The goals of this cooperative agreement are to build and enhance the capacity of Maine State government, the University of Southern Maine, and Maine's public health systems to improve the health of Maine's population. Project goals objectives address 1) expanding and coordinating public health research and evaluation, 2) developing and piloting model program systems, 3)building human resource capacity for program performance, and 4) designing and delivering new education and training programs to support the developemnt of public health leadership and a more effective professional public health workforce.
Community Planning and Development: Community Planning
The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)Plan FY 08 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. These goals include sustaining a collaborative of state and local partners to accomplish innovative nutrition education program; support environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informed food choices that support optimal health; and provide opportunities for Maine adults to make appropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine DCD collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assistance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
This project will consist of evaluation and data analysis activities to support the Maine Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (PANP) of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Serve as lead for design, planning, and evaluation of the program intervention to address obesity prevention, and provide technical assistance for and coordination of program evaluation activities with PANP staff, contractor for HMP evaluation, and key state partners.
The Maine Nutrition Network (MNN) Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE) Plan for FY 07 consists of multiple projects that impact three main goals. The overall goals of this project include sustaining a collaborative partnership of state and local organizations to accomplish innovative nutrition education programs; supporting environments in which Maine children choose active lifestyles and make informend food choices that support optimal health; and providing opportunities for Maine adults to make acppropriate food choices and have increased accessibility to food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. The Office of Integrated Access and Support and the Maine CDC collaborate with Muskie to effectively reach these goals through training and technical assitance to schools and communities that reach Maine people who are eligible to participate in the Food Stamp Program.
Under the auspices of the Maine Nutrition Network (MNN), nutrition education projects are designed and implemented through collaborative partnerships with various community agencies, organizations and individuals. The goal of MNN projects is to create an environment where Maine adults and youth make informed food and physical activity choices that support optimal health. MNN projects, which are targeted to participants in the USDA Food Stamp Program, include nutrition training and support for teachers, a nutrition social marketing campaign and training and technical assistance for the Healthy Maine Partnerships as they create supportive environments in their communities. MNN also provides Network partners a forum for networking and opportunities to participate in professional development activities.
The project will consist of three components. School Nutrition staff will receive training at regional sites to prepare them to apply for national certification through the School Nutrition Association. Classroom teachers will have the opportunity to receive funding, training and resources to enhance and expand cllassroom nutrition education. Training will be offered in four regional sites statewide to school teams in the development of school wellness plans as required by Child Nutrition Authorization Legislation.
Maine Youth Development Initiative(MYDI) has promoted a Youth Development approach to engage the community and youth to strengthen Maine's child welfare system. This ongoing initiative between the Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Independent Living Life Skills Program and the Institute for Public Sector Innovation (IPSI)at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service has set a standard for the integration of Youth Development values and practices in Child Welfare practice. This project supports the work of the nationally acclaimed Maine Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT), a group of young people who are or have been in the child welfare system in Maine. YLAT has been recognized as an innovative model and has been involved in systems reform and public education on issues related to foster care and the impact on children, informing public policy and the development of legislation. This agreement also includes enhancing sibling connections and achieving permanency for children through the hosting of Camp To Belong Maine. A second year of public funding in this year's agreement are activities related to transition and sustainability efforts to ensure that a privately funded initiative will be maintained by the State of Maine in years to come. This project is known as the Maine Youth Transitions and is in collaboration with Jobs for Maine's Graduates and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.