Updates for Community Support Through the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

This course is designed primarily for community-based nurses who reside in Texas. Many people in the community don't know much about the parameters and functions of WIC, officially known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Upon completing this course, the registered nurse will have increased knowledge of the programs offered by WIC, the role breastfeeding plays in promoting enhanced nutrition for infants as well as health benefits for mothers, how WIC can assist with things such as breastfeeding equipment rentals and special education on disease processes such as diabetes, obesity, postpartum depression, and hypertension. This course will teach you how to initiate a WIC referral, and spell out the qualifications and requirements for enrollment in the program, which may be different than you think!



CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Registered Nurses

Requirements for CE Credit

To receive contact hours for this continuing education activity, the participant must complete the entire activity and complete and submit the evaluation form.
Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for 1 contact hour.

Conflicts of Interest:

The activity’s Nurse Planner has determined that no one who has the ability to control the content of this CNE activity – planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers – has a conflict of interest.

Accreditation Statement:
University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.




Asia Sartor

Brief Bio : Asia is the Peer Counselor Coordinator for Texas WIC. She oversees the Loving Support grant and the Peer Counselor program. She holds a Bachelors in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Asia brings a unique and valuable perspective to the State WIC office. She started her journey with WIC as a client then later became a breastfeeding peer counselor and IBCLC for the City of Austin WIC program. Asia credits WIC for changing her life and she is very passionate about the program in return.

Jessica Leyendecker

Brief Bio : Jessica has over 7 years of experience with USDA Food and Nutrition Programs. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. As the WIC Communications Strategist, Jessica coordinates WIC outreach and partnership strategies.

Michelle Poole

Brief Bio : Michelle is a nurse, a counselor and an IBCLC and works for the state WIC team as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Michelle is experienced in assisting breastfeeding mother/baby dyads in home, hospital and outpatient settings as well as developing, conducting and evaluating breastfeeding trainings. Michelle strives to build a stronger lactation support infrastructure into communities of need and help all mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.

Release Date: Apr 10, 2020
Credit Expiration Date: Apr 10, 2022

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