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Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Search Results: MCH Organizations

This list of organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations Database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 8 (8 total).

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Annotation: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that analyzes issues related to government programs serving low-income people. Policy issues include health and food assistance, the federal budgetary impact on low-income families, affordable housing, the working poor, income support, and tax policy. The center's state low-income initiatives project works with state-based organizations and policy makers in low-income program design issues including child health and Medicaid. The center's WIC Project focuses on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The center publishes a newsletter on the WIC program; distributes reports and analyses by subscription; and maintains an open listserv. The center's Start Healthy, Stay Healthy campaign enlists early childhood programs and other organizations to identify children eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled in the program. The center works with these groups to implement strategies for helping families overcome barriers to Medicaid application and enrollment. Outreach materials are available. Training sessions are provided as part of the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy campaign.

Keywords: Health care financing, Access to health care, Child health, Low income groups, Medicaid, Outreach, Poverty, Public policies, WIC program

Choosy Kids

Annotation: Choosy Kids offers training and educational materials for health professionals, teachers, and parents to help young children develop healthy behaviors. Topics include obesity, oral health, nutrition, and physical activity. The site also provides news, information about events, links to resources by topic and by audience such as Head Start and WIC programs, and tools for submitting and sharing resources with others.

Keywords: Audiovisual materials, Child health, Consumer education matrerials, DVDs, Head Start, Health behavior, Health promotion, Nutrition, Physical activity, Resources for professionals, WIC Program

U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Annotation: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), formerly called Food and Consumer Service, responds to inquiries and provides information and publications on federal maternal and child nutrition programs, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Child Nutrition Programs, Food Stamp Program, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Some materials are available in Spanish. FNS publishes a newsletter, sponsors conferences, training seminars, and workshops, and offers a variety of resources and information online, including links to related nutrition programs and access to e-mail discussion groups.

Keywords: Nutrition, Child nutrition programs, Commodity food supplemental programs, Conferences, Federal programs, Maternal nutrition programs, Public awareness campaigns, Publications, Spanish language materials, Supplemental food programs, Training, WIC program

National WIC Association (NWA)

Annotation: The National WIC Association (NWA), formerly the National Association of WIC Directors, supports the WIC community through promoting quality nutrition services, advocating for services for all eligible recipients, and assuring sound and responsive management of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). NWA represents the 87 state, territorial, and Native American WIC directors, 2,088 state and local agencies that provide quality nutrition education, breastfeeding support, health care and other services to nearly 7.5 million women, infants, and children in over 10,000 WIC clinics nationwide. The association publishes a newsletter, and sponsors conferences and training seminars.

Keywords: WIC Program, Advocacy, Health services, Low income groups, Nutrition education, Professional societies, State health agencies, Women

North Carolina Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch

Annotation: Activities of the Nutrition Services Branch promote sound nutrition habits among infants, children and women in their child-bearing years. Branch staff work with county, state and private agencies to improve health status by reducing the incidence of nutritional risk factors, improving pregnancy outcomes, and hastening recovery from illness and injury through the provision of technical assistance, education and supplemental foods. The Branch has six units: (1) the Audit Unit for Special Nutrition Programs conducts audits and agreed upon procedures to obtain reasonable assurance that CACFP and SFSP providers administer the program in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines; (2) the Clinical Services Unit is responsible for planning and implementing nutrition services provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); providing leadership in developing nutrition policy, clinical guidance, and outreach efforts, particularly for women and preschool children; and administering the North Carolina Pediatric and Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance Systems; (3) the Information Systems Unit manages all software changes to the WIC/HSIS and NCCares applications and provides oversight to the security of the data. The NSB Helpdesk provides user support for connecting to and using these applications; (4) the Special Nutrition Programs Unit administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). As the administering agency, this unit provides training, technical assistance, monitoring, interpretation of federal regulations, and audits. This assistance helps institutions operate effective CACFPs and SFSPs ; (5) the Training and Field Services Unit provides consultation and technical assistance local health departments, public schools, and other public and private community agencies. This unit is also responsible for the Nutrition Education and Training (NET) program and for local agency nutritionist recruitment. This unit develops nutrition education tools for the WIC Program, CACFP and NET Programs as well as coordinates Branch training efforts for these programs; and (6) the Vendor Unit administers all aspects of the Vendor component of the WIC Program including vendor contracting, training, and surveillance. The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is also administered by this Unit.

Keywords: North Carolina, Nutrition, Nutrition programs, State agencies, WIC Program

Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Family Health

Annotation: The Office of Family Health administers programs aimed at improving the overall health of Oregon's women, infants, and children through preventive health programs and services. Major activities include developing public health systems and services that improve both quality of and access to health care; working with public and private agencies to improve health outcomes; and promoting culturally sensitive services. Sections include women's health, perinatal health, child health, adolescent health, immuniation, oral (dental) health, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Keywords: Adolescent health, Oregon, Sate agencies, WIC, WIC Program, Women', s health, Child health

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Division of WIC Services (SCDHEC)

Tri-Town Community Action Agency Head Start Program

Annotation: Tri-Town Community Action Agency a private non-profit corporation providing a variety of social services to the disadvantaged of northwestern Rhode Island since its establishment during the Johnson Administration’s “War on Poverty” in 1964. The majority of programs operated by Tri-Town Community Action Agency serve the residents in the Towns of Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville ,Glocester, Scituate and Foster; however, the agency does provide limited services in every city and town throughout the state of Rhode Island. Services include breastfeeding peer counseling, Head Start program, health center, parent aide program, school-aged child care, Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, toy distribution, and Women, Infants and Children Nutritional Program (WIC) services.

Keywords: Child health, Breastfeeding promotion, Child care, Head Start, Health services delivery, Low income groups, Rhode Island, Social services, Substance abuse prevention, WIC Program


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.