2014 New Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
004 Area - Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor Central Sierra MCP
Calaveras County - Central Sierra Multi County Partnership
Proposed Area of Coverage
Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado and Tuolumne counties
- Scott Oneto - Main Contact
- Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor, Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (docx), uploaded 05/19/2014 by Scott Oneto
The Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor for the Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership is a critical position for UC ANR. The Central Sierra Partnership covers a mostly very rural area, with little or no nutrition or family science expertise. Therefore the role UCCE plays in supporting nutrition education, community engagement, youth development and obesity prevention is extremely important. This MCP currently has a successful UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program. The funding projected for FFY 15 will be about $600,000 making it one of the larger UC CalFresh programs. The needs in the MCP for nutrition education and obesity prevention are demonstrated. Amador alone has 22.3% of its children who are food insecure. Although the ethnic distribution is mostly White in the MCP, El Dorado County Hispanic population represents 25% of its total population. The role of the NFCS advisor is essential in maintaining a successful community education program. The role the advisor plays in working and collaborating with the various partners in the counties is essential and helps to advance the UC and UCCE mission of the campus community continuum. As the director of the UC CalFresh program, I strongly support this position and see it as essential in maintaining the excellent UC CalFresh NEP in this area.
The NFCS Advisor for the Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership is key to providing staff supervision, academic oversight/support, and research-based training to a long list of programs that have impacted the adults and youth in this 4 county-cluster. These programs include, but are not limited to, the $500,000 UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, the Master Gardener Program, a 3-county Master Food Preserver Program, and an expanding Food Corp Project. Additionally, the NFCS Advisor has served as a First 5 Commissioner, been an invited speaker at numerous rural forums/conferences on food safety, nutrition, parenting practices, food resource management, and conducted a long list of research projects vital to understanding California families and the environments in which the live and work. The UCCE NFCS programs are currently thriving in these rural counties under the current NFCS Advisor's leadership but, if the position is not replaced when she retires, they will suffer setbacks due to inadequate staff time for academic oversight/supervision and insufficient support, I strongly recommend this be one of the positions prioritized for immediate recruitment.
As the new UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program manager for the UCCE-Central Sierra, it has quickly become evident that the future viability of our nutrition education programs are at risk without academic leadership. I strongly recommend that this position is prioritized for immediate recruitment to maintain --- and continue to increase ---- the important community partnerships. which lay beyond the parameters of the nutrition education work via the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program. This position is extremely important in our counties to continue to bring educational resources, maintain UCCE presence and research to meet the needs of our families and communities.
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