January 3 - 6, 2006 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: WIC Coordinator's Listing
SUBJECT: HANDS System Change
SUBJECT: Cultural Competency Survey
SUBJECT: Breastfeeding Coordinator Training - Save the Date - April 4 and 5, 2006
SUBJECT: WIC Approved Speciality Milk
SUBJECT: Availability of Forms in the DHSS Warehouse and WIC 8 Local WIC Provider Supply Request
SUBJECT: January - Birth Defects Prevention Month

  1. WIC Coordinator Listing - We have received several requests from our Local WIC Providers for a listing of Agency names and Numbers, WIC Coordinators and their e-mail addresses. Attached you will find a report with this information for your use. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Davis at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov.
    Effective immediately, all automatic reorder levels for Manual food instruments will be set to 100. This does not affect regular computer food instruments in any way. With this change, the automatic reorder for your agency for manual food instruments will not ship any new boxes until the number of manuals in your agency inventory reaches 100 (reference the H507 screen in HANDS). This change is being made so that agencies do not have an overstock of manual food instruments to track and to store.

    If your agency needs a higher minimum set for the automatic reorder of manuals, please e-mail Peggy Maupin at Peggy.Maupin@health.mo.gov with the following information: 5 digit agency # and minimum level desired.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Peggy Maupin at email address above or Melissa Seaver at e-mail address of Melissa.Seaver@health.mo.gov or call 1-800-392-8209.
  1. The attached is a survey to obtain information on your needs for providing services to non-English speaking applicants and participants in the Missouri WIC program. It is estimated that nearly 15% of WIC participants were non-English speaking in 2004. The portion of Hispanic participants has drastically increased in the last 10 years, from 1.7% in 1994 to 9.5% in 2004 based on the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System data. Having a better understanding of various cultural groups and their customs, beliefs and practices is an increasing need. The information obtained from this survey will be vital in assessing and addressing these needs through training and resources. Please send the completed survey by January 20, 2006 to Kelly Dotterweich at Kelly.Dotterweich@health.mo.gov or fax to Kelly at 573-526-1470. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Takako Tagami at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  2. Breastfeeding Coordinator training is scheduled for April 4 and 5, 2006. The two-day session will provide attendees with updated program information and clarification regarding breastfeeding. New information will be shared regarding policy and procedures on handling breast pumps in your agency. The training will be held in the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison St., Room 450 in Jefferson City.

    Agenda Items include Identifying the Role of the Breastfeeding Coordinator, Loving Support Makes Breastfeeding Work, Communication Skills, Talking with Mothers About Breastfeeding: Early in Pregnancy, During Pregnancy, During the First Two Weeks After Delivery, During Months 1 to 12 and When Mother and Baby are Separated. In addition, Medela will have a presentation on cleaning and maintenance of breast pumps.
    Training Dates: April 4 & 5, 2006.
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (first day) and 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. (second day)
    Location: Governor Office Building, 200 Madison St., Room 450, Jefferson City

    One Breastfeeding Coordinator from each agency must attend the training. If you are a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator who attended the BFPC Coordinator’s training in August 2005, then this training (April 4 & 5) is optional. Fax the registration form as instructed to the State WIC office before March 15, 2006. Please register using the attached form only.

    If you have any questions please contact Cathy Kruse @ Cathy.Kruse@health.mo.gov or D’Anne Ward @ Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov or by calling 1-800-392-8209.
  1. The following items are available at the DHSS warehouse:
    - Rights and Responsibilities Form for Direct Entry agencies (English) WIC-10-EN
    - Rights and Responsibilities Form for Direct Entry agencies (Spanish) WIC-10-SP
    - Missouri Approved WIC Food List - Spanish version

    Please order the items above as needed using the attached WIC-8 Form: Local WIC Provider Supply Request. If your agency wants to set up an additional account for new subsites in the DHSS warehouse database, please e-mail the name of subsite, subsite number, and street address to Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  1. Attached is the Missouri WIC Speciality Milk Reference Sheet, information about these different milks and references if you choose to learn more about them. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  2. The month of January is set aside to increase awareness about birth defects, the leading cause of infant death and disability. The observance of Birth Defects Prevention Month acknowledges that there are steps a woman can take to increase her chances of having a healthy baby. While most birth defects cannot be prevented, the use of folic acid is one notable exception. There are other important reasons for all men and women to get enough folic acid every day. To learn more about folic acid visit the DHSS web site. Click on Health, then scroll down to Nutrition and Food, next scroll down to Folic Acid and click on Folic Acid. Please share this information with your WIC participants as needed.