9:45 am ? 10:45 am | Independence I | The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP): A Model for Improving Nutritional Health and Well-being of Low-Income Families

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP):  A Model for Improving Nutritional Health and Well-being of Low-Income Families

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Friday, 7/21 | Independence I 

Moderator: Mallory Koenings, PhD, RDN, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA
Speakers: Helen Chipman, PhD, RD, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA; Sandy Procter, PhD, RD, LD, Kansas State University Research & Extension; Jennifer McCaffrey, PhD, MPH, RD, University of Illinois Extension; Susan Baker, EdD, Colorado State University; Mallory Koenings, PhD, RDN, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA

Constancy AND change have been essential to the success of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) since 1969.  Through a multi-model panel, video, and audience interactive presentation, participants will gain practical understanding of the importance of combining foundational elements – theory, evidence-based and practice-tested tools, evaluation, program fidelity and integrity – with changing social and culture environments, audience needs and lifestyles, emerging technologies, and partnering opportunities to achieve program success.  Gain insights from this pioneering federal program on how you can be involved individually and collectively to improve the nutritional health and well-being of low income populations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the evolution of EFNEP, including how the program has changed and what has remained constant to ensure programmatic success in the past, present, and future.  Consider how lessons learned can be applied to other programs.
  2. Explain the impact and influence EFNEP has had on program participants’ health behaviors, other nutrition education programs, and the practice of dietetics.
  3. Describe the research base in support of EFNEP and how current and emerging program implementation research can strengthen EFNEP and other community and public health nutrition programs, and build bridges between research, education, and outreach programs.