The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) today announced a $2-million cooperative agreement with the Johns Hopkins University to conduct an in-depth, practicable evaluation of local agencies’ strategies to improve services provided by the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Dr. David Paige, professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will direct the research as Principal Investigator. Dr. Paige has been instrumental in shaping the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program at the local, state, and federal levels, which today serves almost half of all U.S. infants and one-quarter of children between one and four.
WIC plays a key role reducing preterm birth, low birth weight, morbidity and mortality in the first year of life. Continued participation and retention of high-risk children ages one to four is vital to maximize WIC’s impact during this crucial period of growth and development and provides a nutritional head start to WIC participants throughout their lives.
The cooperative agreement will run from September 2018 through September 2021.