Child and Family Health
The Child & Family Health Division includes programs and services to promote a healthy family. Programs and services include linking families to needed community resources such as medical providers, healthcare, parenting programs, and other assistance. Education promotes healthy food choices and nutrition, understanding childhood immunizations, and discussing environmental risks to families. Programs include Childhood Lead Screening, WIC, and Breastfeeding to promote healthy families.
Childhood Lead Screening Program — 309-679-6068
Lead poisoning can be especially harmful to children and to pregnant women. Effects can lead to lower IQ, learning disabilities, and stunted growth, as well as other problems. Children should be tested for lead poisoning at 9-12 months of age and again at 18-24 months of age. Contact your doctor or call us at 679-6068. Lead tests are free for any child age 6 months to 6 years enrolled in Medicaid or WIC; the cost is $20 for children not enrolled in these programs. Remember, no child is safe from the damages of lead poisoning.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutrition Program — 309-679-6076
Good nutrition is very important to pregnant women and to children. Breastfeeding, as nutrition, can also be very beneficial to babies. WIC is a federally funded program that provides nutrition education, health assessments, and supplementary food vouchers to income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women and to families with infants and small children. Good nutrition is essential to healthy families.
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