Research & Practice

Promoting Accessibility in WA SNAP-Ed Contract Funding for Tribal Organizations

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federally funded grant program that provides nutrition education and promotes health for eligible individuals through supporting healthy food choices and physical activity in line with Dietary Guidelines for Americans and making policy, systems, and environmental changes. Washington state’s SNAP-Ed goals are developed based on a statewide needs assessment. Recognizing the unique needs of Tribal communities in Washington state, WA SNAP-Ed contracted with a native-owned business to assess how SNAP-Ed programing can better support indigenous food sovereignty. Based on the feedback provided, DSHS will undergo a competitive procurement in FFY24 through a Request for Application (RFA) for a Tribally run organization to complete a Tribal needs assessment (TNA). Findings from the TNA will inform the competitive search for a Tribal IA and development of contract language and expectations. To ensure equitable contracting partnerships with Tribal organizations, this project outlines barriers to competitive procurement for Tribal organizations, recommendations to address those barriers and facilitate a TNA, and justifications for adapting contract language and expectations to support Tribal sovereignty and self-determination. This project consisted of researching considerations for a Tribal needs assessment RFA and reviewing articles on contracting, executive orders, and relevant SNAP-Ed guidelines. The findings recommend simplifying the grant process through providing flexibility and technical assistance and involving community members in every step of grantmaking and conducting the needs assessment. A collaborative approach will elevate Tribal voice in SNAP-Ed leadership and decision making to better support Tribal community needs in Washington.

Materials Available

Project Type(s): MPH Practicum, PH Concentration Poster

Author(s): Christina Lin

Program(s): Master of Public Health, RDN Training

Year: 2024