Promote practitioners’ confidence to use and disseminate the PSE Readiness Assessment and Decision Instrument (PSE READI) to tailor PSE strategies to local contexts.
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There is increasing attention within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) toward implementation of PSE strategies to improve dietary outcomes among low-income populations. Tools to adapt PSEs to local levels of readiness and capacity are needed.
SNAP-Ed and public health practitioners in Ohio.
The PSE READI was designed to adapt implementation of four community nutrition PSEs: farmers’ markets, farm-to-school, healthy eating in childcare, healthy food retail. After completing the assessment, a tailored report is provided with three recommendations to guide local PSE implementation, which are linked to a resource library with > 1,000 tools/guides. The tool was tested for usability and first disseminated via a day-long interactive training focused on supporting others use of the tool to assess, plan, and act to optimize PSE implementation in targeted areas.
Pre- and post-survey design without randomization was used to test confidence in practitioners’ ability to support and train others to use the PSE READI.
Practitioners (N = 23) doing work in 60 Ohio counties participated in the PSE READI training. One-third reported PSE implementation is related to their current work plan; 41% supported others conducting PSEs. Confidence to support colleagues’ implementation of PSEs (extremely/very confident: pre-35%, post-70%) and train colleagues to use the PSE READI tool (pre-10%, Post-70%) increased substantially after the training. The majority (87%) planned to use the PSE READI tool in the next three months. Post-training, practitioners reported they were “better equipped,” “more informed,” and “inspired.”
The PSE READI tool provides a feasible and efficient method to tailor PSE implementation to the realities of diverse communities. The tool and training were well-received by SNAP-Ed and public health practitioners resulting in an increase in practitioner confidence to support implementation of community nutrition PSEs.