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FW: Exciting partnership opportunity for communities from Tufts University!


Please see below for a national opportunity called Catalyzing Communities, part of the ChildObesity180 effort of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. See below for more information, including about the Request for Partnership and an informational webinar coming up this week on June 9.




Colleen Matts

(she, her, hers)

Farm to Institution Specialist

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | 517.432.0310 | |


In response to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems team members are working remotely and refraining from travel or attending in-person meetings. Our response time may be a bit slower than normal due to family and community responsibilities. 




Date: June 3, 2021 at 5:06:37 PM EDT
Subject: Exciting partnership opportunity for communities from Tufts University!


Catalyzing Communities, an initiative of ChildObesity180, is seeking three new partners in communities across the United States for a two-year project focused on creating healthy environments where all children can thrive. We are a group of researchers, scientists, and communication experts based at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. We seek to partner with multi-sector, community-based coalitions or organizations that are working to advance equitable child obesity prevention. 


Our partnership can energize work and amplify impact of community-based coalitions or organizations in of the following ways: 

  • Invigorate coalition engagement – new or renewed engagement from coalition members sharing fresh perspectives to come up with exciting ideas for future work.  
  • Positive community impact – identification of high-impact, evidence-based strategies primed to succeed within the community context. 
  • A new way of thinking – capacity building and ongoing technical support for systems thinking and equitable obesity prevention strategies.   
  • Networking and connections – an opportunity to join a cohort of likeminded coalitions and organizations from across the US. 
  • Financial support – supportive funding for community partners, research participants, and access to catalyst grant funds for program initiatives.  


We hope you will join us at 2 PM on Wednesday June 9, 2021 for an informational webinar to learn more about this exciting opportunity!  To register, click here. 


Our Request for Partnership application closes on Friday June 25, 2021. For more details and a link to the application, please visit our website:  


Please share this opportunity with friends or colleagues who might be interested. 

Thank you very much for your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon!  




Julie Appel, MS 

Senior Program Manager 

Catalyzing Communities Initiative 

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy | Tufts University 




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