WIC celebrates 40 years of strengthening families | TheUnion.com

WIC celebrates 40 years of strengthening families

​Established in 1974, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), has been helping women become confident parents of healthy children for 40 years, according to the Friday memo issued by Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey.

At WIC, moms learn to eat healthy while pregnant or breastfeeding, learn to shop for and cook healthy meals, receive benefits for healthy foods, get breastfeeding support through peer counselors and lactation consultants, attend nutrition classes, make social connections with other new parents, and receive referrals for other services the family may need like prenatal care, immunizations, and dental care.

WIC serves one in every two babies born in the U.S. in over 10,000 locations across the country. Here in Nevada County there are WIC offices in Grass Valley and Truckee, and on average they serve more than 1,500 moms and babies per month.

Nevada County Roads maintenance activities

The Nevada County Roads Maintenance Division is responsible for the condition and safety of the county’s roads.

In August, the division completed the countywide pavement preservation project. That work entailed chip sealing roads which were evaluated as most needing repairs.’

In September and October, the roads maintenance crews will complete shoulder preservation and asphalt patching projects while the weather still allows those activities.

In particular, asphalt patching needs to be completed before the local asphalt plants close for the winter. Over the next week, Nevada County road maintenance crews will be working on North Bloomfield for shoulder maintenance and asphalt patching, You Bet Road for asphalt patching, Walker Drive and Adam Avenue for asphalt patching, Donner Summit area for shoulder maintenance, Pleasant Valley Road for shoulder maintenance and slide cleanup, Duggans Road for brushing, and countywide for pavement stenciling on chip seal roads.

Health, Human Services Agency staff meets

The Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency hosted its Annual All Staff Meeting last Friday in Grass Valley.

This year, the meeting agenda focused on engaging staff and generating ideas on how the agency can better integrate the services it provides to tens of thousands of residents each year.

The Health and Human Services Agency includes the Departments of Social Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Child Support, Collections and Housing and Community Services.

Last year, the agency completed its first-ever strategic plan, which identified improving integration of client services as one of the Agency’s top priorities.

Close to 200 staff attended this year’s annual meeting, which included an exercise where staff worked in interdisciplinary teams to answer the question, “How can we work in a more integrated fashion to strengthen the families we serve and help them cope better with the obstacles in their lives?”

The teams generated dozens of creative ideas that will be assessed and integrated into the agency’s strategic planning work plan.

For more information, contact Stewart Knox, Agency Director at 530-470-2562.

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