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.
Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a web-based, professional development program available to all staff involved in the Washington State SNAP-Ed program. It promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental interventions with educational strategies.
The program is designed to help all of us better understand:
Basic terminology related to PSE work.
Examples of systems-thinking including the Social-Ecological Model, Spectrum of Prevention and PSE concepts.
Skills to expand our program across many level to impact policies, systems, and environments.
Strategies and tools for strengthening engagement, communicating with partners, and understanding community context.
It is the expectation of DSHS that anyone involved with the Washington State SNAP-Ed program will register and complete all five modules of the Systems Approaches program. We will have access to this training until April, 2019. Please register and complete all modules if you have not already done so.
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