El Paso County Public Health opens a new Women, Infants & Children (WIC) office in southeast Colorado Springs

El Paso County, Colo. – El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new satellite office in southeast Colorado Springs that will serve approximately 3,300 Women, Infants & Children (WIC) clients and connect residents to additional community resources.

The grand opening will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 2948 E. Fountain Blvd. The open house will feature tours of the new building, several keynote speakers including city and county officials, as well as networking opportunities with community members.

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides healthy food, tips on healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for other services. It helps ensure healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and healthy children. WIC benefits are available to income-eligible pregnant women, postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five.

The new location, 2948 E. Fountain Blvd., is situated in an area with high numbers of WIC-eligible residents. This new office will be instrumental in increasing access to these services for eligible residents in southeast Colorado Springs.

The office will become one of three WIC clinics in El Paso County. The main WIC office is located in the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. A clinic in Widefield, located at 97 Widefield Blvd., serves residents of Fountain Valley.

This new office would not have been possible without funding and assistance from key partners including but not limited to: Harrison School District Two, who leased EPCPH the building and provided additional funding; the Colorado Health Foundation, who awarded EPCPH a grant to help increase WIC enrollment and outreach; the El Paso County Board of Health, who approved funding to be used toward this project; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment WIC program; and the Resilient, Inspired, Strong, Engaged (RISE) Coalition, a collaboration of over 50 partner organizations and resident leaders working to enhance southeast Colorado Springs through citizen-led change.

For more information about the WIC program or the new WIC location, call (719) 578-3199, or visit www.elpasocountyhealth.org

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Danielle Oller
Public Information Officer
(719) 575-8985 office; (719) 465-6186 cell
El Paso County, CO