Nutritional Disorders Telehealth Network Project

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WIC Referral

Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program (WIC)

Background Education for Providers
Adequate and appropriate nutrition is essential for child growth and development. Caregivers may have problems providing their children with the appropriate nutritional foods due to socioeconomic stressors, a lack of resources, or a lack of knowledge about nutrition. Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program (WIC) is a nutritional program that is designed to help pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. To meet these goals, WIC provides women, infants, and children with information about nutrition and healthy eating, breastfeeding, diet assessments, height and weight assessments, iron screenings, and information on community resources. WIC provides nutrition and education counseling to assess the needs of each individual client, in addition to providing referrals to doctors, dentists, and other community resources. Based on their individual needs, Clients will be provided with a monthly WIC check, which they can use at any WIC authorized grocery store, farmer’s market, or pharmacy. Through their participation in WIC, women and children receive the health benefits of a reduction in pre-mature birth weight, low-birth weight, and long-term medical expenses.
WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of five. To qualify for WIC, participants must meet the income guidelines and have a nutritional need (i.e., any medical or nutritional condition that could be improved by enrolling in WIC). Qualification for the program can be determined at the local WIC project. Children are enrolled for 6 months, and they can continue to be re-enrolled through their fifth birthday as long as they demonstrate a nutritional need and meet income guidelines.
Benefits that participants will receive:
  • Women:
    • WIC Foods (i.e., milk, eggs, cheese, cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, peas, tuna fish, carrots, fruit juices, and medical food for special needs)
    • Information on healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding
    • Breastfeeding support
  • Infants:
    • Breastfeeding support or infant formula (i.e., standard and special formulas)
    • Immunization referrals
    • Caregivers receive information on taking care of infants
  • Children up to age 5:
    • WIC foods
    • Immunization referrals
    • Caregivers receive information on food shopping, recipes, and feeding a child
Instructions for Provider
  • Assess for nutritional needs for women with infants or young children.
  • Check income guidelines at
  • Refer families to their local WIC project. The WIC offices will then be able to assess the family’s individual needs. The local WIC projects are listed below:
    • Milwaukee County:
      • West Allis Health Department:                          (414)302-8642
      • Aurora Health Care:                                        (414)219-3210
      • Sixteenth Street Community Health Center:      (414)643-7554
      • Seeds of Health, Inc.                                       (414)385-5611
      • City of Milwaukee Health Department
        • Northwest Health Center:                         (414)286-8820
        • Keenan WIC Project:                               (414)286-8813
        • South Side Health Center:                        (414)286-8821
      • MLK-Heritage Health Center WIC                       (414)372-9029
      • Wee Care Day Care, Inc.
        • North Teutonia Avenue:                            (414)449-8460
        • West Capitol Drive:                                  (414)449-8470
        • West North Avenue:                                 (414)837-8801
      • Cudahy Health Department
        • South Lake Drive:                                    (414)769-2229
        • West Forest Home Avenue:                       (414)329-5243
    • Waukesha County:
      • Waukesha County Health Department:               (262)896-8440
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