The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) is an example of a multi-sector partnership consisting of representatives from more than 50 statewide and local agencies, institutions, organizations, other coalitions, and individuals.
Together, MOCAN partners engage in coordinated activities to advance the goals and objectives of the statewide SNAP-Ed Plan, Preventing Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: Missouri’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan. Many of the partners focus on specific audiences, such as SNAP-Ed eligible audiences, but the breadth of MOCAN’s partnering agencies allows consistent messaging and coordinated delivery strategies to occur across agency boundaries.
MOCAN is exploring how the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework can be used to communicate the collective impact across its work groups by focusing on community issues such as food systems, which relates to the MT8 and LT12 indicators. Others issues addressed, with their respective indicators in parentheses, are built environments (MT5/LT5 and MT6/LT6), social marketing (MT12), health care (MT11), and government policy (MT7). The long-term goal of these efforts is to improve Missouri’s status on the population results indicators (R1-R11).