Participant-Centered Services


Participant-Centered Services (PCS) and Participant-Centered Education (PCE) are key approaches to delivering nutrition education to participants and improving health outcomes. PCS and PCE work hand in hand with Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) and help bridge the gap between eligibility and providing effective nutrition education and other services.

Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) Training and Resources

USDA. WIC Works Resource System.

VENA defines a quality and comprehensive WIC nutrition assessment, and shifts the focus of the assessment process from eligibility determination to a participant-centered health outcome based process. Find guidance documents, resources, and training tools in this section.

train the trainer program Train the Trainer Programs

This series of train-the-trainer programs was developed by Maryland WIC. The focus of the training is providing participant-centered services and it is the basis for the certifier training for Maryland WIC. Includes lesson plans, handouts, activities and case studies.

WIC Connects WIC Connects

WIC Connects is Washington WIC's participant-centered approach to providing WIC services. The goal of WIC Connects is to offer new ways to engage and connect with WIC families in more meaningful ways.

Oregon WIC Listens Oregon WIC Listens (Participant-Centered Services Resources for Staff)

Oregon WIC Listens is built upon Participant Centered Education (PCE). PCE focuses on people’s capacities, strengths and developmental needs – not solely on their problems, risks, or negative behaviors.

Tapping into the Power of Influence

These materials were developed by Chickasaw Nation as part of a research study. The tools that were developed proved effective in moving moms to a targeted health change. Focus on breastfeeding, tips for helping infants to sleep, and oral health. Please refer to the project guidelines before using these materials.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

These materials and activities highlight emotion-based benefits of making eating and activity changes in addition to the logical, rational benefits of taking action. Developed by Massachusetts WIC as part of a USDA Special Project Grant. See also: Touching Hearts, Touching Minds.

What is PCE? (YouTube)

Arizona WIC.

Introduction to WIC PCE

Washington WIC.

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