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U.S. General Accounting Office. 2004. Nutrition education: USDA provides services through multiple programs, but stronger linkages among efforts are needed. Washington, DC: U.S. General Accounting Office, 51 pp.

Annotation: This report addresses the following questions: (1) What key actions can officials take to increase the likelihood of success in nutrition education? (2) Do U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state, and local officials incorporate these actions into their nutrition education efforts during program design? (3) Do these officials incorporate these actions during service delivery? And (4) Do these officials incorporate these actions during program evaluation? The report is divided into the following sections: (1) results in brief, (2) background, (3) several actions are key to performance-based management and successful nutrition education, (4) although USDA generally incorporates the key program design actions likely to contribute to success, establishing linkages among programs is difficult, (5) programs incorporated the service delivery actions in different ways and to varying extents but faced similar challenges to incorporating them, (6) programs generally did not incorporate key nutrition education evaluation actions, leaving officials with limited information about program results, (7) conclusions, (8) recommendations for executive action, and (9) agency comments. Three appendices include the scope and methodology of the study, nutrition education goals for key USDA programs, and General Accounting Office contacts and staff acknowledgments. Statistical information and other information is presented in figures and tables throughout the report.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Department of Agriculture, Local government, Nutrition education, Program development, Program evaluation, Service delivery systems, State government

U.S. General Accounting Office. 1980. Better management and more resources needed to strengthen federal efforts to improve pregnancy outcome. Washington, DC: U.S. General Accounting Office, 214 pp.

Annotation: This report describes the progress made and problems remaining in government efforts to reduce infant mortality and morbidity. It discusses the need for more intense and coordinated efforts by Federal agencies, particularly the Departments of Health, Education, and Welfare and Agriculture, to help alleviate remaining problems. The report also recommends several legislative changes to improve Federal programs affecting pregnancy outcome. Further, it discusses the need for additional resources for areas in the Nation continuing to experience significant adverse pregnancy outcomes that could be improved if mothers and infants had better access to appropriate health care.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Access to prenatal care, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal legislation, Infant morbidity, Infant mortality, Pregnancy outcome, Reports

Berger D, comp. and ed. 1980. Summary report first National State Directors Meeting on Program Management. Washington, DC: U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, 114 pp.

Annotation: These proceedings summarize information and recommendations from a meeting of state directors of two federal nutrition programs (the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Commodity Supplumental Food Program (CSFP) )that was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1980. The proceedings include the following main sections: (1) letter from Rosalynn Carter, (2) Excerpts from speeches of USDA officials, (3) quotations from general sessions, (4) reports on workshops, (5) conclusion, and (6) meeting attendees.

Keywords: Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Child health, Conference proceedings, Conference proceedings, Department of Agriculture, Infant health, Nutrition, WIC Program, Women's health


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.