National WIC Association

Maternal and Child Health

All content tagged with the term "maternal-and-child-health".

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page

    April 5, 2021 - g

  • USDA and HHS Announce Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

    December 29, 2020 - News & Blog
    NWA applauds the work of USDA and HHS for issuing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 with the inclusion, for the first time, of the unique life stages of infancy through 24 months, pregnancy, and lactation. As WIC providers, we recognize the importance of tailored life-stage nutrition guidance to shape lifelong positive nutrition habits to yield positive health outcomes. For WIC families and WIC staff, the DGAs are critical tools in support of positive birth, maternal, and child health outcomes.

  • Why Your Gift Matters: Supporting Healthy Families Through WIC

    December 7, 2020 - News & Blog
    NWA supports healthy families by promoting the nutrition and breastfeeding work of the WIC community.

  • What Does the USDA Waivers Decision Mean For WIC?

    September 21, 2020 - News & Blog
    After months of constant and bold WIC waiver advocacy and coalition building by NWA, USDA announced an extension of WIC flexibilities until thirty days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency. NWA remains committed to assisting state agencies and frontline providers with navigating the federal emergency response and delivering quality services throughout the pandemic.

  • National WIC Association Applauds House Passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

    September 17, 2020 - News & Blog
    This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2694, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, in a bipartisan vote of 329-73. Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, offers the following statement in response:   “It is time for federal law to reflect the realities of working women. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a common-sense and long overdue measure that will ensure no woman will have to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her livelihood. Today’s vote demonstrates broad bipartisan support to take the necessary steps to assure healthy pregnancies."

  • Tonce Jackson, Health Equity Champion

    August 26, 2020 - News & Blog
    As Health Equity Manager, I have led our agency in a series of trainings, including equity, diversity, and inclusion, conversations on race, micro-aggressions, and implicit bias.

  • Adela Garcia, Health Equity Champion

    August 25, 2020 - News & Blog
    In July of 2019, I took a different path in my healthcare journey and joined the WIC program of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Shortly afterwards, I developed a strategic action plan to collaborate and increase awareness of our WIC program in the Hospital.

  • Stacy Davis, Health Equity Champion

    August 19, 2020 - News & Blog
    As a former WIC participant and current WIC professional, I am able to apply personal experience, education, and technical knowledge and skills to cultivate quality breastfeeding programs. Since June 2016, I have had the privilege to hold the title as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services WIC Division’s Regional Lactation Consultant for the Metro (Detroit) region- serving Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.

  • 5 Reasons to Attend the 2020 NWA Nutrition & Breastfeeding Conference

    July 23, 2020 - News & Blog
    With food insecurity on the rise, we are seeing an increased need for nutrition services, breastfeeding advocacy, and health equity work. WIC agencies and workers are addressing these challenges and public health threats with limited resources, making their jobs more challenging than ever. This year’s conference is focused on Feeding Families, Fueling the Future.

  • 21 Health and Medical Groups Speak Out Against EPA Finalizing a Rule that Could Undermine the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

    April 20, 2020 - News & Blog
    On April 16, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that significantly weakens the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards – federal regulations that governs mercury and other air pollution produced by power plants. The MATS standards are an important step toward reducing mercury emissions, which have a disproportionate impact on fetal development and health. Even small amounts of mercury exposure can have significant health impacts on the lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. Fetal exposure to mercury can lead to brain damage and hearing/vision issues. NWA joined the American Lung Association and other major health groups in opposing this change and calling for appropriate regulation of power plant emissions.