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VENA [Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment]: Connecting the Dots Between Assessment and Intervention

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Date Developed: n.a.. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, WIC Works. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: n.a.. Level: Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.


This Web-based course provides continuing education and resources that can be accessed by any WIC staff member. There are 4 lessons in this course: VENA and Participant-Centered Services (PCS), Engaging Participants in Education and Counseling, Path to Participant Success: Food Packages and Referrals, and Establishing Goals and Following Up. Acknowledgement is given to the many WIC State Agencies whose work in supporting VENA and PCS contributed to this course including: California, Chickasaw Nation, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the purpose and goals of VENA.

• Discuss what it means to provide Participant-Centered Services (PCS).

• Identify several strategies to enhance counseling and educational sessions.

• Describe how to tailor food packages for participants.

• Describe how to effectively make referrals.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.