The Volusia County Health Department has partnered with the Family Health Source Medical Centers of Northeast Florida Health Services to open a new Special Supplemental Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program office in Pierson. The office began seeing clients on Oct. 3.
“The opening of our new WIC office allows our clients to have access to health care services closer to their homes in the northwest corner of Volusia County,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, acting director of the Volusia County Health Department. “We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a long relationship with the Family Health Source Medical Centers. This is also a major accomplishment for us as it is an important part of our health department’s overall strategic plan.”
The WIC program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk.
More than 10,000 served in Volusia
In Volusia County, the WIC program serves more than 10,000 clients a month at six locations. In addition to Pierson, WIC has offices in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Deltona and DeLeon Springs.
The Pierson WIC office, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, is in the Family Health Source Medical Centers facility at 216 N. Frederick St.
The Family Health Source Medical Centers’ location in Pierson also provides primary health care visits; treatment for acute illnesses; treatment for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis and heart disease; physicals; the Vaccines for Children Program; adult immunizations; and access to local specialist referral system.
The facility serves all ages and has additional locations in DeLand and Deltona.
For more information about the WIC program, call 866-942-3663 or visit www.volusiahealth.com. For details about Family Health Source Medical Centers, visit www.familyhealthsource.org.