Maternal & CHild health

Caring for mothers & children

Women, Infant and Children's Program (WIC)

Contact Person: WIC Coordinator

WIC is a nutritional supplemental and education program for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5. WIC also provides breastfeeding promotion and education. WIC is a federally funded program which provides clients with debit cards for monthly food benefits. Participants must be income eligible to qualify.

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  • mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  • fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  • email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Healthy Start

The Healthy Start – Family Spirit Program is funded by the Healthy Start and Tribal Home Visiting grants. Program focuses are healthy pregnancy, newborn, and mothers, strengthening family resilience, parenting knowledge and involvement, school readiness, and the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children. These focuses are met through individual and community education.

The Healthy Start component of the program shares visits with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Maternal Infant Health Program (KBIC MIHP) and serves only prenatal through age 2 years. These clients typically exit into the Family Spirit component at age 18 months. The Family Spirit component of the program primarily serves clients age 18 months – 5 years. For eligibility requirements contact Heather Wood at (906) 353-4546.

This program is open to all registered patients of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Department of Health & Human Services (KBIC-DHHS) during pregnancy and 0 – 5 years of age, who reside in Baraga County. When program components reach capacity, enrollment will occur based on greatest need, as determined by a priority system.

Car Seat Eligibility
Healthy Start – Family Spirit clients are eligible to earn an infant or convertible car seat paid for by the program. To be eligible for this the client must have 7 completed and documented prenatal visits with a program educator. The educator will then help them make an appointment to get a seat and complete a voucher.

KARS Program is a car seat education program and low cost car seat option designed to carry your children through their car seat/booster seat years. The program is offered to all families residing within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Its mission is to ensure all children have safe, age-appropriate car seats or boosters seats. Seats cost between $5.00 to $40.00 depending on seat style and WIC enrollment.

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