Western MCH Nutrition Partners - Mission

The Western Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Partners are a group of academic faculty and public health nutrition practitioners who are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families through better nutrition.

The Partners come together to support leadership for MCH nutrition through training, continuing education and networking.

News & Announcements

05/07/2018 - 11:11
WIC ITFPS-2: Second Year Report Released!

 The WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 (WIC ITFPS-2), also known as the “Feeding My Baby” Study, captures data on caregivers and their children over the first 5 years of the child’s life after WIC enrollment to address a series of research questions regarding feeding practices, associations between WIC services and those practices, and the health and nutrition outcomes of children receiving WIC. The study previously produced two reports, the Intentions to Breastfeed Report and the Infant Year Report.  The current report focuses on caregivers’ employment, school, and childcare circumstances, as well as the feeding progressions, dietary intake, and weight status of children from birth through around 24 months.

Access report herehttps://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-infant-and-toddler-feeding-practices-study-2-second-year-report  

05/07/2018 - 11:08
Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

Register Now! Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
October 2-5, 2018
Mystic Lake Center ~ Prior Lake, Minnesota

Join us for this annual conference that brings together tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.

Session topics at this year's conference will include:

• Nutrition across the lifecycle
• Intergenerational learning about food and nutrition
• Learning from Indigenous communities around the world
• Linking agriculture to nutrition
• Recovering from historical trauma

Click here to view the current agenda

Register for the conference

Scholarships: A limited number of registration and lodging scholarships are available for
the conference. Priority will be given to people who are or who intend to
be in a position to directly improve nutrition and health in Native

Scholarship applications are due by Friday, June 29. *Click here to apply*

Presentation abstracts: We are accepting abstracts for three categories of presentations at the
Third Annual Conference on American Nutrition. They include one-hour
breakout sessions, Pecha Kucha talks, and printed posters.

Abstracts are due by Friday, June 29. *Click here to apply*

04/12/2018 - 08:10
Breastfeeding Webinar

Webinar - Reducing Stress to Help Baby Nurse: Addressing Latching Challenges
hosted by the Indian Health Service, Division of Diabetes Treatment & Prevention
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific
Session offers 1 hour of CE

Information about the webinar presentation:
Breastfeeding is an evidence based early intervention for reducing risk for obesity and diabetes. Tips and tools for increased implementation and sustainability of baby friendly hospital practices will be shared. The IHS promotes and tracks breastfeeding via efforts such as the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Program Best Practices, and GPRA. Getting baby to latch properly is important to a good breastfeeding experience for moms and babies. Maternal interpretations of infant behavior and signs of infant frustration can impact mom’s motivation to breastfeed. This session will provide information on how staff can enhance maternal functioning by providing support, interpreting and framing normal infant behaviors, and modeling and teaching ways to increase the infant’s ability to work through breastfeeding difficulties.

Objectives and Outcomes:
As a result of completing this training, participants will be able to:

1.  Alter practice routines that interfere with the natural process of breastfeeding in order to support a more optimal breastfeeding duration.

2.  Enhance and improve advice and support to new mothers to help prevent early problems.

Live Webinar Access
The URL below will take you to the login page for the session. Select the option to “Enter as a Guest”, and type in your name. Registration is not required. There is no cost for participation in the webinar. If you are not able to attend the live webinar, the session will be recorded.  
Recorded Webinar Access     

The CME/CE approved recorded session will be available (along with other CME/CE approved trainings) on the 
Division of Diabetes website.

03/12/2018 - 12:32
Job Opportunity for Epidemiology Specialist I with the Alaska Maternal Child Death Review in Anchorage, Alaska

Epidemiologist I- Anchorage, Alaska

Do you want to be part of a team that is passionate about reducing infant, child and maternal mortality in Alaska? Would you like to support state efforts to address factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes, infant safe sleep, injuries and suicide? 

The Alaska Division of Public Health, Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Unit, is recruiting for an Epidemiology Specialist I to support the Maternal Child Death Review program. We are looking for someone with data analysis skills who enjoys working in a tight knit team to achieve the best health for young Alaskans.  Please see the job description below for more details:


Haven’t been to Anchorage before?

Anchorage combines the conveniences of a surprisingly modern city – great restaurants, shopping, a large and diverse grade school system with two universities, as well as arts and cultural institutions, with the freedom and adventure of unspoiled wilderness, parklands, and glaciers, hiking, and fishing, within an hour or two from the city.  The Anchorage public health community offers career and professional growth unlike many places in the Lower 48 states.  It may be cold, but Anchorage, Alaska was ranked No. 10 “happiest city” out of 190 cities across the United States by National Geographic in 2017!

02/10/2017 - 20:03
Job Opportunity: Arizona WIC Program State Nutrition Coordinator


The Arizona WIC Program is recruiting for the State Nutrition Coordinator.

The job announcement can be found here:  Job ID 27929.  If you know of anyone ready and wanting a senior leadership position, please let them know that the Arizona State WIC Program has an opening available.

02/10/2017 - 11:05
Job Opportunity: Principal Executive/Manager D in Oregon WIC

The Oregon WIC Program has an opening for the Nutrition and Local Services Manager (Principal Executive/Manager D) at the state program office.


This position focuses on policy development, planning and service delivery in 34 contracted local agencies, assuring compliance with federal regulations, coordination of the federally required biennial compliance reviews, and direct supervision of a diverse team of professional staff.




The recruitment closes Feb. 28.


12/12/2016 - 17:50
Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC, April 21-22, 2017

All Universities awarded the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition Grant through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau attend an annual meeting in Washington, DC to network and develop professional and leadership skills. 

12/12/2016 - 17:49
Making Lifelong Connections meeting, April 5-7, 2017

Join former and current MCHB Trainees in a unique opportunity to enhance leadership and presentation skills, further develop career goals and aspirations, and boost professional networking. Applications are available here and will be accepted through January 9, 2017, 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.

12/10/2016 - 12:53
Annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network Meeting, February 2-3, 2017

Every year, UCLA organizes the Nutrition Leadership Network Meeting to bring together Registered Dietitians from the Western United States to discuss pertinent issues related to MCH Nutrition. In previous years, session topics have included 2015 Dietary Guidelines, The Affordable Care Act, and Mentorship. In addition, come prepared for an abstract sharing session in which all participants are invited to share current research projects. Enjoy networking with fellow MCH Nutritionists in sunny Southern California! 
Visit the NLN 2017 page for more information.

12/10/2016 - 12:48
Field Study in Food and Nutrition Policies

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health has organized a policy day in Sacramento, CA, and the trainees from UC Berkeley and UCLA will be attending January 11 and 12, 2017. Speakers will include California Food Policy Advocates, CA WIC, CA Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Dairy Council of CA, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Branch of the Department of Public Health, CA Endowment, and a tour of the State Capitol building.


Former OHSU Trainee accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

A research paper co-authored by former Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) trainee, Megan Patton-Lopez, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The study, "Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity Among Students Attending a Midsize Rural University in Oregon," found that food insecurity was a significant issue for over half of the college students surveyed.

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