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Lawrence County Celebrates new WIC Clinic Opening

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 10:03am

LAWRENCEBURG – Tennessee Department of Health Community Health Services Director Leslie Humphreys, MPA, today joined other state and local officials for the grand opening celebration for the new Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, or WIC, clinic at the Lawrence County Health Department. Renovations at the facility are designed to improve delivery of services to WIC clients.

“WIC is an important resource that provides food security and nutrition education to mothers and children,” said Humphreys. “We are pleased the improvements at the Lawrence County Health Department clinic will allow us to better serve our WIC clients with vital health services in this community.”

The Lawrence County WIC clinic provided nearly 5,700 client encounters in 2012, resulting in more than $1 million in vouchers redeemed in the county.

The Lawrence County Health Department received a $45,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to assist with renovations at the clinic. Improvements have included renovating existing space used for patient intake, counseling and check-out at the facility in Lawrenceburg.

The WIC Special Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federal program designed to provide supplemental food to low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children until the age of five. The program provides nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support and referrals for health care. WIC in Tennessee is administered by the Department of Health. Learn more about the program online at http://health.state.tn.us/wic/index.htm.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. For more information about TDH services and programs, visit http://health.state.tn.us/.

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