WIC Programs: A Resource For Staying Positive, Connected During COVID-19 Pandemic

WIC Programs: A Resource For Staying Positive, Connected During COVID-19 Pandemic
WIC Annual Photo 2020

The Nevada Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has a plethora of supportive services available to assist families with coping and surviving the COVID-19 global pandemic currently affecting the Southern Nevada Community.

“Everyone at WIC is extremely passionate and dedicated to helping Nevadans stay positive and connected to vital community resources during this deadly coronavirus pandemic,” Lawanda Torres, Clinic Coordinator of the Flamingo West Office, said. “It is critically important that everyone stays focused and vigilant during the upcoming winter months, when a second wave of the epidemic is expected to take place. Please, look after yourself, your family and friends and neighbors!  Please feel free to reach out to either of our two WIC offices for immediate help and guidance.”

Our WIC Offices offers a myriad of important online resources via our WICLV.ORG website and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms.

Nevada 211, a program of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, is committed to helping Nevadans connect with services covering food supplies, prescription medications, medical supplies, emergency financial assistance and much more. Go to: www.Nevada211.org for more information.

NDHHS also has a Suicide Prevention Resource Center with counselors standing by to assist individuals experiencing mental health issues from the pressures of the pandemic.

The Nevada Youth Suicide Prevention Program utilizes the management and leadership of the following important groups: an administrative committee consisting of representatives from the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention, various state agencies, the statewide Behavior Health Consortium; and three locally driven and very active children’s mental health consortia consisting of parents, child welfare services, mental health professionals, school personnel and sub grantees.

The Office of Suicide Prevention and local consortia will work together to build upon existing infrastructure where suicide prevention is a key element. For more information, contact: Misty Vaughan Allen, MA, suicide prevention coordinator, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, BHS- Office of Suicide Prevention, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 101,Carson City, NV 89706.

Phone: 775-684-2236 or email: mvallen@health.nv.gov

Nevadans can also go to: https://www.opencounseling.com/crisis-lines/nevada/las-vegas if you are experiencing any types of crisis such as thoughts of suicide, veterans undergoing emotional stress, fears of rape or domestic violence, sexual abuse and much more. Counselors are available if you need someone to talk to about any emotional issues.

Gov. Steve Sisolak recently earmarked $3.1 million for emergency food delivery services to all Nevada WIC families through Dec. 31, 2020. In Clark County, Three Square Food Bank has partnered with WIC to deliver food items to homes of qualified WIC families.

WIC recipients are encouraged to immediately call the Urban League’s two WIC offices or your participating office to apply and make arrangements for home deliveries of food items.

The Las Vegas Urban League Women, Infants and Children Program is a 501c (3) program that is funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

For more information, visit the Urban League WIC website at: www.wiclv.org or their two convenient locations: 6480 W. Flamingo Road, Suite B, Las Vegas, phone (702) 227-1573 or 3320 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 50, Las Vegas, phone (702) 476-9561.