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 (email@example.com)
Chanta’l Rose, SNAP-Ed Planning & Evaluation Lead with the Food, Fitness, and Opportunity Research Collaborative at UNC, Chapel Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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
AWARENESS > ACKNOWLEDGEMENT > ACTION
- Advocacy that Builds Power – Transforming Policies and Systems for Health Equity
- Anti-Racist Assessment Tool for Food Banks
- Best Practices for Convening a Community Advisory Board
- Equity Analysis of Group Membership: A CLiP Template
- Food Access Policy Change Through Authentic Resident Engagement
- Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool
- Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool; 2nd edition
- Healthy Food Policy Project Case Studies
- How to Create a Functional, Effective Advisory Committee
- Identifying and Countering White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems
- Native Health Initative Loving Service
- The Planner’s Playbook: A Community-Centered Approach to Improving Health & Equity
- The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership
- Why Am I Always Being Researched?
- Best Practices for for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection
- Considerations for Conducting Evaluation Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens
- Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity – Deepen Community Engagement
- Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity – Diagnose Biases and Systems
- Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity Guide – Debunk Myths
- How to Design and Manage Equity-Focused Evaluations
- How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research: Practical Guidance for the Research Process
- Is My Evaluation Practice Culturally Responsive?
- Inclusiveness and Social Justice in Evaluation w Donna M. Mertens _ Can the Transformative Agenda Really Alter the Status Quo
- Nation to Nation in Evaluation -Utilizing an Indigenous Evaluation Model to Frame Systems and Government Evaluations
- Practical Strategies for Culturally Competent Evaluation
- Reflections on Applying Principles of Equitable Evaluation
- Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework
- The Southeast Multi-State Racial and Health Equity SNAP-Ed Needs Assessment FFY 2022
- Who Counts? Racial Misclassification and American Indians/Alaska Natives
- Framework for Trauma Informed and Responsive Organizations in Massachusetts
- Health Equity Style Guide for the COVID-19 Response: Principles and Preferred Terms for Non-Stigmatizing, Bias-Free Language
- IDEAL Engage Anti-Racism Toolkit Overview
- Moving to Institutional Equity: A Tool to Address Racial Equity for Public Health Practitioners
- NACDD Equity Resources and References 2021 Using Data to Promote Equity in Policy and Programming
- Organizational Race Equity Toolkit, Washington Race Equity & Justice Initiative
- Racial Equity Resource Directory
- Ready, Set, Go! A guide for collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity – 2022 Update
- State Health Department Organizational Self-Assessment for Achieving Health Equity
- A Framework for Increasing Equity Impact in Obesity Prevention
- Advancing Racial Equity Discussion Guide Part 1 APHA Resource
- Applying Racial Equity to US Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs – SNAP, WIC and Child Nutrition
- Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being
- Ethical Storytelling
- From Disparities to Discrimination, Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America
- Healthy Neighborhood Investments – A Policy Scan and Strategy Map
- Indigenous Health Equity
- Native Governance Center Style Guide, Native Governance Center
- Racism as a Determinant of Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
- SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma Induced Approach
- SNAP-Ed at 1890 Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation and racial/ethnic disparities in food and beverage purchases:SNAP and Racial/Ethnic Disparities
- What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?
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.
Equitable Conference Attendance
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
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.
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