Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition
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ACC’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as the WIC Program, assists in meeting the nutritional needs of expectant, breast feeding and postpartum women, infants, and children through age five. WIC is a health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development.
The WIC program serves low-income, nutritionally at risk:
• Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
• Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
• Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)
• Infants (up to 1st birthday).
• Children up to their 5th birthday.
Program services provide:
• A minimum of 4 nutrition education encounters offered each year for each WIC client in the family
• Nutrition counseling sessions, given by a Registered Dietitian for all clients determined to be at “High-Risk” by the WIC Nutrition Specialist.
• Nutritious foods offered on a WIC EBT Card
• Breastfeeding support to all women, including free manual breast pumps, electric pumps available for free to working/moms attending school if exclusively breastfeeding and on loan and at discounted price.
• Iron-fortified infant formula for clients up to the infants first birthday
• Special infant and child formulas, if after an assessment by a WIC Nutrition Specialist or Registered Dietitian shows a nutritional need
• Hemoglobin testing on our pregnant, postpartum and children clients, along with education on how to increase low hemoglobin with nutrition.
• Lead poisoning education to parents/caregivers
• Referrals to other health and social service programs
• The ACC WIC Program has continued to offer clients the opportunity to register to vote
ACC WIC Breastfeeding Program
The ACC WIC program is dedicated to providing our pregnant mothers with the support they need to make an educated choice on how they will feed their new baby once he or she arrives. ACC has one a Breastfeeding Specialist on staff and three other Breastfeeding Specialists located in their 6 WIC clinics. In addition to our Breastfeeding Specialist staff, ACC WIC currently has three Certified Lactation Specialists and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) on staff. All 20 WIC staff attends quarterly breastfeeding training and provides support to our pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Funded by the Detroit Health Department and the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness
WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers’ markets. ACC partnered with Peaches and Greens this year to provide 224 families with Project Fresh. Project Fresh is a program for WIC families to receive $20 in coupons to spend at local farmer’s markets to buy Michigan grown produce. This year 2 of our WIC sites had Peaches and Greens onsite so our families did not have to travel to get their produce. The client feedback was impressive on the changes we made and we look to expanding this program in 2016. The clients received nutrition education from Michigan State Extension Program to show ways to use Michigan produce they may not be familiar with.
Toddlers’ Emotional Development in Young Families (TEDY)
The Center for the Study of Family Resilience, a research laboratory at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University, has partnered with the ACC WIC to engage families in ongoing research and intervention efforts. Currently, Dr. Erika Bocknek and her research team are investigating indicators of family resilience among toddlers (24-31 month old) children and their families in a research study called Toddlers’ Emotional Development in Young Families (TEDY). Furthermore, this research team is partnering with ACC WIC to investigate variations in the human microbiome that may be impacted by nutrition and health disparities and may further be related to poor outcomes in behavioral and physical health.
Wayne State University – Project Growstrong
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Findings that the prevalence of overweight and obesity has exceeded 27% among 2-5 year-olds for the past decade indicates that not even our youngest children have been spared. Despite these alarming rates of excess weight gain in early childhood, few pediatric obesity treatment studies have focused specifically on preschoolers.
The purpose of Project Grow Strong is to address this need by examining the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a 4-month (14 session) community and home-based preschool weight control intervention for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
WIC is an ideal partner for efforts to eliminate preschool obesity disparities due to providing services to nearly 4.73 million families with children <5 years-old who are living > 185% of the poverty level. Families in our formative study also indicated WIC was an ideal community setting for where to deliver this type of intervention due to familiarity and being a trusted service provider. The goals of the intervention being developed (obesity reduction and prevention) are also consistent with the mission of the WIC program.
The Detroit Health Department
The ACC WIC Program continues to have a partnership with The Detroit Health Department’s Immunization Department to increase the childhood immunization rate to over 80% in the City of Detroit. We are also assisting in getting the Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry(MCIR) updated to reflect our clients immunizations accurately.
The ACC WIC Program has partnered with The Detroit Health Department’s Safe Sleep Program, which provides infant safe sleep classes to Detroit expecting and current parentsand caregivers of newborn infants. Caregivers learn the key safety precautions to prevent sleep-related infant deaths. The goals of the program are as follows: Increase awareness of Infant Safe Sleep practices among Detroit residents, Provide portable cribs (pack n plays) through a sustainable crib bank for Detroit residents and Decrease the number of sleep-related deaths in Detroit.
Dietetic Internship Program
ACC WIC is in its 3rd year of partnering with the University of Michigan School Of Public Health Dietetic Internship. The dietetic interns are placed in the ACC WIC clinics for a 3 week
rotation gaining knowledge regarding the benefits of the WIC Program, as well as the policy’s and procedures WIC staff must follow. They get to see the program in action, observing and completing some hands on work in the area of nutrition education. They gain an awareness of the many programs and partnerships in the community that WIC clients are referred to for resources to improve their health, or the health of their family.
Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition
ACC is an active member of the Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalition which is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education and advocacy.
Health Tips from WIC:
10 Tips to a Healthy Weight
Pregnant and Smoking Flyer
Food Pyramid For Kids Handout
Folic Acid – English / Folic Acid – Arabic
Calcium – English / Calcium – Arabic
Lead Outreach Brochure – Arabic
WIC Program – 7 Mile (Detroit)
111 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit, 48203
WIC Program – Joy (Detroit)
8655 Greenfield Rd., Detroit, 48228
WIC Program – Harper (Detroit)
9641 Harper Ave., Detroit 48213
WIC Program – Lappin (Detroit)
14061 Lappin, Detroit 48205
WIC Program – Highland Park (Wayne Co)
138 Cortland, Room 202C, Highland Park, 48203
WIC Program – River Rouge (Wayne Co)
Walter White School 550 Eaton St., Room 224, River Rouge, 48218
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