Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee

Acting For Change

ASNNA’s Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee was formed to raise awareness of systemic inequities in the administration and implementation of SNAP-Ed, acknowledge that these inequities exist, and act to change them.


Co-Chairs of the Committee are:

Mary Marczak, Director of Programs & Systems with the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Family Development (marcz001@umn.edu)

Chanta’l Rose, SNAP-Ed Planning & Evaluation Lead with the Food, Fitness, and Opportunity Research Collaborative at UNC, Chapel Hill (crose33@unc.edu)

Equity Statement

ASNNA Statement on Racial Equity

Systemic racism unfairly advantages one group while unfairly disadvantaging other groups. In the U.S., this systemic racism has resulted in both unjust food systems and unjust economic systems. ASNNA looks to organize and create opportunities for learning, while sharing and exploring information about race, health, and social equity to carry out SNAP-Ed-funded work to advance health equity.

Guiding Principles to Embed Equity in SNAP-Ed

Presented at the ASNNA Conference in February 2023, the Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee shared six guiding principles to ground us in the work of embedding equity throughout SNAP-Ed programming. These guidelines provide direction and support as Implementing Agencies navigate their equity efforts. The document also includes a list of reflexive questions that individuals and agencies can return to again and again to assess their priorities and progress.

Position Paper: A Roadmap to Equity in SNAP-Ed

“A Roadmap to Equity in SNAP-Ed” is a seminal position paper presented by the Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee to share relevant topics, practices, and resources for thinking about and embedding equity throughout SNAP-Ed programming. The content is relevant to federal, state, and local implementing agencies, professionals, and other community partners and is intended to be adapted to local context and capacity. We hope this paper will be a starting point for engaging all SNAP-Ed practitioners in discussions and decisions around equity and justice.

Approaching Tribal Relationships

Approaching Tribal Relationships

In response to the new Federal Guidance requiring states to consult with Tribal nations, the RHSE Committee, led by Veronica Seifert from the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services, put together a short document for any SNAP-Ed individual or agency looking to establish a new and/or maintain meaningful tribal relationships. 

Every organization is different, so it is important first to determine your organization’s policies and procedures for Tribal consultations. Some organizations require outreach within existing meetings with Tribal Leaders and state agency partners. Some organizations require standardized written correspondence, such as “Dear Tribal Leader” letters. Oftentimes, Tribal partners prefer to work with public service programs through a trusted third party, such as a tribal-run organization.

While this is not meant to be a comprehensive resource, we hope it will be a helpful starting place!

Action Plan

The Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee supports SNAP-Ed implementing agencies and center equitable approaches throughout planning, programming, evaluation, and beyond.

Training & Education

through webinars, speakers, and facilitating Communities of Practice as opportunities to learn together and share best practices

Guidance & Leadership

to create common language and provide structure to do sustainable equitable changes

Advocacy & Action

for practices such as disaggregating data, reviewing proposals through an equity lens, encouraging organizations to apply for SNAP-Ed funds, and creating mentorship opportunities for members in served communities

Create & Share Resources

for support in working with specific populations, translations, and to promote best practices


 Clearinghouse Library

Events & Webinars

A Roadmap to Equity in SNAP-Ed: Position Paper Introduction

Date: November 9, 2023

The Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee is pleased to present its seminal position paper, “A Road to Equity in SNAP-Ed.” During this webinar, several authors will briefly introduce the topics covered and discuss foundational principles and practices SNAP-Ed professionals can adopt to ensure high-quality equity-focused programming for all SNAP-Ed participants. 

The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed – A Series

The ASNNA Race, Health, and Social Equity Committee, in partnership with SNAP-Ed Connection and UNC Chapel Hill, hosted a 4-Part Webinar series discussing the role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed. We hope you will watch these and share them with your teams to continue to bring awareness around the importance of equity and the opportunity to re-imagine SNAP-Ed programming in ways that are trauma-informed, inclusive of and respect cultural differences, meaningfully engage community, and work to ensure meaningful experiences around food and nutritional health education and advocate for racially and socially just policy, systems, and environmental change activities.

Part 1: Bringing Equity into the Conversation

September 23, 2021

SNAP-Ed Toolkit Link

Part 2: Authentic Resident Engagement

September 23, 2021

SNAP-Ed Toolkit Link

Part 3: What does equity look like within an organization?

June 30, 2022

SNAP-Ed Toolkit Link

Part 1: Bringing Equity into the Conversation

September 22, 2022

SNAP-Ed Toolkit Link


Equitable Conference Attendance

May 2023

The ASNNA Race, Health, and Social  Equity Committee submitted an official letter to the USDA Nutrition Education Branch regarding the current inequitable guidance on conference travel limitations, included a series of recommendations necessary for greater equity. USDA NEB responded with a shared concern over equitable access to professional development opportunities and clarified, “States can request use of SNAP-Ed funds to pay for conference-related travel and registration expenses for more than the allowable number of staff detailed in the [SNAP-Ed] Guidance.” Both letters can be accessed using the link below.

USDA Advancing Racial Equity Comments

USDA Advancing Racial Equity Comments

July 15, 2021

The Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) appreciates the opportunity to comment and provide recommendations to USDA to advance racial justice and equity for underserved communities. The comments were developed by our Race, Health and Social Equity Committee.

USDA Advancing Racial Equity Comments

Additional Resources

USDA Advancing Racial Equity Comments

Racial Equity Town Hall Summary Slides

July 15, 2021

Breakout Room Topics

  • What is SNAP-Ed’s role in building equity?
  • What can the ASNNA RHSE committee do to help us all educate ourselves around these topics?
  • What is already being done at your program/organization to address race, health, social equity issues?
  • What are the top 3 action items the ASNNA RHSE committee can take within this fiscal year to help you/your program or organization?
  • What is one thing that you can do in your current SNAP-Ed work and role around equity?

Nutrition Security with Dr. Sara Bleich

July 22, 2022

A special presentation and discussion with Dr. Sara Bleich, the first Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity at the Food and Nutrition Service at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was held on June 22nd, 2022. Dr. Bleich provided an overview of USDA’s Actions on Nutrition Security and discussed with ASNNA members how federally supported nutrition education, including SNAP-Ed, plays a key role in the Department’s efforts to promote and elevate nutrition security.

Relevant USDA Nutrition Security Resources
Press Release – USDA Announces Actions on Nutrition Security | USDA
Secretary’s Historic Remarks – USDA Live | USDA
Report – USDA Actions on Nutrition
Website – Nutrition Security | USDA

By Pillar webpages

USDA Actions on Nutrition Security Infographic
Secretary’s Podcast about Reimaging Food Policy with Mark Bittman
Food and Nutrition Service Research and Evaluation Plan Fiscal Year 2022
Statement by Secretary Vilsack on the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget | USDA

RHSE Committee members represent state agencies and implementing agencies, both in extension as well as other types of organizations such as health departments, non-profits, social service organizations and universities. They are from most SNAP-Ed regions and are Black, Asian, Native American, Latine/x, multi-racial and white, men and women, with representatives from the following states (up-to-date as of April 2023): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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