Women, Infants & Children2020-09-11T15:29:52+00:00

WIC is a food assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well and stay healthy. The Women, Infant, and Children program is open to any Illinois resident meeting income guidelines and many medical card recipients are eligible. WIC offers services to pregnant women, postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 (including foster children). If found eligible, you will receive valuable food coupons to purchase healthy foods for your family, such as milk, cheese, bread, eggs, juice, fruits, veggies, dry beans or peas, peanut butter, baby foods, and baby cereals. If you are unable to breastfeed we can assist with formula supplementation.

General Practice

The WIC Program Offers:

Nutrition assessment and counseling– Our Certified Health Professionals will offer health and nutritional information tailored to your needs, to help you and your family eat well and be healthy. They will complete a nutrition assessment with each participant and offer advice and medically proven guidance on how to achieve optimal health. Services offered include health and developmental screenings; personalized 1:1 nutrition education; counseling for pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, postpartum mothers, and families with newborns up to age 5. Clients are also provided referrals for any services the Edgar County Public Health Department is unable to offer, to assist them in every aspect of their new journey as a parent. WIC makes it possible for the clients to purchase healthy foods that follow the “My Plate” recommendations from the USDA for a healthy balanced diet. Each WIC client receives valuable food vouchers to supplement their nutrition. These vouchers offer foods from each section of the “My Plate.

Weight monitoring– We will weigh you, your infant, and/or child at any time to help monitor and ensure you are on track for a healthy pregnancy and that your infant and/or child are gaining weight appropriately. Many new moms worry that their new baby may not be gaining enough weight. We can ease your mind, just stop in and ask for a weight check.

Iron testing– this is completed with a single fingerstick to determine if your iron levels are low, causing you to be anemic.

Breastfeeding education & Support– Our office has 2 Certified Lactation Consultants on staff waiting to assist you on your breastfeeding journey. We also offer breastfeeding preparation classes, along with ongoing assistance once the baby is delivered. If a breast pump is needed we can assist you in obtaining a pump through Medicaid or offer referrals to a durable medical provider for private insurance claims. Some babies may need an extended stay at the hospital after delivery. Those mothers may need a hospital grade breast pump to assist with milk supply, until the baby can latch. We can offer a loaner pump program to assist those mothers until their baby comes home.

About ECPHD's WIC Program:

Number of Active WIC participants

Number of completed WIC Certifications

Number of WIC individual educations

Number of active FCM participants

Our WIC and Family Case Management staff are dedicated to serving the families of Edgar County by providing much-needed services to help these families achieve optimal health. Although we saw an increase in the number of clients served in 2019, we know there are many more eligible clients living in Edgar county that did not access our services. We will continue to strive to increase knowledge and awareness about our WIC/FCM services, knowing that those that do choose to participate are leading healthier lives because they are more educated on how to make wise food choices for their families.

WIC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

Latest ECPHD WIC News

Back to School Shot Clinic

ECPHD is hosting a Back to School Shot Clinic for those who are needing required immunizations to return to school. It will be held on August 9, 2021, from 1:00 - 6:00 PM @ the Edgar County Public Health Department. Please call 217-466-3571 for an appointment.   

Housing-Utility Assistance

There are many opportunities for families who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need rental/utility assistance. Below is a link to the Illinois Department of Human Services webpage with a list of various programs and resources available. Please feel free to share with anyone that needs this information. https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29723

Masks are required for entry to ECPHD

You must bring your own mask and wear it properly upon entry to the Edgar County Public Health Dept. If you do not bring a mask, we may not be able to see you for your appointment.


How do I make an appointment?2020-07-16T17:21:12+00:00

Please give us a call at 217-465-2212 or stop by at 502 Shaw Ave. Paris, Il 61944.

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