“The best part about the exchange was learning ‘best practices’, since we are new to Network……we came away with a list of things we can do and want to try out right away in our programs”
“Being in a comfortable environment that was casual and supportive really helped us to feel that we could open up and discuss our work in a productive way. It was so effective to get out of the office, away from deadlines and details, and see what is going on in the SNAP-Ed world in other parts of the state”
Since the first exchange in May 2012, numerous counties have participated in Peer Exchanges, both as hosts and as mentees, across California.
Participating counties include:
Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Trinity, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba.
If you would like to participate in a Peer Exchange, please complete the matching checklists, found on the forms page.
“Being in the room with the staff from the host site was invaluable. My staff could ask questions, and having a face-to-face conversation now makes it easier to pick up the phone or send an email – it’s not just strangers asking for help, we know each other now.”
Exchanges are typically one full day (5-7 hours of content time), though several have spanned two days. CCLHDN offers the participants the flexibility in planning their exchanges to fit their needs and schedules. Most exchanges have taken the traditional model of the “Host” county sharing and educating the “mentee” county about best practices, successful programs, etc. However in all exchanges there is a cross-sharing of ideas and both counties benefit.
In addition to the traditional mentor/mentee exchange format, CCLHDN also offers a “Round Table” exchange format. Several counties get together and are equally collaborative in sharing and discussing best practices, raise questions, and offer one another resources.
Common Peer Exchange Topics include:
- CNAP and community partnerships in general
- Organizational structure/where nutrition services sits within the LHD and how this influences collaborations with other LHD and HHS partners
- Network curriculum and 5-class series: what works, how to get attendees, where to promote, etc.
- Community engagement
- Collaboration within nutrition services- WIC/Network collaborations and cross-training