Denture program is also on the chopping block.
Staffing challenges at the Macon County Department of Public Health could put the county's WIC (women, infants, and children) program in jeopardy by the year's end.
A significant portion of the county's WIC program involves the education and awareness of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits promoted by the program's nutritionist. In May, the health department lost one nutritionist and the second left in September, leaving the health department scrambling to fill the void. By law, the WIC program has to have either a nurse or nutritionist on staff to to provide nutrition education to its clients.
"Our agreement addenda with the state requires that we have a nutritionist or nurse on staff to provide nutrition education for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children in the WIC program," said Lynn Baker, who manages the county's WIC program. "We choose to hire a nutritionist because that salary is least expensive."