Family Services

The Montezuma County Public Health Department provides support for members of our community through numerous Family Services Programs.

Colorado-National Collaborative/Essentials for Childhood Coordinator

The Colorado-National Collaborative/Essentials for Childhood Coordinator supports suicide prevention efforts in Montezuma County by helping to build a sustainable coalition which implements the CNC suicide prevention model (CNC), and tackles the issues around economic stability and supports regarding food and childcare through data-driven collective impact (EfC).
Arlina Yazzie, Coordinator
Katy Maxwell, Co-Coordinator

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is an educational and supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, infants, and children 1-5 years old. Appointments are made to evaluate the nutritional health of the family and tailored food package checks are then issued for each participant.

  • To qualify for WIC, the client must meet income guidelines and have one nutritional risk factor – this is done at the certification visit. Education is a big part of the WIC appointment as well as program explanation, health history, requirements and expectations, etc. Prenatal care is encouraged to ensure a healthier pregnancy outcome. Breastfeeding is always presented as the norm for feeding an infant, and we offer breastfeeding classes 6 times a year.
  • WIC works with other organizations to teach cooking skills, shopping skills, diabetes, weight management, and smoking cessation. We also monitor weights and do blood iron screening for a referral to doctors if needed. The WIC staff are all educated and trained for competency – together we have 50+ years of experience! We have an RN to evaluate higher risk situations and we all make many family health-related referrals to increase our client’s well being. WIC can really help families with basic nutritional needs so they can use their resources wisely.

Do you know about Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits?

You or someone you know may be eligible!

WHAT IS WIC?

WIC is The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC does not ask or keep information about visa status or citizenship. All responses are kept confidential.  

WIC gives you resources, knowledge and tools to help you and support your family. It’s free for moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents and all Colorado families who qualify. Whether you’re pregnant, already a mom or raising a child younger than 5, you can get the right personalized support for you and your family.

WIC welcomes all parents and caregivers! If you are a dad, grandparent, foster parent or any caregiver of a child under 5 years of age, you may get WIC for your child.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

In order to receive WIC benefits, you must live in Colorado and be one of the following:

  • Pregnant woman.
  • Mom breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age.
  • New mom who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months.
  • Baby.
  • Child younger than 5 years.

WHAT DO YOU RECEIVE ON WIC?

FREE, HEALTHY FOOD
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Milk, cheese and more.
  • Cereal and other grains.
  • Peanut butter, beans and more.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT
  • Breastfeeding information.
  • Breast pumps.
  • Mom-to-mom support through peer counselors.
  • Breastfeeding support groups.
  • Classes and information.
  • Community breastfeeding resources.
NUTRITION EDUCATION
  • Personalized nutrition counseling on a variety of topics, including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, breastfeeding for working moms and planning meals on a budget.
  • Shopping tips.
  • Nutritional needs during pregnancy.
  • Family-friendly recipes.
REFERRALS TO CARE BEYOND WIC
  • Low-cost immunization referrals.
  • Referrals for low-cost medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing, breastfeeding support and other services that can benefit the whole family.
  • Substance abuse counseling.
  • Domestic abuse counseling.
  • Social services.

WHY SHOULD FAMILIES ENROLL?

WIC supports healthier pregnancies and births by providing the nutritious foods pregnant women and their babies need, referring mothers for essential medical care, and encouraging them to adopt healthy behaviors (such as not smoking during pregnancy). (source)
 

Healthier babies lead happier and more successful lives. The impacts of WIC can lead to:

  • Shift of tax dollars to areas of greater need
  • Decreased crime and poverty
  • Improved community morale
  • Higher educational scores and results
  • Increased graduation and college attendance rates (source)

HOW DOES SOMEONE ENROLL?
Call the Montezuma County WIC Office today or click the link below to have someone contact you. 
 

Linda Hill, WIC Educator (970) 564-4783
Delilah Darland, WIC Supervisor (970) 564-4784

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

  • The Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a registered nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is two years old.
  • Any woman who is pregnant with her first child meets the income requirements, and lives in the service area may enroll in the program.
  • Nurse-Family Partnership Goals:
    • Goal 1: Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including obtaining thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diet, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal substances.
    • Goal 2: Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care for their children.
    • Goal 3: Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education, and find work.
Nurse-Family Partnership Visit the Nurse-Family Partnership website to read stories from first-time moms and learn more about available resources and support.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Want your child to receive Free Books?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read program is a literacy promotion program that provides education and books for parents to read to their children. This is encouraging, satisfying, and has been proven to increase literacy rates by having a love of books. Each child from 6 months to 5 years old is given a new age-appropriate book to take home when they get immunizations at Montezuma County Public Health. Their parents receive tips on reading and developmental milestones and sometimes a role model for reading. 

 

Contact PUBLIC HEALTH

Bobbi Lock, Director
Montezuma County Annex
106 West North
Cortez, CO 81321
 
Phone: (970) 565-3056
FAX: (970) 565-0647
Office Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Public Health Director

Bobbi Lock
Contact Montezuma County Public Health Director
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