249295 Promoting WIC Collaboration with Health Departments and Communities

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:50 AM

Ellen Pliska, MHS, CPH , Family and Community Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
The WIC Collaborations Project identifies current practices in state, local, and county Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program collaboration within their internal and external organizational structure to deliver food and nutrition to eligible women, infants, and children. The Project surveyed of 105 WIC directors located in State and local health agencies, Indian Tribal Organizations, community action programs (CAPs), and private or non-profit community providers on policy and administrative coordination, clinical coordination, and community based initiatives to find collaboration strategies to deliver higher quality service and reduce administrative burden. While all directors at state agencies reported at least one type of written agreement with a collaborative agency; 14.0 percent of local health departments and 17.0 percent of private, non-profit agencies reported no written agreements. Follow-up focus groups with states in two HHS Regions discussed successes and challenges of collaborating with state and local health departments, private nonprofits, and clinics. WIC programs and State, Tribal, and Local health departments and other agencies and organizations can learn from presented case studies on WIC collaboration strategies to deliver higher quality service and reduce administrative burden.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: - Identify policy, administrative, and clinical coordination strategies to reduce administrative burden in WIC programs - Identify community based initiatives to deliver higher quality WIC services

Keywords: Collaboration, WIC

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversaw the development of and the research for this project as ASTHO's maternal and child health project director.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.