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Publication Date

March 1, 2019


2019 State WIC Advocacy Priorities

By National WIC Association

While WIC is federally funded, state health departments administer WIC, and WIC services are provided in local, community-based clinics. Depending on the state, WIC clinics may be operated by county health departments, nonprofit health providers, or a combination of both. WIC’s nutrition education and breastfeeding support is largely provided by nutrition professionals, including registered dietitians (RDs) and international board certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs). During a critical time in child development, WIC staff play a key role in public health screenings and referrals.

In addition to clinical services, WIC provides a monthly benefit to eligible mothers and young children for the purchase of supplemental nutritious foods that address a specific nutritional need linked to the healthy development of the child. State agencies compile an Approved Product List (APL) that determines which nutritious foods can be purchased with WIC funds. A majority of states provide these benefits through an electronic benefit service (EBT)/eWIC card.

To maximize WIC’s role in your state’s public health efforts, NWA has several recommendations.

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Date Added
March 7, 2019

National WIC Association, 2019 State WIC Advocacy Priorities. Available online: https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws.upl/nwica.org/2019-state-advocacy-priorities.pdf