April 1, 2019 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: WIC Research Innovation Grant Opportunity for Local Agencies
SUBJECT 2: Flood Impact on WIC Local Agencies, Participants, and Staff
SUBJECT 1: WIC Research Innovation Grant Opportunity for Local Agencies. The Johns Hopkins University has been funded through a cooperative agreement to partner with USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to establish the Hopkins Participant Research Innovation Laboratory for Enhancing WIC Services (HPRIL). The HPRIL Team is excited to announce a request for proposals from WIC local agencies across the country for projects that will identify, implement, and evaluate innovative tools with the goal of improving retention of children ages 1-4 in the WIC Program.
HPRIL will provide 3-5 competitively selected WIC local agency grantees with up to $150,000 each over 18 months as well as implementation and evaluation technical assistance throughout the project period. Prior research and evaluation experience is NOT required. Please see the attached document for additional background and the Request for Proposal. Applications are due on or before Friday, May 24, 2019, awards will be announced by July 12, 2019, and agencies can choose to start their project as early as August 1, 2019. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to the The HPRIL Team.
SUBJECT 2: Flood Impact on WIC Local Agencies, Participants, and Staff. In light of the recent and ongoing flood conditions in Missouri, we are asking all local agencies that are affected by flooding, or whose participants have been affected by flooding, to report this to your district technical assistance (TA) staff. Please let your TA staff know the extent of any impact and request assistance or resources, if needed. If your agency is in the line of flooding, please take time to reacquaint yourself with the Disaster/Emergency Preparedness policy (3.00500).
Additionally, DHSS has updated its flood recovery resource page.
Though primarily designed for state agencies developing disaster response plans, the USDA WIC Disaster Guidance document also contains useful information for local agencies. You can view the USDA WIC Disaster Guidance for coordinating emergency response here.