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Policies, Systems & Environment (PSE)

Policies, Systems & Environment (PSE)


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.

PSE Training

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.

For more details on the program content, including learning objectives, download the Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities program summary (.pdf).


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.

Login (Returning Users)

Login for Systems Approaches Modules

After signing in, users will be automatically directed to the module dashboard.

Registration (New Users)

Register for the Systems Approaches to Healthy Communities program How-to Guide for Registration Process (.pdf)

Steps from Registration Guide:

  • Page 1 – Select “Register as a Participant”
  • Page 2 – Register as a new user for the university
  • Page 3 – Fill in personal information
  • Page 4 – Confirm information
  • Page 5 – Select “Register as a Participant” drop down, then select “continue”
  • Page 6 – Select “Washington State SNAP-Ed” from drop down menu, then select “continue”
  • Page 7 – Read privacy policy and complete registration
  • Page 8 – Log into course website at
  • Page 9 – View the “Course Demo: How to Use this Site video for information on how to navigate the course site

Once you have completed the registration and have logged into the course site, you may begin completing the modules at your convenience.