Policy, Systems, and
Environmental Change Center

The Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Center (RNECE-PSE) is committed to training, equipping, and empowering SNAP-Ed and EFNEP networks to effectively implement Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) approaches to support healthy lifestyles for limited resource audiences where they work, live and play. Research shows targeting multiple levels of societal influence in conjunction with direct education to be a sustainable effort towards obesity prevention. In FY 2015 RNECE-PSE was designed to work cooperatively with the geographic RNECE centers to support the implementation of PSE approaches integrated into SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs.


1.) Enhance the ability of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP networks to effectively implement and evaluate obesity prevention PSE strategies for disadvantaged low-income populations throughout the lifespan

2.) Strengthen SNAP-Ed and EFNEP nutrition education interventions through incorporation of effective culturally-responsive public health approaches that are centered on readiness to change best practices

RNECE-PSE is finalizing a situational analysis of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP programs to identify facilitators, barriers, best practices, training and evaluation needs related to PSE adoption and implementation. Development of systematic competency-based PSE instruction, guidelines, and resources that are tailored to the needs of SNAP-Ed and EFNEP coordinators and community educators are underway. Included in these resources are tailored readiness to change resources to strengthen SNAP-Ed and EFNEP organizational, community, and neighborhood coalition efforts to implement PSE strategies and an intercultural framework to increase intercultural competence in SNAP-Ed and EFNEP PSE implementation.

Interactive Map

The SNAP-Ed PSE Interactive Map is a tool to equip and empower implementing agencies to create changes in the policies, systems and environment in which limited resource audiences eat, learn, live, play and shop. The map is designed to allow users to navigate to a setting of interest. Once a user selects a setting, a training module that will consist of a series of short videos will open. These short videos are designed to be engaging and show the scope of PSE change approaches within that specific setting under SNAP-Ed guidance. Tips and strategies for assessing need, implementing and evaluating PSE’s are provided. This Interactive Map is meant to complement the SNAP-Ed Toolkit and the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework. Links are provided at the bottom of the map to direct users to evidence-based interventions via the SNAP-Ed Toolkit and evaluation methods via the SNAP-Ed Framework and Interpretive Guide. Settings under draft development currently include:

  • Small retail
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Community gardens
  • School gardens
  • Faith-based setting

Contact Information

PSE Center Staff