ASNNA Members Message Board

Case Study Opportunity
The University of South Carolina Implementing Agency is currently creating a 2nd edition of the nationally disseminated toolkit: Nutrition Supports for Health Clinics (https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/library/materials/nutrition-supports-health-clinics-toolkit). 
The purpose of the toolkit is to encourage, inspire, and provide practical guidance to health clinics for implementing strategies to increase access to healthy eating opportunities among clinic patients and employees.  In the updated version, sections on readiness, evaluation, and sustainability will be added, and the strategies and case studies will be updated.  If you have a case study to share with others, they would love to include it! There are two ways to submit a case study: 1) you can follow a template or 2) they can set-up a time to interview you over the phone to gather the information to then write it up for you and share it with you for edits/approval.

Please let Carrie Draper (draper@mailbox.sc.edu) know if you are interested in submitting a case study by August 15, 2021.
Upcoming Trainings and Webinars
Meet the Food Labeling Modernization Act, August 18, 2-3pm ET

The Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA) (H.R.4917/S.2594) was introduced last week by Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Richard Blumenthal, along with Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Ed Markey. The bill is a comprehensive approach to food labeling reform. It will strengthen food labeling requirements to promote public health and nutrition, and fix current problems that contribute to consumer confusion.
 
CSPI, along with Consumer Reports, American Institute for Cancer Research, and Gluten-Free Watchdog, will be hosting a webinar on the FLMA on Wednesday, August 18 from 2-3pm EST. Please register for the event here, and share this opportunity with your networks! We hope interested partners will join to learn about this important legislation.
 
The FLMA includes:
  • Front-of-package labeling
  • Labeling requirements for food sold online
  • Disclosures on foods bearing whole grain, fruit, vegetable, and yogurt claims
  • Statutory definitions for “natural” and “healthy”
  • Labeling of gluten-containing grains
  • Enables FDA to add to the list of major allergens requiring disclosure
  • Pre-approval of structure/function claims on foods
  • “High in [sodium/added sugars/saturated fat]” disclosure on foods with nutrient content claims
  • Formatting requirements to ensure clear ingredient labels
  • Phosphorus content in the ingredient list
  • Caffeine content, in milligrams
  • Disclosure of sugar alcohols and isolated fibers
  • Improved labeling for infant and toddler beverages
  • A food labels database similar to NIH’s Dailymed
ASNNA Updates

Upcoming 2021 Quarterly Member Calls
  • Thursday, September 9 at 4pm ET
  • Thursday, December 9 at 4pm ET
Job Postings

Job Title: Health Extension Educator
Organization: Michigan State University Extension
Applications Close:   August 30, 2021
Link to posting: https://mcusercontent.com/8482d3a39db5816afb3315558/files/b378f497-ba0e-14ab-a2b1-fa3b4eb68c6d/Health_Educator_Vacancy.pdf

Job Title: SNAP-Ed Program Evaluator-Program Specialist V
Organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)-Access and Eligibility Services (AES) Division, Community Access Section
Applications Close: January 5, 2022
Link to posting: https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=488695&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=snap-ed

Job Title: Statewide Director Community Nutrition & Health Academic Coordinator III
Organization: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Applications Close:   Friday, Sep 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Link to posting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/JPF00045
PDF with more info

Job Title: Health Educator
Organization: New Mexico Department of Health – Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Program
Applications Close:  Open Until Filled
Link to posting:
https://careers.share.state.nm.us/psc/hprdcg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=117163&PostingSeq=1

Job Title: Family & Community Health Field Specialist III
Organization: South Dakota State University Extension
Applications Close:  Open Until Filled
Link to posting: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/23512
For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128.  Learn more about Brookings by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8OnH5eIgQ&feature=youtu.be.

Job Title: Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist
Organization: Extension Foods and Nutrition Unit/Department of NutritionTexas A&M University Extension
Applications Close: Open Until Filled
Link to posting: To view the complete job description and apply, visit  https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/AgriLife_Extension_External and review the Notice of Vacancy (NOV) number R-032757
Position Announcement
Resources

ASNNA member quoted by USDA

The USDA recently hosted listening sessions about re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate SNAP benefit levels.
 
ASNNA Leadership Team member Teresa Jackson spoke on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and is quoted here:
TFP-you-spoke-we-listened.pdf (azureedge.net)
 
ASNNA submitted written comments, link to pdf document. 
Thanks to the Advocacy Committee for leading this effort.

New Report: 7 Key Farm Bill Opportunities to Strengthen Nutrition and Health through SNAP
Strengthening the public health impacts of the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could help close long-standing inequities in public health outcomes. A new report, released with support by Healthy Eating Research, identifies seven policy opportunities for the next farm bill that have the greatest potential to improve SNAP participants’ nutrition and overall health:

Increase SNAP Access and Adequacy
1. Increase SNAP participation
2. Increase SNAP benefit adequacy
Promote healthier foods and beverages in the retail environment
3. Offer SNAP-authorized stores incentives, capacity building, and technical support to meet stronger stocking standards—particularly non-chain, smaller retailer venues in underserved areas
4. Ensure more retailers are authorized for online SNAP
5. Promote healthier purchases with SNAP benefits, including online purchasesStrengthen federal nutrition education and promotion
6. Increase SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed) reach and impact
Foster more resilient food systems
7. Strengthen the public health impacts of SNAP during disasters and through resilient food systems

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The inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report provides a comprehensive portrait of the breadth, depth and persistence of health disparities that existed across the nation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Texas Health Institute | texashealthinstitute.org


America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report
United Health Foundation recently released the inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report and interactive website, providing a comprehensive portrait of the breadth, depth and persistence of health disparities that existed across the nation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Health Instituteis honored to have conducted this project for and in cooperation with the United Health Foundation.
 
Building on more than three decades of reporting by the America’s Health Rankings, the report documents disparities across 30 measures of health and the social determinants of health across race, ethnicity, gender, geography and educational attainment for the nation, all 50 states and DC between 2003-2019.
 
Across states, despite some progress, the report found striking disparities in key measures of health and opportunity, with rates varying as much as 20-fold. Within states, disparities are alarming too. To view data for your state, click here.
 
Visit our website to learn more about the report and THI’s health equity work!


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New Research Brief: Improving Access to Free School Meals

Healthy Eating Research recently released a new research brief on improving access to free school meals. Universal free school meals have been shown to improve student nutrition, behavior, and academic performance and strengthen school finances. However, confusion about potential impacts of offering universal free meals on education funding is a barrier to adoption. 

Schools offering universal free meals are no longer required to collect free and reduced-price meal applications, an important source of data on household income that has traditionally been used to allocate funding to schools.

In light of this challenge, this research brief identifies evidence-based strategies to address the intersections between school meals and educational funding. Learn more here.