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New WIC mobile unit to reach people in outlying areas of the city and county

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 15:40:06-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Public Health District is taking health care on the road with the launch of their new Women, Infants and Children mobile unit. The City of Corpus Christi and the Nueces County Health District were joined by partnering agencies for a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the Health District offices.

The WIC program provides support for nutrition-related health problems. The new mobile clinic will improve WIC’s outreach by offering services to more people in need in outlying areas of the city and county. It will also assist families with limited transportation access and for those unable to visit the WIC clinic during business hours.

“We're able to reach a larger demographic,” said Ryan Gant, a WIC nutritionist and outreach coordinator. “Before, we were just kind of stationary obviously in this one part of Corpus Christi.

“Now we can move around, go to health fairs, we have partners now so we are able to park and meet people where they're at.”

The vehicle, worth more than $92,000, is furnished with a lab and equipment to complete height, weight, and iron screenings, computer outlets, and a privacy partition.

The Community Action Agency in partnership with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services purchased 20 mobile clinic buses which were donated to different agencies throughout the State.

The WIC mobile unit’s first location visit will be Tuesday, January 14, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Coastal Bend Wellness and Medical Center, 2882 Holly Road. Other locations will be announced soon.