WIC Mobile Clinic Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary
Metro Public Health Department and Davidson County WIC Program
Celebrate 1 Year Anniversary of WIC Mobile Clinic
Serves More than 2,000 Participants in First Year
The Metro Public Health Department and the Davidson County WIC Program are celebrating the one year anniversary of the WIC Mobile clinic. The WIC Mobile Clinic offers participants an option to visit one of 17 locations throughout Davidson County in addition to the four existing clinics run by the Health Department. More than 50 percent of babies born in Nashville qualify for the WIC program.
Last April the Health Department purchased two vans using federal WIC funds in an effort to expand services throughout Davidson County. The WIC Mobile Clinic travels to 17 different community locations, visiting each site one day per month. The two vans have traveled more than 10,500 miles, providing vouchers and nutrition classes to nearly 2,100 participants.
The Health Department teamed up with churches, community centers, MDHA, and public service organizations throughout Davidson County to identify the best locations to offer WIC voucher pick-up and classes. Each location is within walking distance from where many of the participants live and work.
The Health Department recognized the need for a WIC Mobile Clinic after finding that more than 50 percent of WIC participants do not have adequate transportation to access our four WIC clinics. After polling many of our participants we found their number one obstacle was the amount of time needed to visit a WIC clinic if they rode a bus to the clinics.
The WIC Mobile Clinic provides convenient access to participants, allowing them to attend nutrition classes, pick up vouchers, and we can continue preventative care for infants and toddlers into early childhood.
In addition to the mobile locations, WIC services are also provided in Davidson County at four Metro Public Health Department locations, including the Lentz Health Center (311 23rd Ave. North), East Health Center (1015 East Trinity Lane), Woodbine Health Center (224 Oriel Ave.) and the South Nashville WIC Nutrition Center (3718 Nolensville Pike).
The Health Department operates the federally funded Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) special supplemental nutrition program in Davidson County. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and healthy food vouchers to participants of the program. This program is available to pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of five who meet the income and residency requirements and at nutritional risk.