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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.

Upcoming Events

Virtual WIC Conference and Trade Show. May 11-14, 2021

05/11/2021 – 05/14/2021 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm –

Foundations in Lactation Support and Building on Foundations in Lactation Support – on demand Webinars coming soon!

04/01/2021 – 12/31/2021 @ All Day – Foundations in Lactation Support   Updated for 2021 to be more inclusive of the diverse population WIC serves! Michele Crockett, IBCLC, PCPA, LLLL,  provides this great training that is perfect for those new to providing breastfeeding support. It’s also good for those who want a refresher on how to support breastfeeding families. This training covers […]

Annual Advances in Lactation Conference AND Nutrition Conference – September 21 -22, 2021

09/21/2021 – 09/22/2021 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Annual Advances in Lactation Conference (Virtual) – September 21, 2021 Annual Nutrition Conference (Virtual) – September 22, 2021   Attend 1 or both days! Registration will be open May 1. Agenda will be posted in April. Registration: $145 for 1 day $200 to attend both days  

Recent Job Postings

Registered Dietitian Contractor – Shelton, WA

Contractor – Registered Dietician Scope of Work: The individual selected to fill this position will work up to 30-hours per month in the Shelton WA WIC clinic serving as Registered Dietician and will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of nutrition appointments for WIC clients of medical high risk; as well as, consulting with […]

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2021 Board of Directors

Delores Baccus
Delores Baccus

Board President

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Manager

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA

Cindy Gamble
Cindy Gamble

Board Past-President

Tribal Public Health Consultant

American Indian Health Commission for Washington State

Olympia, 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

Larisa Harvey
Larisa Harvey

WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, IBCLC

Pregnancy Aid-WIC

Snohomish County

Mara Andrus
Mara Andrus

WIC Nutrition Consultant

Public Health Seattle and King County

Seattle WA

Ana Ortega
Ana Ortega

WIC Certifier/Breastfeeding Educator

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Walla Walla WA

Lisa Fuchs
Lisa Fuchs

WIC Coordinator

West Central Community Center

Spokane WA

Jennifer Dickison
Jennifer Dickison

WIC Coordinator

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Vancouver WA

Jose Romo Ramirez
Jose Romo Ramirez

WIC Nutrition Assistant/Certifier

Public Health Seattle and King County

Auburn WA

Gaelen Ritter
Gaelen Ritter

Registered Dietitian

North Valley Hospital District

Tonasket WA

Milo Nicholas
Milo Nicholas

Breastfeeding Friendly Washington Coordinator

Washington State Department of Health

Olympia WA

Staff

Carolyn Conner, RDN, CD
Carolyn Conner, RDN, CD

Executive Director

Emily Mann
Emily Mann

AmeriCorps Vista