UPDATE 9/24/12 2:10 p.m.
The Virginia Department of Health signed a $4,650 lease with Valley View Mall for the community wellness center space. Read more on the Med Beat blog here.
UPDATE: 9/18/12 1:45 p.m.
The Women’s Infants and Children Community Wellness Center at Valley View Mall is a pilot location for the Virginia Department of Health, said Dr. Stephanie Harper, district health director for the Virginia Department of Health. It is funded by a federal grant and no funds from the state were used to fund the operation, Harper explained. She did not have specific information on the lease agreement with Valley View. She did mention the lease was for seven months.
The center is for everyone in the community including men, women, families and children, she said. There are nutrition education pamphlets and programs available for anyone who are interested. There will also be a nursing room designated for breast-feeding mothers. This room is open to any breast-feeding mother including those who do not qualify for the WIC program, Harper said.
The center has been open for 12 days and has seen 265 community members, Harper said.
“The goal of the center is to increase access to nutrition education for the community and increase WIC involvement,” she said.
The center is open from Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
I have included more from my interview with Dr. Harper in my Retail RoundUp column which runs this Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Health Women Infants and Children’s program opened an outreach center in the lower level of Valley View Mall in front of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the former Trade Secret location, according to Valley View Mall assistant general manager, Veronica Breck.
I’ve contacted the local WIC office several times today, but I haven’t gotten a response yet. I will update this post when I find out more details about the new center and its services.
According to the local WIC Website, there are three WIC sites in Roanoke City that enroll WIC participants:
NE City | Roanoke City Health Department | 1502 Williamson Rd. 2nd Floor NE | Roanoke, Virginia 24012 | Call for appointment or information: (540) 283-5050 | Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM.
SE City | Belmont Presbyterian Church | 1005 9th Street, SE | Roanoke, Virginia 24013 | Call for an appointment or information: (540) 857-6063 | Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 8:00AM – 4:30PM.
NW City | First Church of the Brethren | 2001 Carroll Ave, NW | Roanoke, Virginia 24017 | Call for an appointment or information: (540) 857-6473 | Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM.