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The Gallia County Health Department, Gallipolis, Ohio, is a public agency whose purpose is to promote the health of the people and to prevent or control disease through its numerous services.
The overall mission of the Gallia County Board of Health is the prevention of disease, promotion of optimal health, and the providing of care for the present and future residents of Gallia County.
To reach our mission, we must strive to maintain and protect the health of residents through control of communicable disease, management of the environment, education of the community in health promotion, prevention of illness and chronic disease, and providing health care services in the home and other settings in the community. We have and will continue to implement programs that focus on prevention, identification and detection of early signs of disease, referral, health care continuity, and interagency collaboration.
GALLIPOLIS – Gallia County WIC employees took advantage of the opportunity to reach out to more participants during this year’s River Recreation Festival in downtown Gallipolis over the weekend. Not only were four employees present at the festival, they were fully equipped to do certification appointments through Ohio WIC’s mobile unit.
This is the first time Gallia County has tried using the mobile unit to serve WIC participants as well as reach out to possible new participants.
“We were excited to be able to represent WIC in a whole new way,” Gallia County WIC Director Jamie Pratt said. “It was an easy opportunity to serve participants without them having to make a special stop at the WIC office.”
The WIC mobile unit was fully equipped with scales, desks, waiting area, televisions, etc. Participants that needed to be seen for an appointment were able to accomplish that task in a minimal amount of time. Help Me Grow also donated a car seat that was given away through a drawing open to the public.
Many people stopped by and talked with employees of the WIC Program and several took advantage of the easily accessible unit at the festival.
“It was a new experience with our program, but we believe we reached many families and plan to use the mobile unit again in the future, hopefully each time reaching more and more mothers and children,” Pratt stated.
The Gallia County Health Department and WIC Program will be at this year’s Gallia County Jr. Fair. Gallia County WIC also has several activities planned for Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.
Gallia County WIC is conveniently located at the Gallia County Health Department. If you have any questions about the WIC Program or its eligibility requirements, feel free to call Monday through Friday 8 am- 4pm at (740) 441-2977.