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The Role of Racial Equity in SNAP-Ed Part 2: Authentic Resident Engagement as a model to advance equity
Join our hosts, UNC’S SNAP-Ed Toolkit Team and ASNNA’s Race, Health and Social Equity Committee, as well as our guest speakers, for a two-part training which will provide an overview of why and how to do authentic resident engagement, followed by a discussion session on applying the four working principles to our SNAP-Ed activities. Please make sure to get to know our expert panelists by reading their biographies below.

The Healthy Food Policy Project team and its Advisory Committee members developed working principles to provide a template for authentic resident engagement in food access policy change. On Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:15 PM EST, team members Sally Mancini and Whitney Shields will provide an overview of the principles. Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers will share examples of how she has used these principles in her food access work in East Hartford, CT. On Monday, January 31 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, EST ASNNA Race, Health and Social Equity Committee members will facilitate small group discussion on how to operationalize authentic resident engagement in a SNAP-Ed setting. The discussion session will be capped at 200 to allow for small group discussion.

Objectives – following this training and it’s discussion session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the four working principles of authentic resident engagement.
- Give one example of how the working principles have been used in programming to address food access.
- Share two ideas for how to use the working principles in your SNAP-Ed plan.

Jan 27, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers
Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. With an interdisciplinary background in health equity, agricultural economics, public policy, and medical sociology, her research focuses on reducing inequities in diet-related health outcomes by improving macro and micro level food environments through sustainable policy solutions. Dr. Cooksey Stowers’ research has been funded by the NIH, USDA, Food Trust Center for Healthy Food Access, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Reinvestment Fund. Her leadership experience includes service with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and an appointment as a Public Service Leader Scholar with the USDA in Washington, D.C. Since coming to Connecticut in 2016, she has worked with community partners and residents aiming to improve grocery store access in the North Hartford Promise Zone. She also serves as a board member of the Connecticut Food Bank.
Sally Mancini
Sally Mancini is Director of Advocacy Resources at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health, leading efforts to inform the public, community organizations, advocates, and policy makers about the Center’s research. She also helps state and local advocates develop the resources necessary to support food policy improvements in all communities. Sally has more than 15 years of experience in non-profit development and management, advocacy and government relations, and coalition building. Prior to joining the Rudd Center, she coordinated advocacy and public policy campaigns for public health clients and was Assistant Director of End Hunger CT!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization.
Whitney Shields
Whitney Shields is the Project Manager at the Center for Agriculture and Food System at Vermont Law School and the Vermont Legal Food Hub’s Program Coordinator. Previously, Whitney was a litigation paralegal at Langrock Sperry & Wool, where she worked primarily on an environmental case in Southern VT. Whitney hails from New Jersey and earned a BA in Theater and Women and Gender Studies from Montclair State University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, where she implemented a food security conference, and organized a reforestation project planting over 300 moringa trees. After the Peace Corps, she developed a documentary theater piece at Genesis Farm in NJ to explore and share the community’s relationship with their Community Supported Garden. During this time, Whitney realized that she wanted to pursue food and agriculture work as a career. Whitney manages the finalization and design process of CAFS’ resources and is the VT Legal Food Hub Program Coordinator.