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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

032 Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor

Proposed Location/Housing

Santa Clara or San Mateo County based on academic staffing levels due to pending retirements, office space, and travel considerations.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties


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This is a critical position in the area. The position has been expanded to include areas things that were not in the original (current) position description, and the ones the current Advisor has been working on. this position and the Small farms position in the current proposal list are very complementary. I've enjoyed working with nutritionists over the years. However, Susan has made this position more responsive to urban needs by including and offering services addressing economic and urban disparities in food distribution.
I wholeheartedly support this position and to continue the efforts Susan has been undertaking and most of all to [preserve the extensive networking this position enjoys.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 2:17 PM by Aziz Baameur
The Advisor position is necessary to provide leadership and guidance to the large three county cluster of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. Approximately three million people reside in these three counties. An Advisor is needed to lead the large CalFresh and EFNEP programs that serve these counties.
Posted Jun 30, 2014 2:29 PM by Mary Vollinger
This position is necessary for these three counties which have large populations and large numbers of people in need of nutrition assistance. I have worked closely with Susan in writing Santa Clara County's Food System Assessment. A nutrition perspective is absolutely required to successfully shape food system policies.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 11:19 AM by Leslie Gray
I think we are all aware that the position needs to be filled. I feel that locating the position in the San Mateo office would be most central for the three counties.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 12:20 PM by Leslie Jensen
A Nutrition Advisor housed in San Mateo county would provide tremendous support and guidance to the launch of the Master Food Preserver Program scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. Initially this program will recruit volunteers primarily from San Mateo County who will then provide food safety and preservation education to the public at a time when interest is rising rapidly. The guidance and oversight of the Advisor will be critical to the success and eventual expansion of the program into Santa Clara and San Francisco Counties.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 12:31 PM by Kathi Baxter
An expert in the area of nutrition (as the person holding this position would be), is critical to not only provide the factual knowledge needed to run nutrition programs in these counties, but also the deep understanding necessary to efficiently manage their priorities. Without such leadership and guidance, community service, outreach and education (especially for those that need it the most) will become less effective and impactful in our communities.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 1:32 PM by John Gieng
I am writing to advocate for housing the position in San Mateo County. As a small farmer, and farmers' market manager, I have been able - due in large part to the support of local leadership- to pilot nutrition programs like MarketMatch incentives, support not only CalFresh access at Certified Farmers' Markets but also enrollment at the Markets, and capture additional FMNP funds for Seniors and WIC families. All those opportunities have required collaboration and cooperation of the agricultural production community, the bulk of which is located on the San Mateo County Coastside. A nutrition advisor housed in SM County would be a great asset for the promotion and continuation of these successful programs that are making a critical difference in the lives of the lesser-resourced residents in this region, and presents a powerful opportunity to provide for the expansion of similar programs in the broader area -
Posted Jul 1, 2014 1:42 PM by Erin Tormey
This position would be best designed as an integrated urban agriculture and nutrition advisor position. The position should be housed in San Mateo County with the goal of obtaining significant longer term funding for program managers/representatives in all three of the counties named after saints. Over time, this position will continue to make impacts in San Francisco and, hopefully, help turn the tide to getting San Francisco to support a UCCE county administration.
Posted Jul 2, 2014 9:49 PM by Rob Bennaton
It would be ideal to have this position housed in San Mateo County (as the central location), to allow UC to broaden its work with youth, families and communities, and to offer more support to programs such as CalFresh, EFNep and School Gardens. Having a nutrition-based advisor in SMC would allow closer work with UC's agricultural and natural resource partners and would be an important help for the Master Food Preserver program.
Posted Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM by Anne LeClair
I would like to encourage UC to fill the nutrition advisor position with an individual who can help San Mateo County move forward with the many nutrition related program we are involved with. Key among these are the County's Food System Alliance and its work to promote school gardens and find a way to link our local institutions to locally grown, healthy foods.

San Mateo is an extremely collaborative county. We are thrilled with Virginia's leadership and are eager to extend out partnership with UC Extension.
Posted Jul 8, 2014 5:11 PM by Sarah Rosendahl
The NFCS position is integral to supporting the Food System Alliance and its mandate to promote healthy access, production and distribution of food to the 3 million citizens of Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The CalFresh and EFNEP funded programs of these counties must have the oversight and stewardship of a program advisor. By collaborating with the Santa Clara County Master Gardener program, which is one of the largest in the state, the NFCS advisor position has a synergistic opportunity to work with youth, families and communities, and to offer more robust Cooperative Extension support to programs such as CalFresh, EFNEP and School Gardens.

This position is currently housed and should remain in Santa Clara County, which provides the administrative support, overhead and infrastructure to maintain it on a permanent basis.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 1:00 PM by Lee Ann Ray
The Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor for the South Bay is a critical position for UC ANR. The advisor is essential in providing leadership and guidance to the nutrition education efforts of San Jose, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This county cluster has a successful UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program. The funding projected for FFY 15 approximately $1M making it second largest UC CalFresh programs. The needs for nutrition education and obesity prevention in this area are demonstrated. The poverty and food insecurity rates are higher than the state averages. The ethnic distribution is diverse making it more challenging to provide comprehensive programs. 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. With this position becoming vacant at the end of this year, it is essential that this position be made a high priority for recruitment. 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.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 1:46 PM by David Ginsburg
Susan has provided collaboration, leadership and guidance leading to effective nutrition and physical actiivity to the large three county cluster of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. An Adviser is needed to lead the large CalFresh and EFNEP programs that serve these counties and The Adviser position is necessary to provide leadership and guidance to the large three county cluster of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. An Adviser is needed to continue leadership for the large CalFresh and EFNEP programs that serve these counties and in turn lead the Bay Area and beyond..
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:48 AM by Suellen Haggerty
The NFCS Advisor in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties is essential in order to continue and expand work in the two federally-funded nutrition programs, which serve the diverse populations in the Bay Area. In addition, addressing the nutrition and food access issues unique to the three counties is critical. The Advisor plays an important leadership role, making an impact in these issues, through applied research, University and other cooperative extension partnerships, community collaborations, and coordination with other programs.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:50 AM by Elizabeth J. Gong
The role of the Advisor is essential to the management and coordination of planning and implementation of program goals. Oversight by a qualified individual will result in more effective use of funds, greater outreach and increased effectiveness of important nutrition education.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 2:30 PM by Linda Sweeney
As a UC CalFresh nutrition educator for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, the Advisor provides needed guidance, leadership and expertise and contributes to the expansion and success of our program. This oversight is crucial as we continue to make significant impactful improvements on the nutrition and health outcomes in our communities.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 8:56 PM by May Woo
This is a critical position in providing leadership and guidance for two large USDA nutrition education programs - UC CalFresh and EFNEP - in the three counties. The advisor has also helped to ensure coordination and collaboration among other nutrition education programs in the area.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:32 AM by Jessica Soldavini

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