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