WIC: Health Care Provider Resources
Health Care Providers are valuable partners with the North Carolina WIC Program in improving the nutrition and health of WIC participants. This web page is intended for health care providers and includes information and resources to support your care of WIC participants.
WIC is here for your patients. Many people don't realize they're eligible for WIC benefits, so we need your help to spread the word. Your patients can find out more by calling us or visiting us online. Those who currently receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits automatically qualify for WIC. Your patients can learn more about WIC by going to signupwic.com.
To find the location of the WIC office in each North Carolina county, you may:
Keeping kids healthy requires more than regular doctors' visits. When you refer income-eligible women who are pregnant, post-partum, or have infants or children up to five years old to WIC, you're helping to ensure they have the wholesome food, nutrition education, and community support to keep their child healthy between doctor visits.
- WIC is for all working or non-working moms and moms-to-be who meet certain income requirements -- in fact, we serve over half of all infants born in the US.
- WIC has nutrition experts who can educate your patients about making healthy choices that work for them and their family.
- WIC can give your patients wholesome food as well as guidance on how to shop for, prepare, and incorporate healthy food into their family's lifestyle.
- Our staff includes nutritionists, lactation consultants, professionals and peers -- all ready to listen, share information, and provide guidance and moral support to your patients.
- We check up on the health of your patients and their children at least every six months.
We can connect your patients with resources outside WIC, including healthcare professionals like dentists and pediatricians, immunization services, substance-abuse counselors, domestic-abuse counseling, and social services. Check out the All About WIC brochure targeted to health care professionals to learn about WIC program eligibility, benefits, and the food package.
The North Carolina WIC Program promotes healthy habits and healthy families. Specific behaviors targeted by the changes in the food package include:
- Breastfeed your baby
- Increase fiber
- Lower the fat
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Eat more whole grains
- Drink less juice and sweetened beverages
- Make family meals matter
How Can You Connect Your Patients with WIC?
- Tell patients about the WIC Program and its benefits. Encourage them to apply.
- Refer patients to WIC with this online referral form.
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact your local WIC Director or contact the WIC Program: Send us an email.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- WIC Exempt Infant Formulas and WIC-Eligible Nutritionals - Effective April 2021 (PDF, 150 KB) - Updated 04/16/21
- WIC Medical Documentation (PDF, 250 KB)
- WIC Program Exchange of Information (PDF, 387 KB)
Last Modified: April 16, 2021