Healthy Community Outreach Projects

Moore Family Center

2020 Healthy Community Outreach RFP

We are pleased to announce that the RFP for 2020 Healthy Community Outreach funding is now open!

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The Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health is launching four new community-based projects selected that will receive funding through the Healthy Community Outreach Program.

Partners in this statewide program work to improve the nutrition and food environment in underserved communities across Oregon in collaboration with colleagues in the OSU Extension Service and local community health partners. The program’s goal is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate innovation and collaboration.

These grants are made possible by generous new funding from the Moore family to the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Funded projects

Healthy Community Outreach 2020 mini-grant recipients

Project leader: Mandy Hatfield, SNAP-Ed Douglas County.

This project aims to reach millions of people to increase food safety habits, especially for those eligible for SNAP benefits in Oregon. Objectives include development of food safety tools and messaging around seven food safety practices for the Food Hero Social Marketing Campaign.

Project leader: Barbara Brody, 4-H, SNAP-Ed, FCH Malheur County.

This 4-H/SNAP-Ed Teens as Teachers project will partner with rural, under-served schools in Grant and Malheur counties to train the next generation of nutrition and healthy eating champions who will deliver evidenced-based lessons to youth in elementary schools within their communities.

Project leader: Erin Devlin, SNAP-Ed, FCH Clackamas County

The goal is to reinvigorate the Molalla StoryWalk project by supporting a local champion to repair signage and promote the project in the context of a new opportunity while schools and libraries are closed. During times of social distancing and online learning, the StoryWalks are extremely applicable because they allow for reading in public with adequate space between families.

The 2019 Moore Family Center funded projects

 Maureen Hosty (PI), Extension 4-H Youth Faculty and Leonard and Brenda Aplet Financial Literacy Endowed Professor, and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator Joanne Lyford (Co-PI)

This 4-H Teens as Teachers project will work with partnering schools in north Portland to train the next generation of nutrition and healthy eating champions. Twenty-eight high school sophomore students from Roosevelt high school are teaching health, nutrition and cooking classes to 36 third- and fourth- graders from neighboring James John Elementary School. Roosevelt High school students are trained by 4-H and SNAP-Ed extension staff using a hybrid learning model. In addition to on-site trainings, the high school students will complete an online OSU Teens as Teachers course being developed with funds from the Moore Family Center grant.

 SNAP-ED Coordinator Stephanie Russell (PI), and SNAP-Ed Education Program Assistants Beatriz Botello and Jennifer Pettit

This project will work in partnership with local organizations to distribute seeds and nutrition information in low-income communities as well as provide immigrant and refugee families with information and education on how to navigate the challenging growing conditions on the Oregon coast in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way. The collaborative project will engage many stakeholders including OSU Extension Food Hero, 4-H, OSU’s Agriculture and Horticulture Program and local community partners including DHS, Centro de Ayuda and Lincoln County Food Share.

CPHHS Senior Instructor Cheryl Kirk (PI) and Assistant Professor of Practice in Horticulture Sara Runkel (Co-PI)

This project seeks to improve the health and social/emotional well-being of low-income seniors and youth through nutrition and garden-based education. Project participants will construct an ADA accessible garden on the grounds of a Senior Resource Center in conjunction with local Master Gardener volunteers and will test SNAP-Ed messaging for older adults. In addition, the project will work with the Josephine County Food Bank’s farm to enhance its capacity to host school field trips and support school- based garden education through the creation of a network of school garden coordinators.

SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator Angie Treadwell (PI)

In Umatilla and Morrow Counties, rates of obesity and diabetes exceed state averages and disproportionately affect Hispanic families, a significant demographic. OSU Extension SNAP-Ed, in partnership with Familias en Acción, will train local Latinx leaders to provide nutrition education and resources to address food and health inequities contributing to chronic disease and develop and support Latinx community wellness advocates. Project staff will use OSU Extension Food Hero resources to evaluate and expand culturally appropriate programming and resources for nutrition outreach and engagement.

Previous funded projects