Three Rivers' Community Health & Nutrition Programs are designed to assure healthy pregnancies and children, especially for those at-risk. In addition to nursing case management, these services also assure that parents have the necessary skills to raise children that are physically, socially and emotionally healthy.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The vision and mission of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is to provide supplemental healthy foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for pregnant, breastfeeding, & non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five, who qualify.
Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many
health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated. For more information on breastfeeding.
FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGLE FOR WIC AND COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION FOR SERVICES to find out if you are eligible for WIC and to complete an online application for services.
Three Rivers Resource Mothers provides education and social support for pregnant and parenting teens. It is supported by both State and Title V funding. The Resource Mothers Program will serve teens through the age of 19 in all ten counties until their child reaches one year old. Goals are:
- Promote and encourage early prenatal care.
- Nutrition education during pregnancy to enhance healthy babies that are born with a normal birth weight
- Family Planning/prevention to delay repeat pregnancy
- Breastfeeding education, encouragement, and counseling
- Completion of High School or GED/Adult Education.
- Connect to Resources available for community assistance including WIC, Medicaid, TANF, and or other applicable services
- Provide information about child development and child safety for a stable and nurturing home environment for a healthy, happy baby.
- Reduce the incidence of infant mortality and low birthweight babies.
- Developmental screening of infants using the Ages & Stages Developmental Screen and early referral to appropriate services if needed.
- Work with teen mom to ensure her baby has immunizations
The Resource Mother will provide transportation to doctor appointments if needed and assist with needed baby supplies.