Evaluation of SNAP-Ed Program: Fresh Conversations
IPHA member, Doris Montgomery, was one of the lead authors on the article “Nutritional Risk among Congregate Meal Site Participants: Benefits of a SNAP-Ed Program” published in the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.
The study examined the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) program Fresh Conversations on older adults’ nutritional risk.
Asked about the importance of this evaluation, Doris Montgomery responded:
“When we put our hearts and souls into creating new programs, and we see the enthusiasm for them from our community partners, we believe in them! But it's not enough. We have to use rigorous evaluation methods to justify the investment of public funds and contributions of community partners. That's what we've done, and continue to do, with Fresh Conversations and our SNAP-Ed funds. Evaluation is a process--it's really never over--but it feels great when the results are finally published.”
Learn more about Fresh Conversations here. To access the evaluation findings, contact Doris Montgomery, Community Health and Nutrition Consultant at Iowa Department of Public Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.