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Health + Nutrition First

Consulting with Purpose

Nutritious food and social connection weave the fabric of good health, and provide a way to honor and celebrate our differences. This is our focus and sits at the heart of our values and our name, Health + Nutrition First. 


Our team specializes in health and nutrition policy, systems of care, public health programs, strategy, and advocacy.

We want to work with you on initiatives that support your organizational and community growth like:

  • Public health and nutrition policy analysis

  • Program and partnership development

  • Strategic planning

  • Stakeholder communication 

  • Advocacy development and strategy


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Working with You

Projects can be challenging – we are here to lighten the load off your shoulders. We prioritize listening to you and offering capability, adaptability, and scalability. Health + Nutrition First's consultants have worked in government, non-profit, and for-profit businesses. We are eager to share our expertise and insights to build your organization's future. 

Jennifer Noll Folliard MPH, RDN  Founder, Health + Nutrition First 

Jennifer Folliard, MPH, RDN, is the founder and principal consultant at Health + Nutrition First. She is a registered dietitian with expertise in public health systems and policies. Jenn received her Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and food/nutrition in business from Purdue University and her Master of Public Health, focused on public health policy and systems of care, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In her previous position as the Maternal Child Health Director for the South Dakota Department of Health, Jenn worked with multi-sector partners to develop and advance priorities that would improve the health of South Dakota families. Before moving to South Dakota, she worked in Washington, D.C., for ten years, conducting state and federal policy research and advocating for these policies to build effective public health systems. 


Health + Nutrition First provides organizational support to our clients to reach their goals. 

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Policy Analysis + Program Development

Our team possesses extensive expertise in nutrition, public health policy analysis, and program development. We strive to provide our clients with accurate and well-informed insights into the nutrition and public health landscape across all levels of government, including local, state, and federal.

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Strategic Planning + Communication

We specialize in developing effective strategies for health and nutrition initiatives. Health + Nutrition First provides comprehensive communications plans, strategic planning, and program alignment services to ensure our clients' initiatives succeed. With our help, you can create a comprehensive and effective plan to reach your organization's goals.

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Our advocacy services can help you grow and develop resources, craft policy, and engage in lobbying efforts. Our team of experts will provide you the necessary support to identify and advocate for the best solutions for the health and nutrition of your community. We will ensure that your voice is heard and your goals are achieved.

"Working with Health + Nutrition First has been like having another member on the team! Jennifer’s depth and breadth of knowledge helps to simplify complex projects and expedite processes. She has a passion for working in this space and has helped us successfully navigate the local advocacy landscape to achieve several timelines within our project. I have no doubt that without partnering with Health + Nutrition First we would not have been able to successfully implement advocacy work within our organization to the level that we are at."

Stacey Andernacht, Marketing & Communications Director
Feeding South Dakota

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