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Policy, Systems, Environment

Policy, Systems, Environment

PSE Training: Systems Approaches

Washington SNAP-Ed encourages all program providers to incorporate PSE into the work they do in their communities.

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. 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

Steps from Registration Guide:

To register for the course:

  1. Visit the Registration page.
  2. Click the plus (+) sign next to “Organizational participants register for the program” (towards the bottom of the page.)
  3. Download the Organizational Participant Step by Step Instructions (.pdf) and then click on the maroon “Register as a Participant” button.
  4. Follow the instructions to create an account, which you will use to log in to the course site.
  5. After creating an account, you will be able to go to site and use your new account information to access the course site. Please note: Login using the green button on the website that says Login For Systems Approaches Modules. 

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

Additional Resources & Downloads

During the fall of FFY19, training was held in Kennewick and Richland to expand on the web based Systems Approaches to Healthy Communities modules.  Below are links to presentation documents and handouts from the two-day training.