JANUARY 11 2022
Gov. Newsom Releases Budget Proposal

Governor Newsom released his state budget proposal yesterday. With a surplus in the tens of billions, Newsom proposed a $286.4 billion plan that would include expansion of Medi-Cal to undocumented adults 26-49 years of age, and expansion of CalFresh to those over 55. The plan would also include significant investments in the unhoused population, mental health, Covid prevention, childcare and early literacy, and climate change.
USDA Increases School Meal Reimbursement
Last week, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will raise school meal reimbursement rates to help school food service providers cope with higher food and operational costs during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as schools navigate the challenges of remaining open during the omicron variant.
The Power of Community: CWA’s 30th Conference and Trade Show

Registration and more agenda details are coming any day now, but hold the dates for May 9-12! No need to travel, this will be a virtual conference. Thanks to the curriculum planning committee for their current work designing an agenda with national leaders on breastfeeding, WIC improvements, anti-racism, equity, nutrition and more. 
Wellness News

Check out the latest issue of W3, CWA's monthly Wellness Newsletter. This month's issue is all about reducing financial stress and smart grocery shopping, including a tasty and affordable recipe to try, as well as apps to help you budget and plan for the future. 
We Want Your Story!

Twice a year, CWA publishes the WIC Watch - a magazine for WIC staff, partner organizations, and any folks interested in all things WIC! We welcome your story submissions for our spring issue, the deadline is March 11th.
Longer Family Participation in WIC is Associated With Lower Childhood Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake 
Christopher Anderson, Shannon E. Whaley of PHFE WIC, and colleagues recently released an analysis finding that longer family participation in WIC was associated with lower sugar-sweetened beverage intake among participating children. Children of families with 2 years of WIC participation consumed significantly fewer daily servings of total sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) compared to children of families with 1 year of WIC participation.

COVID-19 Increases Kids' Diabetes Risk
A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that patients 18 and younger had significantly greater risk of developing diabetes after experiencing COVID-19, underscoring the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for eligible children. The study, based on an analysis of insurance claims, found that risk of diabetes was elevated regardless of whether the children who tested positive for COVID-19 were symptomatic.

Blood Testing Identifies Preeclampsia, Disease Risks Months Before Symptoms
Researchers predicted preeclampsia in 75% of cases and preterm birth at nearly the same rate by analyzing maternal, fetal and placental RNA circulating in the mother’s blood during pregnancy, according to a study published in Nature.

Latina Moms More Likely to Get COVID, Suffer Financial Setbacks
Pregnant Latina women are more than twice as likely as their non-Hispanic white peers to get a COVID-19 infection, according to a Sutter Health study of 4,500 patients who delivered babies at its hospitals in November and December 2020. Taken together with new research from UC Davis, the two reports reveal the heavy toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on Latina mothers.

Choosing The Right Mask
The rapid spread of the omicron variant means that many medical and public health experts are urging Americans to adopt better masking protocols to protect themselves and others from the spread of Covid-19.
Mother's Milk Bank in Need
Do you have extra breast milk? The Mothers’ Milk Bank needs your help! They are in need of donations. Breast milk is lifesaving to all medically vulnerable babies. Please start the process online today or call us! https://mothersmilk.org/donate-milk/ or 877-375-6645, option 3. Join us in helping babies thrive! Please share! 
UC Davis Maternal & Child Nutrition Graduate Program
The UC Davis Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition is accepting applications for fall 2022 with a priority deadline of February 15. By providing an inclusive, learner-centered education, this unique program is focused on training graduate students for careers in health sciences and building their strong scientific background.

Program features allow you to:
·        Study part-time and while working
·        Participate via broadcast
·        Learn from internationally recognized leaders
·        Advance your career
To learn more about this program, join the next online information session on Friday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. Program director Dr. Jane Heinig and the UC Davis team will discuss the courses, prerequisites, the application process, potential careers and be available for live Q&A. Register here.
Recruiting Black Birthing People for CHARM Study
Researchers at UCSF are in the final recruitment phase for the CHARM Study with The Bloom Collective Baltimore, examining Black women and birthing people’s experiences with birth control and lactation during the perinatal period. They are recruiting 30 more participants to reach a goal of enrolling 200 Black birthing people. Black women and birthing people, who are 18 years of age or older, based in the United States, and have given birth in the last five years are eligible, and eligible participants will receive a $40.00 e-gift card after completing an online survey. To learn more here about the study, or email us at CHARMStudy@ucsf.edu
CalFresh: Better Food for Better Living
CalFresh, California’s name for food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to many WIC families’ food budgets and help them put healthy and nutritious food on the table. WIC can help by encouraging families to apply for and utilize CalFresh benefits!
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As a nonprofit membership organization, CWA relies on the contributions of many organizations and individuals to help us achieve our mission. There are many ways to give of your time, talents, or resources to help CWA promote healthy families, strong communities, and bright futures! We appreciate all forms of support and invite you to join us!
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