Review of WIC
An Evaluation of White Potatoes
in the Cash Value Voucher
Committee to Review WIC Food Packages
Food and Nutrition Board
Kathleen M. Rasmussen, Marie E. Latulippe, and Ann L. Yaktine, Editors
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COMMITTEE TO REVIEW WIC FOOD PACKAGES
KATHLEEN M. RASMUSSEN (Chair), Professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
GAIL G. HARRISON (Vice Chair), Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences, Center for Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
SUSAN S. BAKER, Professor and Co-Chief, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, Department of Pediatrics, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
MARIANNE P. BITLER, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine
PATSY M. BRANNON, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
ALICIA L. CARRIQUIRY, Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University
DAVID E. DAVIS, Professor, Department of Economics, South Dakota State University
MARY KAY FOX, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
TAMERA J. HATFIELD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, University of California, Irvine
HELEN H. JENSEN, Professor of Economics and Head, Food and Nutrition Policy Division of CARD, Iowa State University
RACHEL K. JOHNSON, Robert L. Bickford, Jr., Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont
ANGELA ODOMS-YOUNG, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago
A. CATHARINE ROSS, Professor of Nutrition, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
CHARLENE RUSSELL-TUCKER, Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Department of Education
SHANNON E. WHALEY, Director of Research and Evaluation, Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program
MEI CHUNG, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Tufts University
SUZANNE P. MURPHY, Researcher (Professor) Emeritus, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
MARIE E. LATULIPPE, Study Director
BERNICE CHU, Research Associate
AMBAR SAEED, Senior Program Assistant
ANN L. YAKTINE, Director, Food and Nutrition Board
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CHERYL A. M. ANDERSON, University of California, San Diego
RONNETTE BRIEFEL, Mathematica Policy Research
JOHANNA T. DWYER, Tufts Medical Center
KAREN GLANZ, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
PHILIP GLEASON, Mathematica Policy Research
LUCIA L. KAISER, University of California, Davis
RONALD E. KLEINMAN, Massachusetts General Hospital
DENISE M. NEY, University of Wisconsin–Madison
THERESA A. NICKLAS, Baylor College of Medicine
PATRICIA O. RACE, New York State Department of Health
JOANNE L. SLAVIN, University of Minnesota
PARKE E. WILDE, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
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