WIC (Women, Infant and Children)

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. This public health program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in a targeted, at-risk population. Nutrition education is the cornerstone for the WIC Program. 
WIC and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) assistance is available via telephone or by appointment: 541-387-6882

Who is eligible for the WIC program?

  • Live in Oregon
  • Are pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or child under five years of age
  • Have a nutritional need
  • Have a household income that is less than or equal to the income guidelines below

Check if you are WIC eligible by completing the Prescreening Tool at https://wic.fns.usda.gov/wps/pages/preScreenTool.xhtml or call Hood River County Health Department for additional guidance.


Public Health Nurse Support Programs

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CaCoon Program

CaCoon is a program provided at no cost to qualifying children with special health needs. CaCoon nurses can serve a supportive role and partner with families to coordinate services, provide nursing expertise, and share information about resources. The goal of this partnership is to help families get the most from services available to their children. 

Am I eligible for the CaCoon program?

CaCoon serves children from birth to age 21 with chronic health or developmental conditions and who receive care and services from a variety of sources. Contact the Hood River County Health Department for more information. 

What is involved with the CaCoon program?

Home or phone visits are required at least every 3 months but can be more frequent on an as needed basis.
To hear more information or enroll in the CaCoon program, call the Hood River County Health Department at 541-386-1115.

Babies First! Program

Babies First! provides nurse home visits for pregnant women and families with infants and children up to age 5. Nurses can help solve problems, reduce stress, and connect families with appropriate services.

What services does Babies First! provide?

  • Answer questions about you or your baby’s health
  • Sign up for health care and/or the Oregon Health plan
  • Keep babies and mom safe during pregnancy
  • Solve problems or connect you to additional services if needed
  • Check that your child is learning and growing as expected
  • Help make you home safe for a child
  • Weigh your baby
  • Assist with breastfeeding
  • Build a happy and loving relationship between you and your child
  • Be the best parent you can be! 

How much does Babies First! cost?

Babies First! is free to eligible women, families, and children.

What is involved with the Babies First! program?

Home visits once per month but can be less frequent depending on the family’s needs.
To see if a nurse can come visit you and your baby, call the Hood River County Health Department at 541-386-1115