Advocacy & Health Policy: Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Finishes Up Its Three-Year Term

The Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Project, a three-year cooperative agreement funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has reached the conclusion of its project period. This agreement has made great strides in the implementation of strategies for chronic disease reduction and prevention in various communities across the United States. The National WIC Association (NWA), in collaboration with ACOG, has assisted 30 local WIC agencies develop strategies to increase access to healthy food and preventative services. ACOG played a crucial role in this project, and took the lead in connecting local WIC agencies with a clinical medical advisor for their projects. ACOG also assisted in delivering technical assistance and education opportunities.

Local WIC agency, Westbay CAP, located in West Warwick, RI 
created a free summer meals program for families


A great success that has emerged from this project has been the inclusion of community-based initiatives in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Maintenance of Certification process. With this in place, ob-gyns can renew their board-certified status by being a clinical advisor on community coalition leadership teams for the project. The project allowed ACOG to promote the importance of community-based interventions to our member group and successfully demonstrate the link between WIC and obstetrics and gynecology practice to create positive women’s health outcomes. ACOG has also been invited to speak at various conferences about the project implementation and successes. Local WIC agencies have successfully created sustainability plans to continue their new initiatives after funding has ceased.

Federal funding is ending, but these valuable programs are continuing!

Get Involved

Visit the Greater with WIC website to learn more about the communities involved.

Email ACOG staff member Anna-Maria Roaché, program specialist, NWICA Consortium Program, at for more information about the project.

ACOG presents at the National Implementation and Dissemination
for Chronic
 Disease Prevention Workshop in Denver, Colorado

Janine Rethy, MD, from Loudoun County, implementing the 
“Its Water Time” Initiative in schools throughout Loudoun County 

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