All content tagged with the term "professional-practice".
November 12, 2013 -
News & Blog
Learn what journey maps are and how they can identify opportunities for making improvements in your clients’ experiences.
March 1, 2012 -
This study assessed the accuracy of measurements collected by WIC staff by comparing them to “gold standard” measurements collected by trained research staff. Results showed that WIC body mass index percentiles accurately classified children as overweight/obese versus underweight/normal with 86% sensitivity and 92% specificity.
January 1, 2012 -
The researchers analyzed participants’ experiences after the implementation of a workplace learning program in the Texas WIC Program. The findings identified several best practices, including the importance of planning at multiple organizational levels, candidate selection, flexible implementation design, managerial buy-in, preceptor knowledge and availability, open communication, and the establishment of clear expectations and timelines.
October 1, 2008 -
The objectives of the study were to describe the US public health nutrition workforce and its future social, biological, and fiscal challenges. It focused on the nutrition personnel working in governmental health agencies. Results showed that the US Department of Agriculture funds 81.7% of full-time-equivalent positions, primarily through the WIC Program. Of those personnel working in WIC, 45% have at least 10 years of experience, compared with more than 65% of the non-WIC workforce. The future workforce will need to focus on increasing its diversity and cultural competence and likely will need to address retirement within leadership positions.
May 1, 2006 -
This study assessed the attitudes, perceptions, and practices of WIC staff in providing nutrition education on childhood overweight topics with WIC participants. WIC staff reported a lack of comfort, practice, and confidence in addressing and/or preventing childhood overweight with WIC participants. Differences existed with respect to job title. Barriers to implementing programs included perceived attitudes of participants, transportation, time, cultural issues, and child care.
November 1, 2004 -
This study evaluated an intensive 1-day training program to improve the growth monitoring counseling skills of WIC providers. The researchers’ patient-centered approach focused on a seven-step technique that emphasized eliciting the client’s perspective on the child’s health and negotiating follow-up strategies. Study results suggested that counseling skills of non-physician health providers could change after a 1-day focused training: Providers were more client centered in their discussions. Limitations and implications of the study were also discussed.