Shannon Klisch

Academic Coordinator II
Cooperative Extension San Luis Obispo County
2156 Sierra Way
Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Santa Barbara County


Shannon Klisch is an Academic Coordinator for the Youth, Families, and Communities Program at the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties. She has 19 years of experience in community health education and a Master’s in Public Health. Shannon's areas of work include improved school and community health and wellness, food and nutrition security and food safety, and community and youth engagement. Shannon has extensive experience and training in facilitation, collaboration, and program management. Her goals are to promote health for all community members through collaborative partnership; community and youth engagement; education; and policy, systems, and environmental changes.


M.P.H. Community Health Education, San Jose State University. 2005
B.A. Anthropology, UC San Diego. 2001
B.A. Communication, UC San Diego. 2001



Food Security


Community Health Education

Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)


Peer Reviewed

  • Hong, Kelly; Costa, Mishelle; Klisch, Shannon A (2024). Building Capacity for Authentic Youth Engagement. Journal of Trauma-Informed Community Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. 2:1. January.
  • Vargas, Rosa; Costa, Mishelle; Klisch, S (2024). Farmers Market Navigator Program Increases Access to Healthy, Local Foods. Journal of Trauma-Informed Community Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. 2:1, 24. January.
  • Marrs, Abbi; Costa, Mishelle; Klisch, Shannon A (2024). SPROUTS: Teens as Teachers in the Garden. Journal of Trauma-Informed Community Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity. 2:1, 29. January.
  • Klisch, S.; Diaz, M.; Dimond, E.; Hong, K.; Marrs, A.; Plascencia, B.; Rorabough, M.; Vargas, R.; Soule, K (2023). 4-H SNAC (Student Nutrition Advisory Council) Guide. National 4-H. November.
  • Soule, KE; Klisch, S (2022). Addressing Diversity at Multiple Levels of the Social Ecological Model chapter in book Grassroots Engagement and Social Justice through Cooperative Extension. I. Fields and T. Shaffer. (eds.) Michigan State University Press. August. 

  • Vargas, R.; Klisch, S. (2022). Cooking together (2022) to build community and promote healthy during COVID-19. Journal of NEAFCS. 74-80.
  • Klisch, S.; Keisler, A.; Koch, R. (2022). Systemic barriers to equitable access to SNAP: A survey of people who work in the system. Abstract published by the American Public Health Association. June.
  • Klisch, S.; Soule, K.E. (2021). 4-H Student Nutrition Advisory Councils Support Positive Youth Development and Health Outcomes Among Underserved Populations. Journal of Extension. 59.
  • Scherr, R.; Jones, A.; Colorafi, R.; Klisch, S.; Linnell, J.; Soule, K.E. (2020). Assessing the Effectiveness of an Extender Model Partnership in Implementing a Multicomponent, School-based Nutrition Intervention. Health Promotion Practice.
  • Klisch, S.; Soule, K.E. (2020). Farmers markets: Working with community partners to provide essential services during COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
  • Klisch, S; Soule, KE (2019). 4-H Project Sheet: Bicycling. UCANR.
  • Soule, KE; Klisch, S (2019). 4-H Project Sheet: Hiking. UCANR.
  • Klisch, S; Soule, KE (2019). 4-H Project Sheet: School Wellness. UCANR.
  • Soule, KE; Klisch, S (2019). 4-H Project Sheet: Stress Management. UCANR.
  • Bergman, J; Linnell, J; Scherr, R; Ginsburg, D; Brian, K; Carter, R; Donohue, S; Klisch, S; Lawry-Hall, S; Pressman, J; Soule, K; Zidenberg-Cherr, S (2018). Feasibility of Implementing a School Nutrition Intervention That Addresses Policies, Systems, and Environment. Journal of Extension. 56:1. February.
  • Klisch, S.; DiCaprio, E.; Soule, K.E.; Ravalin, D. (2018). Safety of Carrageenan. UC ANR Publications. 8642. November.
  • Klisch, S; Soule, KE (2017). 4-H Project Sheet: Building Health Advocacy Skills. UCANR.
  • Soule, K.E.; Klisch, S. (2016). Schools as Hubs of Health: A Case Study of Comprehensive Nutrition Education Program Delivery. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Conference Abstract.
  • Klisch, S; Mamary, E; Diaz Olavrireta, C; Garcia, S (2007). Patient-led partner notification for syphilis: Strategies used by women accessing antenatal care in urban Bolivia. Social Science and Medicine. September.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Klisch, S.; C., Hecht (2022). Food and Drinking Water Security. UC ANR Concept Notes - Health. August.
  • Klisch, S.; Keisler, A. (2022). Many eligible Californians aren't using CalFresh to improve food security. UC ANR Food Blog. May.
  • Klisch, S.; Marrs, A.; Petit, M.; Vargas, R. (2022). UCCE engages a school community to increase the use of a school garden, promoting school and community health and wellness, and shaping future leaders. UC Delivers. December.
  • Gertschen, D.; Vargas, R.; Klisch, S. (2021). Eating for health: It’s not what it “looks” like. UC ANR Healthy Communities Blog. July.
  • Hong, K.; Dimond, E.; LaFreniere, M.; Vargas, R.; Klisch, S. (2021). Resilience and Innovation: CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE partners with school districts to promote healthy living. UC Delivers. August.
  • Klisch, S.; Dimond, E.; Vargas, R. (2021). UCCE Partnerships Support Increased Access to Healthy Food and Income to Local Farmers. UC Delivers. December 15.
  • Vargas, R.; Diaz, M.; Dimond, E.; Klisch, S. (2021). Virtual cooking classes build community and promote health during COVID-19. UC Delivers. July.
  • Klisch, S.; Soule, K.E. (2020). CalFresh Healthy Living, UC supports safe, healthy food access during the COVID-19 pandemic. UC Delivers.
  • Klisch, S; Dimond, E.; Vargas, R.; Soule, K.E (2020). CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE develops culinary skills and contributes to community health during COVID-19 pandemic. UC Delivers.
  • Klisch, S.; Soule, K.E. (2020). Homeschooling during the shelter at home order: Kids in the kitchen. UCANR Food Blog.
  • Klisch, S.; Soule, K.E. (2020). UCCE Promotes CalFresh to increase access to healthy, local food. UC Delivers.
  • Thomas, L.; Klisch, S. (2019). Smarter snacks for schools. UCANR Food Blog.
  • Willis, J.; Klisch, S.; Soule, KE. (2017). Youth leaders find their photo-voice. UC Healthy Communities Blog. September.

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