June 26, 2006 WIC Update

WIC Logo

SUBJECT: FFY2007 WIC State Plan Goals and Objectives
SUBJECT: Cultural Competency Training
SUBJECT: Mandatory August WIC Program Updates Training
SUBJECT: Current Practices in Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep Positioning: A Guide For Education of Prenatal and Postpartum Women - September 12 and 13, 2006.
SUBJECT: Ross's Product Description Changes on Labels and MJN Discontinuance of 12 oz Next Step Lipil

  1. The State WIC Office is soliciting your comments on Missouri’s planned Goals, Objectives and Strategies for Federal Fiscal Year 2007 (October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007). USDA requires states to develop an annual plan that includes goals on nutrition services initiatives to promote and support breastfeeding; vendor management; and other program goals. USDA’s National priorities include: revitalizing quality nutrition services through value enhanced nutrition assessment (VENA); breastfeeding; and reducing overweight and obesity in children (sometimes referred to as Fit WIC). The Missouri plan addresses USDA’s national priorities and requirements in addition to a focus on improving customer service. The FFY07 Goals, Objectives and Strategies can be found in the attached document. Please send your comments to the attention of Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov.
  2. The Cultural Competency 101 training is full for the St. Louis and Poplar Bluff sites. All other training sites in Jefferson City, Macon, Kansas City, and Springfield are also approaching capacity. This training is designed to introduce the concept of cultural competence and promote self-awareness, while helping people understand and respect cultural and ethnic differences. We will begin a waiting list to see what future needs are for this training. If you have any questions regarding this training please contact Takako Tagami at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  3. If you have not signed up for the mandatory August WIC Program Updates in August, please do so. The registration form is attached. The one-day sessions will provide attendees with updated program information and clarification regarding program issues. The trainings will be on site at each district office. District health office locations, training dates, and WIC training facility are listed below.

    Locations and Dates:
    August 21 - Jefferson City: WIC Nutrition Training Room, 930 Wildwood
    August 22 - Eastern District: 220 South Jefferson, St. Louis
    August 23 - Southeastern District: 2875 James Blvd., Poplar Bluff
    August 24 - Southwestern District: 1414 West Elfindale, Springfield
    August 28 - Northeastern District: 708 Patton, Macon
    August 29 - Northwestern District: 3717 Whitney Ave., Independence

    Agenda Items:

    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Administrative Topics will include WIC 24, Vendor Issues and revisions to WIC forms and the ID Folder Lunch - on your own 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
    Time: 12 noon-3 p.m.
    Nutrition Topics will include VENA, Breastfeeding Reports, Nutrition Education Codes and Automatic calculation of Adjusted Gestational Age.

    One WIC Coordinator or Nutrition Coordinator from each agency must attend the training. Please complete the registration form and fax to the State WIC office before July 21, 2006. If you have any questions please contact D'Anne Ward, Nutrition Trainer, at the State WIC office at (800) 392-8209 or by e-mail at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov.
  1. Save the Date for Current Practices in Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep Positioning: A Guide For Education of Prenatal and Postpartum Women to be held on September 12 and 13, 2006. Amy Spangler RN, MN, IBCLC will be presenting September the 12th on breastfeeding. Dr. Jack Kemp will be presenting September 13 on safe sleep for infants. Participants will have the option of registering for either one or two days. This conference will be free of charge and will be held at the Governors Office Building in Jefferson City. A conference brochure will be sent out in July. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzluft at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Kathy.Mertzflut@health.mo.gov.
  2. The following are the upcoming changes that will be occurring with Ross Pediatrics and Mead Johnson Nutritional formulas:
    - Beginning this summer, Ross Products will be changing labels on some formulas.
    - Beginning September 30, 2006, Mead Johnson will not be making or shipping Next Step LIPIL
    and Next Step ProSobee LIPIL in the 12 oz. can powder products.

    The State WIC office is currently working on updating reference materials: Infant Formula and Medical Foods Reference Sheet, Food Package Code Listing and Food Item Code Listing. The information related to the changes and updated reference materials will be sent to you through the WIC UPDATE Monday e-mail during the month of July. If you have any question, please contact Takako Tagami at 1-800-392-8209 or e-mail Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. We have requested Ross Pediatrics to provide copies of new labels. When we receive these new labels, we will send them to you.