Obesity Mini CoIIN Opportunity

Obesity Mini CoIIN Opportunity…

Interested in Farm to Early Care and Education in your State?

Indicate your interest in this exciting new opportunity to be part of ASPHN’s 2019-20 Obesity Mini CoIIN.

✓Have help implementing, advancing or expanding one of the most popular obesity prevention strategies

✓Expand your knowledge about Farm to ECE tools and curricula with expert support

✓ Network with other States during monthly webinars and in-person meetings

✓ Learn about Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Networks (CoIIN), where motivated people with a collective vision innovate collaboratively


About this Opportunity:

Early care and education settings (ECEs) — which include child care centers, family child care homes, prekindergarten classrooms, and Head Start programs — present an important opportunity for early childhood development and obesity prevention. ECEs are a priority setting for CDC’s obesity prevention effort in the United States. CDC is supporting a new ASPHN Obesity Mini-CoIIN focused on ECE settings as an effective way to teach healthy habits at a young age.

The purpose of this CoIIN is to improve ECE nutrition environments, policies and/or practices utilizing a Farm to ECE approach. The CoIIN will support nutrition professionals at state or local health departments or other key state early childhood agencies with planning, implementing, running, expanding and/or evaluating a Farm to ECE program.

All states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. This opportunity will be available to five state teams. Each team will receive seed funding for a period beginning early 2019 through August 2020 to participate in the CoIIN to advance their states’ Farm to ECE work. States can be at a variety of stages in the process of incorporating Farm to ECE work into their state system and supporting ECE providers in their state implementing Farm to ECE activities. Annually, the state teams will attend an in-person meeting for extensive networking, group training and hands-on in-depth team planning.


Anticipated benefits:

1:1 expert technical support and tailored technical advising
Learning from the experts via monthly webinars covering diverse topics
Networking and learning with other states about resources, tools, or trainings to carry out plans
Utilizing an effective quality improvement tool to strengthen Farm-to-ECE work in their state.
Experience collaborating nationwide with state or local level stakeholders that impact the ECE environment.
Seed funding
In-person travel support for team members to attend in-person annual meeting


How to Apply:

The application process has two phases:

Phase I: This is for any state that is at all interested in this opportunity. By entering phase I, the state staff commits to learning the details of this project by attending an informational webinar, reading informational materials, and speaking with ASPHN Obesity Mini CoIIN Manger.

Interest forms will be due January 22, 2019. Use the attached interest form:  ASPHN Farm to ECE Interest Letter

The full application and information packet will be released the week of January 22nd, followed by an informational webinar. A recording will be made available.

Phase II: If a state is still interested, they would submit a final application for phase II. Only states that completed phase I are eligible to apply for phase II. The final application will be due February 28, 2019.

Contact: Emia Oppenheim, emia@asphn.org for more information.

Created 12/11/2018 with support from CDC-RFA-OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health.

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