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Information for CDPH Funded CalFresh Healthy Living Projects During COVID-19 Emergency

Welcome to the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) collaborative site for connecting and sharing resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this site is to provide CalFresh Healthy Living (CFHL)-funded Local Health Departments (LHDs) support and relevant resources for implementing the CFHL during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize the profound impact on the SNAP-Ed program resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the resources may not be immediately relevant to agencies whose staff have been redirected to assist with COVID-19. 

Across the country and throughout California, public health COVID-19 response has generated many communications and resources to support practitioners with program and response implementation.  For CDPH-funded programs and implementers, when determining programmatic direction, programs should utilize CDPH guidance provided on this site or communicated from CDPH NEOPB directly. If questions arise regarding CDPH or other guidance, programs should contact their CDPH Project Officer, Contract Manager and/or other CDPH NEOPB representative.      

CDPH will keep you apprised of USDA FNS and California Department of Social Services (CDSS) decisions and guidance (e.g., programmatic waivers) as we learn of them. All CDPH CFHL-funded work must comply with current federal and state SNAP-Ed/CFHL guidance. LHDs are encouraged to submit questions, share insights, and offer recommendations to help us customize technical assistance to meet your agency needs by email directly to

Program Guidance

Evaluation Guidance

Capturing Interventions Impacted by Covid-19 in PEARS

Guidelines to Entering Interventions Impacted by Covid-19 in PEARS (PDF)

We recognize that due to shelter-in-place, shifting priorities of LHDs, and changing needs of our target audience, CalFresh Healthy Living activities are being impacted by COVID-19 in a variety of ways. This document has been developed to help LHDs report impacted direct education, indirect education, PSE site activities, partnerships, coalitions, and success stories into PEARS in a consistent manner, and in accordance with SNAP-Ed guidance. Consistent PEARS reporting is crucial to our ability to assess the impact of COVID-19 on CalFresh Healthy Living activities. 


NOTE: If a planned activity never happened at all due to COVID-19, this would not be entered into PEARS. Please track these types of activities outside of PEARS to be included with CDPH’s annual report. 

Guidance for FFY 21 Impact Outcome Evaluation (IOE) Completion


Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19, many California schools will be providing education through a variety of formats (i.e. distance learning, hybrid) to start the 2020-2021 school year. With that in mind, we understand that learn setting interventions will likely need to be modified from what was delivered in FFY 20. We encourage you to review CDPH’s CFHL COVID-19 FAQs. More information on potential learn setting interventions is forthcoming.

Intervention and Comparison Sites 

We want to be sure to maintain strong and supportive relationships with all of our schools/programs so we can retain their participation in FFY 21 and 22. If you haven’t had luck contacting your sites yet, give them time to get settled in the new schedule and try again. Explain the modifications that will allow the evaluation to continue during distance learning and let them know you'd like to maintain their participation for the next two years. For comparison sites, be sure a w9 has been collected, so they are fully paid for their efforts in FFY 20, and you’ve shared their FFY 20 pre-test data infographic with them. 


The EATS has been adapted for online delivery via Qualtrics. Depending on the needs of your site(s) you may use the online tool or the paper tool. The paper tool is available on the IOE Collaborative Site, along with the survey administration protocol. The survey link to the online tool will be customized by site. You must contact Amanda Linares at to obtain your custom links and instructions for assigning student IDs. A recording and PowerPoint from the September 14, 2020 training on online administration of EATS was posted to the IOE Collaborative Site. 

SLAQ administration will continue in FFY 21. The FFY 19-20 pilot versions went through extensive validity and reliability testing, and have been revised and migrated to a new online platform for FFY 21. Be on the lookout for the release of the FFY 21 SLAQs to coincide with the start of FFY 21. 

Guidance for FFY 21 Site-level Assessment Questionnaire (SLAQ) Completion

We understand your sites may be closed and you may have adjusted your IWP to delay your PSE efforts for some of your sites. If you are not going to be implementing PSE changes at a given site, you are not required to complete a SLAQ at that site. 

If you are not sure if PSE implementation will occur, there will also be an additional flexibility allowed due to the COVID crisis. It is acceptable to complete the SLAQ any time before your PSE intervention begins for the fiscal year. Therefore, you can wait until you are able to communicate with the site and confirm that PSE work will go forward later on in the year.

If you are still in contact with your sites, we recommend that you explore with them alternative ways to complete the SLAQ. Please take a look at the revised data collection protocols for each SLAQ for some ideas. 

The SLAQ team will ask each LHD to help us track which sites we can expect to receive a SLAQ and LAC submission for FFY 21. Be on the lookout for these communications beginning in Nov/Dec 2021.

Contact Us

For additional SLAQ resources, please visit the NPI SLAQ website or the SLAQ Collaborative Site

All updated materials can be found here. 

Additional questions?  Contact the SLAQ Team at

Administrative Guidance


FNS and CDSS acknowledge that State Implementing Agencies (SIAs) and Local Implementing Agencies (LIAs) are asking if programmatic waiver requests can be submitted to allow for redeployment of SNAP-Ed staff and funding to support COVID-19-related efforts. Nationally, the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) is collecting requests and questions from states for a national waiver so that states don’t need to submit individually. SIAs and LIAs should continue to track their impacts related to COVID-19. CDPH will continue to provide updates as we learn them.

Communication Resources

Communication Resource Library

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