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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.  Individual membership is free. By signing up to receive the Nutrition First Newsletter, you are considered a member!

Local WIC Agency Membership

All WIC agencies in Washington State are members of Nutrition First.  Local WIC Agency Membership Benefits

 

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

 

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.

Newsletter Archives

January newsletter: Celebrating 50 Years of WIC

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Advocacy Time! January 2023

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October Newsletter

Advocacy opportunities & Foundations Training is Live!

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Upcoming Events

Washington WIC Merchandise

01/25/2024 – 12/31/2024 @ 12:00 am –

Show your WIC spirit with our classic WIC merchandise!

2024 Washington WIC Conference

03/19/2024 – 03/21/2024 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm – The Washington State WIC Office and Nutrition First hope you enjoyed the 2024 Annual Conference: Advancing Change Together: 50 years of WIC!  If you were a registered attendee, you can access the recordings on the Whova site through June 21, 2024. The program is full of important topics related to everyday issues in WIC, you […]

Nutrition First’s 2023 Annual Training: Creating Healthy Relationships with Food

10/25/2023 – 10/27/2023 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – VIRTUAL This training provides a fresh, global approach to nutrition that attendees will walk away feeling ready to provide culturally relevant, approachable, and evidence-based nutrition services.  It is appropriate for all levels, from paraprofessional to Master’s level dietitian.   It has been approved for 11.25 continuing education credits. The first two days of the workshop feature […]

Recent Job Postings

WIC Certifier/Health Services Worker – Lewis County

Under close supervision, conducts eligibility interviews, certifies applicant eligibility, and issues food benefits for the WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) program; provides nutrition education, general health information, and referral to community and medical resources. Health Services Worker Job Posting Health Services Worker Job Description Additional Compensation and Benefits Core Benefits

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WIC Nutritionist/ RD- Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County

WIC Nutritionist/RDN – Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County Recent dietetic internship graduates eligible to take the exam are welcome to apply! For information, job description, and to apply please go to our website www.pregnancyaid-wic.org/jobs

WIC RDN / Nutritionist – Vancouver, WA

WIC Nutritionist – RD – Posting #25910 Hourly Rate: $33.40 Annual Salary: $69,472.00 Position Summary: Full-time Registered Dietitian/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) needed as a Leave Replacement (3-6 months) for our medical clinics located in the Clark County WIC sites: Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, and Washougal, WA. Registered Dietitian (R.D.) is responsible for Nutrition high […]

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Delores Baccus
Delores Baccus

Board President

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Manager

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA

Stacey Busey
Stacey Busey

Board Treasurer

WIC Supervisor, RDN, CD, IBCLC

Yakima Valley Farm Works Clinic

Yakima WA

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

Board Secretary

WIC Coordinator/Nutritionist

Mattawa Community Medical Clinic

Mattawa WA

Cindy Gamble
Cindy Gamble

Board Past-President

Tribal Public Health Consultant

American Indian Health Commission for Washington State

Olympia, WA

Triniti Gorbunova MA, CLC (she/her)
Triniti Gorbunova MA, CLC (she/her)

Director of NOURISH

Rainier Valley Birth & Health Center

Ana Ortega
Ana Ortega

WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Educator

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Walla Walla WA

Marah Zinnen, RDN
Marah Zinnen, RDN

Former WIC RD

MPH candidate, University of Washington 

 

Emma Rangel
Emma Rangel

WIC Certifier

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Staff

Nicole Flateboe MPH, RDN
Nicole Flateboe MPH, RDN

Executive Director