December 15, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Requesting Reimbursement for MOWINS Travel or Lodging
SUBJECT 2: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training
SUBJECT 3: Mead Johnson Nutritionals
SUBJECT 4: Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Kits
SUBJECT 5: New Nutrition Education Materials

  1. Requesting Reimbursement for MOWINS Travel or Lodging--either option is available.
    After your agency has completed their MOWINS training, they may request reimbursement for their MOWINS mileage or lodging up to the allowable amount.  The allowable amount is based on the mileage from your agency to the training site times $.475 per mile.  This amount may be used for either mileage reimbursement or towards lodging costs.  Other expenses associated with the training such as meals may be billed to your regular WIC contract on the WIC 24.

    In order to request mileage reimbursement, please complete the attached form labeled Mileage.  To request reimbursement for lodging, please complete both the Mileage and the Lodging form attachments.  Completing the Mileage form will allow you to calculate the maximum amount of reimbursement that can be applied toward lodging expenses.  The first page of each document is the form and the second page is the instructions for completing the form.  Travel mileage or lodging at the travel mileage reimbursement rate for Local Agency Staff attending the MOWINS training are the only items appropriate to bill using this letter template.

    Please let us know if you have questions.  Either email:  Laura.Weiler@health.mo.gov, Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov or call toll free at 800-392-8209 and ask for Laura or Kathleen.

  2. Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training:  Due to new peer counselors being hired in the St. Louis area, another BFPC training has been scheduled in St. Louis on February 9th and 10th.  Please see the attached registration form.  This training is open to any staff that would like to attend, but is mandatory for new peer counselors.  Please feel free to forward information for this training to anyone you think might be interested.  Priority will be given to peer counselors and WIC staff.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792. 

  3. Mead Johnson Nutritionals:  The State WIC office received correspondence from Mead Johnson Nutritionals (MJN) regarding the safety of their formula products.  Please see the attached letter from MJN regarding melamine and cyanuric acid.  Contact your District Nutritionist if you have questions.

  4. Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Kits:  The Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life kits have arrived.  Please use the kit to educate participants on the importance of physical activity and eating fruits and vegetables.  The kit can also be used to begin introducing the new WIC food package that begins October 1, 2009.  One of the changes to the food package will be offering fresh and canned fruits and vegetables.  Each WIC family should receive one of the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life kits.  Contact your District Nutritionist if you have questions.

  5. New Nutrition Education Materials: The State WIC office is pleased to introduce the following new nutrition education materials:
         - Formula Preparation Guide Handout (Bilingual) # 191
         - Relief from Common Problems of Pregnancy - Spanish # 593
         - Two Healthy Smiles – English #186

    You will be notified through the WIC UPDATE when these items will be available at the DHSS warehouse.  In the meantime, 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

Attachments:
Two Healthy Smiles Approved GTU TT 12-11-08.pdf
BFPC Registration - St Louis.doc
Common Complaints of Pregnancy SP # 593 TT 12-11-08.pdf
Formula Preparation Handout EN & SP TT 12-11-08.pdf
Letter from Mead Johnson regarding melamine 12-11-08.doc
Lodging Form.doc
Mileage Form.doc