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NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series – April Edition Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program: Overview, Impacts & Opportunities

This month’s edition on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30 to 5:00 pm ET will first provide an overview of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). This program provides funding opportunities to conduct and evaluate projects providing incentives to income-eligible consumers to increase the purchase and procurement of fruits and vegetables. GusNIP was designed to bring together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to help foster understanding to improve the health and nutrition status of participating individuals and households, facilitate growth in geographies with low participation, as well as collect and aggregate data to identify best practices and improve GusNIP projects on a broad scale. The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition oversees the evaluation of GusNIP as the lead of the Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information (NTAE) Center in partnership with Fair Food Network who oversees technical assistance and innovation. These organizations will provide an overview of the GusNIP NTAE Center and Nutrition Incentive Hub, describe research and evaluation and technical assistance and innovation, highlight produce prescription and nutrition incentive projects and outcome data, and discuss future plans. Both NIFA and NTAE panelists will have breakout rooms in the last section of the webinar where people may dive deeper into some case studies and engage in discussions. 

Click here to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the live session. If you have any questions or comments, please email LaRachelle Samuel-Smith at LaRachelle.Samuel-Smith@usda.gov.

Date/Time

Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30 to 5:00 pm EST

Webinar Title

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program: Overview, Impacts & Opportunities

Description

This month’s edition will first provide an overview of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). This program provides funding opportunities to conduct and evaluate projects providing incentives to income-eligible consumers to increase the purchase and procurement of fruits and vegetables. GusNIP was designed to bring together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to help foster understanding to improve the health and nutrition status of participating individuals and households, facilitate growth in geographies with low participation, as well as collect and aggregate data to identify best practices and improve GusNIP projects on a broad scale. The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition oversees the evaluation of GusNIP as the lead of the Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information (NTAE) Center in partnership with Fair Food Network who oversees technical assistance and innovation. These organizations will provide an overview of the GusNIP NTAE Center and Nutrition Incentive Hub, describe research and evaluation and technical assistance and innovation, highlight produce prescription and nutrition incentive projects and outcome data, and discuss future plans. Both NIFA and NTAE panelists will have breakout rooms in the last section of the webinar where people may dive deeper into some case studies and engage in discussions. 

Intended Audience

NIFA stakeholders including academics, practitioners, and decision makers working to prioritize nutrition security.

Registration Link

Register in advance for this webinar.

Moderator

  • Mallory Koenings, PhD, RDN, National Program Leader, Division of Nutrition, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Panelists

  • Amy Yaroch, PhD, Executive Director, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition & Project Director, GusNIP NTAE Center
  • Holly A. Parker, MPP, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, Fair Food Network
  • Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Professor at the University of California at San Francisco with appointments in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Carmen Byker Shanks, PhD, RDN, Principal Research Scientist, Associate Project Director for Reporting and Evaluation, GusNIP NTAE

Breakout Room Facilitators

Webinar Team

  • Faith Peppers, NIFA Director of Communications
  • LaRachelle Samuel-Smith, PhD, NIFA Internal Communications Manager
  • Cassandra Huey, PhD, NIFA Program Specialist, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family and Community and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Executive Secretary
  • Danielle Farley, MS, NIFA Social Science Specialist, Division of Animal Systems, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
  • Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, RDN, NIFA National Science Liaison - Nutrition and Food Safety and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Lead
  • Amber Gellert, MA, NIFA Program Assistant, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community
  • Stephanie Morriss, PhD, NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Date Analyst

Relevant Resources

Post-Webinar Materials

The video recording, slide deck, and other resources will be provided on the series webpage after the live version and will be emailed to all registered webinar attendees.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Jessica Creighton, Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist, at Jessica.creighton@usda.gov or (816) 266-6947 no later than Monday, April 25th at 5:00 pm EST. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient and those who require a reasonable accommodation upon request.

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