ASNNA Statement on Racial Equity 

EQUITY means fairness and justice for everyone, both in process and impact, regardless of racial, cultural, economic, or any other identity. Whereas equality provides one-size-fits-all solutions, equity recognizes that we do not all start from the same place and must therefore make acknowledgments and adjustments to systemic imbalances and differential redistributions of support according to individual needs.”

~RHSE Committee

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 believes healthy food access is a right, not a privilege. And while all people, no matter their gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, or age, hold this right, we acknowledge that intentional systems are designed to deprive communities of color and limited-resource communities of equitable access to affordable and healthy food. 

ASNNA acknowledges that the flourishing of our communities is a result of positive and adverse experiences, both of which shape resilience. Adversities include childhood, community, historical, and systemic trauma, as well as pervasive toxic stress. Systemic racism and historical trauma are of particular concern, especially among our SNAP-Ed participants, and resilience in the face of these devastating realities is the responsibility of the entire community – including providers and government agencies. Through SNAP-Ed, we have several opportunities to heal past racial trauma and prevent future trauma. First, SNAP-Ed must use direct education to provide positive and meaningful experiences around food and nutritional health. Programs must celebrate racial and ethnic foodways and support the development of more meaningful relationships with food that encompass not only nutrition but also social and cultural factors that research links to the healing and repair of historical trauma. Furthermore, SNAP-Ed must leverage research around trauma-informed care to bring healing through nutrition and physical activity interventions designed to both build nutritional health and manage stress. In addition to working with individuals, SNAP-Ed must support racially and socially just policies, systems, and environmental change activities that dismantle racism systems and advance equity through collaboration with funded and non-funded partners working across SNAP-Ed settings. 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.

 

*Statement Amended 11-2-23

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