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Low-income California families face rising rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyles, food insecurity, and hunger that may contribute to preventable health problems. The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) brings organizations together to address areas where goals, objectives, and activities intersect. NEOPB is committed to nurturing partnerships as the cornerstone of its work to initiate, encourage and support policy, systems, and environmental changes that will lead to decreasing and potentially preventing, obesity and chronic disease. 
To maximize common cause among partners, NEOPB identified five key sectors in which staff will pursue and develop partnerships. These sectors represent important target audiences of large, influential stakeholders that have the greatest potential to help enact policy, systems, and environmental changes that will mitigate today’s high costs of obesity and its resulting chronic diseases.


Key NEOPB partnership sectors include:

  • Communities of Faith
  • Health Care (Providers, Provider Groups, Insurers, Medical Associations)
  • Education (Preschool, Childcare, K-12 Grade Schools, Higher Education, Adult Learning)
  • Retail
  • Government
  • Agriculture



NEOPB has developed this internal partnership development plan to actively initiate, foster, pursue, and engage strategic partnerships across multiple sectors.
Partnership Plan:

Partnership Plan (Word.doc)


NEOP Strategic Planning

NEOPB’s strategic planning process for FFY 2017-2020 started almost a year ago, interviewing key external partners and Branch staff in leadership positions. This process was augmented in January by surveying new staff hired into leadership positions.

NEOPB convened a Strategic Planning Work Group on January 27, 2015 consisting of ten select external partners and key NEOPB staff, launching the second phase of its strategic planning process.  The Strategic Planning Work Group analyzed the data from the key informant interviews held in 2014, reviewed and provided feedback on a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis of NEOPB as well as discussed the research on evidence-based strategies. The Work Group was created an environmental scan as it relates to obesity prevention in California.  Next steps the Work Group will review the scientific evidence, and choose programmatic focal areas that have the greatest impact to reduce the burden of obesity throughout California communities.


Members of the External Strategic Planning Work Group

External Stakeholders for Strategic Planning Work Group (Word.doc)


NEOPB Partnership Team

The partnership team initiates and maintains the NEOPB partnership development structure. 

 Michele van Eyken, MPH, RD, Chief Nancy Guenther, MPH
 Policy, Partnership, and Program Development Community Partnership Specialist
 Email: Michele.van.eyken@cdph.ca.gov Email: nancy.guenther@cdph.ca.gov


Last modified on: 2/23/2015 9:09 AM