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The center is directed by Jamie Dollahite, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, and Director of Food and Nutrition Education in Communities program which provides state leadership to EFNEP and the Cooperative Extension SNAP-Ed work in New York State. While the Center is physically located in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, it operates as a virtual center to provide resources and engage stakeholders across the 12-state service region.

Steering Committee

Oversight of the Center is provided by the Steering Committee which, in addition to the Cornell leadership team, includes six other members with expertise in EFNEP and/or SNAP-Ed implementation and research – five from other northeast Land Grant Universities and one from a Hispanic-serving organization.

Stakeholder Committee

The Center’s Stakeholder Committee, a well-established and highly involved group which represents all EFNEPs and most SNAP-Ed implementing agencies in the northeast, provides on-going consultation and input to Center leadership.

Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group includes internationally known researchers from universities such as Harvard, Yale, Tufts, Johns Hopkins, Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell, who are working in applicable areas. This group is organized on an ad hoc basis, providing consultation to support the Center in meeting its objectives through input on areas such as appropriate instruments for evaluation, references to include in the Center’s systematic review, etc.

Taken collectively, these groups ensure extensive input from regional stakeholders with feedback sought across the region by the Center leadership at each step of the Center’s work.


United States Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA.

RNECE: Regional Nutrition Education Centers of Excellence