Broome County WIC Program

Broome County WIC Program

First row (left to right)

Valerie Davis, Michelle Figuerado, Colleen Coddington, Sarah Stepanovsky,

Middle row (left to right)

Mary Jane Cleary, Linda Nixon, Heather Suarez, Shu-Jane Hsue, Nadine Riese, Beth Huber

Back row (left to right)

Carrie Colgan, Elizabeth Smalt, Charlene Starchok, Pamela Spak, Susan Flannagan

Not pictured

Patricia Davies, Peggy Duffy and Laura Austin

The Broome County Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has a proud history of over 30 years of dedicated service to the community. It consists of 17 enthusiastic and committed team members with over 150 years of combined work experience. During this time it has serviced over 100,000 participants and remains the premier breastfeeding and nutrition education program in the area.

Broome County WIC Program efforts in pre-natal care have resulted in an overall decrease in premature and low birth weight deliveries. Healthy Lifestyle and low-fat milk consumption over age two initiatives have contributed to a decrease in childhood obesity. Perhaps most notably 1993 funding for a breastfeeding peer counseling pilot program led to the USDA establishing a federal model "Loving Support through Breastfeeding Peer Counseling". Broome County WIC Program efforts contribute significantly to the Southern Tier Breastfeeding Coalition, the strong collaborative relationships it has with local hospitals and health care providers, and to the positive outcomes seen everyday in the clinic and community.

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