Fri, Oct 11: Some WIC offices open 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

In preparation for the new WIC Card, the WIC offices listed below will be open 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM on Friday, October 11, 2019 so staff can attend a morning training. As always, you can schedule a WIC appointment by calling 888-942-2229 or texting APPT to 91997.

Region
City/Neighborhood
WIC Center Address
Friday, October 11Saturday, October 12
WestsideCulver City4700 Inglewood Blvd. Culver City, 90230
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Pico-Robertson1801 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 900352:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Los AngelesHollywood5940 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, 900382:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Los AngelesKoreatown4214 Beverly Blvd. LA, 900042:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Pico Union1637 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, 900062:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Mid-City4100 W. Pico Blvd. LA, 900192:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Westlake/MacArthur2120 W. 8th St. LA, 900572:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
West Adams3667 Crenshaw Blvd. LA, 900162:00 PM - 5:30 PM
South Los Angeles1967 W. Slauson Ave. LA, 900472:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Downtown428 East Washington Blvd. LA, 900152:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Echo Park1311 Glendale Blvd. LA, 900262:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Gardena15212 S. Western Ave. Gardena, 902492:00 PM - 5:30 PM
South BayHawthorne4455 W. 117th St. Hawthorne, 902502:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Athens1836 W. Imperial Hwy. Los Angeles, 900472:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Inglewood975 N. La Brea Ave. Inglewood, 903022:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Lawndale15625 Hawthorne Blvd. Lawndale, 902602:00 PM - 5:30 PM10:00 AM - 2:15 PM

PHFE WIC unveiled the Obama Blvd. WIC Center

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the PHFE WIC Program unveiled the Obama Blvd. WIC Center, formerly known as Rodeo WIC Center. The event also celebrated Black Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Representatives from Holly Mitchell, Karen Bass, and Herb Wesson’s offices spoke to the families who attended, along with Heluna Health CEO Blayne Cutler and PHFE WIC Executive Director Kiran Saluja. Local community organizations like 211 agency, USC Dental, Black Infant Health, and The Children’s Collective were also in attendance, offering onsite services to attendees.

Tonce Jackson, CinnaMoms Co-founder and Health Equity Manager at PHFE WIC, stated, “This day is a success, being from the area, it just feels good to celebrate breastfeeding month, it feels good to celebrate Black breastfeeding week.”

Read the full article at Los Angeles Sentinel: PHFE WIC Unveiled The New Obama Blvd WIC Center Honoring Motherhood, Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week

WIC wraps up their 2019 Farmers’ Market season!

By the WIC Farmers’ Market Team

The hugely successful WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) wrapped up this week. The FMNP is a valuable program that benefits WIC families, local farmers and the community. Between May 15 and August 2, PHFE WIC staff gave out $570,000 worth of fruit and vegetable vouchers to 28,500 WIC participants ($20 per family) at fourteen farmers’ markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

WIC FMNP is an annual program established by Congress in 1992 and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants while promoting the awareness and use of farmers’ markets.

 

Summer 2019 participating farmers’ markets:

A special thanks goes to all of the farmers’ market managers and staff for their support of WIC and another successful FMNP season.

Adams & Vermont Farmers’ Market
Cerritos Farmers’ Market
Downtown Anaheim Farmers’ Market
East Los Angeles Farmers’ Market
Echo Park Farmers’ Market
Gardena Farmers’ Market
La Cienega Farmers’ Market
Monterey Park Farmers’ Market
Pico Rivera Farmers’ Market
Pomona Valley Farmers’ Market
Rosemead Farmers’ Market
Tustin Farmers’ Market
West Covina Farmers’ Market
Wilmington Farmers’ Market

Community collaborators

PHFE WIC teamed up this year with Los Angeles Department of Social Services (DPSS) to offer CalFresh and Medi-Cal enrollments to eligible families onsite at select farmers’ markets.

Many families who went to the farmers’ market for WIC FMNP also had the opportunity to double their cash and CalFresh EBT through the Market Match program, which continues year round at select locations. To find a farmers’ market with Market Match, visit fmfinder.org.

WIC also is working with SEE-LA (Sustainable Economic Enterprises of LA) on their FRESH FUNDS program that matches monthly WIC fruit and vegetable checks up to $10 at the Crenshaw Farmers’ Market at the Baldwin Hills Mall. This program is funded by a generous contribution by the “sweetgreen” salad eatery chain.

What is it like to go to a farmer’s market?

A farmers’ market is an outdoor market with many vendors that have canopies set up where they sell various products such as organic fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, jams, hummus, flowers, as well as cooked food such as tacos, tamales, dumplings, popcorn and more. Some locations even have live music and pet adoptions. Local farmers sell their organic fruits and vegetables at the market and talk to customers about their farms and produce. Many will offer samples, give cooking tips and teach customers to pick produce that is ripe and ready to eat. Going to the farmers’ market can be a fun learning experience for all ages.

FMNP benefits the local economy

In addition to providing healthful foods to WIC participants, FMNP is beneficial to farmers and the local economy. This summer, WIC FMNP drew an extra 100 – 450 families to each farmers’ market on their days of operation, increasing each local farmer’s sales.

WIC will be back

The next WIC FMNP season starts summer 2020. Follow PHFE WIC on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for WIC text messaging to be the first to hear about the Farmers’ Market program and other special events.

Don’t forget!

WIC encourages families who received the $20 vouchers for fruit and vegetables to use them before they expire on November 30, 2019.

The CinnaMoms Summit: Reimagining Black Motherhood

By Sharen Anthony, Morgan Ervin, Pina Hernandez, and Tonce Jackson

Los Angeles, CA. June 26, 2019. PHFE WIC and PHFE CinnaMoms, recognizing the need to address the alarming research indicating that African American mothers and babies are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related death than any other ethnic group in the U.S., held its yearly CinnaMoms Summit event on June 25, 2019.

In an effort to raise awareness of these risks and to equip our mothers and families with information and resources to overcome these tragedies, our Summit’s guest speaker, Dr. Kimberly Gregory, MD MPH., addressed the state of maternal health. She illustrated the staggering number of maternal deaths among African American women: three out of nine maternal deaths are African American women. According to Los Angeles County data, maternal mortality rates among black women (86/100,000) are over four times higher than rates for women overall (18/100,000). Additionally, infant mortality rates are more than twice as high among black women (10/1,000) compared to women overall (4/1,000). The health of a generation is at stake and needs immediate attention from all stakeholders such as health providers, community services providers and families in our communities.

In the CinnaMoms Summit, we created cultural spaces to promote empowerment and self-transformation for our African American women attending. Through the CinnaMoms Program, WIC families come together to share and advocate for breastfeeding, parenting, and health for the entire life course. We created support circles that extended beyond our WIC services to provide encouragement and a safe space to chat about historical feeding practices, perceptions of breastfeeding, the pregnancy journey, and the hospital experience, uniquely designed to support African American moms and families.

CinnaMoms hosted a panel discussion with Jadah Chatterjee, BS, RN, Aretha Jones-Adams, MS, Brandi Jordan, MSW, IBLCLC, Shamiesha Johnson, RN. Prenatal families were supported by a circle of support and affirmation led by Wenonah Valentine of iDream and Marquita Jones of Black Infant Health. The audience engaged in the discussion illustrating the need to continue creating more cultural environments to support our maternal health and infancy related deaths. Numerous agency services were present to offer support to these families. These families experienced a culturally appropriate event to feel the support, concerns and empathy. Other beneficial services were provided at the event such as enrollment in Medical, diapers, and farmers’ market checks for fruits and vegetables.

About PHFE WIC:  WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving approximately 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Currently, over 60% of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services.

About Heluna Health:  Heluna Health is a national leader in providing program and support services to optimize population health. The agency offers a full range of program development, personnel, financial and grant management support to researchers, consortia, government agencies and nonprofits. Visit www.helunahealth.org.

If you would like more information about the topic, please contact Tonce Jackson at (626) 221-2827.

It’s coming! The California WIC Card

Goodbye paper checks, Hello WIC card.

In late November 2019, PHFE WIC centers will begin issuing California WIC Cards to families.  Shopping with the WIC card will be easier than using paper checks.

Flexible shopping
Get your WIC foods as you need them

Easier checkout
Shopping with your WIC Crad will be like using a debit card.

Convenient benefits
Carry all your family’s WIC food benefits on one card!

In addition to the WIC card, we will also have an app! The app allows you to scan foods to verify that they’re WIC authorized and available in your food package.

Click here for more information about the California WIC Card!

Diaper giveaway at WIC!

We are happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Baby2Baby and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide WIC families with diapers for a limited time.  Diaper brands, amounts per package, and sizes vary; and are limited to one pack per child on WIC per month, while supplies last.

Visit one of the following WIC locations.

1st Street WIC: 2798 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90033

8th Street WIC: 2120 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, 90057

117th Street WIC: 4455 W. 117th St. Hawthorne, 90250

Amar WIC: 15942 Amar Rd. City of Industry, 91744

Azusa WIC: 109 W. Sixth St. Azusa, 91702

Baldwin Park WIC: 4239 Maine Ave. Baldwin Park, 91706

Beverly WIC: 277 S. Atlantic Blvd. Los Angeles, 90022

Covina WIC: 1012 Citrus A & B Covina, 91722

Gardena WIC: 15212 S. Western Ave. Gardena, 90249

Garvey WIC: 10016 Garvey Ave. El Monte, 91733

El Sereno WIC: 5130 Huntington Dr. Los Angeles, 90032

Indian Hill WIC: 1460 E. Holt Ave. Pomona, 91767

Industry Hills WIC: 417 S. Azusa Ave. La Puente, 91744

La Cienega WIC: 1801 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035

Maple WIC: 428 E. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, 90015

Obama Blvd. WIC: 3667 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, 90023

Olympic WIC: 4055 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, 90023

Pico Rivera WIC: 8842 E. Whittier Blvd. Pico Rivera, 90660

Slauson WIC: 1967 W. Slauson Ave. Los Angeles, 90047

St. Andrews Place WIC: 1836 W. Imperial Hwy. Los Angeles, 90047

Let your baby set the pace for bottle feeding

Feeding is a great time to nurture your baby.  When you feed your baby at a comfortable pace, baby can let you know, “I need a break” or “I’m full”.  Letting your baby set the pace means less chance of overfeeding, gas, stomach discomfort, and spitting up.

  1. Is baby hungry?  Feed baby when you see hunger cues . . .
    • Keeps hands near mouth
    • Bends arms and legs toward body
    • Makes sucking noises
    • Puckers lips
    • Searches for nipple (roots)
  2. Feed baby.  Here are 5 easy tips to feeding baby . . .
    • Always hold your baby and the bottle when feeding.
    • Hold your baby almost upright.
    • Brush the bottle nipple across baby’s upper lip. Wait for baby’s mouth to open.
    • Hold the bottle in an almost flat position. The nipple will be only partly full. This keeps the milk from pouring into baby’s mouth.
    • Let your baby pause and take breaks every few sucks. Your baby will feed for about 15–20 minutes.
  3. Is baby full?  Don’t try to get your baby to finish the bottle. Watch for fullness cues . . .
    • Sucks slower or stops sucking
    • Relaxes hands and arms
    • Turns away from nipple
    • Pushes away
    • Falls asleep

WIC Celebrates Men and Dads media event at the El Monte Valley WIC center

In honor of Father’s Day and the increasing number of men and dads participating in the WIC program, the El Monte Valley WIC center hosted a special event on June 14, 2019, to celebrate the important role men and dads have in the well-being of their families.

Congresswoman, Grace Napolitano and Supervisor, Grace Huang

The El Monte Valley WIC center hosted the honorable Congresswomen Grace Napolitano, Mayor Pro Tem for the city of El Monte, Jerry Velasco and Sarah Rizvi, staff member for Assemblywomen Blanca Rubio, who all spoke about the importance of men and dads and the WIC program’s nutrition education and support in our community.

(left to right) Kiran Saluja, Jerry Velasco, Juan Luis Banuelos, Wife and Daughter, Grace Napolitano, Cathi Eredia, Ruben Lopez

Congresswomen Grace Napolitano, Sarah Rizvi, from Assembly women Blanca Rubio’s office and Mayor Pro Tem for the city of El Monte, Jerry Velasco, all presented certificates that acknowledged three fathers for their commitment to their families and participation with the WIC program:

  • Juan Luis Banuelos
    Juan is a big part of his wife’s breastfeeding journey. He is supportive and has encouraged her to totally breastfeed their infant. He helps her around the house and attends her WIC appointments with her. When their baby was born, he would bring her to the breastfeeding clinic for the 1st month just to make sure the baby was gaining weight and breastfeeding well. The baby is now 13 months old mom is still totally breastfeeding and dad is still a big part of her journey.
  • Ahsan Chohan
    Ahsan is very helpful during his WIC visits with his wife. He helps mom with the care of the baby, filling out forms and helping check the baby’s weight gain. He is also very supportive of mom and her efforts to breastfeed their baby.

(left to right) Cathi Eredia, Kiran Saluja, Wife and Baby, Grace Napolitano, Ahsan Chohan, Jerry Velasco

  • Hoa Ngo, (Tom)
    Tom has been a Nutritionist at the El Monte Valley WIC center since 5/2/2005.  He has an eight-year-old son who is the highlight of his life. He likes to spend time with his son playing basketball, hiking, throwing a football around and taking a walk in the park or his neighborhood.  According to Tom, the best part of being a dad, is teaching him something new and having him ask numerous questions.

Nutritionist, Hoa Ngo (Tom) and Assemblywoman, Sarah M. Rizvi

The celebration included healthy snacks and drinks provided by WIC, face painting, arts and crafts, and book reading by a Norwood Library, Librarian. Alta Med Dental, Norwood Library, El Monte Library, Spiritt Family Centers, Read Conmigo, and the Foothill Family, joined the celebration and provided their services.

One guest speaker gave a testimonial about the WIC program and about the important role of men and fathers in children’s lives. Mr. Phu Ly, a Vietnamese migrant with Chinese descent, has been working as a WIC Nutrition Assistant at the Rosemead WIC office for the past 20 years. While working at WIC, Mr. Ly earned his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in mathematics at the California State University, Los Angeles.

WIC is here to provide services to ensure our community’s children get a strong and healthy start in life. PHFE WIC is committed to fostering an inclusive and friendly environment for men, fathers, and all other caretakers, parents, and guardians. Research shows children and families do better when fathers and father-like figures are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increase in self-esteem and improves social relationships. The WIC program offers father-friendly materials such as nutrition education classes, nutrition counseling, parenting classes and referrals to additional resources to support the entire the family.

Farmers’ Market Toolkit

Thank you for promoting the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)!

This year PHFE WIC received $570,00.00 worth in FMNP vouchers to issue to 28,500 eligible WIC participants ($20 per family).

During the WIC Farmers’ Market season, help us spread the word by using these images and captions to post on your social media platforms and websites. You can confirm the days and times on: Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is here. Visit a participating FM location! 

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WICFM19 and #PHFEWIC

Optional Captions:

  • The WIC Farmer’s Market program is here! Bring your WIC folder to [NAME] Farmers’ Market on [Dayofweeks] between [WIC FM TIMEFRAME] to claim your FREE $20 for fruits and vegetables! This offer is for PHFE WIC participants only, one per family, once per summer while supplies last! Visit www.phfewic.org for more details, and a list of other participating farmers’ markets! #WICFM19 #PHFEWIC
  • $20 Free fruits and vegetables for WIC Families! Bring your WIC folder and look for the friendly people wearing bright orange at the [NAME] Farmers’ Market on [Dayofweeks] from [WIC FM TIMEFRAME]. This offer is for PHFE WIC participants only, one per family, once per summer while supplies last! Visit www.phfewic.org for more details, and a list of other participating farmers’ markets! #WICFM19 #PHFEWIC
  • WIC Families get $20 FREE fruits and vegetables at the [NAME] Farmers’ Market! Look for the friendly faces wearing bright orange on [Dayofweeks] from [WIC FM TIMEFRAME], and show your WIC folder to claim your free $20. This once-per-summer offer is for PHFE WIC participants only, one per family while supplies last! Visit www.phfewic.org for more details. #WICFM19 #PHFEWIC
  • Hey WIC families! Bring your WIC folder to [NAME] Farmers’ Market on [Dayofweeks] from [WIC FM TIMEFRAME] to claim your free $20 for fruits and vegetables! This offer is for PHFE WIC participants only, one per family while supplies last! Visit www.phfewic.org for more details. #WICFM19 #PHFEWIC

Get vaccinated for the measles

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses on Earth. Every year, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the U.S. from other countries, putting their families and communities at risk, especially babies who are too young to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. So before you travel abroad, be sure you and all your fellow travelers over 12 months old have had your MMR vaccine.

If you have a doctor that you regularly see, talk to them about how you can protect yourself and your family from the measles.

Enter your zip code in the Vaccine Finder for a list of places where you can get vaccinated: www.vaccines.gov/getting/where

Farmers’ Market Program Coming Soon!

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is just a few weeks away! WIC families are eligible to receive Famers’ Market checks (vouchers) to get $20 worth of fresh fruits, vegetables and edible herbs FREE this summer. Keep checking back for updates about when and where you can find us at a farmers’ market near you!

    

The Farmers’ Market program is for a limited time only! To make sure you don’t miss out on your free farmers’ market produce this summer, sign up for WIC text messages (Text your WIC ID to 91997) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

WIC wraps up farmers' market checks vouchers

Watch Ericka’s WIC Story

Ericka was encouraged by a friend to receive WIC during her first pregnancy and had a wonderful experience.  Ericka used the WIC education she received while her son was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Erika’s second pregnancy was overshadowed by depression; her WIC counselor Danielle, noticed Ericka was disengaged. With compassion and encouragement she assisted Ericka in finding solutions to her problems.  Ericka has come full circle with WIC by her side, every step of the way. She now helps and empowers WIC participants that she sees as a WIC staff.

Clementine visits WIC

What a success! Wednesday, February 27, 2019 marked the Clementine Trolley’s first visit to WIC. Clementine is a beautiful mobile food pantry that serves Orange County through Community Action Partnership Orange County and The OC Food Bank. The trolley visited Santa Ana East WIC and was a total success! Clementine provides free food to families and served 55 families during their two hours at WIC. Families received fresh produce, diapers, canned food, frozen ground beef and turkey, organic frozen chicken, and frozen meals that were prepared by a gourmet chef using foods from the food bank. They also gave away brand new books. WIC participants received all of this on top of their WIC benefits!

Don’t miss out the next time Clementine comes to WIC!

Follow @phfewic on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Be a part of the FAMILIA

FAMILIA is a text messaging program that offers tips on family planning, improving nutrition and other health topics. For three months you’ll receive three healthy living texts in English or Spanish. Each message links to the FAMILIA website where you can find more information, apps, videos, and blogs related to the topic.

To sign up, text LAFAMILIA to 55000

Message and data rates may apply.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month® in March

Happy National Nutrition Month! Invest in your health this March by making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here are 10 ways to start.

  1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.
  2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
  3. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  4. Select healthier options when eating away from home.
  5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.
  7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine.
  8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at WIC can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Watch Mark Jones WIC Story

Mark remembers running around the WIC office with his siblings as his mother met with WIC staff. He and his siblings enjoyed choosing WIC foods at the store with his mother, not knowing about the nutritional value the food brought to the family. Fast forward 15 years later, Mark is majoring in Nutrition and decides to apply for an internship at WIC. Mark sees himself in the children at the WIC office, and sees his mother in the women that participate in the WIC program. Mark now serves the same community as a WIC Nutritionist, that his single mother, his siblings, and himself were once a part of many years ago.

WIC is excited to invite you to our prenatal discussions during your WIC appointments!

At each WIC appointment during your pregnancy, we will provide you with personalized pregnancy information. These “in-person” discussions are tailored and specific for each trimester of your pregnancy. Learn about how your baby is growing, how to nourish your baby, and much more!

1st trimester discussion includes:

  • Increasing knowledge towards breastfeeding
  • Barriers and common concerns about breastfeeding
  • Benefits of breastfeeding

2nd trimester discussion includes:

  • When the body starts making breast milk
  • How to breastfeed
  • When to breastfeed

3rd trimester discussion includes:

  • Preparing for breastfeeding in the hospital
  • Ways that family, friends, and doctors can support breastfeeding
  • How WIC supports mothers

See you in the prenatal discussion at your next WIC appointment.

Important News for CalFresh Families

PHFE WIC is pleased to share this good news with families who receive CalFresh benefits.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) announced that the full amount of CalFresh benefits for March will be issued on March 1, 2019 to eligible households, rather than the normal staggered issuance cycle of the first through the tenth of the month. These early benefits are not to be mistaken for additional benefits, and customers are strongly urged to budget their benefits accordingly to ensure that funds are available to purchase food through the month of March.

Read the full DPSS news announcement here:  DPSS Announces Single-Day Issuance of CalFresh Benefits for March

If you or someone you know would like to apply for CalFresh benefits, go to www.GetCalFresh.org and apply in less than 10 minutes.  If approved, you’ll receive your benefits to purchase groceries in 30 days on a Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

FREE tax filing assistance

To find the closest help site, call 1-800-906-9887, OR visit http://caleitc4me.org/get-it/.  Other options include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance. Although sites are not available in every county, you can search for VITA sites on the IRS website by ZIP code, city, or county.

File tax returns for free online and get information about tax filing at TaxACT Online.

#WICSpreadsTheLove

During the month of February, PHFE WIC families are invited to participate in our “Spread the Love” activities and to enter a raffle drawing.

How to enter the raffle:

  • Follow @PHFEWIC on Instagram or Facebook
  • Post a photo of your little one(s) or a healthy homemade spread, using the hashtag #WICSPREADSTHELOVE

Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages for recipe ideas and “like” your favorite.

Try these tasty recipes that were created by our WIC staff last year.

#WICSPREADSTHELOVE

In the news: It’s 2019, Let’s Just Say Out Loud That Breastfeeding Is Hard, by Michelle Faust Raghavan

KPCC’s Health Care Reporter, Michelle Faust Raghavan featured the PHFE WIC program and stories from mothers about how breastfeeding can be challenging.

Read the full article on LAist.com: It’s 2019, Let’s Just Say Out Loud That Breastfeeding Is Hard

MOMS Orange County Names PHFE WIC as 2019 Champion for Babies & Families Awardee

Press Release by MOMS Orange County

Santa Ana, Calif. (January 16, 2019) – PHFE WIC, the largest nonprofit network of WIC centers in the U.S., was honored with MOMS Orange County’s Champion for Babies & Families award at their Santa Ana offices on January 15. MOMS Orange County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low-income pregnant women and young families for more than 26 years, launched the Champion for Babies & Families award in 2018 to honor and celebrate Orange County employers that create working environments which are exceptionally supportive of expectant employees and new families.

“We are honored to present PHFE WIC with our Champion for Babies & Families Award and commend their leadership and commitment to breastfeeding, infant nutrition and support to their employees who are new parents,” said MOMS Orange County CEO Pamela Pimentel, RN.

PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, clearly leads the service sector in best practices in supporting its expecting employees and new parents. All eight WIC centers in Orange County are breastfeeding-friendly work centers with private pumping stations, electric pumps, refrigerators and flexible work time for pumping. Their employee Perinatal Support Program for pregnant and breastfeeding employees includes early pregnancy classes and prenatal support groups. When an employee has a baby, the family has access to a breastfeeding support coach and lactation consultant as employees are encouraged to pump during work hours for baby’s first year. In 2017, 100% of employees initiated breastfeeding and 92% maintained exclusive breastfeeding for their baby’s first year of life.

“As a leader in breastfeeding support services and nutrition education for families, we are thrilled to receive the ‘Champion for Babies & Families Award,’ said Kiran Saluja, MPH, RDN PHFE WIC Executive Director. “Breastfeeding education and support are a core WIC service; not only to the families we serve, but also to our employees who support the families we serve. PHFE WIC is committed to doing whatever it takes to help our staff succeed with healthy pregnancies and exclusive breastfeeding. When our staff is supported and successful, they, in turn, become passionate breastfeeding advocates for our participants. When we take care of our staff, they take care of our participants.”

Epsilon, a division of Alliance Data, was also honored with the 2019 Champion for Babies & Families award. The global marketing company’s Costa Mesa facility takes great measures to support new families and employees who are expecting.

Santa Ana-based MOMS Orange County plans to continue the tradition of honoring employers who go above and beyond to support pregnant employees and new parents. Nominations for the 2020 Champion for Babies and Families award will be accepted beginning in July 2019. For nomination information, please send inquiries to info@momsorangecounty.org.

About MOMS Orange County
MOMS Orange County formed 26 years ago in response to a crisis in access to prenatal healthcare for low-income, at-risk women. Today, MOMS Orange County serves more than 3,200 low-income families annually, directly influencing improvements in birth outcomes, maternal health, and developmental indicators among infants within a highly disadvantaged population.

To learn more about MOMS Orange County, visit www.momsorangecounty.org.

About PHFE WIC: WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. PHFE WIC—a program of Heluna Health is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving over 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Currently, over two-thirds of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services. Learn more at www.phfewic.org and www.helunahealth.org.

Get help finding food assistance

Click on the food locator links below for assistance with finding a food bank, food pantry, and other services that provide meals and groceries near you.

Los Angeles County:  www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator

Orange County:  www.feedoc.org/get-help

Are you a federal worker who has been affected by the partial government shutdown?  Click here for a list of organizations who can help with food assistance.

Federal Government Shutdown and CalFresh Benefits

Early Issuance of February CalFresh Benefits

CalFresh is the name of California’s food assistance program which is funded through Federal SNAP funding.  Due to the federal government shutdown, most households that receive food assistance through the CalFresh Program received their February benefits early.

On the evening of January 14th, a special process was done to issue February CalFresh Benefits early to any family that had certified CalFresh eligibility for February.  Families that were included in the early issuance received their February CalFresh benefits on January 16th.

The best way for families to know if they received their February benefits early, is to check their EBT card balance for a January 15th issuance.  Families that receive an early issuance, need to be aware they have received their February CalFresh benefits and budget accordingly. They will not receive any additional CalFresh benefits in February.  If families have questions, they can contact their local DPSS office for additional information.

The CalFresh EBT System continues to operate, and local Department of Social Services offices will remain open.  For assistance and additional information, CalFresh customers should contact DPSS at (866) 613-3777

New CalFresh Applications will be accepted and processed as usual.  Apply today at www.GetCalFresh.org.


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WIC is OPEN during the shutdown

Here’s what you need to know during the partial government shutdown:

    • WIC REMAINS OPEN DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.  WIC state agencies have enough reserve funding to remain open until the end of March. Please be assured that WIC offices will maintain normal schedule, appointments will not be cancelled, and staff will be available to assist you.
    • WIC AUTHORIZED STORES WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT WIC CHECKS. WIC authorized stores must accept and redeem WIC checks while federal funding is available.
    • WE ENCOURAGE OUR WIC PARTICIPANTS TO CONTINUE TO SHOP WITH THEIR WIC CHECKS. WIC transactions at the grocery stores will be processed normally.

WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION AND WILL SHARE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

Read the full letter from the California Department of Public Health below.

Letter to WIC Directors
Letter to WIC Authorized Vendors

For questions, please call (888) 942-2229 or text us at 91997.

USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February

The USDA announced that full benefits will be available in February for SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs, and Supplemental Nutrition Programs like WIC.

Read the full press release at usda.gov: USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February

Cannabis/Marijuana Use-What you need to know

Recent legalization of recreational cannabis use in California has prompted many questions.  Is it safe to use while pregnant and during breastfeeding?  The California Department of Public Health, PHFE WIC, amongst others do not recommend cannabis or marijuana use for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

To read more about Cannabis, visit our Family Resources page by clicking here.

Proposed Public Charge Rule Change: What Families Need to Know

On October 10, 2018, the federal government published a PROPOSED public charge rule that expands the definition of ‘public charge’.  The new rule is currently NOT in effect.  To learn more about the proposed public charge rule, click here for the What You Need to Know flyer.  A Public Charge 101 resource is also available.

Facts for families:

  • A new PROPOSED public charge rule was published by the federal government on October 10, 2018 that expands the definition of ‘public charge’. The new rule is currently NOT in effect. A 60-day comment period is open until December 10, 2018, which allows everyone to comment before the government finalizes this rule.
  • WIC is NOT included in the proposed new rule. This means that the proposed rule does NOT include WIC in the expanded public charge test.
  • Some new public benefits that could be included as part of the public charge test include most Medi-Cal (Medicaid) programs, CalFresh (SNAP), and housing subsidies, among others.
  • The proposed rule is NOT retroactive. That means the only benefits that will be considered are those that you receive AFTER the rule goes into effect.
  • The proposed rule states that benefits received by U.S. citizen children will NOT directly affect their parent’s public charge determination.  Please seek legal advice if you have questions, as each case is different.
  • Not all immigrants are affected by the proposed public charge rule change.  Some groups that are exempt from the public charge test include green card holders applying for citizenship, refugees, asylees, survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or other serious crimes, and several other groups.
  • Every immigration case is unique and families should talk to legal experts.

Please seek legal advice for your family, as each case is unique. Legal resources for Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County residents are available HERE.

A 60-day comment period is open until December 10, 2018, which allows everyone to comment before the government finalizes this rule. The federal government is specifically asking the public for comment on this proposed rule, and we encourage everyone to do so HERE.

For more information on the proposed rule and instructions for sending comments, visit:
www.ProtectingImmigrantFamilies.org
www.frac.org/PublicCharge
www.nwica.org/Immigration-Resources

Add more food dollars to you budget with CalFresh

CalFresh is a monthly benefit that assists with adding food dollars to your budget and spending less money out of pocket.

If you find it hard to afford healthy and nutritious foods for you and your family, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you.

Apply in less than 10 minutes to see if you qualify at GetCalFresh.org!

Use your WIC Farmers’ Market checks today!

Shop at your local Farmers’ Market (FM) today with your WIC Farmers’ Market (FM) checks.  Remember, FM checks expire November 30, 2018.

Click here to search for a list of WIC-authorized Farmers’ Markets near you.

Here are some things to remember when shopping with your WIC FM checks.

What you CAN buy with your FM checks:
Fruits
Vegetables
Cut edible herbs

(Organic is allowed)

What you CANNOT buy with your FM checks:
Honey
Eggs
Nuts
Flowers
Baked Goods
Dried Fruits
Plants
Meat / Fish

You can also view this information, by clicking on the Farmers’ Market app here.


Did you know Market Match doubles your money for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for families receiving WIC, CalFresh, and SSI?  Click here to view how it works.

Take advantage of Market Match at participating FM for your upcoming holiday meals!

Have you registered to vote?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6!

Click here to register to vote online.

Don’t remember if you are registered to vote?  Check your voter registration status here.

You can also ask your local WIC center for a voter registration card.  If you need help filling it out and/or mailing the card, let us know and we will assist you.

The deadline to register online is Monday, October 22.

To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 22.

Register now so that your vote counts!

WIC wraps up another successful Farmers’ Market season!

By Karen Dela Cruz

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) wrapped up this week! FMNP is a valuable program that benefits WIC families, local farmers, and the community. Between June 14 and August 20, PHFE WIC gave out $570,000 worth of fruit and vegetable vouchers to 28,500 WIC participants ($20 per family) at sixteen farmers’ markets in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

WIC FMNP is an annual program established by Congress in 1992 and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants while promoting the awareness and use of farmers’ markets.

             

Summer 2018 participating farmers’ markets:

Special thanks to all of the farmers’ market managers and staff for their support of WIC and accommodation to make this a successful FMNP season.

Adams & Vermont Farmers’ Market
Alhambra Farmers’ Market
Crenshaw Farmers’ Market
Cerritos Farmers’ Market
Downtown Anaheim Farmers’ Market
Downtown Santa Ana Farmers’ Market
East Hollywood Farmers’ Market
East Los Angeles Farmers’ Market
Echo Park Farmers’ Market
Gardena Farmers’ Market
Kaiser Harbor City Farmers’ Market
La Cienega Farmers’ Market
Placentia Farmers’ Market
Pomona Valley Farmers’ Market
Rosemead Farmers’ Market
West Covina Farmers’ Market

Community collaborators

PHFE WIC teamed up this year with Los Angeles Department of Social Services (DPSS) and Orange County Department of Social Services to offer CalFresh and Medi-Cal enrollments to eligible families onsite at select farmers’ markets. Champions for Change also joined WIC at several farmers’ markets to spread healthy messages to families.

Many families who went to the farmers’ market for WIC FMNP also had the opportunity to double their cash, CalFresh EBT, or WIC fruit and vegetable voucher up to $20 through the Market Match program, which continues year round at select locations. To find a farmers’ market with Market Match, visit fmfinder.org.

What is it like to go to a farmer’s market?

A farmers’ market is an outdoor market with many vendors that have canopies set up where they sell various products such as organic fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, jams, hummus, flowers, as well as cooked food such as tacos, tamales, dumplings, popcorn, and more. Some locations even have live music and pet adoptions. Local farmers sell their organic fruits and vegetables at the market, and talk to customers about their farms and produce. Many will offer samples, give cooking tips, and teach customers to pick produce that is ripe and ready to eat. Going to the farmers’ market can be a fun learning experience for all ages.

         

FMNP benefits the local economy

In addition to providing healthful foods to WIC participants, FMNP is beneficial to farmers and the local economy. This summer, WIC FMNP drew an extra 100 – 450 families to each farmers’ market on their days of operation, increasing each local farmer’s sales.

WIC will be back

The next WIC FMNP season starts summer 2019. Follow PHFE WIC on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for WIC text messaging to be the first to hear about the Farmers’ Market program and other special events.

Don’t forget!

WIC encourages families who received the $20 vouchers for fruit and vegetables to use them before they expire on November 30, 2018.

WIC Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week!

Breastfeeding: The Foundation of Life

The PHFE WIC program is committed to promoting breastfeeding and support our participants’ breastfeeding goals. This August 2018, PHFE WIC joins the World Breastfeeding Week campaign to inform people about how breastfeeding affects nutrition, food security and poverty reduction. Breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers.

Here are some of the activities you can look forward to at PHFE WIC offices all August long. Activities may vary by location.

Diaper bag raffle! All exclusively breastfeeding participants are welcome to enter a raffle for a diaper bag filled with onesies, bibs, books, and more!

Certificates for breastfeeding moms with your baby’s foot or hand print.


Certificates for dads of breastfeeding babies and for families with breastfeeding toddlers.


Fun photo opportunities for breastfeeding families. Post your photo to social media using the hashtag #WBW2018!

Coloring sheets for children.

“Spin the wheel” game. All children are welcome to spin the wheel and win a small prize!

August Breastfeeding Support Groups

Date and Time
WIC Center and Address
Language(s)
August 14 at 10:00am
La Mirada WIC
English
August 14 at 11:00am
Pico Place WIC
Spanish
August 15 at 11:00am
San Pedro WIC
English and Spanish
August 15 at 11:30am
El Monte Valley WIC
English and Spanish
August 15 at 12:00pm
Baldwin Park WIC
English, Spanish,
Chinese, and Vietnamese
August 15 at 12:30pm
North Pomona WIC
English and Spanish
August 16 at 10:00am
8th Street WIC
English and Spanish
August 16 at 10:00am
Bellflower WIC
Spanish
August 16 at 10:00am
La Mirada WIC
Spanish
August 16 at 10:00am
Santa Ana West WIC
Spanish
August 16 at 11:00am
Culver City WIC
English and Spanish
August 16 at 2:00pm
Santa Ana West WIC
Vietnamese
August 16 at 2:30pm
Bellflower WIC
English
August 21 at 10:30am
Normandie WIC
Korean
August 23 at 10:00am
La Habra WIC
Spanish
August 23 at 2:30pm
La Habra WIC
English
August 24 at 10:30am
Placentia WIC
English and Spanish

WIC Celebrates Fathers

By Jorge Bazan Brito, RDN; and Mark Jones II, RDN

In honor of father’s day and the increasing number of men and fathers participating in the WIC program, two PHFE WIC offices (117th St. WIC and Washington WIC) hosted special events on June 27 and 29, 2018 celebrating the important role of fathers.

Washington WIC center hosted Congressman Jimmy Gomez, who spoke about the importance of the WIC program’s nutrition education and support in our community.

(left to right) Pina Hernandez, Jorge Bazan Brito, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Kiran Saluja, Samar McGregor

Congressman Gomez presented a congressional certificate that acknowledged five fathers for their commitment to their families and participation with the WIC program:

  • Alex, a loving stay at home dad, is not afraid of rocking matching nail polish with his daughter.
  • Julian, a brand new dad, has been highly involved at each appointment and acting as primary support and caregiver to his wife and newborn.
  • Musie has been part of the WIC family since 2012 and has not missed a single appointment. He helps translate and interpret information at appointments for his wife.
  • Eduardo, whose parents participated in the program when he was a child and now is part of the program for his daughter, walks into the WIC center prepared with parenting and nutrition questions.
  • Victor, a phenomenal husband and father of four (and one on the way), takes an active role in parenting, school meetings, grocery shopping, and cooking.

(left to right) Eduardo Ambriz, Musie Kahsay, Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Julian Reyes, Jorge Bazan Brito, Kiran Saluja

Ruben Lopez, Victor Barrientos, Jorge Bazan Brito

117th  St. WIC center hosted Robert Pullen-Miles, District Director for Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, who spoke about the importance of Fatherhood and the WIC program’s contribution to fathers in need.

Robert Pullen-Miles presented a certificate that acknowledged a grandfather for his commitment and dedication to his family and participation on the WIC Program for over fifteen years.

  • Michael, a grandfather who has served as the caregiver to his grandchildren, has participated on the WIC program for over 15 years.

Councilman Robert Pullen-Miles honors Michael Wright

The celebration included healthy snacks and drinks provided by WIC, carnival games, a beach ball activity, and arts and crafts. Eisner Dental, Los Angeles County DPSS (Cal Fresh), LIFT, Project Fatherhood, Life Coaching and Fatherhood Principles, Families Uniting Families, D.A.D. Project, and 1736 Family Crisis Center joined the celebration and provided their services.

Three guest speakers gave testimonials about the WIC program and about the important role of men and fathers in children’s lives. Lieutenant Robbie Williams received WIC as a youth and spoke about the importance of the WIC program to his family and so many other families in need. Mark Jones II spoke about his early experience on WIC as a child. Mark is now the supervisor at 117th St. WIC. Andy Linares’s parents participated in the WIC program when he was a child, and he now is a graduate from CSUN with a double major in Consumer Affairs and Central American Studies. Carlos Tejeda, a Professor at CSULA, received the support of WIC during his PhD studies. Daniel Polanco, a single dad of a 9 year old daughter and co-executive director of the D.A.D. Project, spoke about how the WIC program provides additional support for young fathers.

Lieutenant Robbie Williams, Mark Jones II, and Guest

WIC is here to provide services to ensure our community’s children get a strong and healthy start in life. PHFE WIC is committed to fostering an inclusive and friendly environment for men, fathers, and all other caretakers, parents, and guardians. Research shows children and families do better when fathers and father-like figures are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increase in self-esteem and improves social relationships. The WIC program offers father-friendly materials such as nutrition education classes, nutrition counseling, parenting courses, and referrals to additional resources to support the entire the family.

In Partnership with Univision…

In Partnership with Univision:
When having a ‘bundle of joy’ does not feel so joyful after all:
recognizing perinatal and postpartum depression

This summer, we’re partnering with Univision Contigo to promote “Una Vida Mas Saludable,” sharing ideas and tips for living a healthier life. In this article, we focus on the mental health of new mothers and the resources available to help them overcome perinatal depression.

This article was originally published on Univision.com: leer en español >

By Dr. Blayne Cutler, President and CEO, Heluna Health

The experiences of becoming pregnant and having a child can often come with many surprises. A variety of new questions begin to run through the mind of a mom-to-be, “What will my child look like?” “Will my child be healthy?” “How do I find the best doctor?” Even with the best planning, most expecting mothers know that parenting is full of unpredictable events. But when the surprise of experiencing deep sadness or intense worry hit during a time they’ve been told should be one of pure joy and excitement, the unexpected can become overwhelming. These feelings may be more than the typical “baby blues”, which is a normal adjustment period after birth that can last for approximately one to two weeks.

Beyond the baby blues

New mothers experiencing prolonged symptoms of sadness, anxiety, intense worry, frequent crying or lethargy for more than two weeks after the birth of their baby may be experiencing postpartum depression. Perinatal (during pregnancy) and postpartum (after birth) depression can affect pregnant women and new mothers up to the first year after a child’s birth. Experiencing hopelessness, intense anger, anxiety and loss of appetite are just some of the symptoms of depression. Experiencing these symptoms can make new mothers feel very alone and sometimes prevent them from seeking the help they need. In fact, depression is one of the most frequent complications of pregnancy, affecting 10-20%* of expecting mothers and those who have recently given birth. It may also be a surprise that one in 10 new dads is affected by depression, as well.

Know the signs and speak up

When it comes to ensuring that women and families receive the care they need, empowering women to advocate for themselves at the doctor’s office is extremely important. Since many health care providers may not screen for perinatal and postpartum depression during regular visits, speaking up can save a woman’s life and the life of her baby. Knowing the signs of depression and deciding to get help are the first, and often the most important, steps.

At Heluna Health’s PHFE WIC program, the largest nonprofit network of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers in the U.S., we often see pregnant women and new moms between doctor’s visits, as we administer our services. Each month, PHFE WIC serves over 200,000 women and their families with nutrition education, breastfeeding support, links to family resources, and vouchers for healthy foods. WIC counselors see mothers in the days and weeks immediately after giving birth, and continue to follow up on a mother’s health for months after delivery. During regular nutrition education or breastfeeding support visits, our team members often hear about the challenges and emotional struggles that our families are facing. Staff members are trained to make referrals that can help new mothers and fathers obtain the critical support they need. Public health nutrition programs like WIC play a vital role in supporting an integrated approach to caring for new parents and their growing families.

Getting help

The good news is that perinatal and postpartum depression are treatable. Additionally, there are many tools available to help expectant parents better understand what to look out for, like this resource: 6 signs every mom and mom-to-be should know about perinatal depression. Becoming a parent can be both wonderful and challenging. If you are feeling significantly different that you thought you might feel about the experience, seek help and don’t feel ashamed…the odds are in your favor that it will get better.

If you or someone you know may be affected by perinatal or postpartum depression, please call or text this helpline, available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish:

Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD)
Text 503-894-9453

Dr. Blayne Cutler is a public health physician, writer and the President and CEO of Heluna Health.

Citation:
*Stewart, D.E., Robertson, E., Dennis, C-L., Grace, S.L., & Wallington, T. (2003). Postpartum depression: Literature review of risk factors and interventions.
http://www.who.int/mental_health/maternal-child/maternal_mental_health/en/

Leer en español en Univision.com >

Speak Up When You’re Down

SPEAK UP WHEN YOU’RE DOWN

6 THINGS
EVERY NEW MOM & MOM-TO-BE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PERINATAL DEPRESSION

 

1.  Perinatal depression is common.

It is, in fact, the number one complication of pregnancy.  In the US, 15% to 20% of new moms, or about 1 million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and some studies suggest that number may be even higher.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Perinatal depression can affect any woman regardless of age, income, culture or education.

2.  You may experience some of these symptoms

  • Feelings of sadness.
  • Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy.
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
  • Panic attacks, nervousness, and anxiety.
  • Excessive worry about your baby.
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.
  • Fearing that you can’t take care of your baby.
  • Feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
  • Difficulty accepting motherhood.
  • Irrational thinking; seeing or hearing things that are not there.

Some of the ways women describe their feelings include:
I want to cry all the time.
I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster.
I will never feel like myself again.
I don’t think my baby likes me.
Everything feels like an effort.

3.  Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy, and up to the child’s first year.

Baby blues, a normal adjustment period after birth, usually lasts from 2 to 3 weeks.  If you have any of the listed symptoms, they have stayed the same or gotten worse, and you’re 5 to 6 weeks postpartum, then you are no longer experiencing baby blues, and may have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

4.  You did nothing to cause this.

You are not a weak or bad person.  You have a common, treatable illness.  Research shows there are a variety of risk factors that may impact how you are feeling, including your medical history, how your body processes certain hormones, the level of stress you are experiencing, and how much help you have with your baby.  What we do know is, THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT.

5.  The sooner you get treatment, the better.

Recent studies show that your baby’s well-being and development are directly tied to your physical and emotional health.  You deserve to be healthy, and your baby needs a healthy mom in order to thrive.  Don’t wait to reach out for HELP.  It is available.

6.  There is help for you.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs help.  NOW is the time to reach out to a caring professional, who is knowledgeable about perinatal depression, and who can help you through this time of crisis.  He or she can understand the pain you are experiencing and guide you on the road to recovery.  Contact Postpartum Support International, 1.800.944.4773 or www.postpartum.net, for referrals and support near you.


LOS ANGELES COUNTY PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org

For referrals and resources, call 211 or 1.800.944.4773 | www.postpartum.net
or contact your healthcare provider


Adapted from Postpartum Progress, www.postpartumprogress.com
Printing generously provided by the Los Angeles Community Child Abuse Councils.


Fathers Awareness Day at 117th St. WIC

WHO:             Kiran Saluja, PHFE WIC Executive Director
Mark Jones ll, RD and WIC Supervisor
Carlos Tejada, Professor
Robbie Williams, LT. Hawthorne Police Department
Donald Williams III, Executive Director D.A.D Project
Robert Pullen-Miles, District Director, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, 62nd District
Michael Wright, recognized as WIC Dad

WHAT:            Fathers Awareness Day at WIC

WHEN:            Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:         4455 W. 117th St. Hawthorne, CA 90250

WHY:              Research shows that children and families do better when fathers are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increased self-esteem and improved relationships with peers, while parents feel less stress when they support each other and co-parent. The PHFE-WIC program is committed to creating a “male- friendly” environment by including men and fathers in all aspects of WIC participation.  All male caregivers are invited to attend nutrition education classes, included in nutrition counseling sessions, provided with referrals to local community agencies and given healthy and nutritious WIC foods in order to empower them to take an active role in the lives of their children and families. We also connect them with additional resources such as Cal Fresh, Head Start program, dental services and more.

Because of the noticeable fathers increased participation in the WIC Program, we are actively seeking ways to meet the unique needs of the fathers and father figures accessing our services.  In observance of Father’s Day month, all fathers and male caregivers of children under the age of five are welcomed and encouraged to enroll and bring their children to WIC appointments.

PARKING NOTE:  Parking will be available in the parking lot off of 116th Street, and street parking is available on 116th Street, 117th Street, and Grevillea Ave.

About PHFE WIC:  WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.  PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving over 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  Currently, over two-thirds of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services.

About Heluna Health: Heluna Health is a national leader in providing program and support services to optimize population health.  The agency offers a full range of program development, personnel, financial and grant management support to researchers, consortia, government agencies and nonprofits.  Visit www.helunahealth.org.

Fathers Awareness Day at Washington WIC

WHO:              Kiran Saluja, PHFE WIC Executive Director
Jorge Bazan Brito, RD and WIC Supervisor
Alex Alpharaoh, award-winning stage and film actor, writer, director, producer and spoken-word performer TBC
Jimmy Gomez, Congressman, 34th District
WIC father to be recognized with a certificate

WHAT:            Fathers Awareness Day at WIC

WHEN:            Friday, June 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:         1637 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90006

WHY:              Research shows that children and families do better when fathers are involved. Children exhibit better school performance, increased self-esteem and improved relationships with peers, while parents feel less stress when they support each other and co-parent. The PHFE-WIC program is committed to creating a “male- friendly” environment by including men and fathers in all aspects of WIC participation.  All male caregivers are invited to attend nutrition education classes, included in nutrition counseling sessions, provided with referrals to local community agencies and given healthy and nutritious WIC foods in order to empower them to take an active role in the lives of their children and families. We also connect them with additional resources such as Cal Fresh, Head Start program, dental services and more.

Because of the noticeable fathers increased participation in the WIC Program, we are actively seeking ways to meet the unique needs of the fathers and father figures accessing our services.  In observance of Father’s Day month, all fathers and male caregivers of children under the age of five are welcomed and encouraged to enroll and bring their children to WIC appointments.

PARKING NOTE:  Parking will be available on Berendo Street and Washington Blvd.

About PHFE WIC:  WIC is the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.  PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, is the largest local agency WIC Program in the nation, serving over 200,000 participants each month in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.  Currently, over two-thirds of all infants born in LA County receive WIC services.

About Heluna Health: Heluna Health is a national leader in providing program and support services to optimize population health.  The agency offers a full range of program development, personnel, financial and grant management support to researchers, consortia, government agencies and nonprofits.  Visit www.helunahealth.org.