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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

Do I Qualify?


WIC is available to limited income:

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past 6 months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children

You can contact your local WIC office to see if you qualify.

What about fathers?

Dads of children under the age of 5 are encouraged to enroll their children in the WIC program. Parents and guardians may bring their children to appointments, attend nutrition classes, and receive and redeem benefits for their children. Dads help keep WIC children healthy!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Meet the income guidelines. Households with incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty income level are eligible to apply. WIC determines income based on gross income. WIC counts all of the members of a household, related or unrelated. WIC counts an unborn baby as a household member. See the Income Eligibility Guidelines.
  • Be at nutritional risk. WIC clients receive an initial health and diet screening at a WIC clinic to determine nutritional risk.
  • Live in Contra Costa County. WIC clients usually receive services in the county where they live. If you live outside of Contra Costa County, find a WIC office in your area. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.
  • Clients must apply in person except in limited cases.