About Us

The USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine was funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service in 2012. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk.

The main focus of the Center was to develop a Request for Applications and fund innovative two-year WIC nutrition education projects. Each project required a partnership between a university-based researcher and a state or local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Four applications were funded, beginning in 2013 and 2014. These two-year grants were designed to test creative approaches to WIC nutrition education. The four grantees were Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla from Yale University, Dr. Lorrene Ritchie from the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Jennifer DiNoia from William Paterson University in New Jersey, and Dr. M. Jane Heinig from the University of California-Davis. A brief summary of each is provided below.

A workshop was held in July 2016. The grantees presented findings from their projects. A summary is available below.

A final report of the outcomes from the USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations was also prepared. It is available at the following link.