October 9, 2007 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette Deliveries
SUBJECT 2: Breastfeeding Video
SUBJECT 3: New Nutrition Education Material
SUBJECT 4: National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition (Council)
SUBJECT 5: September Caseload Update
SUBJECT 6: FDA Public Health Advisory

  1. Microcuvette Deliveries:  Each agency scheduled to receive a shipment of microcuvettes should have received their shipment.  If you have not received microcuvettes and need a supply, please contact Christie at 1-800-392-8209.

    Once you have received your order, please verify the number of microcuvettes received with the number listed on the packing slip.  If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.  Please fax the packing slip to Christie Luadzers at the State WIC Office within one (1) week of receiving the shipment.  The fax number is 573-526-1470.  Please fax your confirmations by October 10, 2007.  Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes.  If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Christie Luadzers at 1-800-392-8209.  If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes you received and the date you received the shipment to Christie.Luadzers@health.mo.gov.  Thank you for your prompt cooperation.
  2. Breastfeeding Video:  The video, “Breastfeeding, Another Way of Saying I Love You”, from the Mississippi State WIC program is available to order from the DHSS warehouse.  To order please download a Request for Literature Form and fax to the warehouse at 573-751-1574.  The warehouse stock number for this video is 227.  If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792.
  3. New Nutrition Education Material:  The attached is a new nutrition education material "Healthful Eating... Food Labels Help!".  Please feel free to make copies as needed.  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  4. National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition (Council):  There are two vacant positions of Parent Participation in the WIC Program on the National Advisory Council.  Definition of the position and a fact sheet on the Council are attached for your information.  The attached WC-08-02 document gives the complete explanation of the Council.  If you know of anyone who is interested in being considered for serving on this national council please complete and submit by October 22, 2007 the required documents below.  Fax your completed documents to Reba Brown at Reba.Brown@health.mo.gov.
  5. September Caseload Update:  We have received the caseload report for the month of September.  September 2007's participation count of 139,084 was down just 494 from August's record setting month total of 139,578.  As such, September 2007 is still the second highest month on record for Missouri WIC.
    See the caseload graph provided.  FFY 2007's total participation count of 1,615,698 is the new record high year for Missouri WIC, 1.4% higher that the previous year-end record FFY 2004 total of 1,593,153.  Thank you for your dedicated efforts to reach out to potential WIC participants and provide needed services.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lyn Konstant at Lyn.Konstant@health.mo.gov or Jim Schindler at James.Schindler@health.mo.gov.
  6. FDA Public Health Advisory:  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning with important new information about a very rare, but serious, side effect in nursing infants whose mothers are taking codeine and are ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine.  When codeine enters the body and is metabolized, it changes to morphine, which relieves pain.  Nursing mothers taking codeine may also have higher morphine levels in their breast milk.  These higher levels of morphine in breast milk may lead to life-threatening or fatal side effects in nursing babies.

    Please keep in mind that FDA is not suggesting that women who take Codeine cannot breastfeed.  The purpose of the alert is to warn healthcare professionals of the potential danger and to provide important safety information.  The FDA Health Advisory can be viewed at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/codeine.htm

    For additional information and recommendations on alternative painkillers please see the most recent "Medications and More Newsletter" by Thomas Hale. http://www.ibreastfeeding.com/currentnewsletter.pdf

Food Labels Help
Council Background
AD-755 Form
Missouri WIC Caseload Analysis 04-07 Sept