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NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series - EFNEP: A Model of Cooperation and Collaboration, Resulting in Improved Nutritional Health and Wellbeing of Families with Limited Financial Resources

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm ET, Dr. Helen Chipman, Dr. Carinthia Cherry, Ms. Shewana McSwain, and Ms. Catalina Aragón will provide an in-depth overview of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, giving special attention to how cooperation and collaboration has been essential to the program’s more than half century success.

EFNEP is the nation’s first nutrition education program for low-income populations and remains at the forefront of nutrition education efforts to reduce nutrition insecurity of low-income families and youth today. Since 1969, EFNEP has combined hands-on learning, applied science, and program data to ensure program effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability and reached more than 34 million low-income families and youth. Participants enhance their health by improving their nutrition, food safety, food resource management, and physical activity practices. Annually, more than 90% of adult participants report improved behaviors following program involvement. Collectively, participants save thousands of dollars while also eating more nutritiously and being more physically active.

The panel will provide a deep dive into EFNEP’s history, goals, audience, and impacts, giving special attention to the power of cooperation and collaboration within communities, among universities and with other partners and programs, between federal and state/university programs, and between research and program implementation. This session will be interactive and will allow for additional discussion among participants at the conclusion of the presenters’ remarks.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 2:00-3:30 pm EDT (1:00-2:30 pm CDT)

Register in advance for this webinar

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

Intended Audience
NIFA stakeholders, including research, education, extension, public health and other community-minded leaders; program implementors, and decision makers who are working to prioritize nutrition security; organizations and individuals concerned with health equity; and organizations seeking to work synergistically to help clients and community members improve nutritional health and well-being through mutual missions and goals.

Dr. Helen Chipman, NIFA National Program Leader for Food and Nutrition Education, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition


  • Dr. Carinthia Cherry, NIFA National EFNEP Coordinator, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition
  • Ms. Shewana McSwain, MS, EFNEP Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina A&T University
  • Ms. Catalina Aragón, MS, Public Health Nutrition Specialist, Washington State University

Webinar Team

  • Matthew Browning, Public Affairs Specialists
  • 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 Co-Lead
  • Amber Gellert, MA, NIFA Program Assistant, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community
  • Cassandra Huey, PhD, NIFA Program Specialist, Division of Community and Education, Institute of Youth, Family and Community and NIFA Nutrition Security Team Executive Coordinator
  • Stephanie Morriss, PhD, NIFA Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition Date Analyst
  • Faith Peppers, NIFA Director of Communications
  • LaRachelle Samuel-Smith, PhD, NIFA Internal Communications Manager

Relevant Resources

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
Closed captioning is generally offered for our webinar series. If you need any additional reasonable accommodation to participate in this webinar, please contact Sheila Fleischhacker at or 816-266-7859 no later than Monday, July 18th at 5:00 pm ET. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, could be provided free of charge to limited English proficient and those who require other reasonable accommodation upon request.

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