Partnerships and Collaborations

Our team here at the Center can serve as another tool in your toolbox. If you are strategically thinking about your organization’s impact, or if you are required to evaluate programming for a grant funder, we are here to help. If you represent one of the entities listed below, know that we have experience working with a vast array of organizations with different needs, goals and aspirations. Contact Executive Director Amy Yaroch, PhD, if you think our services could benefit your organization – or if you would like to know more about forming a partnership with the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.

  • Health Departments
  • Community Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Researchers
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Grassroots Organizations
  • Federal or Local Government Agencies

Following are just a few examples of our previous and current partnerships:

HUNGER FREE HEARTLAND
The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition is a partner in the Hunger Free Heartland (HFH) initiative. The Center serves as the research arm of HFH to identify and contribute to the development of a scientific evidence base to inform community activities aimed at improving food security for households in the Omaha metro region.

The mission of HFH is to ensure that sustainable solutions are available to provide access to the nutritious foods children and their families need to live active, healthful lives. This initiative is a grassroots effort including representation from more than 50 businesses, charitable and community organizations including education, health care and social service groups and government representatives uniting behind a common purpose of providing children and their families with nutritious food. The initiative was launched in response to the growing need to alleviate child food insecurity in the Omaha metro area.

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
Amy Yaroch, Ph.D., the Center’s executive director, has an appointment as Professor and Dr. Courtney Pinard as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

EPPLEY CANCER CENTER
Drs. Yaroch and Pinard both are Associate Members in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT LINCOLN
Dr. Yaroch holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.

COOKING MATTERS
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ is a national program that is dedicated to helping teach parents, children, childcare providers and others how to plan, purchase and prepare healthy and affordable meals. The Center is currently aiding Cooking Matters on survey design and evaluation efforts.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Partnership Self-Assessment Tool