SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Starting May 1, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) will begin serving families from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays at Children’s Medical Services (CMS), 421 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach.
Services available at the CMS location include the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC), dental care, and child immunizations. WIC is a federally funded supplemental nutrition program for infants and children under age five and for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers.
The department also has begun to provide weekly WIC, dental and clinical services for students at The Chiles Academy, a charter high school in Daytona Beach.
“We are working to make it more convenient for our clients to access our services,” said DOH-Volusia Administrator Patricia Boswell. “It can be difficult for some to find transportation to our health department locations, so we’re actively looking for opportunities to partner with other agencies who have space in the communities where many of our clients live.”
The department has been offering community-based services for several years. For example, the WIC program assists families in Northwest Volusia on Wednesday’s at Family Health Source, a federally qualified health center in Pierson. Dental staff also have offered dental assessments, sealants and dental education countywide to more than 50,000 students in their schools since 2013.
Partnering with agencies not only assists the clients, Boswell said. It also helps public health staff to reach more people who need the department’s services. Boswell said the department is looking for additional innovative ways to serve more residents where they live and at more convenient times.
A complete list of locations and services is online at volusiahealth.com/locations.