The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the over 7 million mothers and young children served by WIC and the 12,000 service provider Agencies who are the front lines of WIC’s public health nutrition services for the nation’s nutritionally at-risk mothers and young children.
The National WIC Association provides its members with tools and leadership to expand and sustain effective nutrition services for mothers and young children.
Our vision is a nation of healthier women, children, and their families.
The National WIC Association (NWA) endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) Policy Statements on Breastfeeding.
The AAP policy statement “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk” (2012) states, “Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for all infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short and long-term medical and neurodevelopment advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue not only a lifestyle choice.”
The ABM’s “Position on Breastfeeding” (2015) states, “Suboptimal breastfeeding practices are unequivocally associated with a greater risk of infant morbidity and mortality not only in developing countries, but also in industrialized countries. Increasing breastfeeding rates is one of the most important behaviors we can promote to decrease infant death and illness worldwide.”
NWA promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding through the first year and beyond with the addition of appropriate complementary foods. All WIC staff have a role in promoting and providing support for the successful initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.
We are a proud partner in numerous collaborative efforts to promote the public health nutrition including:
See highlights of our achievements and learn how the Association has evolved over the years.
The Rev. Fr. Douglas A. G. Greenaway has since 1990 served as President & CEO of the NATIONAL WIC ASSOCIATION (NWA), the nonprofit education arm and advocacy voice of the over 8 million mothers and young children participating in WIC – the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – and the nation’s over 12,200 WIC service provider agencies and clinics. Fr. Douglas is responsible for directing the Association as well as representing the WIC community’s interests to the White House, Congress, the US Department of Agriculture, and other federal agencies and departments. See Douglas's biography.
Contact Cecilia for NWA nutrition-related activities and programs including research, position papers, outreach; and Program staff/participant education.
Contact Darlena for questions related to nutrition- and breastfeeding-related activities.
Contact Brian for questions related to state or local advocacy, WIC policy and regulations, and NWA’s state and local advocacy partners.
Contact Elisabet for questions related to advocacy, WIC policy and regulations, WIC funding, and NWA’s Washington Leadership Conference. Elisabet tracks and analyzes WIC policy, develops fact sheets, position papers, and statements, liaises with NWA’s legislative committee, and provides advocacy training to NWA members.
Contact Francois for accounts payable/receivable questions, Board meeting inquiries, and general office operations inquiries.
Contact Emily about membership benefits and services and corporate sponsorships, and conference registration questions.
Contact Ali for questions related to advocacy, WIC policy and regulations, WIC funding, and NWA’s national advocacy partners. Ali tracks and analyzes WIC policy, helps to develop NWA’s legislative strategy, represents NWA on Capitol Hill and on national coalitions, and coordinates NWA’s advocacy campaigns.
Contact Quinney with questions related to NWA's CDC-funded project, Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children. Quinney manages the CDC grant project.
Contact Shameka with inquiries about NWA conferences, events, and webinars as well as the NWA Leadership Academy.
Contact Georgia with questions related to WIC research and evaluation.
Contact Natalie for questions about the website or online community, ePublications, and with questions related to NWA's CDC-funded project, Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children.
We are governed by a Board of Directors comprising State WIC Directors, Local Agency WIC Directors, State Nutrition Coordinators, a representative of the Indian & Native American WIC State Agencies, and six officers.
We have three interest sections—State Directors, Local Agency, and the Nutrition Services—and twenty-four committees and task forces that help formulate policy for the Association. The Annual Business Meeting authority resides with the Voting Members of the Association.
Our membership dues come from the state treasuries of the 50 geographic and 40 Indian & Native American, territory, trust and commonwealth state WIC agencies, our distinguished Business Council Partners, corporate Sustaining Members and other non-profit organizations. NWA does not receive direct federal funds.
Rita Arni, Chair
Beth Beachy, Chair-Elect
Diana Hoek, Chair Emeritus
Nancy Sanchez, Treasurer
Barbara Riley, Secretary
Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO
State Section Representatives
Kobra Eghtedary, Mid-west, Chair
Bruce Boyea, Southwest
Rhonda Buntrock, Mountain Plains
Marjorie Chambers, Northeast
Will Cramer, Mid-Atlantic
Berry B. Kelly, Southeast
Cristi Litzsinger, Western
Dawn Briner, Native American Coalition
Nutrition Services Section Representatives
Pat Faulkner, Midwest, Co-Chair
Jean O'Leary, Western, Co-Chair
Amanda Hovis, Southwest
Danae Olson, Mountain Plains
Denise Pope, Southeast
Carolyn Wescott, Mid-Atlantic
Local Agency Section Representatives
Jeanne Gallegos, Southwest, Co-Chair
Samar S. McGregor, Western, Co-Chair
Elisabeth Kersaint, Northeast
Robin McRoberts, Mid-Atlantic
Melinda Morris, Mountain Plains
Diane Shelton, Southeast Region
Beech-Nut Nutrition Company is partnership minded; we partner with companies and institutions that share our ideals as we recognize that we can accomplish more together than we can alone. Our partnership with The National WIC Association is a perfect example of this. NWA provides us with clear leadership and guidance along the path of supporting WIC. The consensus and singular voice that they represent is a powerful tool in bringing together all parties, agencies, clinics, and manufacturers, for the achievement of a greater good.
General Mills has supported WIC since its inception and has been a longstanding business partner of NWA. We are strongly aligned with the mission of WIC and NWA. Our longstanding partnership with WIC began over 30 years ago when we increased the amount of iron in Cheerios to meet the needs of WIC participants. Today, General Mills manufactures over 240 products that are federally eligible for the WIC program. From cereals America loves like CheeriosTM, KixTM, and ChexTM,– to Yogurts such as Yoplait® andMountain HighTM Cascadian FarmTM frozen fruit and vegetables, ProgressoTM canned beans and Muir GlenTM canned tomatoes – we make delicious products that WIC consumers are proud to serve their families.
As a proud NWA Business Council Partner, HemoCue supports WIC clinics nation-wide in their efforts to screen and monitor anemia. We at HemoCue understand that even mild anemia can result in extreme fatigue and can interfere with ones ability to work, perform daily tasks, or participate in family or social activities. In children, iron deficiency can result in developmental delays, behavioral disturbances, lack of attention and learning difficulties.
Stanbio’s Public Health Team understands the importance of good health to individuals during their early stages of life and to the ones that nurture and support them.
By providing live, personal customer support, we build relationships with each WIC agency to learn their situation and participant culture; we work to offer a reliable, stress free and affordable method to test participants for anemia.
As a NWA business partner and member of the WIC community, we pursue opportunities for multiple WIC stakeholders to work together for the benefit of the program. A deep knowledge of WIC concerns allows us to create Kellogg products and nutrition communications to answer WIC needs.
As a NWA business partner, Masimo pursues opportunities to help safeguard the health of the WIC population by identifying participants with low hemoglobin using noninvasive technology. Masimo’s mission of enabling clinicians to detect and treat potentially life threatening conditions is aligned with the NWA and WIC’s mission.
Medela’s primary focus is breastfeeding by helping moms to successfully breastfeed their babies and to do so for as long as they choose. Meeting this goal responsibly is at the heart of everything we do. Medela is proud to be a NWA Business Council Partner. WIC agencies play an instrumental role in educating and supporting breastfeeding mothers and in helping those moms provide breastmilk, the best nutrition, for their babies.
Meredith Parents Network Custom Solutions is dedicated to helping the National WIC Association provide moms with the best information on how to care for their growing families. Leveraging our status as the leading commercial publisher of parenthood content in the country, Meredith acts as a strategic communications partner and consultant to NWA. As a company, we focus on providing all women with information and inspiration to create rich and meaningful lives.
In 2015, MOM Brands and Post Foods came together to form Post Consumer Brands—the third largest cereal company in the U.S. We now offer 25 WIC eligible cereals, approved in 49 states, plus Puerto Rico. No other cereal company offers as large a variety of iconic Hot Cereal and the Ready-to-Eat Cereal brands.
While providing all the nutritional benefits to meet Federal WIC eligibility, Post Consumer Brands offers some of America’s favorite combinations of sound nutrition and great taste. Which means families can look forward to —and really feel good about—breakfast, every day.
Cereal is the #1 choice for breakfast in the U.S. and a big part of WIC programs in every state. Over 8 million women and children in the WIC program count on cereal to provide the nutrition they need. What’s more, studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school. It’s indeed what makes breakfast the most important meal of the day.
Post Consumer Brands partners with Touchstone Growth Partners, a consulting firm to represent us with state WIC agencies. On behalf of Post Consumer Brands, Touchstone Growth Partners connects with WIC managers across 90 agencies, promoting the nutritious benefits of all our cereals. For more information, please contact: Dave Myers at (717) 715-2700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD
This committee provides oversight on the Association's budget and finances.
Standing Committees are ongoing and develop governance at the direction of the Board.
The Bylaws Committee periodically reviews the bylaws and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as needed for revisions or clarifications. This Committee also reviews proposed operating policies developed by affiliate Sections.
The Nominating Committee seeks candidates for Association offices and the following year's Nominating Committee. Members introduce candidates to the membership.
COMMITTEES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Committees address broad policy issues to further the long-term mission of the Association, at the direction of the Board.
Annual Conference Planning Committee
The Annual Conference Planning Committee is charged with planning program content, organizing events, arranging speakers, and hosting the NWA Annual Education and Networking Conference. The members are selected from the Region hosting the Conference.
Breastfeeding Promotion Committee
The Breastfeeding Promotion Committee works to develop recommendations and standards for the promotion and support of breastfeeding among mothers participating in the WIC Program. This Committee also works to encourage the active promotion of breastfeeding by NWA members.
The Calendar Committee develops the annual nutrition education calendar for purchase by the Association membership and others.
The Evaluation Committee represents NWA's interests in research and evaluation of the WIC Program, especially those efforts of USDA/FNS, OAE, and ERS.
The Legislative Committee participates in the development and implementation of regulatory and legislative policy as it affects the mission and goals of NWA and the WIC Program.
Member Benefit Fund Committee
The Membership Benefit Fund Committee oversees the administration of the Member Benefit Fund, the goal of which is to provide unique opportunities for learning and enrichment to enhance individual knowledge and allow for the development of collaborative projects to be administered on a local or regional level to improve the nutritional status and health outcomes for women, infants and children. Additionally, this reinvestment in individuals and communities allows for new and creative solutions and ideas to be shared with members of NWA.
Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference Planning Committee
The Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference Planning Committee develops and plans the conference program and schedule for the Association's biennial conference.
The Technology Committee participates in the development of NWA policy regarding issues affecting Electronic Benefit Transfer and Management Information Systems and represents NWA's interests. The committee also develops and plans the Association's biennial technology conference.
Task forces are created to carry out the work of the Association at the direction of the Board to address specific short-term goals or initiatives.
Infant Mortality in WIC
The Task Force will examine available research regarding WIC participation and infant mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of infant mortality in WIC.
Maternal Mortality in WIC
The Task Force will examine available research regarding WIC participation and maternal mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of maternal mortality in WIC.
Reach Them, Teach Them, Keep Them Task Force
This task force will examine and develop best practices to reach, teach, and keep WIC participants and has oversight of the National Retention Campaign.
Recruitment and Retention of Registered Dietitians (RDs) in WIC
The Task Force will examine and identify best practices for recruiting RDs from outside of WIC while analyzing methods to optimize the retention of RDs currently working in the Program.
Vendor Business Practices Task Force
This task force develops Association policy and related position papers relevant to vendor relationships and implementation of vendor related policies affecting the WIC Program and WIC participants.
WHO Code Compliant Infant Formula Cost Containment
WHO Code Compliant Infant Formula Cost Containment develops a WHO code complaint infant formula cost containment model that demonstrates savings to the WIC program equivalent or equal to infant formula rebate contracts
Joint Work Group with USDA/FNS
Risk Identification and Selection Collaborative (RISC)
RISC is a partnership between USDA/FNS and NWA to promote ongoing review and development of appropriate nutrition risk criteria for consistent application in the WIC program.
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