Clients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis at these walk-in clinics, which take place at the Job Center Building, 10002 Glacier Highway (out past Don Abel). The last two walk-in clinics of 2007 are from noon- 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and on Monday, Dec. 3. The first several clinics of 2008 take place from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4; Friday, Feb. 1; Monday, March 3; Tuesday, April 1; Friday, May 2; and Monday, June 2.
"Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for clients to access our services," said Susan Hennon, SEARHC WIC Program Coordinator and registered dietitian. "If a client is eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, Denali KidCare or public assistance, they are eligible to apply for WIC, so what better way to increase access than to partner with public assistance."
WIC is a federally funded, state-managed nutrition and health program designed to help pregnant women, new mothers and young children (up to age 5) eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC provides free healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplies, and referrals to other needed services. Fathers, guardians and foster parents are encouraged to apply for their children.
In Southeast Alaska, the WIC program is provided through SEARHC to those people who meet the state's eligibility guidelines. SEARHC offers regular weekly walk-in clinics from 1-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center, 3245 Hospital Drive (first floor below SEARHC Dental). Clients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis, but receive same-day services and benefits. For information, call the SEARHC WIC office at 463-4099 or go to http://www.searhc.org/common/pages/wic/index.php.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the base of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.