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“Food is our common ground.
A universal experience.”

– James Beard

about us

Nutrition First serves as the Washington WIC Association

We support and promote breastfeeding, good nutrition, and access to food through education and advocacy. Our efforts focus on the pre-natal and early childhood populations (with an emphasis on reaching low income families); promoting prevention and shaping the health of the next generation by decreasing risk factors for chronic disease through a lifetime of good nutrition. We feel that access to healthy food is a social responsibility, and we know that good nutrition prepares a child to succeed in school and reach their full potential. Nutrition First is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Mission

We support and promote good nutrition, breastfeeding, and equitable access to healthy foods through education and advocacy.

Vision

Well-nourished communities thriving in Washington State.

Membership

is comprised of those providing and/or administrating the WIC program, early learning professionals, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, IBCLC’s and others with a passion in fulfilling our mission.

We would like to recognize our Lifetime Members – these individuals contributed a lifetime membership donation to Nutrition First:

Betty Clemmons
Susan Thiel
Lisa DiGiorgio
Malvina Goodwin
Barbara Krogstad
Stacey Webb

Thank you to our 2016 Organizational Members:

-SeaMar

-The Children’s Alliance

-Molina

-Amerigroup

-WA Dental Services Foundation

-Coordinated Care

History

Nutrition First, formerly Washington Association of Local WIC Agencies (WALWICA), was founded in 1987 by six WIC staff members who recognized the need to bring together the collective knowledge of a WIC professional to strengthen the quality of services provided to low-income women, infants, and children.

>> 2015 Annual Report

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2017 Board of Directors

President – Larisa Harvey
Past President – vacant
President-elect – Brooke Pugliese
Treasurer – Stacey Busey
Secretary – Heather Eliason
Cindy Gamble, Cindy Johnson, Emily Rodriquez, Kate Wilson, Jodi Kuhn, Lenora Starr, Mara Andrus, Nicole Carbine,  Rachel Markham, Rachel Patton

Social Media Chair – Lindsay Irion

Staff

Carolyn Conner, Executive Director

Upcoming Events

** Save the Date! ** Statewide WIC Conference 2017!

10/24/2017 - 10/25/2017 @ All Day - Save the Date! Join your WIC colleagues from the around the state for an energizing and educational conference. We will also be celebrating 30 years of Nutrition First!  
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Building on Foundations in Lactation Support- June 27 (Kennewick)

06/27/2017 @ All Day - This training moves past the Foundations training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources. This is a great training for those who have already attended Foundations (or similar) training and are interested in enhancing their skills in lactation support. Registration Now Open!   Building on Foundations 2017 - Draft Agenda
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Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – July 25 (Shoreline)

07/25/2017 @ All Day -   This training moves past the Foundations in Lactation Support training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources. This is a great training for those who have already attended the Foundations (or similar) training and are interested in enhancing their skills in lactation support. REGISTRATION OPEN   Building on Foundations 2017 - Draft Agenda  
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Recent Job Postings

WIC Coordinator/Whidbey Island

   *   Whidbey Island, WA      *   Full Time Regular – $16.38 hourly      *   Category: Health Services / Public Health / Community and Social Services Employee in this position is responsible for the coordination and administration of all tasks and activities to assure compliant nutrition service delivery and clinic operations for Women Infant & […]

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RD/Nutritionist – Seattle

Posting #16370 – Nutritionist – RD:  Full-time registered dietitian nutritionist needed for our WIC program in Seattle. The RD is responsible for nutrition high-risk counseling and will provide client risk assessment, nutrition education, and nutrition services for clients enrolled in the WIC program. Applicant must possess a Bachelors or Masters degree in Nutrition from an […]

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WIC Certifier – Whidbey Island (16 hours/week)

     *   Whidbey Island, WA      *   PT–not benefits eligible – $14.04 hourly      *   Category: Health Services / Public Health / Community and Social Services Employee in this position is responsible for providing clerical support and for certifying individuals in the Women & Infant Care (WIC) program. Full job posting and application             Closes […]

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