“Partnerships like these bring us closer to our goal of being the healthiest County in California by 2020.”
First 5 Sonoma County funded the renovation of space for the Women Infant and Children’s (WIC) program at Petaluma Health Center’s main campus in Petaluma and the new WIC site opened on May 6th, 2015.
The WIC program provides supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
“Ensuring that young children have access to prevention-focused health care, nutritious foods, and wellness opportunities are important components of our strategy to ensure that every child in Sonoma County is Kindergarten-ready,” said Dr. Nurit Licht, MD Petaluma Health Center.
“This alliance between the Petaluma Health Center and the County strengthens the continuum of care and highlights the value of co-locating services in the community,” said Sonoma County 2nd District Supervisor David Rabbitt, who represents Petaluma. “Partnerships like these bring us closer to our goal of being the healthiest County in California by 2020.”
The Petaluma WIC site will see approximately 1,250 families a month, the majority of whom are patients of Petaluma Health Center.
Alfredo Perez, Executive Director, First 5 Sonoma County said, “We were thrilled to support the co-location of Petaluma WIC at the Petaluma Health Center, which is part of our continuing efforts to integrate and improve systems serving young children and their families. Families will be offered one-stop shopping for their health, nutrition, and wellness needs.”
“Families with young children can now see their health care provider and access the wonderful resources that WIC has to offer in the same building. Together we can further strengthen the systems of care that support the health and well-being of families and their children,” said Elisabeth Chicoine, Director of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS).
For more information about the services offered by DHS at the new WIC site please call 707-565-6590.