity, or the particular health and dietary risks that communities of color face.  Quoted in this article is Valerie Segrest, of the Mukleshoot Indian Tribe in western Washington.


Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust for a conversation on the important role of nutrition in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities at the second annual Nutrition and Health Equity Summit on Tuesday, August 25th. This complimentary event will discuss: Health Disparities and COVID-19: America’s Report Card; Structural Racism and Systematic Inequities: Implications for Diet and Health; and Nutrition, Disparities and Chronic Disease: Finding Solutions After the Pandemic. Reps. Robin Kelly (Ill.); Alma Adams (N.C.); and Danny K. Davis (Ill.) will provide remarks.


*NEW* COVID-19 Updates

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and ongoing actions that DOH and local health jurisdictions can take to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on Washingtonians.

In order to appropriately and equitably inform recovery plans at the state and local levels, DOH is requesting residents from across Washington to go to to take part in the survey. (To take the survey by phone, call 855-530-5787—interpreters are available to assist.)

The survey is voluntary and confidential. At the end of the survey, participants will be given the option to provide their name, phone number and/or email address. Each week of the survey, three participants will receive a $100 gift code as a thank you for their time and participation. If you have additional questions about the CORONA Survey, you can call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127.


Washington State Department of Commerce: Please provide input to help identify and expand high speed broadband internet access across the state!

OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024.

The first step is for Washington residents to perform a one-minute access and speed survey found at Using the easy-to-follow instructions and a simple link, anyone can complete the speed test at home using any computer or mobile device.

Those with no internet access at their homes are encouraged to visit a local library or drive-in hotspot in their community, or use their mobile device to take the survey and check the “no available service” button to record their physical address. This simple access and speed survey will result in statistically valid data and mapping for decision makers to plot a course for Washington’s ambitious broadband expansion plans.

ACTIONS: Please take the test yourself at home and/or office, and share the message below with your networks:

“Need better broadband? Please visit and take a speed test to provide information about your current internet service. It only takes a minute! This will help identify communities where we need improved internet access.”


*NEW* Collaboration with Representation Resources

Article from Stanford Social Innovation Review: Creating Collaborative Solutions With Communities Using ‘Gifts Explosion’ and ‘See It My Way’:  Social service agencies have too often excluded the communities they aim to help from informing and strengthening the programs purportedly designed for them. Here are two techniques for using a person-centered model that offers a better way to craft truly collaborative solutions.  Read it here.



*NEW* Curriculum Training and Website Team Updates

Statewide Trainings Go Virtual:  A decision has been made to move our fall statewide WA SNAP-Ed trainings to a virtual platform.  Dates for the fall training are:

  • November 18-19, 2020: Curriculum Training:  Day One will focus on delivery of direct education during COVID-19.  Day Two will focus on new Food Smarts Food Waste Lessons.

Details for the virtual training will be posted closer to the date. We wanted to get the dates out to everyone so you can hold them on your calendar.

Please stay tuned for additional statewide training dates for late fall/winter.  We are adjusting plans due to the pandemic and will post dates/details soon.


Please join us for the last Friday Forum for FFY20:  COVID-19 and the Impact on WA SNAP-Ed

All SNAP-Ed staff are encouraged to attend the Friday Forums.  This month the topic will focus on the pandemic and how it has impacted both our SNAP-Ed participants and ourselves as we all continue to navigate COVID-19.  The link to the Zoom meeting is here.

Please note:  There will not be a Friday Forum in September.  Please watch for the list of topics and dates for FFY21 Friday Forums!



*NEW* Webinars

Important information regarding the Webinar Series: Adapting SNAP-Ed to COVID-19

  • August 4, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM PDT Measuring and Evaluating Impact
  • August 11, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM PDT Collecting and Reporting Data

We are thrilled that so many in the SNAP-Ed community have been interested in these webinars! Due to higher-than-expected attendance levels, we have had to move the webinars to a different platform which can accommodate higher attendance levels.
This is a great problem to have but does mean that if you already registered, you
MUST RE-REGISTER to attend the upcoming webinars. Registration is quick, and you will only need to register ONCE for both of the remaining webinars. We apologize for this inconvenience but are looking forward to this new platform being able to accommodate everyone. If  you have not yet registered, register now.


COVID-19 Webinar Series: Responding to Crisis in the Latino Community with an Equity Lens – August 13, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT
During this webinar, we will feature a discussion on how COVID-19 is placing an even brighter spotlight on many existing disparities experienced by Latino communities, with guest speakers from our partners at UnidosUS and their affiliate Esperanza Health Center. Register here.



Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen