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Explore the blue colored states on the map to learn where and how we are helping families across the United States.

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Alabama

Client Lessons Completed in Alabama

History

Testimonials

Alaska

Client Lessons Completed in Alaska

History

Joined 2010 

Alaska implementation of wichealth.org began in 2010 after a statewide training for state and local agency coordinators. A unique use of wichealth.org is it being offered as initial or secondary nutrition education contact for participants living in rural communities without road access. 

Testimonials

"wichealth.org is an additional option for clients fulfilling their secondary interactive nutrition education in a state where it is geographically challenging to come into a WIC office for a class or a face-to-face interaction. This technology extends limited local agency staff resources, as well as, allows clients the flexibility to complete their nutrition education at a time convenient for them and in the comfort of their home. In addition, our clients are mostly in their 20’s and are more familiar with use of computers and smart phones, therefore it’s great to provide them with an option that fits their interest and needs."

- Kathleen Wayne, Program Manager

California

Client Lessons Completed in California

History

Joined 2010

Riverside County was the first agency in California to pilot wichealth.org in 2010. Since then, more than half of the agencies have started using wichealth.org one at a time and statewide usage has increased at a fast pace. 


Testimonials

"The California WIC Program has been offering wichealth.org since February 2010 and, two years later, over 50% of the local WIC agencies were actively participating. Our participants seem quite pleased with the online classes. Comments have included: '…now that I know that I can use WIC online, I can save so much time…less time waiting at WIC.' and 'I can listen and comprehend on my own time…no kids…no distractions.' Technical support from wichealth.org staff has been instrumental in making the program a success. Once an agency indicates interest in online education and supplies us the critical contact information we contact wichealth.org staff to enroll the agency. Agency enrollment is almost always completed within 24 hours."

- Giok Khoe, Health Education Consultant

Colorado

Client Lessons Completed in Colorado

History

Joined 2014

Testimonials

"Colorado implemented wichealth in 2014. Colorado WIC staff offer this option to caregivers of children 1-5 years of age. We will explore implementation of other lessons and use of wichealth for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum moms in the future. Colorado wanted to offer clients a new method for completing their nutrition education for their children. We have heard many positive remarks from clients and staff. Our WIC system also syncs with wichealth so any lesson that a client completes gets transferred to our WIC system which makes the process for verifying lesson completion easy for both staff and clients. There is so much nutrition information on the internet - some good and some not good - so we are glad we can point our clients towards a credible nutrition information source that provides information tailored to the client's stage of change." - Vanessa R. Hodack

Illinois

Client Lessons Completed in Illinois

History

Joined 2002

Illinois was one of the first states to use wichealth.org and was also one of the first to offer on-site kiosks for client use. wichealth.org is utilized statewide and provides relief with secondary education scheduling, as well as, allows time for higher priority clients to be seen in group sessions or individually. 


Testimonials

"Illinois WIC has embraced the wichealth.org project since it's inception. Initially, small, rural providers took it on as a way to offer variety to their participants, as well as an efficient way to provide low-risk participants an education option in addition individual contact. Over the last several years, larger agencies have begun to see the benefits of wichealth.org as well. Agencies have found space for individual workstations or kiosks in clinic areas to allow families to access wichealth.org on-site. During our most recent USDA Management Evaluation Illinois received high praise for making wichealth.org available to participants."

- Stephanie Bess, Nutrition Services Coordinator

Indiana

Client Lessons Completed in Indiana

History

Joined 2002

Indiana was one of the first states to implement wichealth.org and continues to maintain a consistent usage rate each year. Staff in Indiana see wichealth.org as an outstanding and convenient nutrition education tool.

Testimonials

"Indiana has implemented and promoted wichealth.org as an outstanding and convenient nutrition education tool. The choice it provides to participants has expanded over time and continues to keep participants interested. The self-directed participant is able to investigate several nutrition topics and explore resources they find most interesting. The wichealth.org opportunity makes nutrition education individualized and appropriate for participants who are seeking to change their behavior. Indiana sees wichealth.org as a partner in providing participant-driven educational topics."

- Mary Jane Henrikson, Nutrition Consultant

Iowa

Client Lessons Completed in Iowa

History

Joined 2011

Iowa began piloting wichealth.org at two local agencies in December 2011 and their goal is to implement statewide in summer 2012. Iowa staff were provided with an online wichealth.org training to assist with orientation and implementation in their agencies.

Testimonials

"wichealth.org is a very exciting opportunity for Iowa. We began piloting at two local agencies in December 2011. Everyone has very much enjoyed the staff at wichealth.org and all of the help and education they have provided to us. Our goal is to implement statewide during the summer of 2012 so all Iowa participants can benefit from this great education opportunity."

- Jill Lange, WIC Nutrition Coordinator

Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada

Client Lessons Completed in Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada

History

Joined 2012

Testimonials

"Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada is still in the process of initiating and marketing wichealth.org to our participants. Our agency serves many rural areas on Tribal Reservations. Therefore, wichealth.org is expected to be popular with our participants who live in these locations. Online nutrition education may also allow our staff more opportunities to work on certifications and high-risk participants to build caseload and establish rapport. We have printed wichealth.org bookmarks for promoting the service to our participants and hope to have good participation numbers within the next few months. We like giving WIC clients an option when it comes to their nutrition education and wichealth.org seems to be a promising step in the right direction, especially for our agency."

- Tara Olson, Nutrition Coordinator for ITCN

Kansas

Client Lessons Completed in Kansas

History

Joined 2011

Kansas launched wichealth.org statewide in October 2011. A statewide webinar training was conducted by wichealth.org to orient agencies and provide staff with necessary information to successfully implement. In six short months over 1,000 participants enrolled and completed over 1,500 lessons and participation continues to increase.

Testimonials

Kansas launched wichealth.org statewide in October 2011. wichealth.org staff were key to the successful initial training. In six short months over 1,000 participants enrolled and completed over 1,500 lessons. Kansas Local Agency WIC staff have and clients have had positive things to say about wichealth.org. One Kansas participant wrote, after completing the Fruits and Veggies Grow Healthy Kids lesson, “I plan to have my child build a garden to see how veggies grow, and I will be making the tortilla pizza I got from this information.” That is what it is all about, helping WIC families make healthy choices and starting a new generation of children with healthier habits. This nutrition education method appeals to the busy WIC family and creates an opportunity for learning when it is convenient.

Louisiana

Client Lessons Completed in Louisiana

History

Joined 2013

Testimonials

Michigan

Client Lessons Completed in Michigan

History

Joined 2002

Michigan WIC and Western Michigan University co-founded wichealth.org in 2002, and Michigan has served as the lead state since initial implementation. Michigan was the first state to sync wichealth.org with their state system Client documentation is entered directly into the state computer system client record, recording the module visited and the stage of change achieved. Michigan continues to have the highest participation rates. 

Testimonials

"Michigan WIC has been involved with wichealth.org from inception. The number of Michigan WIC client nutrition education contacts through wichealth.org continues to climb steadily each year. Michigan local agencies can no longer imagine nutrition education that does not include client access to Internet based wichealth.org. wichealth.org is an integral part of the overall Michigan WIC nutrition education program. Stages of behavior change are incorporated into the foundation of wichealth.org and enhance Michigan’s ability to provide VENA client-centered approaches.

In this technological world, wichealth.org is cutting-edge in helping clients access non-commercial evidence-based information in a format they can easily understand and use, therefore, saving precious resources of time and money."

- Diane Traver, Nutrition Consultant

Minnesota

Client Lessons Completed in Minnesota

History

Joined 2002

Minnesota was one of the first states to implement wichealth.org. Additions of new features, such as virtual peer counseling, move more toward the staff-client interaction that is important to Minnesota's WIC staff.

Testimonials

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Missouri

Client Lessons Completed in Missouri

History

Joined 2014

Missouri is completed their pilot in 2014 and has since implemented wichealth.org state-wide.

Testimonials

"We conducted a pilot of wichealth.org in 11 counties in 2014 and went on to implement statewide in 2015.  Utilizing on-line nutrition education increases the accessibility to a wide range of information. Our WIC families can choose topics based on what interests them and at a time that fits their schedule. Some of our agencies have also placed kiosks in their clinics to allow on-site access. We think it has been a positive resource for both staff and families." - Susan White, Missouri WIC Program Director 

"Participants really like the variety of topics available to choose from the wichealth.org and the ability to go back and view their favorite links at any time." - Annita Nickels, Local Agency Nutritionist

Montana

Client Lessons Completed in Montana

History

Joined 2011

Montana recently began using wichealth.org and received an on-site training with agency staff. They are looking forward to increasing participation.


Testimonials

"Montana is still in the preliminary stages of implementing wichealth.org. As Montana is known for its expansive rural area, wichealth.org is ideal for reaching participants who would normally be required to travel to receive their nutrition education and WIC benefits. Staff has found that they have more time to spend with high-risk participants face-to-face. Montana is also looking into creating state-specific wichealth.org lessons to use in the future."

- Tara Ray, Nutrition Education Coordinator

Nevada

Client Lessons Completed in Nevada

History

Joined 2010

wichealth.org was initially piloted in a handful of agencies in 2010. Since then, all agencies have been offered the option and have been joining one agency at a time. Nevada State WIC staff train each agency prior to implementation. In proportion to total number of users, Nevada clients make up one of the highest usage rates for the Spanish site. 


Testimonials

"wichealth.org was first launched in Nevada as a pilot amongst a few local agencies. Since then we have enthusiastically expanded the initiative statewide in all but a few agencies. wichealth.org is offered as another communication style for our WIC participants. Our WIC participants have evolved with technology, thus Nevada WIC wanted to meet the needs of those who prefer this method. As a state agency, we have been most impressed with the ease in which we’ve been able to administer the program. The program is a self-contained, easily sustainable initiative that doesn’t require a lot of backend administration and configuring on our end. We simply provide the local agencies with the information to host it, who in turn provide participants with initial education on account set-up information and voila. It has been well received by both staff and participants."

- Hilary Smith, Health Program Specialist

North Carolina

Client Lessons Completed in North Carolina

History

Joined 2009

North Carolina first implemented wichealth.org in 10 pilot agencies in 2009 and expanded statewide in 2010. Clients in pilot agencies email completed certificates to the clinics and North Carolina was the first state to pre-populate the email certificate field with their agency email addresses. Webinars are provided to new agencies interested in joining to introduce the availability of wichealth.org for low-risk nutrition education contacts. 


Testimonials

"North Carolina began using wichealth.org in ten pilot agencies in April 2009.  Since then, the number of agencies using the service has grown significantly. The system has been well received by the WIC program participants.  They like the flexibility of participating in quality nutrition education via the computer instead of having to come into the WIC office. They also like the variety of lessons and some participants have started to complete more lessons than are required by the agency because of their interest in the available topics. Local WIC agency staff are also pleased with the educational offerings of wichealth.org.  We currently provide webinars twice a year for local agency WIC staff interested in implementing wichealth.org and after each training we receive requests to bring new local agencies on board. More recently, we have been sharing the quarterly reports provided by wichealth.org with our local agency WIC staff. wichealth.org has been a positive addition to the North Carolina WIC Program and we look forward to more local agencies participating in the future."

- Kathy Anderson, Nutrition Program Consultant

North Dakota

Client Lessons Completed in North Dakota

History

Testimonials

Ohio

Client Lessons Completed in Ohio

History

Joined 2002

Ohio was one of the first states to implement wichealth.org. Online nutrition ed is a statewide option for mid-certification nutrition education. Ohio piloted kiosk stations in several clinics in 2010. 


Testimonials

"Agency WIC Directors and clients all love wichealth.org and what it has to offer and positive comments from clients are frequently shared with staff. Some of the feedback regarding what clients like about wichealth.org include:

  • The lessons are fun and educational.

  • Clients have enjoyed the recipe collection using WIC foods and activity sheets for children.

  • Clients like to use wichealth.org at home because it gives them the freedom to do the nutrition sessions on their own time and they get to pick the topic they want to learn about.

  • The messages are short in length, easy to understand, and subtle."

- Meagan Richardson, Nutrition and Administrative Services Consultant

Oklahoma

Client Lessons Completed in Oklahoma

History

Joined 2010

Oklahoma began piloting wichealth.org in five sites in October 2010 and went statewide March 2011. All staff members were trained using training videos developed by wichealth.org. Oklahoma receives participant information electronically by syncing their state system with wichealth.org. The monthly average of participants utilizing wichealth.org continues to increase at a fast rate.

Testimonials

"In October 2010, Oklahoma began piloting wichealth.org in five sites and wichealth.org staff worked very hard to accommodate our state-specific needs. Not only did they provide us with great training videos and materials, but they also made it possible for us to receive our participant information electronically. In March of 2011, Oklahoma WIC implemented wichealth.org in every site across the state. While it is still very new to us, we believe wichealth.org is going to be a great addition to our program. Our monthly average of participants utilizing online nutrition education has already increased by 63% from last year. Participants are excited about completing their nutrition education online, at their own convenience. Online nutrition education will ensure that more participants receive their subsequent nutrition education. It is a perfect solution for working parents and students.  Oklahoma WIC participants love wichealth.org."

- Mandy Caid-Jefferson, Education and Training Specialist

Women and Infants Hospital

Client Lessons Completed in Women and Infants Hospital

History

Joined 2011

Women and Infants Hospital joined as a single agency in Rhode Island. Staff are currently working with wichealth.org ways to increase participation and successfully implement this option in their agency.

Testimonials

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South Dakota

Client Lessons Completed in South Dakota

History

Joined 2013

Testimonials

Utah

Client Lessons Completed in Utah

History

Joined 2008

Utah was the first state to begin implementation in just one agency, Salt Lake County and went on to implement statewide in 2009. Clients are highly supportive of Internet education, as the state consistently ranks as one of the highest nationwide for technology use. Utah funded the development of two additional lessons during 2009 and is also spearheading the development of the virtual peer counselor project.


Testimonials

"wichealth.org has been very popular in Utah. It was first provided for six months in the largest local WIC district, Salt Lake County. It has been well received by participants and local WIC staff. Several agencies offer wichealth.org as the main web-based education option for clients with only “low risk” nutrition risk factors. It has become so popular among the Utah WIC participants that local staff report many participants are completing not just one lesson, but several lessons at a time. In addition, the outstanding wichealth.org staff is very supportive in obtaining feedback from state users on how to improve the website. We have found valuable reports and statistics for evaluation purposes. Overall, it has been a very positive educational option in Utah and we are excited to continue our partnership with wichealth.org."

- Paola Vélez, Child Nutrition Specialist

Vermont

Client Lessons Completed in Vermont

History

Testimonials

Washington

Client Lessons Completed in Washington

History

Joined 2002

Washington was the first state outside the Midwest Region to become a wichealth.org partner. Staff and clients enjoy having the option for clients to learn in a way that best accommodates their busy lives.


Testimonials

"Washington tested a number of options for electronic nutrition education before joining the collaborative of states working together to grow wichealth.org. Accessing the Internet for nutrition education is convenient to clients– bringing it to their homes and into their hands, works on their schedule and meets their needs. WIC staff love a flexible option that frees time up for more in-depth counseling for those at higher risk. wichealth.org is forever expanding and always improving. We’re excited to see where they’ll go next!"

- Sue Babl, Local Program Consultant

Wisconsin

Client Lessons Completed in Wisconsin

History

Joined 2002

Wisconsin was one of the first states to implement wichealth.org and initially started in a few pilot projects. Great efforts have been made in the past year to create interest in agencies to begin using wichealth.org and increase participation. Wisconsin has taken advantage of the implementation resources offered by wichealth.org staff such as the monthly orientation webinar and exhibit booth at their state conference. Increases in usage have been seen each quarter over the past year.

Testimonials

"Wisconsin was one of the first states to implement wichealth.org and we have seen it grow from an idea into a highly successful behavior change tool. We started out with pilots in three local WIC projects and have seen it spread statewide. Staff find that it saves time and resources to allow them to spend more time with high-risk participants. The option of nutrition education via the Internet using wichealth.org is appreciated by staff and participants. Using technology for nutrition education is appealing and wichealth.org makes it easy. A win for everyone involved, wichealth.org continues to amaze and benefit the Wisconsin WIC staff and participants."

- Tony Zech, WIC Program Nutritionist