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Ventura County WIC Program
BSN Program Observations

Thank you for your interest in an observation in one of our WIC sites. Each observation is 4 hours from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Activities may vary by site and/or day, but are sure to provide a good overview of WIC Services. Please read (and print if desired) the relevant documents below.

STEP 1: Review the Observation Availability Table below. Identify up to four observations which match your own availability.

STEP 2: Complete the Nursing Student Intake/Approval Form for WIC Observation and return to Amy Avelar - amy.avelar@ventura.org - Instructions are on the form. If your availability changes, please send a replacement form.

STEP 3: Amy will assign an observation to you, complete the bottom of the form, and email the form back to you, your PH preceptor, school contact and the WIC site supervisor. She will include instructions to bring that form as well as a signed Confidentiality Agreement to the observation with you.

• Nursing Student Intake/Approval Form for WIC Observations [ pdf / Word ]
• Confidentiality Agreement [ pdf ]


Observation Availability Table

last update 9/17/2019

South Oxnard North Oxnard Ventura Santa Paula Simi Valley

September 13, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 

 October 15, 2019

8 am - 12 pm

September 19, 2019

8:30 am - 12:30 pm 



September 27, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 

October 22, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 

 October 10, 2019

8:30 am - 12:30 pm


October 8, 2019

8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

October 11, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 


November 21, 2019

8:30 am - 12:30 pm 


October 24, 2019

8:30 am 12:30 pm 

October 25, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 




November 01, 2019

8 am - 12 pm 









Breastfeeding Resources

WIC Handouts on Breastfeeding

Additional Handouts on Breastfeeding

Free Breastfeeding Support from WIC

One-on-one breastfeeding support available at all WIC sites without an appointment, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call before you come in so we can be ready. Please note some WIC sites close for lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Resource Links for Breast Pump Use - English | Spanish


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WIC encourages breastfeeding and provides the support you need to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Check with your local WIC site as to what type of support they can provide you and your baby. Breastmilk is all your baby needs for the first six months of life.

A Guide to Breastfeeding - English 

Formula Compared to Breastmilk - English 

Formula Compared to Breastmilk Poster - English

Getting to know your baby - English | Spanish

Risks for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women 


Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County   

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The Coalition is a non profit 501c3 corporation, comprised of health care providers, community leaders, policy makers, and parents, as well as public and private organizations with the common goal of promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the culture norm in Ventura County.


Our mission is to promote breastfeeding in the community by providing resources and education to families, health care professionals, employers, and policy makers.



Through Outreach, Education and Advocacy we seek to improve breastfeeding rates in our community, contributing to a healthier Ventura County.

Outreach: Resource Guide & Website, advertising rack cards, Thank you for Nursing your baby cards and Nursing Nook provided at Community Events

Education: Annual Education Conference

Advocacy: Annual World Breastfeeding Week Proclamation at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors 

Visit the Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County here or YouTube for breastfeeding videos: Breastfeedvc



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"Good nutrition in the 1000 days between a women's pregnancy and her child's second birthday sets the foundation for all the days that follow". 

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Additional Resources

Information about Enrollment Appointments in English and Spanish 
Information about Recertification Appointments in English and Spanish 
Additional WIC Handouts on Nutrition and Referrals

Nutrition Educationapples

Group education sessions are offered on topics requested by participants and/or health and nutrition concerns common to the target population. Our goal of preventing and improving nutrition related medical problems isaddressed in the group and then, more specifically, in the individual sessions. Topics offered includes: benefits of breastfeeding, infant feeding during the first 4-6 months, infant feeding during 6-12 months, toddler feeding questions, preventing anemia, obesity, tooth decay, child safety, food safety, getting the most nutrition for your money and others. The lasting effects of nutrition education help families years after their program participation ends.

Individual Counselingcounsel

Each WIC location has a full time Registered Dietitian who supervises and assures accuracy of the nutrition information disseminated by the trained nutrition paraprofessional staff at each WIC Center. Individuals who have medical conditions that impact their nutritional status are counseled by the dietitian. Some of the conditions include: gestational diabetes, inadequate weight gain during the last half of pregnancy, low birthweight infants, inadequate growth patterns during infancy and early childhood, obesity, anemias and others. Low risk clients are counseled by our trained paraprofessional who has passed WIC competency-based testing. The food prescription is made for each individual based on nutritional needs identified in the assessment. Each participant brings medical information from their physician or clinic to WIC every 6 months. This information is used to assess nutritional need, identify medical/nutritional risk factors and determines information appropriate for counseling.

Breastfeeding Supportnursing

The WIC Program is committed to helping women understand the benefits to both mother and infant of breastfeeding their baby. Breastmilk is uniquely designed for each infant's individual need and bestows unique health benefits that artificial baby milk (formulas) can't supply. If after researching breastfeeding information on our linked sites you have a question for our Breastfeeding Coordinator or Trained Lactation Counselors, please call our tollfree number 1-800-781-4449 then press 3.

Supplemental Foods

The foods provided by WIC are those supplying nutrients commonly inadequate in the diets of lower income people surveyed in the United States. WIC foods are inexpensive for the amount of nutrients they provide, are widely available throughout the state and are packaged in a way that monthly allotments can be readily obtained by participants. The nutrients of concern are protein, calories, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C. As a supplemental program WIC does not provide all the foods and nutrition to cover nutritional needs of the participants. Through nutrition education and counseling, participants learn which other foods they need to add to improve their diets and meet their nutritional needs. The food prescription is based on individual needs, therefore the foods and the nutrients supplied vary depending on category, age and medical condition. 


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