The mission of the DOH SNAP-Ed program is to improve health equity through projects and interventions that support healthy lifestyle behaviors, prevent obesity, and increase of food security.
DOH has received SNAP-Ed funding from the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) since 2005. Since October 2016, DOH has supported the SNAP-Ed program in 20 counties in western, central, and eastern Washington. DOH provides SNAP-Ed funding in the following counties:
- Grays Harbor
- Walla Walla
DOH provides funding to organizations so they can provide the SNAP-Ed program in their communities. DOH partners with organizations who want to champion better nutrition, physical activity, and health equity in their community. Starting in 2016, Washington State SNAP-Ed strived for the goal to have 100% of its local projects include policy, systems, and environmental strategies that build from core nutrition education to improve health behavior changes in communities. As the state entity for public health, DOH SNAP-Ed prioritizes helping our SNAP-Ed funded agencies improve their understanding and implementation of policy, systems, and environmental strategies in all local projects.
DOH provides SNAP-Ed funds to organizations that build SNAP-Ed programming based on local strengths and opportunities. DOH also helps make sure SNAP-Ed funded organizations are following recommended best practices. Both approaches increase the likelihood that organizations will be successful in helping SNAP-Ed participants eat healthier and be more active. DOH offers tools and resources, training opportunities, and provides technical assistance to support effective local partnerships and effective program implementation.
Throughout the year, DOH ensures project deliverables and expectations of the SNAP-Ed grant are met by evaluating quality and progress of local projects, monitoring budgets for the best use of funds, and reporting outcomes to DSHS.
DOH SNAP-Ed Program Direction Priorities
In addition to state SNAP-Ed priorities, DOH SNAP-Ed has identified three program direction priorities that speak to common needs identified across all three DOH SNAP-Ed regions 2, 4, and 5 and that align with DOH mission and values. Program direction priorities are meant to complement and enhance state SNAP-Ed priorities and goals for the regions that DOH SNAP-Ed supports. Current DOH SNAP-Ed program direction priorities for October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2023 are:
Reduce Racial or Ethnic Health Disparities
Address differences in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups because of a history of systemic racism, discrimination, or trauma that is based on race or ethnicity.
Reduce Rural Health Disparities
Address differences in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in remote locations of the state where accessibility to services and resources is one of the primary barriers.
Embrace the Whole Family Approach
Simultaneously address the nutrition and physical activity needs of parents and their children, or of caregivers and their dependents to improve health outcomes for the whole family.
Create and support meaningful and productive connections within and outside of the SNAP-Ed program at all levels of the social-ecological model that serve to improve outreach efforts, sustainability, and collective impact.
To learn more about DOH SNAP-Ed, please contact us at Snap-Ed@doh.wa.gov.
SNAP-Ed is part of the Department of Health's Office of Nutrition Services and is a nationwide program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. Learn more about the national SNAP-Ed program at https://snaped.fns.usda.gov.
Washington State Department of Health
Office of Nutrition Services – SNAP-Education
P.O. Box 47886
Olympia, Washington 98504-7886
711 Washington Relay Service
Funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) was made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, the Washington State Department of Health is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, political beliefs, or disability.