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HPRIL

About Us

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HPRIL is the innovation lab at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service working to answer the question: Will eligible families participate in WIC longer if we improve services with new tools, more specifically will eligible children come back to WIC for recertification within 14 months (retention)?

HPRIL is the innovation lab at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service working to answer the question: Will eligible families participate in WIC longer if we improve services with new tools, more specifically will more eligible children come back to WIC for recertification within 14 months (retention)?

HPRIL funds and supports five local WIC agency projects lasting 18 months. Projects focus specifically on using WIC management information systems (MIS), WIC’s participant information databases, to help identify children at risk for not returning to the program, identify service gaps, and evaluate the impact of selected innovative tools on retention. Collectively, the goal is to effectively demonstrate how local agencies can use existing WIC data collection and monitoring tools to target and monitor child retention efforts, a practice that could be scaled nationally.

These agencies were chosen through a competitive RFP process, and HPRIL assists funded agencies in strengthening their implementation and evaluation plans and provide technical assistance and build local agency capacity throughout the project. HPRIL also evaluates impact across all projects and compiles training and technical assistance materials for other local WIC agencies to use beyond the project.  

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