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Friday Forums

Friday Forums


Policy, systems and environmental change is a way of modifying the environment to make healthy choices practical and available to all community members. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. By changing policies, systems and/or environments, communities can help tackle health issues like obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

PSE change approaches are an important part of the SNAP-Ed program. In the state of Washington, we are working to coordinate efforts across the state to include PSE strategies in the work we do.

Friday Forums

The CTW Team is excited to share a series of interactive video conference calls to discuss successes and challenges with PSE work.

Many of you have let us know you want to hear from other SNAP-Ed LIAs about PSE strategies being used in local communities. These calls will provide a place where we can all meet, ask questions and continue to build the very best SNAP-Ed program possible.  You can join any or all the calls via your computer or telephone.

Below is the list of topics, dates and conference links for the calls.  We would love to hear from you if you have topics to add. Send us an email to: SNAP-Ed CTW Team and let us know what you want to talk about on a Friday Forum call.

We know folks on the calls will have a wealth of information to share and we look forward to learning from educators across the state.

All calls start at 9:30 am. There is one link for all FFY22 Friday Forums.


Dates and Topics

Friday Forum Calls FFY 2022

Here are the recordings and attachments from calls held in FFY 2022

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and SNAP-Ed


Rachel Floyd from OSPI shares information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and how SNAP-Ed local implementing agencies can partner with local school districts to support the program.

Supporting School Nutrition Growth and Change

Abby Miller of ESD 101 presents ways SNAP-Ed LIAs can support schools and school districts in making positive changes. She discusses potential barriers and means of entry to having conversations with school nutrition staff.

Food Shopper Equity

Laura Titzer- Northwest Harvest, Kate Ortiz – King County Public Health and Anna Kitchin – WSU King County Extension share about the Food Shopper Equity Project. The new Food Shopper Equity website is highlighted with tools and resources for those working with Food Pantries and community hunger initiatives.

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Here is the chat record:

Here are additional resources and information:

Famers Markets Partnerships Through Collaboration

Join WSU Clark County Extension as they share their journey implementing Farmers  Market Tours. Learn about how they collaborated with community partners and the Washington State Farmers Market Association to engage the community with local Farmer’s Markets.

Cultural Adaptations for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Join Anna Fogel from the UW Graduate program in Public Health as she explores ways that SNAP-Ed providers can gain insight and understanding to make the Dietary Guidelines for American’s culturally relevant for participants. Joining Anna are guest speakers Dorothy Nguyen RDN and Stefanie Sismaet RDN from Sound Generation Meals on Wheels, Ana Portilla from UW, and Svetlana Konotopchik from WSU Pierce County Extension sharing their own cultural recipes and traditions.

Equity in Food Systems

Mercy Kariuki-McGee from the Haki Farmers Collective in Lacey, Washington, shares about the  BIPOC farmers collaborative. Mercy is also a part of the WSU/UW Food Systems Team that collected information about Equity in Food Systems during COVID 19. Mercy shares some of the surprising data from Washington State.

This months Friday Forum also highlighted the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Challenge Co-Chairs Karen Spiller  who is the Massachusetts Ambassador for Food Solutions New England, (coordinated by the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute)  and Curtis Ogden from the Interactions Institute for Social Change  shared about the 21- Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Karen and Curtis shared about the challenge and how Washington SNAP-Ed providers can take part.

Here is the recording:

Here are the PowerPoint slides:

Here is the chat record:

Here are additional resources and information:

Equitable Strategies for Working with Community Gardens and Tribal Foods

In this presentation, Tend team members will share strategies for incorporating native and wild edible foods into school gardens and classroom activities. Tend, Gather and Grow (Tend) is a K-12 curriculum that focuses on native and naturalized plants of the Pacific Northwest region. Through hands-on activities, students explore themes in wild food traditions, herbal medicine, plant technologies, cultural ecosystems, and tree communities. Northwest Native American plant knowledge and stories are woven throughout the curriculum. The 60+ lessons align with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) education principles and Next Generation Science Standards.



New Visions for Summer Programming

Hear about how to collaborate with summer feeding programs and local farmers markets, investigate the new gardening resource project with Oregon State University Food Hero and Washington SNAP-Ed. Local Implementing Agencies will share success stories about Walk With Ease and Tribal neighbors in Grays Harbor and Mason County, a local library/gardening project in Island County and work with Farmers Markets in Clark County.

Here is the recording:

Here is the Power Point

Here is the CHAT



Rise and Thrive: New Ways to Connect with Participants


Join Vanessa Davis as she shares new ways to connect with SNAP-Ed participants. Vanessa has worked around the world with different groups and cultures where she has learned to build deep and lasting connections and relationships. Join us as she shares some of the tools that have been effective in growing relationships and connecting with people.

Here is the Recording:

Here is the Power Point:

Here is the CHAT Record