Bernadette Landers shares her passion and expertise in counseling, food assistance, nutrition education, lactation, and health promotion through training and technical assistance to multiple food assistance and nutrition programs across the nation. Ms. Landers supports national implementation of Participant-Centered Services (PCS) in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and has worked extensively in the states of Arizona, Illinois, and Minnesota, and the U.S. trust territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
She has also created and facilitated PCS-related curricula for many state and local WIC agencies in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Before joining Altarum Institute in 2012, Ms. Landers worked in the Arizona WIC program for more than 13 years in a variety of capacities. Most recently, she supported implementation of PCS in the largest local agency in Arizona by hiring and training a team of Registered Dietitians to mentor staff across 16 clinic sites with more than 150 employees. Ms. Landers and her team of mentors developed a training curriculum that was used within their local agency and shown to be highly successful in improving the skills of WIC staff. This curriculum was endorsed by the WIC State Agency and disseminated to all local agencies in the state. In Arizona, Ms. Landers regularly mentored professional and paraprofessional staff and has experience in both urban and rural WIC.
Ms. Landers holds a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University. She is a Registered Dietitian and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.