This WIC Toolkit website provides nutrition and referral resources for WIC (Women, Infant, Children) program nutritionists supporting children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in Wisconsin. CYSHCN are kids who have chronic conditions that require health and other services beyond what is needed by most children. About one in four households in the U.S. include at least one child with a special health care need, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health.
The Wisconsin Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program supports the nutrition of low-income women, infants, and children under 5 living in Wisconsin. WIC Nutritionists are located in offices found in every county in the state.
Many CYSHCN have conditions that impact their nutritional needs and/or intake. This toolkit is a resource for WIC Nutritionists to promote optimal care for the CYSHCN and families they support.
The WIC Toolkit website is maintained by staff and members of the Wisconsin WIC Nourishing Special Needs Network (NSNN). The NSNN is a mentorship program that aims to cultivate WIC Nutritionist ability to provide exceptional nutrition care for Wisconsin’s CYSHCN. The network is coordinated by staff from the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, Wisconsin WIC Program, and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services.
WIC Nutritionists provide:
Nutrition and health screening
Nutrition and breastfeeding education
Supplemental food and formula
Referrals to health care providers and social support programs