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.
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