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CDC Reducing Sodium in Communities Project

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) a 5 year cooperative agreement to undertake sodium reduction efforts within King County. Through this project, PHSKC will address the barriers and challenges our communities face in healthy eating by implementing lasting and sustainable sodium reduction efforts in the food and meals provided in two venues: high-need school districts and the emergency food system. This is a 5-year project with 5 distinct, 12-month, budget periods. This contract may be renewed at the end of each budget period, contingent upon the renewal of Public Health’s federal award, contractor performance, and upon Public Health’s sole discretion. 
The University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN) will co-lead the initiative through a collaborative partnership with Public Health and participation in CDC sponsored trainings and networks. Specifically, CPHN will provide leadership and management for evaluation and some of the technical assistance to partners. CPHN will conduct the evaluation including pretesting and finalization of tools, data collection and analysis, and writing of reports and dissemination of evaluation results. CPHN will also work directly with partners to assess current and future sodium content of foods and design and implement strategies to reduce sodium consumption in these settings. CPHN will establish and update as needed an evaluation plan to use for the duration of the project, lead data collection and performance measurement, and provide TA to partnering agencies for their implementation efforts per each work plan. Finally, contractor will oversee all evaluation needs stipulated by the funder.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Project Team

Mariel Torres Medipour, PI

Jessica Jones-Smith, Co-Investigator

Emilee Quinn, Research Coordinator/Lead Evaluator