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Albany program helps refugee women learn to stay healthy in U.S. Through it, the 30-year-old has learned how to shop for and cook vegetables she’s never seen before, how to use the WIC checks she is allotted to buy them, how to use health insurance, and what services she is legally entitled to receive. On the last day of the new program’s first eight-week session, a half-dozen women learned about eating healthy through pregnancy, the benefits of breast-feeding for both mother and child and breast cancer screenings. Afterward, they celebrated with a meal of tofu and vegetables over curried rice — all ingredients they can purchase through WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Pabbi, who oversees medical case management for USCRI, realized her clients often did not use their WIC checks to full advantage because they didn’t know how to. The first program seemed to go further even than its creators hoped, serving as an extended welcome mat to the refugee women.