Excelsior Springs Welcomes New WIC Extension Clinic to Support Local Families

The Clay County Public Health Department is excited to announce the opening of a new WIC Extension Clinic in Excelsior Springs, aimed at supporting the nutritional needs of low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and young children. Located within the newly opened Swope Health office at the Excelsior Springs Early Education Center on 500 N Jesse James Rd, this clinic is set to enhance the well-being of the community.

The Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC) is a vital initiative that promotes healthy eating and nutrition education among eligible participants. It offers a range of services including free supplemental food through an eWIC card, nutrition education and counseling, health screenings and risk assessments, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to medical and other community resources.

Eligibility for the WIC program is determined based on nutritional risk and income, with assistance available to those with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. The program caters not only to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women but also to infants and children up to the age of five. Fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers are encouraged to enroll eligible children under their care, emphasizing the program’s inclusive approach to community health.

The benefits of enrolling in WIC are significant. Data indicates that pregnant women who participate in the program are more likely to have healthier babies, experience fewer infant deaths, seek prenatal care earlier, and maintain better dietary habits. The program also provides a breastfeeding peer counselor to support new and expectant mothers through their breastfeeding journey, offering guidance and encouragement.

To apply for WIC, interested individuals can complete an online interest form or contact the WIC staff directly at 816-595-4358 for eligibility information and application guidance. Required documentation includes proof of identification, income, and residency, ensuring a smooth enrollment process for all applicants.

The Clay County Public Health Department’s collaboration with Swope Health to establish the WIC Extension Clinic in Excelsior Springs is a testament to the community’s commitment to the health and nutrition of its most vulnerable members. By providing essential support and resources, the clinic aims to foster a healthier future for families in Clay County.

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