Insights in Public Health: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Strengthening Families for 40 Years
By Chock L, Hayes D, Tomiyasu D
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a proven, cost-effective investment in strengthening families. As part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 15 federal nutrition assistance programs for the past 40 years, WIC has grown to be the nation’s leading public health nutrition program. WIC serves as an important first access point to health care and social service systems for many limited resource families, serving approximately half the births in the nation as well as locally. By providing nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and foods in addition to referrals, WIC plays a crucial role in promoting lifetime health for women, infants and children. WIC helps achieve national public health goals such as reducing premature births and infant mortality, increasing breastfeeding, and reducing maternal and childhood overweight. Though individuals and families can self-refer into WIC, physicians and allied health professionals have the opportunity and are encouraged to promote awareness of WIC and refer families in their care.
November 14, 2017
Chock L, Hayes D, Tomiyasu D (2014) 'Insights in Public Health: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Strengthening Families for 40 Years'. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: A Journal Of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health: Vol. 73, Issue 9, pp. 295-300. Available online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4174695/