Nutrition Education Program Assistants: A Leverage Point for Collecting Authentic Program Data

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2010-10-01
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McFerren, Mary
Franz, Nancy
Lambur, Michael
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Extension administrators and educators wonder why low-income audiences refrain from participating or underparticipate in educational opportunities. This may be due to a gap between administrator or educator views of program participation barriers versus the lived experience of low-income audiences. Virginia Cooperative Extension worked to bridge this gap in perspectives by using Nutrition Program Assistants as a leverage point for recruiting and gathering authentic data on program participation from low-income individuals. Even though program assistants rarely serve in this role, their connection with low-income clientele and groups that serve them is invaluable for gathering authentic program data.

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This article is from Journal of Extension 48 (2010): 5IAW1. Posted with permission.

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, program assistant, needs assessment, nutrition education, barriers, interviews
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