About the Network

Fifteen WIC Nutritionists (all five regions in Wisconsin represented) are currently participating in the Wisconsin WIC-CYSHCN/Birth Defects Nutrition: “Nourishing Special Needs Network (NSNN).”  Underwritten by a Wisconsin Birth Defects and Surveillance Funds Grant, disseminated by Peggy Helm-Quest at the Department of Health and Human Services, network members continue to function as a collaborative group of WIC nutrition care provides who work together to improve identification, treatment, and care coordination for nutrition related concerns of mothers and their infants and young children with birth defects or other special health care needs.  The current categories of membership opportunity include:

  1. Participant Member:  Access to open WIC-CYSHCN/Birth Defects Statewide Webinars
  2. Mentee Member:  Participate as Mentee in mentoring relationship with a proficient level NSNN Mentor Member using WIC-CYSHCN Nutrition Education Plan
  3. Mentor Member:  Participate as Mentor in mentoring relationship with a basic knowledge level NSNN Mentee Member using WIC-CYSHCN Nutrition Education Plan
  4. Content Expert Member:  Act as a content expert for WIC-NSNN leading Nutrition Focus Newsletter Discussions on teleconference calls, participate in workgroup(s).
  5. Regional Consultant Member (employment title):  Regional content liaison, workgroup participant.
  6. Steering Committee Member The Nourishing Special Needs Network is directed by a five member steering committee and coordinated by a project nutritionist housed at the Waisman Center.  Please contact Amy J. Ford, MS, RD, CD (ajford@waisman.wisc.edu) for more information.