Us Program

Sentum works throughout the United States to advance health, safety, education and workforce development for people of all ages — particularly those who are underserved. In collaboration with government agencies, foundations, corporations and community organizations, we design, deliver and evaluate services and solutions to address the nation’s most pressing social problems. Over the past two decades, Sentum has worked with our partners to improve outcomes in HIV/AIDS prevention, obesity prevention, tobacco control, workplace safety, immunizations, early childhood and pre-K through 12 education reform, access to and success in postsecondary education, support for children and young persons with disabilities, workforce development and transition to careers, youth development and engagement, and research and evaluation.
Our work focuses particularly on underserved communities in poor urban and rural areas, on equitable access to high-quality programs and services, and on collaboration with partners to improve health and education outcomes. Our programs:
  • Collect evidence of effective policies and practices
  • Create research-based programs and communications campaigns
  • Establish local, regional and national partnerships
  • Build capacity to improve programs and to bring them to scale
  • Evaluate progress and outcomes
  • Secure resources to sustain effective efforts
Our staff bring to this work a deep commitment to promoting better health, education and well-being for communities across the country. We combine deep technical and content expertise with rigorous research methodologies, strategic planning, marketing and communication, digital media, professional learning and leadership development, and community-oriented capacity development. We build on proven best practices and tailor solutions to meet unique community needs.
Our US programs focus on
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Care for the elderly
  • Youth programs
  • Sexual and Reproductive health

Food And Nutrition (Parent-US programs)

Sentum is a nationally recognized leader in strengthening food assistance and nutrition programs through research, program assessment and design, training, and technical assistance. We have supported all tiers and types of nutrition program providers, including local and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With a proven track record of delivering expert evaluation and technical assistance services, we enable nutrition programs to identify effective program strategies and best practices that can be implemented cost efficiently.
With a 20-year history and a team of experienced domain experts and analysts, our team is the go-to source for food assistance and nutrition programs looking to enhance service delivery, achieve strategic objectives, and improve program outcomes.  Our team offers decades of hands-on experience with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and skills in evaluating and supporting all aspects of program operations. Applying expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology to design and implement evaluation strategies, we analyze results to shape program policy, provide customized technical assistance and training, and enhance program effectiveness to improve health outcomes for program participants.

Food Assistance Programs

Sentum works to increase the quality and effectiveness of public health nutrition services provided to millions of low-income families by identifying effective strategies and best practices. Our work promotes program integrity and cost effective service delivery through operational assessments, evaluations, technical assistance, and training for WIC, SNAP-Ed, and other nutrition education programs. We identify evidence-based practices and interventions to improve program operations and outcomes, producing quantitative and qualitative analytical findings to inform federal and state food assistance and nutrition program policy. Additionally, we design robust change models to assess programmatic strengths and challenges as well as develop customized plans for operational enhancements.

Nutrition Behaviors

We strive to strengthen policy and practice for government-funded nutrition programs serving low-income families, like WIC and SNAP-Ed, to improve the health of participants with proven delivery models and nutrition education strategies. With decades of experience serving on the front line and managing food and nutrition programs, our team provides unique insights into best practice recommendations, translating theoretical models and methods into practical implementation strategies that are actionable and effective. We provide formative and evaluation research, needs assessments, strategic planning, and technical assistance to develop effective service delivery models and nutrition education strategies that promote the adoption of positive nutrition and health-related behaviors.
  • Sentum understand that we must live with Serious Chronic Illnesses Associated With Advancing Age. Our objective is to provide meaningful and comfortable lives at a sustainable cost to families and the community. Our experts achieve this by:
  • Designing and implementing demonstration projects in communities nationwide, with a particular focus on creating reliable, community-based, integrated elder care models that provide tailored, goal-oriented care and ensure funding for and delivery of the social supports that are vital to the quality of life of older adults;
  • Reshaping the framework in which we consider, design, and deliver care for frail elders, recognizing that this aim will require both a profound change in how we organize such care and a shift to making that care more focused on population health with elements of locally control and monitoring;
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive care plans that connect medical care providers, social services providers, frail elders, and family caregivers to go beyond the typical retrospective list of medications and problems and expand to consider the likely future, quality-of-life goals, and preferred treatments;
  • Promoting and informing public perspectives and dialogue on specific, innovative approaches to improving systems and services and addressing costs; and
  • Advocating to inform and guide leaders as they shape policies that will affect all of us as we age

Youth programs

We have developed programs that support families struggling with youths. We help families with teens struggling at home or in school realize that they are not alone; they are in it together. More than just resolving destructive behaviors, these courses are designed to develop positive decision-making skills, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and cultivate a positive self-image. Compassionate instructors help students and parents find a healthy sense of boundaries so families interact more effectively with one another and the world around them.

Sexual and reproductive health

Sentum creates systems-based solutions to promote sexual health and well-being across the lifespan. We seek to create a culture where sexuality is a positive, healthy part of being human; where policy and programs are evidence-based and cutting edge; and, where all people are treated with dignity and respect. Our approach to sexual and reproductive health is holistic, but we also bring expertise in family planning, HIV, STIs, and viral hepatitis; maternal and child health; and in cross-cutting areas of health equity
Our work is grounded in the socio-ecological model, which helps us pinpoint and address the key factors that contribute to health outcomes and disparities. To tackle these challenges, we draw upon strategies that include coalition-building, health communications, behaviour change, training and technical assistance, and digital design and online learning.