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.
We support and promote good nutrition, breastfeeding, and equitable access to healthy foods through education and advocacy.
Well-nourished communities thriving in Washington State.
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:
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.
2018 Board of Directors
President – Brooke Pugliese
Past President – Larisa Harvey
President-elect – Rachel Markham
Treasurer – Stacey Busey
Secretary – Heather Eliason
Mara Andrus, Delores Baccus, Nicole Carbine, Season Fagan, Cindy Gamble, Kelsey Kreiger, Cindy Johnson, Lindy Marquez, Lenora Starr, Kate Wilson
Carolyn Conner, Executive Director
09/17/2018 @ All Day – “Breastfeeding in the 21st Century” Monday, September 17, 2018 The Mountaineers Center 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 Keynote Speakers: Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA and Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE Agenda Doors open at 7:30 Event start: 8:00am Event end: 4:00pm Registration Fee $145 This educational activity is applicable for continuing […]
10/16/2018 @ All Day – Building on Foundations in Lactation – Tuesday October 16, 2018. Toppenish, WA. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic – Conference Center. 501 W. 1st Avenue, Toppenish, WA. This training moves past the Foundations training and addresses more breastfeeding challenges and resources. This is a great training for clinics whose staff have already attended Foundations (or similar) […]
10/18/2018 @ All Day – Foundations in Lactation Thursday October 18, 2018 Seattle Mountaineers Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Michele Crockett, IBCLC, PCPA, LLLL (retired) will again present this amazing core breastfeeding training. This 1-day training is perfect for people new to breastfeeding support, or for those who would like a refresher as they encourage and support breastfeeding […]
Recent Job Postings
Looking for a new opportunity to make a difference in our community? If so, we are looking for YOU! Family Health Centers is a growing, comprehensive health care system incorporating first-rate medical and dental care with other healthcare services to facilitate a healthy community. We operate medical and dental clinics up and down the Okanogan […]
WIC Breastfeeding and Peer Counselor Consultant (2 positions) As a WIC Breastfeeding and Peer Counseling Consultant, you’ll apply WIC, nutrition and breastfeeding expertise to provide professional consultation and training to local WIC agencies and Department of Health staff. You’ll provide breastfeeding and nutrition professional consultation and training to DOH staff contractors and the public on […]