Western MCH Nutrition Partners - Mission

The Western Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Partners are a group of academic faculty and public health nutrition practitioners who are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families through better nutrition.

The Partners come together to support leadership for MCH nutrition through training, continuing education and networking.

News & Announcements

03/12/2018 - 12:32
Job Opportunity for Epidemiology Specialist I with the Alaska Maternal Child Death Review in Anchorage, Alaska

Epidemiologist I- Anchorage, Alaska

Do you want to be part of a team that is passionate about reducing infant, child and maternal mortality in Alaska? Would you like to support state efforts to address factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes, infant safe sleep, injuries and suicide? 

The Alaska Division of Public Health, Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Unit, is recruiting for an Epidemiology Specialist I to support the Maternal Child Death Review program. We are looking for someone with data analysis skills who enjoys working in a tight knit team to achieve the best health for young Alaskans.  Please see the job description below for more details:


Haven’t been to Anchorage before?

Anchorage combines the conveniences of a surprisingly modern city – great restaurants, shopping, a large and diverse grade school system with two universities, as well as arts and cultural institutions, with the freedom and adventure of unspoiled wilderness, parklands, and glaciers, hiking, and fishing, within an hour or two from the city.  The Anchorage public health community offers career and professional growth unlike many places in the Lower 48 states.  It may be cold, but Anchorage, Alaska was ranked No. 10 “happiest city” out of 190 cities across the United States by National Geographic in 2017!

02/10/2017 - 20:03
Job Opportunity: Arizona WIC Program State Nutrition Coordinator


The Arizona WIC Program is recruiting for the State Nutrition Coordinator.

The job announcement can be found here:  Job ID 27929.  If you know of anyone ready and wanting a senior leadership position, please let them know that the Arizona State WIC Program has an opening available.

02/10/2017 - 11:05
Job Opportunity: Principal Executive/Manager D in Oregon WIC

The Oregon WIC Program has an opening for the Nutrition and Local Services Manager (Principal Executive/Manager D) at the state program office.


This position focuses on policy development, planning and service delivery in 34 contracted local agencies, assuring compliance with federal regulations, coordination of the federally required biennial compliance reviews, and direct supervision of a diverse team of professional staff.




The recruitment closes Feb. 28.


12/12/2016 - 17:50
Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC, April 21-22, 2017

All Universities awarded the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition Grant through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau attend an annual meeting in Washington, DC to network and develop professional and leadership skills. 

12/12/2016 - 17:49
Making Lifelong Connections meeting, April 5-7, 2017

Join former and current MCHB Trainees in a unique opportunity to enhance leadership and presentation skills, further develop career goals and aspirations, and boost professional networking. Applications are available here and will be accepted through January 9, 2017, 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.

12/10/2016 - 12:53
Annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network Meeting, February 2-3, 2017

Every year, UCLA organizes the Nutrition Leadership Network Meeting to bring together Registered Dietitians from the Western United States to discuss pertinent issues related to MCH Nutrition. In previous years, session topics have included 2015 Dietary Guidelines, The Affordable Care Act, and Mentorship. In addition, come prepared for an abstract sharing session in which all participants are invited to share current research projects. Enjoy networking with fellow MCH Nutritionists in sunny Southern California! 
Visit the NLN 2017 page for more information.

12/10/2016 - 12:48
Field Study in Food and Nutrition Policies

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health has organized a policy day in Sacramento, CA, and the trainees from UC Berkeley and UCLA will be attending January 11 and 12, 2017. Speakers will include California Food Policy Advocates, CA WIC, CA Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Dairy Council of CA, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Branch of the Department of Public Health, CA Endowment, and a tour of the State Capitol building.

12/08/2016 - 18:47
Congratulations, Dr. Dena Herman!

In September 2015, Dr. Dena Herman was officially named Director of the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition at UCLA! Dr. Herman’s participation in the Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition began during her doctoral studies at UCLA, and we are excited for what is to come under her leadership. Her research interests focus on the prevention of childhood obesity and the relationship between the microbiome and diet.  She has worked with ethnically diverse population groups across the age spectrum from infancy to elderly and in both domestic and international settings. Congratulations, Dr. Herman!

02/05/2015 - 14:30
2015 NLN Meeting in San Francisco!

The annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network meeting will be held on February 26-27 in San Francisco, California. Click here for more information!

02/18/2014 - 14:24
2014 NLN Meeting in Marina del Rey!

The annual Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network meeting is confirmed for April 10-11 in Marina del Rey, California. Click here for details!


Former OHSU Trainee accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

A research paper co-authored by former Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) trainee, Megan Patton-Lopez, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The study, "Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity Among Students Attending a Midsize Rural University in Oregon," found that food insecurity was a significant issue for over half of the college students surveyed.

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