In response to declining program participation, WIC agencies have been working to move toward a participant-centered model of service. Altarum worked with the Minnesota WIC program to make such a transition, retooling all aspects of their services, from policies to local program management, to make them responsive to participants' personal interests and motivations for change.
Following an in-depth assessment of state and local policies and practices, Altarum 1) provided technical assistance and training to state agency staff to help them guide local agencies through the implementation process; 2) developed curriculum for new staff trainings; 3) facilitated regional participant-centered service skills trainings; 4) implemented a system for ongoing staff development and mentoring, and; 5) helped integrate participant-centered services into management evaluation and local policy guidelines.
Altarum provided training for over 650 state and local staff, mentors, and leaders, as well as the capacity-building and support necessary for the Minnesota WIC program to fully integrate participant-centered services into their program model. Our work in Minnesota led to an increase in staff focusing the conversation on participants needs/interests, and an increase in participant satisfaction with the Minnesota WIC program.
Karah Mantinan - MPH, RD
Program Director, Food and NutritionAreas of Expertise
- Food and Nutrition Programs
- Mixed-Methods Evaluation Study Design and Implementation
- Environmental Assessments and Literature Reviews
Karah oversees a portfolio of evaluation, training, and technical assistance initiatives designed to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. She has over 15 years of experience designing and leading mixed-methods evaluation studies, developing resources to support and improve project implementation, and effectively communicating results to stakeholders in ways that are meaningful and actionable. Karah is passionate about using data to inform decision-making and improve health equity, outcomes, and efficiency. She has a master of public health degree in nutrition from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences from Michigan State University, and is a registered dietitian.