Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2014 New Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

052 NFCS Advisor Sonoma Napa Marin

Proposed Location/Housing

Sonoma or Napa - to be determined

Proposed Area of Coverage

Sonoma, Napa, and Marin

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

7 Comments

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Hello, I am a Consultant for the Community Activity & Nutrition Coalition of Sonoma County. I've been working with the Healthy Food Outlet Project for 7 years. One of the emerging and large issues we have is how to connect local markets of all sizes with local farmers and products. This has proven to be a very challenging issue, even with the formation of the Healthy Eating Action Team and the Food System Alliance. Sonoma County would greatly benefit from having a person dedicated to connecting stores (and even schools and other partners) with local farmers. We don't have someone that can really help nurture those relationships. I fully support this position, and I can guarantee that this person would have no problem connecting with others trying to come up with solutions. Thank you.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 2:55 PM by Laurie Hiatt
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I apologize. This comment was meant for the Small Farms Advisor.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 2:57 PM by Laurie Hiatt
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In my work in supporting community health initiatives, we collaborate with a number of county wide agencies in Sonoma County including the Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition and the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, to improve healthy eating in the community. Our work would be strengthened by the addition of an advisor position in nutrition family and consumer science. This person could serve as a link between collaborative efforts and we would all benefit from efforts to develop applied research projects for adults, families and youth that contribute to the success in helping families achieve and sustain healthy nutrition and active living such as food security and family resource management. The local efforts will also benefit from this position's seeking external funding to supplement federally-funded nutrition programs and research related to the Healthy Families and Communities Initiatives; and developing nutrition education and policy relevant materials/briefs.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 1:12 PM by Shan Magnuson
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As the Executive Director for Ceres Community Project, an organization focused on education about the connection between diet and health outcomes I am deeply aware of the enormous need in our county for expertise and support around healthy eating education and behavior change, especially among low income members of the community. This is one of the most cost effective upstream investments that we can make to improve the health and well-being of our community and support local farmers. I strongly encourage funding for this vital position.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 2:46 PM by Cathryn Couch
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The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) fully supports the proposed Nutrition Family Consumer Science Advisor position which would serve Marin County. Currently DHHS and UCCE Marin work closely though the Marin Food Policy Council to address community food security, and this working relationship serves as a strong foundation for the opportunity to expand and coordinate nutrition education services in Marin County. Currently, Marin County only provides SNAP-Ed nutrition education services through our local health department, which cannot adequately serve our low-income residents in Marin. Expanded capacity for providing nutrition education services in Marin County would be very beneficial to our community, and UCCE Marin's expertise and connections with school and community gardens provide an excellent platform for this work.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 4:53 AM by Rebecca Smith
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UCCE Marin is a tremendous partner in the County's Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative. The Department of Health and Human Services supports the creation of a new Nutrition Family Consumer Science Advisor position as a key partner in this work.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 4:58 AM by Larry Meredith
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Across California, counties bear much of the responsibility to maintain safety net systems to promote and protect the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens. Within Napa County, county-operated programs such as the Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) and CalFresh eligibility and outreach help to ensure that our citizens have access to affordable and nutritious foods. The addition of a Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor will help considerably to strengthen our local collaborative efforts to improve nutrition and promote healthy lifestyles in the community by increasing access to academic resources and expertise in program design and implementation. Napa is home to many local community groups (Clinic Ole, Puertas Abiertas, Hispanic community centers) that support the underserved Latino population. The NFCS Advisor is crucial in fostering and strengthening collaborative efforts so that we can reach all segments of our population.

In addition, residents have demonstrated an increased interest in home food preservation. A new Advisor could help to develop/deliver preservation and safety program for non-commercial market, making local food supply more available year-round. Because this position can potentially benefit all socioeconomic and cultural areas of Napa County, our county supports adding a Nutrition, Families, and Consumer Sciences Advisor for the Napa, Sonoma, and Marin region.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:18 AM by Nancy Watt, County Executive Officer, County of Napa
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The Napa County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) wholeheartedly supports the addition of the the proposed Nutrition Family Consumer Science Advisor position. Since HHSA is a fully integrated agency, the support of the NFCS Advisor will likely inpact a very large population of our local community. Within Napa County HHSA, the Public Health Division has played an integral role in the creation and ongoing development of Live Healthy Napa County (LHNC), a unique public-private partnership bringing together, among others, representatives not just from health and healthcare organizations, but also business, public safety, education, government and the general public to build strategies to realize a shared vision of a healthier Napa County. LHNC has over 200 active Partners committed to improving the health and well-being of the community. Over the past year and a half, LHNC has developed the Napa County Comprehensive Community Health Assessment, the Napa County Community Health Improvement Plan, and the Napa County Community Action Plan. This new Advisor position would be an excellent partner with LHNC to ensure ongoing development and implementation of strategies to increase health in Napa County.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:22 PM by Hannah Euser, Analyst, Napa County Public Health
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In addition, Live Healthy Napa County is working to facilitate the creation of the first ever, community-wide Obesity Prevention Plan for Napa County. There are 60 community partners who are coming together and thinking big about how we can prevent and reduce this significant chronic disease in our local community. The plan will target the next 3-5 years and will be completed in December 2014. The addition of a NFCS Advisor could greatly influence the success of this Plan.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:32 PM by Hannah Euser, Analyst, Napa County Public Health

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