FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES MESSAGE:
Due to COVID-19 the following precautionary measures are being taken to prevent unnecessary exposure for staff and families we serve:
- WIC: All WIC offices are closing to the public. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, the WIC clinic staff will be contacting you to complete it over the phone. You will continue to receive and be able to use your benefits as long as your certification is active. Contact your local WIC clinic for remote service, or call the State Office at 1-800-433-4298 for assistance. The State Office will also be available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Home Visiting (Parents as Teachers, First Year Initiative, SafeCare, Montana Asthma Program): Home visiting staff will be doing all home visits by phone or video conferencing depending on the guidance of each program. Home visitors will contact current and newly referred clients individually to schedule remote appointment times. It is our goal to continue to provide as many of our families as possible with the resources they need, so please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
- Car Seat Program: We will not provide car seats or car seat checkups until further notice.
- Parenting Classes: All parenting classes have been temporarily cancelled. Current participants will be notified once classes resume.
- CONNECT Referral System: Onboarding will continue; however, in-person training and meetings are cancelled. Trainings will take place remotely.
- Foster Child Health Program: Nurses will not provide in-person visits to foster parents, but will remain in contact as necessary.
Please call us at 406-454-6950 with questions or concerns.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a supplemental nutrition education program to promote and maintain the health of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children from birth to five years of age.
WIC provides “vouchers” to purchase nutritional foods designed to supplement the family food budget. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
NEW – www.wichealth.org
Participants can also access nutrition education on www.wichealth.org, which provides stage-based client centered WIC nutrition education. Access this information from your smart phone or home computer without having to come to the local WIC office. Parents and caregivers who complete a nutrition education lesson on the site can print a certificate that can be used to count for nutrition education at local WIC agencies.
Our Nutrition Educators and www.wichealth.org provide education on a variety of topics including:
- Parent and child wellness
- Child feeding issues
- Postpartum wellness
- Working with picky eaters
- Creating a positive eating environment
- Making the most of your food dollars
- Roles of the parent/child in the feeding relationship
- Starting your infant on solid foods
- Breastfeeding information
- Screening and referrals to other health, welfare, and social service providers
- Nutrition risk factors such as anemia, underweight, overweight, history of pregnancy complications, and dietary risk, such an inappropriate nutrition/feeding practices
Our WIC Nurtition Educators are Certified Lactation Counselors and can answer breastfeeding questions and help support breastfeeding success. For more information or to speak to a Nutrition Educator or WIC Peer Breastfeeding Counselor, call the WIC office at 406-454-6953.
WIC now offers automated appointment reminders by text or phone. For more details please call 406-454-6953.