The inaugural National WIC Association (NWA) Fellowship Program consists of four Fellows from across the WIC workforce to learn the WIC legislative and regulatory processes, develop relationships with their respective Congressional delegations, and build grassroots advocacy capacity in their state.
Dionne Moore-Smith is the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator for the State of Michigan. She oversees Michigan’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Breast pump programs. Dionne is passionate about education and shares her goals in improving breastfeeding outcomes.
How did you get involved with WIC?
I originally started in WIC as one of my first jobs out of college. I loved what the program stands for in terms of education and assistance. Prior to serving at the State level, I worked in CPA, RD, and IBCLC roles at local agencies within the Metropolitan Detroit area.
What is your favorite part about working in WIC?
I am excited about being able to positively improve breastfeeding outcomes by developing and implementing policies and trainings that promote equity.
What makes you excited to take part in NWA’s WIC Fellowship Program?
I’m most excited about being able to learn from others around the country about best practices. I am also looking forward to
makers to educate them on breastfeeding and how some policy changes and other initiatives can improve breastfeeding outcomes for all.
What would you want to tell the world about WIC?
Many breastfeeding peers have advanced to professional careers as lactation consultants within WIC and beyond.