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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.

Friday Forums and TA Calls

The CTW Team is excited to share a series of interactive video conference calls to discuss successes and challenges with PSE work.  This year we are adding what are called TA Calls to provide information and discussion about a broad range of topics that SNAP-Ed providers ask about.

Many of you have let us know you want to hear from other SNAP-Ed providers 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 or TA 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.

Friday Forums and TA Calls FFY2020

All calls start at 9:30 am. Select the month to access the Zoom link.

Friday Forum and TA Call FFY2020

Topic:  School Wellness Policies and District PSE Initiatives

This Friday Forum was centered around working with schools and school districts to strengthen policies for healthy choices.  Included in the discussion is information about school wellness policies, healthy celebrations and school garden projects.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:

Here are additional resources and information:

Topic: Cooking Matters and How to Get Started

This call provides information about the Cooking Matters curriculum and how to partner with Solid Ground to implement the program.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:

Here are additional resources and information:

Topic: Food Demonstrations to Encourage Healthy Choices

This Friday Forum focuses on how to run effective food demonstrations to promote healthy choices in participants. Join as our speakers share their experience and expertise.

Topic: Working With Your Local CSO

Troy Burgess, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator at DSHS, shared information about programming at DSHS and how it relates to the work done in SNAP-Ed. He also talked about ways SNAP-Ed providers can work with their local CSO and provided examples of work being done in the state.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:

Topic: Small Stores and Food Retailing

This forum describes two successful projects that work with small grocery corner stores. Natalie Tauzin, RD, MPH, from Spokane Regional Health District and Stephanie Wood, MPH, CHES, from Tacoma Pierce County Public Health describe the process they used to help increase access to healthy food to their communities.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:

Here are documents from Spokane Regional Health District that provide information about their Healthy Corner Store (HCS) Program:

Topic: Working with Older Youth

This webinar provided information from three organizations who have experience in working with older youth.  Topics include: recruiting, barriers to working with older youth, strategies to engage, how to include PSE when working with this age group and engaging local partners.


Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:


Topic: Cultural Adaptations to Create a Welcoming Meeting

Join us as we explore different ideas, thoughts, and recommendations on how to create a culturally inclusive learning space for all our our participants.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:


Topic: FFY2021 Curriculum List

This forum reviews the new FFY2021 curriculum list for direct education in SNAP-Ed programming. Newly added curricula are introduced and discussed during this call.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:


Topic: Review of WA SNAP-Ed Social Media Guidelines and Tips for Writing Social Media Posts

This webinar discusses the guidelines and best practices on how to interact with SNAP-Ed participants using social media.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the call:

Here is the recording:

Here is additional information from the call:

Topic: Working with Farmer’s Markets During COVID-19 and Beyond

The discussion topics for this Friday forum include: Current practices at the Farmers Market in relation to COVID-19 guidelines, partnership potential between WSFMA and SNAP-Ed, and SNAP-Ed programs and incentives currently happening in farmers market.

Topic: COVID-19 and The Impact on WA SNAP-Ed

This Friday Forum discusses the COVID-19 Pandemic and it’s different impacts on the Washington State SNAP-Ed Program. Join us as we learn what is happening, and what actions we can take to help our participants and our program.

Here are the PowerPoints:

Here is the recording:

Additional Resources and Information:


Friday Forum Calls-FFY2019

Here are the recordings and attachments from calls held in FFY2019

Topic: Integrating Physical Activity (PA) into SNAP-Ed

The first Friday Forum was centered around physical activity and how to best incorporate it into the WA SNAP-Ed program.  Discussion topics include: new guidelines for PA in schools, activities that can be done in a variety of settings, opportunities to engage community partners and policies that help increase PA.

Here are the PowerPoint Slides:

Here are links to a number of resources that may help SNAP-Ed educators implement and extend PA in programming :

Topic: School and Community Gardens and SNAP-Ed

Discussion Topics:

  • Master Gardeners and other volunteer programs in garden establishment and maintenance.
  • Activities to link the classroom and the school garden.
  • Policies to allow garden produce to be used in the school or summer feeding programs.
  • Extending the school gardens to the home.
  • Gardening in affordable housing sites.
  • Grow a Row Campaigns.

Topic: Farmers Markets and Increasing Access to Locally Grown Food

Discussion Topics:

  • Activities to support promotion of SNAP, SFMNP and other FMNP benefits as well as incentive programs.
  • Assisting Farm Stands and smaller markets with eligibility for SNAP and other benefits.
  • Partnering with local WIC providers on WIC distribution days.
  • Engaging kids and families at the market.

Here are the Power Point slides:

We had difficulty in the recording of this forum. Please contact Terry Perry: for information on the presentation.