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Health Department Offers Numerous
Programs to Moms and Babies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/15/16 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO – The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) aims to reduce the number of infant deaths in Licking County and offers programs to babies and their mothers to keep them healthy and safe. All county residents may take advantage of LCHD’s Baby and Me Tobacco-Free Program, Newborn Home Visiting Program, Infant Safe Sleep Program, Cribs for Kids Program to obtain free Pack ‘N Plays, breastfeeding support, Car Seat Program, immunizations, and Early Head Start Program. Community members may also be eligible for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program and At Risk Pregnancy Consultations.
Baby and Me Tobacco-Free is a national evidenced-based smoking cessation program designed to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay tobacco-free. Pregnant women who enroll in the program and successfully quit smoking before delivery can earn free perks like diaper vouchers and gift cards to use post-partum. Mothers interested in receiving the support and encouragement they need to quit smoking can call LCHD at (740)349-6535 to enroll in the program.
The LCHD Newborn Home Visiting Program is supported by the William E. and Annie S. Miller Memorial Fund through the Licking County Foundation and is available to every newborn who lives in Licking County. A newborn home visit will be scheduled in advance with each mother within the baby’s first two months. During the newborn home visit, our Registered Nurse (R.N.) will welcome the new baby with a head-to-toe wellness exam and weight check and provide breastfeeding support and assistance to the mother along with answering any questions or concerns. Mother and baby will receive free items such as a blanket, nursing cover, gift card, and more. Mothers can schedule their visit by calling (740)349-6829.
The Infant Safe Sleep Program is supported by the Ohio Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Program and the Licking County Foundation to assist families and caregivers in making healthy choices for baby to reduce the risk of SIDS and other causes of infant mortality. More than three infant deaths in Ohio each week are sleep-related. A Health Educator at the health department has been trained to educate caregivers and child care centers on safe sleep. Child care centers in Licking County are encouraged to complete a safe sleep education session to receive a Certificate of Completion. Please call (740)349-6497 to participate.
The Cribs for Kids Program offers free Pack ‘N Plays to Licking County residents who need assistance providing their new baby a safe space to sleep. The program is made available through the Ohio Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Program grant. To receive a Pack ‘N Play, the parent/guardian will meet with an R.N. to complete a short questionnaire and review the recommended safe sleep practices for their infant. The R.N. will take time to answer any questions or concerns that the parent/guardian may have regarding safe sleep and provide set-up instructions for the Pack ‘N Play, if needed. Parents can schedule their visit by calling (740)349-6829.
The LCHD Nursing and WIC programs work together to promote breastfeeding and help mothers who choose to breastfeed with education, classes and peer support. LCHD offers a monthly breastfeeding moms' groups and bi-monthly breastfeeding classes that are open to the public. Call for upcoming meeting dates. Appointments for one-on-one peer support can be made by calling LCHD at (740)349-6942.
LCHD provides car seats to low-income families who do not have a child safety seat. Parents are trained on proper installation and use of the seats and the seat is properly secured in the car by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). The health department also provides free car seat inspections for families who already have cars seats but would like a certified CPST to assist with the installation. Seats are provided through the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program and donations or grants from local organizations such as the Licking County Foundation and the Granville Kiwanis Foundation. Call LCHD at (740)349-6514 to ask about the Car Seat Program.
Vaccines/immunizations are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.  It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can, and do occasionally, occur in this country. LCHD accepts Medicaid, Medicare and many private insurance plans and some vaccines are provided at no cost to uninsured children through the Vaccines for Children Program. Call (740)349-6535 to schedule an appointment.
Our Early Head Start Program is a comprehensive, home-based program for pregnant women and children ages 0 to 3 to enhance baby’s growth and development, as well as supporting expectant families in preparing for their new baby.  Parents have the opportunity to interact with their children and participate in developmentally appropriate activities. LCHD also provides services to children with disabilities and will collaborate with Help Me Grow to assist with nutrition, mental wellness and disability services if needed. As part of the program, each family will have the opportunity to socialize with other families with infants and toddlers during  fun, stimulating events offered twice a month. Call (740)349-3850 to get started. 
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education to low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or non-breastfeeding postpartum, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
 
The following WIC benefits are provided to participants who qualify:
  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services 
To apply for WIC, contact the LCHD WIC Department at (740)349-6474 to set up an appointment with one of our WIC program staff. LCHD offers the WIC program at four locations throughout Licking County: Newark, Pataskala, Johnstown, and Buckeye Lake. WIC eligibility is based on household income and other factors.
 
LCHD provides At Risk Pregnancy Consultations to Licking County mothers-to-be who have been referred by the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The client will meet with an R.N. and discuss her pregnancy history, current medical concerns or issues, discussion of pregnancy related worries and what to expect. Other topics reviewed include the importance of good health during the pregnancy and the importance of keeping all OB/GYN appointments to ensure good health of the baby and mom. If the need is present, the client will be provided referrals to local resources for safe sleep, tobacco cessation, car seats, the Newborn Home Visiting Program and many other valuable community programs.
Pregnant and new mothers who would like to participate in any of these programs are welcome to call the Licking County Health Department directly at (740)349-6535 for more information Click HERE for a flyer with information from the programs listed above.
Licking County Health Department Media Contact:
Olivia Biggs, Public Information Officer, obiggs@lickingcohealth.org, (740) 349-6488
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
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