National WIC Association

COVID-19 Resources

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This page is being updated actively by the NWA team. Please send your WIC shareable resources to Emily Gilcher, Education and Membership Engagement Manager, at egilcher@nwica.org. Please include context, if applicable; i.e. “This was shared on [state’s] Facebook account and shopping app on [date].” Or “This is draft guidance sent to FNS on [date]; it is not yet finalized as of [date],” etc.

Resources from NWA

Black Maternal Health

NWA Blog: Black Maternal Health Week: Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive - 4/13/2020

Waiver Tracker

NWA and Milken Institute's State WIC Waiver Tracker - posted 5/21/20

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, state WIC agencies have been requesting waivers from FNS to ensure WIC participants have access to their food benefits and other WIC services while maintaining safe social distancing guidelines. To date, there has been no central location for state agencies or other stakeholders to understand what waivers are being approved or denied across multiple states. To address this gap, the Milken Institute Center for Public Health partnered with NWA to develop the National WIC Waiver Tracker. It provides a consolidated source of information, categorized by state, region, waiver type, response status, and date. This enables state agencies and other stakeholders to connect with other states dealing with similar concerns and best utilize their time when applying for new waivers. The data for the tracker is pulled from FNS' WIC: COVID-19 Waivers by State webpage and is updated weekly. When viewing the tracker, it is important to note that even if a waiver has been approved in a particular state, it does not mean that state has enacted that policy. It is up to each state to decide how to put their waiver flexibility into practice. 

 

Waiver Recommendations

 

COVID-19: Recommendations for State Waivers
NWA's recommendations for state waivers during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Regulatory Citations for Recommended State Agency Resources updated 3/25/2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18, permits USDA to grant waivers to state WIC agencies of regulatory requirements that inhibit the delivery of WIC services throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. In order to facilitate state applications for waivers, the National WIC Association highlights these regulatory provisions. The federal regulations can be found here.

Remote Certifications and Re-Certifications

Streamlined Remote Certification Options Guidance - posted 3/30/2020
This new guidance document was developed in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Altarum Institute. This document spells out the steps agencies should take in certifying participants remotely, including how to document identify, residency, and income and how to verify nutritional risk eligibility. The document contains helpful suggestions for gathering the information necessary for confirming nutritional risk, specifying a correct food package category, and identifying referrals needed. All of the steps are either currently allowable under federal regulations or, if they are not, specific waiver requirements are specified. If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact Elisabet at eeppes@nwica.org.

Messaging

NWA Blog Post: WIC Shopping in the COVID-19 Emergency - April 1, 2020 

Debunking COVID Myths - March 2020 posted 3/24/2020
Guidance from NWA on debunking myths circulating on the internet related to WIC and COVID-19.

Messaging Toolkit - WIC and COVID-19 
NWA will continue to update this document with more resources in the coming days.

Nutrition/Breastfeeding Guidance

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Guidance (English version)
With various recommendations circulating from medical, public health, and breastfeeding authorities regarding breastfeeding and COVID-19, it can be difficult to navigate which resource is best to use. The National WIC Association recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for breastfeeding and COVID-19.

Guía sobre embarazo, lactancia y covid-19 (Spanish version)

Vendor-Related Resources

NWA Virtual Meeting Recording: REFOCUSING ON COVID-19: NWA WIC VENDOR PARTNER ROUNDTABLE - March 18, 2020
The primary focus of this 90-minute virtual meeting with WIC staff and WIC vendors and retail partners, held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, was WIC’s response to COVID-19, especially focusing on ensuring that participants continue to receive their food benefits during this time. Please see the meeting agenda and the meeting notes for more information. Please click here or on the link above to watch/listen to the recording of the meeting.

Call Notes – Retailer/State Agency Call re: COVID 19 – March 13, 2020
Notes from a call with NWA, State WIC Agencies, FMI, and retailer stakeholders on the status of retail during COVID-19.

Technology-Related Resources

Call Notes - Exploring Technology Solutions for WIC During COVID Outbreak - March 17th, 2020
Notes from a call with NWA; FIS; CDP; Conduent; Solutran; Three Sigma; NTT Data; DXC; CQuest; Maximus; Novo Dia; Ciber; CMA Consulting; Burger, Carroll & Associates; and True North on technology solutions during COVID-19.

Supporting Frontline Staff

Self-Care Resources for Frontline WIC Staff
Here is a list of self-care resources we’ve compiled for the WIC community. 


Resources from FNS/USDA

WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Questions and Answers on Program Flexibilities During a Pandemic - Attachment A
WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Waiver Authority Under FFCRA - Memo - May 4, 2020
Questions and Answers related to COVID-19: WIC and the Food Distribution Programs

WIC State-by-State COVID-19 Waivers
WIC Food Package Substitution Waiver
USDA 2017 WIC Guide to Coordinating WIC Services During Disaster


Resources from State and Local WIC Programs

*The resources below are not necessarily finalized - those approved by FNS are marked as such. Use these as examples as your state develops its own procedures. Please contact each state office directly for more details.*

Please send your WIC shareable resources to Emily Gilcher, Education and Membership Engagement Manager, at egilcher@nwica.org. Please include context, if applicable; i.e. “This was shared on [state’s] Facebook account and shopping app on [date].” Or “This is draft guidance sent to FNS on [date]; it is not yet finalized as of [date],” etc.

Posted date = date posted by NWA on this webpage

Reopening Planning
COVID-19 Best Practices and Suggestions for Managing WIC Participants in Clinics (North Dakota)
 - posted 5/19/2020
Sedgwick County Health Department Infection Control Plan - Kansas - posted 5/19/2020
Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 Recovery Guidance for Business - Kansas - 5/5/2020 - posted 5/19/2020
WIC Reintegration Plan (Framework) - SBH Health System - Bronx, NY - May 2020 - posted 5/15/2020

Disaster Plans
New Mexico WIC Disaster Plan - Tier II COVID-19 V.1 3.17.20 - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC Tier II Checklist for Screening Applicants/Participants - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC Disaster Plan - Tier I COVID-19 V.1 3.13.20 - posted 3/19/2020
South Carolina WIC Disaster Preparedness and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) - Human Pandemic - 10/19 - posted 3/19/2020

Remote Certifications and Re-Certifications
Boulder County, Colorado Protocol for Serving Participants Email March 16 Onward - 3.12.2020 - posted 3/24/2020
Vermont WIC - Remote Certification During Disaster – Staff Reference - posted 3/20/2020
Vermont WIC - Remote Mid-Certification Health Assessment During Disaster – Staff Reference - posted 3/20/2020
South Carolina 100-27 Remote Certifications due to COVID-19 Policy and Memo - 3.16.2020 - posted 3/19/2020
Oklahoma Policy Update - 3/19/2020 - approved by FNS - posted 3/20/2020
Oklahoma Tip Sheet - Non-Physical Presence Telephone Certifications - Policy Update - 3/19/2020 - approved by FNS - posted 3/20/2020

Online WIC Applications
Oklahoma WIC Program - Online Certification Application
- posted 4/1/2020

Remote Nutrition Education/Breastfeeding Support
Indiana WIC Breastfeeding Guidance During COVID 
posted 4/20/2020
Bay City Michigan WIC Agency Policies - independent agency response - posted 3/20/2020

Vendor Monitoring and Requests
South Carolina Vendor Monitoring Letter - 3/16/2020
 - posted 3/19/2020
Letter to Washington State WIC-Vendors Re: Purchasing Limits for WIC Foods During COVID-19 - March 25, 2020 - posted 3/30/2020

Food Package Substitutions
DC WIC COVID-19 Expanded Food List - posted 4/1/2020
Changes to WIC Allowed Foods in Washington State - March 25th Update - posted 3/30/2020

Training/Procedure Documents
Connecticut - Staff Guidance on Talking with Participants about COVID-19 - posted 5/4/2020 (shared 4/9/2020)
Operations Guidance for Local Agency Staff - Google Folder - Colorado - posted 4/13/2020
New Mexico Disaster Mode Training Companion - 3.16.2020 - posted 3/20/2020

Designated State Websites for COVID-19
Washington, DC WIC 
- posted 4/1/2020

Press Releases
DHEC Provides WIC Participants Access to Increased Food Choices During COVID-19 Pandemic - South Carolina WIC - April 27, 2020posted 5/7/2020
DHEC to Offer 100 Percent of WIC Nutritional Services Over-the-Phone - South Carolina WIC - April 9, 2020 - posted 5/7/2020
"WIC is Open For Business" Press Release - Washington State DOH - April 17, 2020 - posted 4/17/2020

Breastfeeding/Breast Pump Guidance
COVID-19 Information for Breastfeeding Mothers - Ohio 
- posted 5/13/2020
Michigan - Breast Pump Guidance - posted 5/12/2020
Indiana WIC Breastfeeding Guidance During COVID - posted 5/4/2020
Massachusetts - Interim Guidance for Breastpumps - April 2020 - posted 5/4/2020
Nevada - Breast Pump Education (English) - posted 5/4/2020
Nevada - Breast Pump Education - (Spanish) - posted 5/4/2020

Signage, Brochures, Fliers and other Non-Social Media Messaging
"Call WIC" Sign - Washington State posted 4/15/2020
"WIC is Open" Signs - Washington State posted 4/15/2020
South Carolina Food Package Changes One-Pager posted 3/26/2020
Boulder County Colorado Poster for Participants - SPANISH posted 3/24/2020
Boulder County Colorado Poster for Participants - ENGLISH posted 3/24/2020
Boulder County, Colorado Email to all WIC Families - 3.13.2020 - posted 3/24/2020
Boulder County, Colorado WIC Office Phone Message - posted 3/24/2020
New Mexico Public Health Offices Closed - 3.16.20 - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico Health Care and Social Services Program Brochure - posted 3/20/2020
Louisiana - Curbside Services Sign - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC Formula Vendor Sign - March 2020 - posted 3/19/2020
New Mexico WIC Open - COVID-19 Sign - posted 3/19/2020

Social Media
Messages, Posts, and Graphics
Shopping Tip: Milk - Spanish - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: Milk - English - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: The Store - Spanish - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: The Store - English - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: The Store Part II - Spanish - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: The Store Part II - English - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: Grains - Spanish - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Shopping Tip: Grains - English - Weld County WIC - Colorado - posted 4/6/2020
Louisiana WIC - Myth Busting Auto-Benefit Reloads Post - posted 4/1/2020
Minnesota WIC Post re Shelf Tags and WIC-Approved Items - posted 3/24/2020
WHO Breastfeeding Post - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC Repost re Shelf Tags and WIC-Approved Items - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico DOH - Donate Supplies Post - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico DOH - Social Distancing Post - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC - Myth Busting Free Formula - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico WIC - Warning re: Homemade Infant Formula - posted 3/20/2020

Photos
New Procedures in Action
"Quarantine Machine" Rover Video - Maintaining Social Distance - New Mexico WIC - posted 4/13/2020
"Quarantine Machine" Rovers Photo - Maintaining Social Distance - New Mexico WIC - posted 4/13/2020
New Mexico - "STOP" Instructions Sign for Participants at Clinic - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - Southeast Clinic - ABQ- Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - San Juan Clinic Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - South Broadway - ABQ - Clinic Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - South Valley Clinic Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - Northeast Heights - ABQ - Clinic Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico - Espanola Clinic Photo - posted 3/20/2020
New Mexico Drive-Thru Sign - Photo - posted 3/19/2020
New Mexico Sanitary Hands Benefit Card Handling - Photo - posted 3/19/2020


Other Resources

COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (CDC)

Ten Equity Implications of The Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States (NAACP)
Black Mamas Matter Alliance: Black Maternal Health Week Resources (BMMA)

 

Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding and Pregnancy During COVID-19
CDC: Caring for Newborns: Evaluation and Management Considerations for Neonates At Risk for COVID-19
American Academy of Pediatrics - FAQs: Management of Infants Born to COVID-19 Mothers
HMBANA Milk Handling COVID-19 Infographic Final
World Health Organization (WHO) - Q&A: Breastfeeding and COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO): Frequently Asked Questions: Breastfeeding and COVID-19 For health care workers
United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) - COVID-19 Resources Page
American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP issues guidance on infants born to mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy and Breastfeeding during COVID-19
CDC How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean: The Essentials

California Breastfeeding Coalition: COVID-19 Resources
California Breastfeeding Coalition: WEBINAR – COVID-19: INFANT FEEDING DURING THE POSTPARTUM PERIOD
United States Lactation Consultant Association - COVID-19 Resources

Management of Infants Born to Mothers with COVID-19 (American Academy of Pediatrics) - April, 2020
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding During COVID-19 Webinar - Harvard Medical School - April 15, 2020

Children and COVID-19

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - (CDC)

Medical Press - Coronavirus infection in children—it may not start with a cough - May 12, 2020

Story Collection
How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Infant Feeding? -
 Story Collection Opportunity from USBC
USBC Story Collection Summary Graphic: Voices from the Field - COVID-19 and Infant Feeding (PDF Version)

State WIC Association COVID-19 Resource Websites
California WIC Association
Nutrition First (Washington State WIC Association)


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