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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 is delighted to announce the 2024 Annual Conference: Advancing Change Together: 50 years of WIC!  Registration is open. There are no fees for local agency WIC or state staff to attend.  Community partners and exhibitors, please reach out to nicole@nutritionfirstwa.org if you are interested in attending. The […]

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

SeaMar- King County WIC Coordinator

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, […]

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DOH WIC: Local Program Consultant Positions (2)

Role Overview: As a Local Program Consultant in our Local Program Operations Unit, you will enhance access to nutrition services through technical expertise and consultation. Your role includes supporting local WIC agencies, guiding budget management, training in quality service delivery, and developing local nutrition programs. Key Responsibilities:   System Development: Lead the creation and management […]

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WIC RD at Swedish First Hill, 0.6 FTE

Full description and apply here:

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2023-24

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