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215 Youth, Families, and Communities Advisor (Placer/Nevada)

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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5 Comments

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Having a Youth, Families and Community Advisor in Placer/Nevada counties is very much needed. Having an academic with expertise in nutrition and youth development along an understanding of community development, policy and evaluation is important in sustaining the current nutrition and youth development programs provided in these counties. Having the academic presence to inform policy makers, community leaders, school officials, parents and other community leaders and partners on nutrition and children is essential. As Director of the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education program, the Placer/Nevada program served about 4,500 youth working with over 200 teachers. They partner and collaborate with dozens of community organizations. Having an academic advisor will help to enhance the coordination and research opportunities as funding increases to the county health departments for nutrition education and obesity prevention over the next few years.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 11:40 AM by David Ginsburg, Director UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program
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The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in Placer/Nevada Counties would benefit greatly from a Youth, Families and Communities advisor. As the program manager, I have coordinated efforts with other UC programs in both youth development and nutrition. Having an advisor would enable us to do much more. At a time when other government agencies are receiving money to do similar work it is essential that we bring added value to our program. The expertise of an advisor would enable us to be involved in research, curriculum development, as well as developing new projects.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 8:25 AM by Rosemary Carter
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This is a letter of support from my perspective as one who held the former position knowing intimately the two county perspective, clientele and resources, as well as a past administrator of UC ANR YFC programs.
This position aligns well with the Division's Healthy Families and Communities Initiative and Youth Family and Community Statewide Program's directions and uses an integrated cross-disciplinary approach to address local and statewide needs of youth, families and communities. The emphasis for this position is on the target audience, families, and their unique health and development needs. Focusing on documentable, sustained behavioral changes it could serve as a new model for melding the highest priorities for both 4-H YDP and nutrition education while supporting other high priority Division efforts in Placer and Nevada Counties and the multi-county cluster group. As I understand it, the expectation is not for this position to fill the traditional aspects of two diverse subject areas, but rather create a new local administrative structure for the management of these two YFC subject areas and unify the two to create a unique academic program focused on health and development with a family focus.
Placer and Nevada counties' have had a strong history of innovative YFC programming and applied research in both nutrition and youth development - serving as the center of development for numerous UC ANR and nationwide programs and strategies (4-H afterschool, YES - Youth Experiences in Science, Tools of the Trade Science Education, Placer GROWN, Farm to Fork, Reason for the Seasons, Nutrition BEST, Off to a Good Start, and numerous youth and nutrition curricula used across the nation). These innovations occurred while still maintaining strong volunteer based 4-H youth and family programs and impressive community collaborations, that were fueled by substantial (multi-million dollars) extramural funding, much of it secured through local sources. It is essential that academic leadership be re-invested in these counties to prevent erosion of the strong agency and organizational collaborations, volunteer commitments to local ANR priorities, and links to local funding.
Although the strength of past programming, existing needs and current extramural resources (see position justification) would merit ANR's funding of both a youth development and nutrition academic advisor, it is acknowledged that ANR's limited resources need to be strategically placed across the state. Additionally, some NFCS and 4-HYDP advisors will argue that the scope is too broad for an academic to be effective, but I think the historic administrative and programmatic structure and significant local resources, coupled with a focus on families will provide a unique opportunity for a strong YFC research and extension program.
Therefore, I believe this innovative approach is a reasonable and doable method of filling a large gap in northern California ANR staffing. If I can provide any other insight or information, just let me know.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 11:20 AM by Sharon Junge, Emeritis
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As a Program Representative for the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in Placer and Nevada Counties, I work directly with youth, adults and educators who have specific needs including limited access to healthy resources. As the UC CalFresh Program moves forward, our goal is to incorporate workshops that are family centered. We would also like to grow our partnership with our 4-H county program. A Youth, Families and Communities Advisor would assist Program Representatives in these areas as well as provide additional opportunities for program development. In a time where our community’s health and lifestyle habits have been categorized as an epidemic, an advisor is crucial to help drive and support the program to help lead our community into a healthier future.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 11:33 AM by Molly Klumb, Program Representative, UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program, Placer and Nevada Counties
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This position aligns well with the First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission's Strategic Plan, our Children's Health Inititiative (which incorporates CalFresh outreach) and uses an integrated cross-disciplinary approach to address local and statewide needs of youth, families and communities. The emphasis for this position is on the target audience - families - and their unique health and development needs. Focusing on documentable, sustained behavioral changes, it could serve as a new model for melding the highest priorities for nutrition education in Placer. As I understand it, the expectation is not for this position to fill the traditional aspects of two diverse subject areas, but rather create a new local administrative structure for the management of the two YFC subject areas and unify the two to create a unique academic program focused on health and development with a family focus. I feel like this family focus for the position is very much in line with efforts of First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 3:54 PM by Janice LeRoux

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