WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and children. The results of studies conducted by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service and other non-government entities prove that WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. How WIC Helps
The success of the WIC program relies on a partnership with local health care providers who offer primary care for participants. We encourage each pregnant woman and all infants and children participating in WIC to receive on-going health care from a medical practice. We know regular care is important to keep women and their families healthy.
- We require proof of pregnancy for pregnant women. Acceptable proof is written confirmation from a health professional’s office or an ultrasound with the patient’s name pre-printed.
- We accept referral measures for height, weight, and hemoglobin from our participants’ providers.
- The new Medical Documentation Form can be utilized for communicating measures to WIC. It can also be used to excuse your pediatric patient from attending WIC visits, so long as the measures you provide are less than 60 days from the day of the WIC visit, the child has already attended at least one WIC visit, and he or she receives on-going care from your practice.
- We can also accept a print-out from your patient’s electronic health record. EHR copies do not need to be signed.
WIC also encourages participants to receive immunizations and consistent dental care. Immunizations prevent many diseases. Healthy, strong teeth help us eat a wide variety of foods.
- We provide referrals to the Knox County Health Department Dental Program for pregnant women.
- Women and children are welcome to make appointments in the Knox County Health Department Travel & Immunization Clinic if they need immunizations.
Helpful Breastfeeding Resources
As a health care provider, you are a key partner in assisting WIC participants make healthy choices. Here are a few resources to help your office support breastfeeding.
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Breastfeeding
- American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Initiatives
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
- WIC Breastfeeding Support
WIC Formula Information
If mom is not providing breastmilk, milk-based formula is the recommended food for infants under one year of age. Tennessee WIC has a contract with Abbott Nutrition to provide Similac formulas including Advance, Isomil (soy-based), Sensitive, Total Comfort, and Spit-Up.
Knox County WIC is excited to pilot a new “all-in-one” Medical Documentation Form. This form can be used to communicate referral measures or formula requests. It is valid in Knox County only. Any questions about using this form should be directed to the Nutrition Director, 865-215-5052. Visit the Tennessee WIC website to get copies of the forms required in every other Tennessee county.
The health care provider can fax the form to our office (865-215-5064) or a participant may bring it to the next WIC appointment. The requested product must be listed on the Tennessee WIC formulary and its use must meet guidelines set by the USDA and the state of Tennessee in order for us to provide it (see Tennessee WIC Qualifying Conditions). WIC dietitians evaluate the requests to ensure they meet program guidelines. For additional questions, please see the health care provider section of the Tennessee WIC website or contact our Nutrition Director at 865-215-5052.