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In this session, the speaker will present results from a survey of first-time parents (N = 423, 89% mothers) on what information they looked for, where they sought information, and factors that influenced whether they used the information. The speaker will also briefly discuss current research that uses Reddit and Pinterest to investigate parents’ information seeking for infant nutrition topics and connect practitioners to high-quality resources for infant nutrition and child feeding information.

  • General Session - Amy Herring, Director, Office of Innovation with USDA/FNS and Dr. Jamila Taylor, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (20:30 minutes)
USDA will provide an update on WIC outreach, innovation, and modernization initiatives. At the heart of WIC modernization is the goal of increasing participation so that more families can benefit from the proven impacts of the program. We know we can achieve this goal by meeting families where they are and making WIC easy to access and encourage all State and local agencies to work to make WIC a program that participants love! Other highlights of USDA’s work in WIC and USDA’s new Summer EBT program will be covered

If the past few weeks/months/years have tested your tenacity and plundered your plans, then this session is for you. Learn the tips and tools you need to add resilience to your work and home life and learn to lead others, as well as the hardest person to lead of all - yourself.

What’s the big deal about mommy's milk, anyway? Dr. Nnamani will share the benefits of breastfeeding from a Board-Certified Pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate point of view.

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished; no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons.” This Cheyenne Proverb refers to the important role of women in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) society. In pre-contact times, Native women enjoyed equality and acceptance in the differing roles of their society, including leader and warrior status. This led to Native women being specifically targeted for genocidal and acculturation strategies by the colonizer culture, contributing  to the disproportionate disparities experienced by generations of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) pregnant, birthing and postpartum  women and people to this day. These persistent disparities demand thoughtful and compassionate considerations and interventions. How can we learn and work together to support Tribal and Urban Indian leaders and communities to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native pregnant, birthing and parenting women and people? This presentation will examine strategies to  be supportive allies for broad policy and equity changes, and also how to work with American Indian and Alaska Native (and other BIPOC) people who carry the trauma of their ancestors and their own experiences, in a supportive and respectful way. The goal is to improve the persistent disparities with understanding, acceptance and love.
This engaging session will provide participants with foundational information about the health and social consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through the lenses of neuroscience and epigenetics. The session will also explore best-fit practices to enhance resilience through increasing attachment and belonging, helping people develop skill sets, and fostering community and culture. Participants will gain valuable insights about how their interactions can support resilience in those they serve.
  • Leading with Passion - Lisa Johnson Billy, Chairman and Speaker of the Legislature, Chickasaw Nation Tribal Legislature

Program Booklet - NINAWC 2023 Conference

About the coalition

NINAWC is a coalition representing over 45 Native American and Indigenous communities and their non-profit WIC organizations. These organizations provide services for women, children and infants. WIC associations are the front line of nutrition education and health care services for the nation’s most vulnerable families.


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