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Restructuring a State Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program: Implications of a Local Health Department Model

4/1/2015
When: 4/1/2015
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Restructuring a State Nutrition Education
and Obesity Prevention Program:
Implications of a Local Health Department Model

Wed., April 1, 2015
12-1 p.m., ET
Helen W. Wu, Ph.D., M.S.
2013 PHSSR Mentored Researcher
Development Awardee


Policy & Research Analyst,
Institute for Population Health Improvement,
UC Davis Health System, Sacramento
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) provides funding for states, through Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) grants, to improve nutrition and physical activity in low-income populations. California substantially restructured its program in 2012 concomitant with several key federal program changes. A major feature of California’s reorganization was to position local health departments (LHDs) as the programmatic leads for their jurisdictions, and to reduce several key state and regional program functions.

This study seeks to determine whether California’s reorganization to a LHD model aligns with desirable attributes of decentralized public program management by local agencies. The investigator will discuss initial observations from key informant interviews held with more than 50 program directors and leaders at local, state, and federal levels. California is unique in its use of a LHD model to lead SNAP-Ed work, and the lessons learned from its experience will inform USDA and other states about SNAP-Ed program management.

Julia Costich, Ph.D., J.D., professor of health management and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will moderate the session.Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the UC Davis Health System, will provide commentary from the research community andDesiree Backman, Dr.P.H., M.S., R.D., who serves as chief prevention officer for the California Department of Health Care Services and senior scientist at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the UC Davis Health System, will provide commentary from the practice community.
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