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Thursday, April 7 • 1:15pm - 4:30pm
People Not Programs: Integrating Head Start and WIC Services to Impact Lifecourse Health

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Head Start and WIC provide unique yet complimentary services to what is often an overlapping group of families in their community.  A mother may first connect to our programs by seeking WIC services during her first pregnancy and then go on to participate in Early or Preschool Based Head Start. 

In this session Head Start staff will work with their WIC counterparts to identify critical moments from pregnancy to kindergarten entry and initiate plans to create a more seamless, family-centered approach to service delivery.

Possible questions to explore include: how could WIC add to its prenatal services to better complement Early Head Start? How could Early Head Start better support WIC’s interest in improving the health of postpartum women? How could WIC programs better fill the gap when children are on break from school-year based Head Start?  How could both programs come together to develop care plans for the most at risk families?

At the end of this session the participant will:

  • Create a draft plan for coordinating care for high-risk families.
  • Describe the process for Head Start to provide nutrition related classes that count as WIC nutrition education.
  • Identify ways to better align our services to support a lifecourse approach to health promotion.


Julie Reeder

Oregon WIC Program

Mary Rhode

Head Start Liaison, Oregon WIC Program

Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Juniper 2

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