Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

The Nutrition & WIC Services Section administers one USDA – funded program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) . This program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible Kansas women who are pregnant, postpartum or are breastfeeding. Services are also provided to infants and children.

The Nutrition & WIC Services Program also provides nutrition support for the variety of programs within the Kansas Bureau of Family Health. The mission of Nutrition & WIC Services is to improve the health status and nutritional well-being of Kansans through access to:

  • Quality nutrition intervention services by a registered/licensed dietitian;
  • Breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Substance abuse identification, nutrition education, and integration with and referral to other health services.

Who’s Eligible?

Kansas residents that:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding, up to baby’s first birthday
  • Are non-breastfeeding mothers, up to six months after baby’s birth
  • Are children under five years old
  • Meet the WIC Income Guidelines
  • Have a medical or nutritional need

Examples of nutritional risk factors to determine eligibility:

  • A high or low weight for height/length
  • A diet inappropriate for age
  • A reduced amount of iron in the blood (hemoglobin)
  • Medical conditions that jeopardize nutritional status

Many working people don’t realize that they are eligible for WIC.

More ways you can benefit from the WIC program:

  • Breastfeeding support and assistance
    • We have a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who is available both during business and non-business hours (as needed) to help educate, support, and encourage you to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.
    • We have 2 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have as well as provide support and encouragement throughout your breastfeeding journey.

 

My name is Robin Henderson; I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) for the Health Department. I provide breastfeeding education and support to WIC families in our community at both Winfield and Ark-City locations. I enjoy the work I do linking mothers to resources and making connections with likeminded individuals. I am also active in our local BF coalition Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County (BACC) as well as other city community boards and missions. I have worked as a social worker for most of my working career prior to becoming a “Lactivist”.

 

 

Hello!  I’m Terri Kier and I’m proud to be a registered nurse here at the City Cowley County Health Department.  After a long career as an OB nurse for a local hospital, I joined the CCCHD in 2016.  In 2018, I was proud to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  I love helping new moms learn techniques to help them be their best and achieve the breastfeeding goals they have set for themselves.  I’m here to help with everything from latching to supply and everything in between!

 

 

 

Hi!  I’m Alicia Ramey.  I’m the registered dietitian for the WIC program at the City Cowley County Health Department.  I’ve worked for the CCCHD since 2011, so I’ve been a familiar face in both offices for many years.  I am also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and love to help expecting and now mommies to learn about all the ins and outs of breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is something I’m passionate about, so I’m happy to give the extra time needed to help new moms achieve their goals.

 

 

 

 

  • Nutrition education
    • Our registered nurses and our registered dietitian will work with you to to not only ensure you are able to get the healthy foods necessary for your family, but also to give tips on preparation, nutritional needs of children at various developmental stages, tips on how to work with picky eaters, and so much more.
    • We refer many families to a variety of other local agencies who provide cooking lessons and demonstrations, classes geared towards healthier lifestyles and avoiding diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and lots of other fun and educational offerings.
  • WIC Health Channel
    • This site is a treasure trove of information!  It’s packed with videos including topics ranging from pregnancy to nutrition, and everything in between!
    • Has Spanish offerings as well
    • There’s even games available to make learning even more fun!

For more information about any of our services, don’t hesitate to call us at 620-221-1430 in Winfield or 620-442-3260 in Arkansas City.  We look forward to chatting with you and helping you enjoy all the benefits that WIC provides!

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866)632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410; or by fax: (202)690-7442; Email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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