The Public Health Nutrition Consultant III (PHNC III) (Specialist) serves as a highly skilled nutrition and program services professional responsible for: assessing the effectiveness and quality of nutrition and program services provided by WIC local agencies to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children; and evaluating the implementation of federal and state policies by WIC local agencies. The PHNC III leads the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of nutrition and program services to meet the needs of participants, as well as, complex, comprehensive state-wide nutrition, breastfeeding and training campaigns, projects and initiatives. This position requires up to 25% travel.
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PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION CONSULTANT III (SPECIALIST)
$6,215.00 - $8,160.00
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Permanent, Full Time
The Women, Infants, Children Program (WIC) has been part of the nation’s nutrition safety net for over 40 years.
Extensive research has found WIC to be a cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families — leading to healthier infants, more nutritious diets and better health care for children, and subsequently to higher academic achievement for students. As a result of the research documenting WIC’s effectiveness, Administrations and Congresses of both parties have provided sufficient funding since 1997 to ensure that WIC can serve all who qualify. WIC helps families get healthy food and a lot more including nutrition education, breastfeeding support, benefits for healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services.
Like other divisions within the California Department of Public Health, WIC builds its program to support participants who are affected by Social Determinants of Health by providing access to nutritious foods, health education, and referrals.
WIC serves babies and children up to age five, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too!
Over 200 state staff work at California Department of Public Health’s WIC Division located at the Natomas campus in Sacramento (free parking!).
The WIC Division is led by senior managers administering a Local Services Branch, Vendor Management Branch, Policy and Planning Branch, and the Data Analysis, Research, and Evaluation Section. Through these branches, support staff, analysts, specialists, and nutritionists serve the needs of WIC local agencies.
WIC is well-known for its nutritionists who provide state and local guidance to support the WIC participant in receiving healthy and nutritional food, including breast feeding support. Monthly, more that 1 million WIC participants can find support at one of 83 local agencies which maintain more than 500 sites throughout California.
WIC participants can redeem their food benefits at more than 4,000 grocers who are authorized to serve WIC families.
Currently, the WIC Division implemented a new Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card called the California WIC Card and a new management information system that will allow WIC participants to be served more efficiently; these were delivered in waves throughout the state.
As important as our work, WIC is in its third year of a professional development process to build a division wide team that is collaborative and strengths-based. WIC is serious about this commitment to excellence, and it is believed that through exploration of a strengths-based approach, this division can continue to develop and best serve the WIC participant.
It’s an exciting time to be part of the WIC community!