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Prevention HSM/210 Jamie Jordan May 15, 2011 Constance Reiss Harvey 1
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The issue I chose for the week two assignment was the Women, Infants, and Children program. The Woman, Infant, and Children program is a federally funded through grants as well as state funded grants. I decided to use the Primary prevention active strategy as my prevention strategy for this issue. The Primary prevention strategy is appropriate because in the human services it is intended to prevent a disorder, disability, or dysfunction from occurring in the first place (Cengage Learning May 2001). It is necessary to find new ways to work directly with this target population and develop the skills they need to overcome this obstacle. When a person is underprivileged they do not necessarily need a hand out, they need education; education on health and nutrition in order to care for their child or children properly. They may also need to learn other skills in order to become employed, to stay employed, or even manage their money correctly. In Oregon the Women, Infants, and Children Program (W.I.C.) is a federally funded health and nutrition program for pregnant mothers and children between the ages of zero to five years of age. This program focuses on nutrition education for mothers and provides food budget relief by issuing food coupons that can be used at local grocery stores ( www.or.gov , 2011). Pregnant mothers are encouraged to attend breastfeeding classes, support groups, and use the information hotline that W.I.C. provides. In a way, W.I.C. serves as an educational institution for new mothers that are considered lower income.
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