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To safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing  information on healthy eating, nutritious foods to supplement diets, and referrals to health care.
  Who We Are
WIC is administered through USDA with funding coming through the Oregon State Health Division. OSHD provides grants to community programs to provide services in local areas. Umatilla-Morrow WIC receives their funding through Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start. Our program is one of two programs in the state that does not receive their funding through the County Health Department.

What are the Qualifications?  
An income within the WIC income guidelines.  A participant may be adjunctively income eligible if receiving benefits from either the Food Stamp Program; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Being a resident of Umatilla, Morrow County, or Gilliam counties.

Proof of income, identity, and residency must be provided each time they are screened for eligibility for WIC services.

A nutritional or medical risk which will be reevaluated every six months.

What Services are Provided?
  • Screening for anemia, poor growth patterns, inadequate diet and other health problems and needs. Screening appointments are to occur within 20 days of application.  If the applicant is pregnant or a migrant farm worker or family member of a migrant farm worker, screening should occur within 10 days of application.
  • Nutrition counseling and education to relate good nutrition to their health and dietary habits; nutrition education is provided either one-on-one or in class setting. A Registered Dietitian is available for High Risk Counseling.
  • Nutritious foods to improve nutrition related medical problems; a food package is developed based on identified needs during nutrition assessment,
  • Referral to other health or social services when needs are identified, i.e., ESD, food banks, County Health Dept., OHP.
  • Clinic sites in Hermiston, Pendleton, and Milton-Freewater. 
  • The Heppner clinic is open on the first Tuesday of each month, and the last Tuesday every other month starting in January. 
  • The Boardman clinic is open on Thursday
  • The Umatilla clinic is open on Tuesday.
  • Fossil is open the third Thursday of every other month starting in February.

This year our caseload has increased to 4,438.

 

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