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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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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