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SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Regional Health District’s (SRHD) Women, Infant and Child Nutrition (WIC) Program Takes Another Step To Remove Health Barriers Faced By High School Parents And Their Children By Conducting Visits monthly at Lumen High School, a public charter school committed to supporting teenage parents.
Moving students’ WIC appointments onsite will allow for consistent access to nutritional support and eliminate the need to miss school for services. Having WIC services on site will allow students and their infants to receive health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and help accessing monthly benefits while supporting academic success.
SRHD strives to locate WIC offices in areas most in need of services to increase accessibility. WIC staff began providing on-site services at Lumen High School in October 2021, as high school parents were often faced with the decision of whether to miss their appointment or miss school.
“If a parent has to find a way to get to their child’s daycare, appointment, daycare and school, not only does that make appointments extremely stressful, but it adds a barrier to education,” says Teresa Kafentzis, WIC Program Manager. “By meeting them where they are, in a familiar setting, we can support their health and academic performance.”
WIC services are available to income-eligible individuals who are pregnant, a new mother, or have a child under age 5. Individuals can either visit the WIC program site or call (509) 324-1620 for more information and office locations. Those interested in learning more about Lumen High School can visit lumenhighschool.org or call (509) 606-7888.