RNECE Accomplishments

Twenty eight (28) projects have been completed or are well underway. They represent research directed to both regionally-determined and national priorities and the merging of real world programmatic situations with applied research rigor. Findings from the RNECE initiative are being broadly shared with EFNEP and SNAP-Ed implementing agencies, the scientific community, and the general public.

Research projects include:

  • Differences in program size, urban/rural settings, race, ethnicity, cultural contexts, and target audience.
  • Testing use of direct education, social media, and policy, systems and environmental change approaches through face-to-face contacts and texting, smartphone based eLearning, and other online learning venues.
  • Participatory research that empowers school children and engages youth leaders, grocers and store owners, healthcare systems, and faith-based and other community leaders and organizations in multi-component interventions.
  • Secondary data analysis and case-controlled studies to assess program effectiveness and current evaluation methods.

For more information about the RNECE initiative and its respective projects, see Partner websites and Examples of key accomplishments.



Pointing the Way to Good Nutrition Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence National Coordination Center at the University of Kentucky 2014-2017 Final Report
  • The RNECE National Coordination Center played a key role in achieving coordination and cooperation among RNECE projects, and aggregating and synthesizing findings. This Center, which completed its work ahead of the other Centers, compiled a final report of progress to date for the work of all Centers. See the RNECE National Coordination Center Final Report (10.19 MB). The remaining centers requested no-cost extensions to complete the research that is still underway.
  • The Southern Region RNECE Center, with the support of the other RNECE Centers, further developed the FNS SNAP-Ed Toolkit and transformed it into an online interactive toolkit that allows program implementers to identify evidenceā€based direct education and PSE intervention combinations to provide synergy promoting behavior change among program participants. See the SNAP-Ed Toolkit on the web. This toolkit is being used by SNAP-Ed implementers and by EFNEP implementers, where appropriate, for incorporating evidence-based strategies to programming.
  • The Northeastern Region RNECE Center, has created Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice, an online course designed to help nutrition educators and other public health professionals gain skills to increase access to healthy food and activity options in communities through the use of policy, systems, and environmental approaches (PSEs). The course provides an introduction for those new to PSE approaches and a more in-depth overview for those with more experience with PSEs. It also connects learners with resources relevant to the specific settings where they work. See www.ecornell.com/pse [external link] for more information.