ACOG-WIC Partnership

 

Learn How WIC’s Community Resources Can Help Your Patients

As a busy physician, it’s important to be able to extend patient services without extending office hours. You may be surprised—did you know that partnering with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) can help you provide follow-up and care continuity for patients?

WIC is the nation’s most successful public health nutrition program. It can also improve your patients’ knowledge of—and access to—food sources and community resources for a healthy pregnancy lifestyle.

An Innovative Partnership

Over the past three years, ACOG has worked with the National WIC Association (NWA) and 32 local WIC agencies on the Community Partnership for Healthy Mothers and Children (CPHMC).*

CPHMC aims to reduce and prevent chronic disease by improving access to healthy food environments and disease prevention and management services such as WIC. The results: increased access to care and enhanced referral mechanisms reaching more than 25,000 people. CPHMC also encouraged new systems, policies, and environmental improvements related to breastfeeding initiatives, cultural competency trainings, and healthy foods promotions.

Participating physicians like Dr. Junith M. Thompson, an ob-gyn provider in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who served on the CPHMC leadership team, saw the benefits firsthand.

“Providers can be a voice of influence and encourage patients to set healthy goals,” Thompson said. “People tend to listen to doctors, especially as a voice of influence, and the collaborative efforts of health care providers and community leaders is of paramount importance in achieving a successful outcome."

Read the following success stories to learn more about CPHMC’s impact:

Now it’s your turn to help sustain the momentum and apply the lessons learned to your community!

What You Can Do

Learn more about WIC. 

Gain a better understanding of this credible—and incredible—program!

WIC helps your patients:

  • Get prenatal care earlier
  • Deliver healthier babies
  • Receive support for breastfeeding
  • Transform eating habits and implement healthy lifestyles

WIC also provides screening and referrals for health care and social services such as smoking cessation, substance abuse counseling, and immunizations. Read more about WIC at www.signupwic.com.

Refer your patients to WIC. 

Encourage your patients to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their families in communities where they live, work, and play. 

Refer your patients to WIC with these referral slips.  

Connect with WIC.

Encourage your patients to learn more about WIC!

Patients can call 1-844-599-9714 or visit www.signupwic.com to learn more.

*Made possible with funding from the National WIC Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and does not necessarily represent the views of CDC.

 
 

 
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