Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

 
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What is WIC?

The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC services in Calhoun County are provided by CCPHD in Battle Creek, Albion, and Marshall. Several WIC facts include:

  • One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.
  • For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs are saved.

Benefits

Women and Newborns

  • WIC participation significantly increases the number of women receiving adequate prenatal care.
  • WIC participation dramatically lowers infant mortality among Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women. It also improves weight gain in pregnant women.
  • WIC participation decreases the incidence of low birth weight and lowers pre-term births.

Children

  • WIC participation lowers the rate of anemia among children ages 6 months to 5 years.
  • WIC significantly improves children's dietary intake of vitamins and nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.
  • 4- and 5-year-olds who participated in WIC during early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who did not participate in WIC.
  • WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases.

Who Does WIC Serve?

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who recently had a baby.
  • Infants from birth to 1 year of age.
  • Children from 1 year of age to their 5th birthday (child must be less than age 5).
  • Michigan residents meeting income and health guidelines.
  • The Income Calculation Reference Sheet will provide assistance to determine income.

Non-discrimination Statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any  public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
 
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov
 
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
 
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