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Health agreements will benefit thousands in Cochise County

COCHISE COUNTY- The Arizona Department of Health Services has renewed an agreement with Cochise Health and Social Services for $583,700, which will go to the Women’s, Infants and Children (WIC) Services.

Another $63,824 was awarded to the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. 

Both programs, which have 3,400 people, were approved for the next year on Sept. 10 by the Board of Regents. Prevention Director Judy Gilligan explained the importance of each initiative. 

“The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program for income-eligible women, who are pregnant or post-partum, infants, and children up to the age of five. WIC also provides families with nutrition education, dietetic counseling for high-risk issues, and referrals to social services within the county,” she said. “The Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program provides counseling and support services that complement the WIC-provided breastfeeding education by allowing for additional, more in-depth education by a peer counselor.”

The health department and the South Eastern Arizona Government Association (SEAGO) have been approved for a contract by the board for case management services for people 60 and older. 

The deal will cost $215,000 and it will care recipients and unpaid caregivers. This includes in-home assessments, referrals for home-delivered meals and other community resources.

The services provide for 482 people, and the program helps elderly and disabled residents remain in their home longer, and to live more independently with the right support according to Belbet Elshaug, the Public Fiduciary and Area Agency on Aging Director. She added that the program also saves taxpayer money, as the closure of the case management service would result in increased enrollment in the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). Estimated costs in enrollment for county assessments are $4,900.

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