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PHA10 Summit Details

PHA10: Accelerating a Healthier Future 2020 Virtual Summit

Tuesday April 28, 2020; 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific time

Register for free online now at ahealthieramerica.org/summit

About PHA10

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.
In an online summit on April 28, PHA will celebrate a decade of impact while also launching the next wave of innovation from PHA and its partners.

We are proud to announce that PHFE WIC’s Director of Research and Evaluation Shannon Whaley will be among the disruptors and innovators at PHA10 holding critical conversations about transforming our broken food culture and driving a healthier future for all families.

Join the conversation! See more information about the PHA Summit and register now at ahealthieramerica.org/summit

Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

CA has waived the 1-week waiting period for those unemployed or disabled as a result of #COVID19.  If:

  • a medical professional says you are unable to work,
  • your hours have been reduced OR
  • your employer has shut down

You can file a claim: edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

The Department of Public Social Services is aware of the financial impact that the Coronavirus is having on the health and financial well-being of County of Los Angeles residents, leaving thousands unemployed or underemployed.  The department has provided the below resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic:

IF YOU HAVE HAD YOUR HOURS CUT, BEEN FURLOUGHED, OR LAID OFF:

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment insurance. If you are expecting to return to your job after the dust settles, you do not have to be actively seeking new work during the outbreak. But you must be “able and available to work” to get these benefits, which generally range from $40-$450 per week for up to six months.

Click here to file an unemployment claim.

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SICK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED:

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.

Click here- How to File a Disability Claim

IF YOU ARE CARING FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS SICK:

Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.h

Click here- How to File a Paid Family Leave Claim in SDI Online

Please follow DPSS on Facebook @LACoDPSS, Twitter @LACo_DPSS and Instagram @laco_dpss for more information and updates. 

Census 2020 – Everyone Counts!

It’s time for the 2020 Census! Between March 12 and March 20, homes across the country will receive an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Census results impact planning and funding for your local hospitals, highways, schools and other social programs (like Head Start, school breakfast and lunch, and WIC!). Spread the word to your friends and family that EVERYONE COUNTS for the 2020 Census.

There are 3 ways to complete the census

  1. Online at www.my2020census.gov
  2. By phone – Call 844-330-2020
  3. By Mail – Paper census forms will arrive between March 12 and April 1, 2020.

Get help completing the Census at WIC!

The 5 PHFE WIC centers listed below are offering in-person support to help WIC families complete the 2020 Census Online in March and April 2020. Bring your census form or census ID to one of these WIC centers for assistance completing the 2020 Census:

Bellflower WIC
17610 Bellflower Blvd., Suite A103-A105
Bellflower, CA  90706

Chino WIC
4774 Riverside Dr., Suite B
Chino, CA  91710

Norwalk WIC
13926 S. San Antonio Dr. Suite #102
Norwalk, CA  90650S

San Pedro WIC
312 N. Gaffey St Unit # 101-103
San Pedro, CA  90731

Wilmington WIC
125 E. Anaheim St. Unit C,D,E
Wilmington, CA 90744

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit www.2020census.gov

Remember the 6 P’s of Evacuation

Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate Northern Los Angeles County due to the Saddleridge Fire, one of several California wildfires that erupted Thursday October 10 and continued through Friday.

If you’ve been affected, evacuated or relocated due to the recent California wildfires, please contact WIC at 1-888-942-2229. We can help issue your monthly WIC benefits and connect you with more resources.

When evacuating, be sure to remember the 6 P’s!

People and pets

Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses

“Plastic” like credit cards, ATM cards.

Papers, phone numbers, and important documents

Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia

Personal computers, hard drives, and flash drives

Use your Farmers’ Market checks today!

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program has wrapped up for the Summer of 2019! This year’s successful farmers’ market issued a total $570,000 worth of fruits and vegetables into the homes of WIC recipients. If you received the $20 farmers’ market vouchers, don’t forget to SPEND THEM at the farmers’ market before November 30, 2019. Go to any of the farmers’ markets listed below, or search your zip code here https://m.wic.ca.gov/FarmersMarket/FarmersMarketSearch.aspx to find other farmers’ markets near you. Markets with a red apple accept WIC fruit and vegetable checks.

Farmers' Market
Address
Day and Time
Season
Rosemead8838 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, 91770Monday 5pm - 9pmOpen now until October
Wilmington470 Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington, 90744Tuesday 9am - 3pmYear Round
Tustin245 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92780Wednesday 9am - 1pmYear Round
Adams & VermontSt. Agnes Church, 1432 W Adams Blvd, LA, 90007 Wednesday 2pm - 6pmYear Round
Downtown Anaheim205 W Center St Promenade @ Lemon St, Anaheim, 92805Thursday 11am - 3pmYear Round
La Cienega1835 S La Cienega Blvd @ Plaza La Cienega, LA, 90035Thursday 2pm - 7pmYear Round
Monterey Park1950 Wilcox Ave @ George Elder Park, Monterey Park, 91755Thursday 4pm - 9pmYear Round
Echo Park1146 Logan St @ Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026Friday 3pm - 7:30pmYear Round
Cerritos17870 Park Plaza Dr @ Towne Center Dr, Cerritos, 90703Saturday 8am - 12noonYear Round
Gardena13000 S Van Ness Ave @ Hollypark Church, Gardena, 90249Saturday 8am - 1pmYear Round
East Los Angeles4801 E 3rd St across from Belvedere Park, LA, 90022Saturday 9am - 2pmYear Round
Pomona ValleyPearl St & Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767Saturday 7:30am - 11:30amYear Round
West Covina195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, 91790Saturday 9am - 1pmYear Round

Market days/hours are subject to change without notice.

Here are some things to remember when shopping with your WIC FM checks.

What you CAN buy with your FM checks:
Fruits
Vegetables
Cut edible herbs

(Organic is allowed)

What you CANNOT buy with your FM checks:
Honey
Eggs
Nuts
Flowers
Baked Goods
Dried Fruits
Plants
Meat / Fish

Apply for CalFresh at WIC

Save your cash for household expenses and use WIC and CalFresh for groceries by adding food dollars to your budget!

To apply for CalFresh at WIC:

Click here to see where CalFresh enrollment services are available near you.

To apply for CalFresh online visit:

LA County – dpssbenefits.lacounty.gov

Orange County – mybenefitscalwin.org

What to bring to apply for CalFresh:

  • Medi-Cal cards or social security numbers (for all applicants in the family)

or

  • Proof of your family’s income and monthly expenses (like rent, utilities, child care, etc.)

Dealing with Emotions During Pregnancy

How you feel is just as important to your health as what you eat. While pregnancy is often the happiest time of many women’s lives, others find themselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or sad. All of these feelings are normal. It is also normal to feel no sadness or depression with one pregnancy, and then feel it with the next pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different.

Here are some tips to feel better and manage your emotions during pregnancy.

Feeling Fatigued?

Changing to a different sleeping position can help us fall and stay asleep. As we lose sleep, many of us feel sadder, grouchy and are generally not ourselves.

Surprisingly, getting up and moving can help give us more energy. If you are not on bedrest and your doctor says it is okay to exercise, gentle exercise such as walking or yoga can help. With any exercise, please listen to your body and do what is comfortable.

Hydration and proper nutrition are also key. Dehydration can masquerade as hunger and sleepiness. Try adding drinking water throughout the day. Healthy foods with fiber, vitamins and minerals give us energy throughout the day. Sugary foods give us quick energy that will leave us wanting a nap.

Is it Baby Blues?

Sadness, also called the “baby blues”, can occur both during and after pregnancy. This can be a strange feeling if you have never experienced sadness or depression before and can be an unwelcomed guest if you have.

Journaling and keeping track of how you feel can help you see your changing emotions. If you note that you are feeling down, depressed, or hopeless 3 days per week, it is time to speak to your doctor.

Do not be afraid to tell your doctor about how you are feeling. Talking to family and friends can be helpful, and it’s great to have a strong support system, but talking with an expert can give you some reliable tools to help. Some women find counseling helpful during their pregnancy because they can speak with an expert who is familiar with prenatal and postpartum depression.

Practicing Self-Care

Self-care is any activity that you do deliberately to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health. This can be journaling, cooking a healthy meal, gentle exercise, coloring, singing, or spending time with a pet. Self-care doesn’t have to cost anything at all!

6 Things you Should Know About Perinatal Depression:

  1. Perinatal depression is common.
  2. You may experience sadness, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy, nervousness, anxiety and more.
  3. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and up to the child’s first year of age.
  4. You did nothing to cause this.
  5. The sooner you get treatment, the better.
  6. There is help for you.

Talk to your doctor and WIC about how you are feeling, or contact Postpartum Support International @ 1-800-944-4773 or www.postpartum.net.

Emotions During Pregnancy is the prenatal health topic of the month at PHFE WIC. For more education topics, visit www.WICOnlineEducation.org.

CinnaMoms Breastfeeding Support Groups in March!

CinnaMoms breastfeeding support groups provide a safe space to discuss life, health, and breastfeeding while breaking down barriers and proving that #BlackWomenDoBreastfeed!

CinnaMoms gather to form a network of support for each other. We encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women to bring the whole village – CinnaDads, CinnaGrands, CinnaBabies and CinnaKids to all of our events.

We host our support groups in five WIC centers that have a high population of African American families. Every day we make a commitment to advocate, encourage, and lend a pair of listening ears to our community. CinnaMoms goes beyond our regular WIC services by providing a safe space to chat about historical feeding practices, cultural perceptions of breastfeeding, familial feeding experiences, and the health benefits of breastfeeding. We discuss interesting and edgy topics that spark conversations about maternal and postpartum health, support systems, and cultural beliefs while enjoying nourishing snacks and many laughs.

March CinnaMoms Support Groups

Mar 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WIC, 975 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
 

Mar 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WIC, 4455 W 117th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250

 

Mar 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WIC, 1836 W Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047

 

Mar 27, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

WIC, 15212 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

 

Mar 27, 2018 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

WIC, 3667 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

 

Mar 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WIC, 1967 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047

 

To learn more and RSVP for a support group, visit www.CinnaMoms.org. For more breastfeeding support groups information, ask your local WIC office.

Can Men Participate in WIC?

Yes! Men are welcome at WIC. WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under five are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition and health education sessions, and use their checks in grocery stores that accept WIC.