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Region 3 SNAP-Ed Friday Updates 01/14/2022

Hello SNAP-Ed Friends,

Going into this long weekend feeling grateful for people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday would be January 15. And also feeling grateful for people like all of you, who are working towards equity wherever you are.


*Reminder* Important Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

  • January 14 – TODAY: 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* Race and Equity

The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed Part 2: Authentic Resident Engagement as a model to advance equity, Jan 27, 1-2:15pm
Join our hosts, UNC’S SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team and ASNNA’s Race, Health and Social Equity Committee, for a two-part training which will provide an overview of why and how to do authentic resident engagement, followed by a discussion session on applying the four working principles to our SNAP-Ed activities. The Healthy Food Policy Project team and its Advisory Committee members developed working principles to provide a template for authentic resident engagement in food access policy change.

  • On Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:15 PM EST, team members Sally Mancini and Whitney Shields will provide an overview of the principles. Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers will share examples of how she has used these principles in her food access work in East Hartford, CT.
  • On Monday, January 31, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, EST ASNNA Race, Health and Social Equity Committee members will facilitate small group discussion on how to operationalize authentic resident engagement in a SNAP-Ed setting. The discussion session will be capped at 200 to allow for small group discussion.

Register here:


Civil Eats Article: How the Swinomish Are Reviving a Native Oyster and Protecting Eelgrass in Puget Sound. An Indigenous-owned aquaculture company is showing how to balance ecosystems and economic growth. Read the article here.


CDC Resources: Improving Access to Public Websites and Digital Services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons is a new and valuable publication filled with best practices that can help you break down digital barriers for people whose primary language is not English. The publication also shows examples of websites, site navigation patterns, language selectors, and more. Use this resource to ensure that people with LEP can access your information and services.


Global Alliance For the Future of Food Report: The Politics of Knowledge – Understanding the Evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative Approaches, and Indigenous Foodways

Check out this new report from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, an alliance of foundations devoted to using “our resources and networks to get sustainable food systems on the poltical, economic, and social agenda.”


The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting young people living in Washington for a Youth Advisory Council

Members of the council will be asked to serve for about a year starting in 2022, and will help the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make programming decisions. More information about meetings, expectations, and how to apply is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese (Sim) and Somali, and can be found at:

We are looking for applicants age 13-21 who live in Washington State and have access to the internet, social media, and email.  Our recruitment will center on the communities most affected by health care inequities. We especially encourage young people with these lived experiences to apply:

  • Affected by disabilities
  • Experiences with different systems, including juvenile justice, child protective services, or foster care
  • Experience with behavioral and mental health conditions and treatment
  • Experience with chronic disease conditions and treatment
  • Feeling left out at school or experiencing challenges at school
  • From marginalized and/or underserved communities
  • Experience with houselessness and/or unstable housing
  • Struggles with access to or challenges with health care

We need your help to get the word out! Please share with your contacts who are connected with schools, teachers, youth organizations, and young people in the state. 


*NEW* Curriculum, Training and Website Team Updates

Student Engagement Workshops: January 13, 2022 was the first of six workshops centered on a trauma informed, anti -racist lens. If you registered but were not able to attend the first session, please be sure to join us next week.  All registrants should have received an email from Instructure Canvas.  It is an invitation to participate in the workshop discussion and access documents related to the training.  Please contact the CTW team if you are registered but did not receive your Canvas invite.


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 (update from last week)

As we shared last week, we are hosting a virtual, live PEARS training next week and the week following. The training will focus on reporting Direct Education and Indirect Activities. Please consider signing up before the end of this week, meaning by Friday, January 14, because if you do, you will be able to share your two most pressing questions about PEARS when you register. We’ll focus our Q&A time on questions we have received before next week. That said, we’ll of course welcome all questions asked at any time, and will follow up to those questions that we can’t get to during the live trainings in written form later on.

The two dates for staff to choose from are:

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

Registration link:


Health Promotion Intervention in PEARS Goes Away January 14th, 2022 (update from last week)

The “Health Promotion” intervention name in PEARS is going away this Friday, January 14th, 2022. Please  change any interventions that currently are designated as “Health Promotion” ideally prior to January 14 or by the end of quarter 1.

Guidance is available at:


PEARS Action Item: Please Mark Finished Activities as Complete (repeat from last week)

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.


*NEW* WSFMA Updates

Farmers Market Food Access Forum: Thurs. Jan 20 at 12:00pm

Please join us for our first Farmers Market Food Access Forum of 2022. In anticipation of planning for the 2022 season, we will be highlighting 2021 SNAP Success Stories including:

  • Clark County SNAP-Ed Market Tours Program
  • Arlington Farmers Market’s partnerships and POP program
  • Sequim Farmers Market’s SNAP Customer Testimonial Video Development
  • Gorge Grown’s Mobile Market’s Support of small, rural markets in need of farm product

Farmers Market Food Access Forum

Thurs., Jan 20, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 845 3162 7730

OR Call-In Option: 1-253-215-8782


*NEW* Job Opportunities

The WSU Extension Youth and Families SNAP-Ed Program is recruiting for an Assistant Director position.  Screening will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  To apply for the position, please go to


The WSU Extension Youth and Families SNAP-Ed and EFNEP Program is also recruiting for a Fiscal Specialist 2 position.  Screening begins January 10 and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply for the position, please go to–EFNEP-Fiscal-Specialist_R-3975


Happy Friday!

Acacia & Jen