We hope that your family enjoys this special season and the joy it brings and that you are able to take extra time to celebrate with family and friends. Charity drives remind us of the generosity and good-will of our neighbors and a feeling of renewed hope awaits with the New Year. However, when the tinsel is packed away and the lights come down, don’t forget that the Health Department is still here to support your family all-year-long to help in big and little ways each day.
- WIC – Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a food assistance and nutrition education program that has been around for decades but it isn’t your mother’s WIC Program. There’s an eWIC card for purchases, a mobile app that helps you shop and track your purchases, even texting to chat with the WIC support staff. Program eligibility requirements are based on household size and income level. If you are pregnant, a new mom or have children under the age of 5, check to see if you qualify for this great resource. Follow @WinnebagoHealth for a weekly #WICWednesdays tip on Facebook.
- Free Programming for Newborns – Nurses offer home visits/phone consults to share tips/knowledge about safe sleep, car seats, feeding, normal development and community resources to support families. Prenatal Care Coordination is a nursing service to help women have a healthier pregnancy and delivery and prepare for parenthood.
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Tap into breastfeeding resources like group classes, text support, and one-on-one visits. Peer counselors have been there; they know the challenges of breastfeeding and want to make sure that you have the knowledge and techniques to help you and your baby succeed.
- Car Seat Fitting Stations – Do you wonder if you have your child’s car seat installed properly? Call or go online to Affinity Nurse Direct and schedule an appointment to come to one of the car seat fitting stations where we will teach you how to install your car seat properly.
The Health Department is just one of many sources of support for you and your family in our community. For others see below or just dial 2-1-1.
• United Way Employment and Help Guide – printable resource guide
• 211 – online directory of community resources
• United Way Gives Back to the Community: Volunteer Opportunities
Contact our health department for more information on any of these services. Maybe you’ve never visited our health department, or don’t even know where we are located. But we encourage you to take a closer look in 2018 to learn about our department and all that we can offer your growing family: www.winnebagopublichealth.org