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Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance

The Nutrition and Health Committee for Planning and Guidance, formed in 2008, works with NIFA national program leaders (NPL) to strategically position extension programs for the future. Committee members represent all regions of the country and are from the 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions. 

Two objectives in the 2009 Strategic Opportunities for Cooperative Extension, Executive Summary, published by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, help direct the committee’s efforts to:

  • Ensure an abundant and safe food supply for all
  • Help families, youth, and individuals to become physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy

Key Activities

The committee’s work is focused on five key activities:

  • Evaluation indicators
  • Social media and emerging technologies
  • Nutrition and physical activity policies and programs
  • Professional training
  • External partner communication and engagement

The committee is a resource and voice for NPLs to invite new members, solicit ideas, and seek support for committee activities.



  • Laura Balis
  • Carolyn Bird
  • Donna Brown
  • Lisa Franzen-Castle
  • Kathy Gunter
  • Samantha Harden
  • Deborah John
  • Georgia Jones
  • Annie Lindsay
  • Kathleen Morgan
  • Emily Murphy
  • Mattie Rasco
  • Novella Ruffin
  • Donna Satterlee
  • Michele Walsh
  • Siew Sun Wong

Joining the Committee

The Nutrition and Health Committee for Program Planning and Guidance seeks new Extension specialists in the areas of nutrition, nutrition and health, and/or health to serve on the committee each year. If interested, please review the application instructions and submit your information with the subject header Nutrition and Health Committee by September 12, 2018. Applicants will be notified of results by October 18, 2018.

For More Information

Farm bill priority areas
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health

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