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Low-income California families face rising rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyle, food insecurity, and hunger that sometimes contribute to preventable health problems. The Network for a Healthy California (Network) brings organizations to address a common goal and mission. That mission is to create innovative relationships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security, with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. Collaboration at the state, regional and local levels is vital for the Network in efforts to reach individuals, families, and entire low-income communities to maximize the impact of nutrition education through California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The Network Partnerships work collaboratively to promote integrated, cross-cutting programs. Innovative partnerships support the Network in a joint effort to widen the SNAP-Ed and CalFresh reach and to increase program effectiveness, empowering low-income Californian’s to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Network Partnership Development Infrastructure  

The infrastructure of the Network is integrated to facilitate coordination and communication and capture synergy among diverse partners. 
The Network Partnership Infrastructure:

  •  Improves links among Network-funded projects and like-model partners, including departments of state government are with the USDA Western Region Office
  •  Enhances the work of the Regional Networks and Collaboratives
  •  Builds trust between community partners and Network programs
  •  Leverages strategic private, public and non-profit partnerships
  •  Develops and supports dedicated, passionate community leaders
  •  Enhances the flow of communication and ideas between the Network and Campaigns, State agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community leaders
  •  Shares best practices and demonstrate success
  •  Supports program development
  • The Network Partnership Infrastructure promotes Network goals and objectives through various channels and programs. Learn more about Network Partnerships by visiting:

  • Food Access Nutrition Education and Outreach (FANOut)  
  • Leadership and Technical Assistance Projects  Opens in new browser window 
  • Network for a Healthy California Statewide Collaborative (NSC)  Opens in new browser window 
  • Regional Networks 
  • Network Campaign and Program Advisory Groups
  • Network staff
  • Network partners
  • The Network Partnership Team

     The Network Partnerships team oversees and maintains the Network partnership development infrastructure.


    Betsy McNeil
    Marketing Manager II
    Email: Betsy.McNeil@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-552-9843

    Kathy Streng
    Harvest of the Month Manager
    Email: Katharina.Streng@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-552-9843

    Jessamy Herrera
    Community Partnership Specialist II
    Email: Jessamy.Herrera@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-449-5379

    Lisa Tadlock
    Community Partnership Specialist II
    Email: Lisa.Tadlock@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-449-5370

    Melanie Ely
    Community Partnership Specialist I
    Email: Melanie.Ely@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-449-5849

    Erin Bertoni
    Administrative Assistant
    Email: Erin.Bertoni@cdph.ca.gov
    Phone: 916-445-8112


    Last modified on: 6/18/2013 2:02 PM