Support the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program
It is important to inform members of Congress about the role of WIC breastfeeding peer counselors as the FY 2020 appropriations cycle begins here in DC. The appropriations process will determine the funding level for the program moving forward, and NWA hopes we can achieve full funding at the authorized level of $90 million. For nearly a decade, the program has been underfunded at $60 million, which is not sufficient to allow all clinics to provide peer counselor services. In June 2019, the House included record investment for peer counselors in their FY 2020 Agricultural Appropriations bill, matching the authorized level of $90 million. The Senate included a more modest increase in their Agriculture Appropriations bill of $80 million. The WIC community must speak clearly that the full increase reflected in the House funding level is best matched with the need in clinics.
Please join us in supporting peer counselors by contacting your member of Congress! You can use this action alert to email, tweet, or call your members of Congress. NWA has already written the message for you, so all you need to do is provide your name and address.
Please Note: This is a lobbying action.
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