December 8, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Christmas Holiday
SUBJECT 2: November Caseload
SUBJECT 3: Importance of Following Mixing Instructions for Infant Formulas
SUBJECT 4: WIC Audit Closure Correspondence
SUBJECT 5: CDC Materials for Folic Acid Awareness Week

  1. Christmas Holiday:  The State WIC Office will be closed and there will be no MOWINS/HANDS Help Desk coverage on Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26, 2008.

    If you have questions contact Mark Davis at mark.davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  2. November Caseload:  The November 2008 (FFY2009) participation level (147,222) dropped from the record high month of October 2008 (151,314) by 4,093, yet still setting a new record high for a November in any year back to 1989.  See attached graph.  November 2008 was 6,234 (4.4%) higher than November 2007; FFY2009 2-months YTD is 16,046 (5.7%) higher than same time period in FFY2008.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jim Schindler at James.Schindler@health.mo.gov or Lyn Konstant at Lyn.Konstant@health.mo.gov

  3. Importance of Following Mixing Instructions for Infant Formulas:  It is very important that nutrition staff (CPA, HPA, and WIC Certifier) assure that participants understand how to prepare infant formula (powdered and liquid concentrated) properly.  Understanding proper hygiene, preparation, dilution, use, and storage are important when preparing infant formula.  Please make copies of the attached handout as needed.  This handout will be printed and available at the DHSS warehouse by the end of December 2008.  The State WIC office will notify you when it becomes available.  If you have questions and/concerns, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

  4. WIC Audit Closure Correspondence:  Please see attached correspondence in reference to destruction of WIC records for Federal Fiscal Years 2003 and 2004.  If you have any questions, please contact Beth Thompson at Beth.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 1-800-392-8209. 

  5. CDC Materials for Folic Acid Awareness Week:  On Friday, Dec 5th, the State WIC Office received the following information about Folic Acid Week, which is January 5-11, 2009:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created new folic acid promotion Spanish materials.  Education materials are Niños del futuro (print ad & poster), Madres extraordinarias (brochure, print ad, and poster) and Madres del future (print ad and poster).  The target audience for these educational materials is Spanish speaking women of child bearing age.  All the materials have been tested.

    To view the material, order samples or to order any other of our folic acid material, please visit http://www2.cdc.gov/ncbddd/faorder/orderform.htm.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

    For ideas for using these materials, please visit the National Council on Folic Acid’s National Folic Acid Awareness Week materials at www.folicacidinfo.org.

    Talking Points for National Folic Acid Awareness Week:

    • All enriched cereals and grain products in the U.S. are fortified with the B-vitamin folic acid.
    • Only one-third of U.S. women of childbearing age consume the recommended amount of folic acid (400 mcg).
    • Taking a multivitamin with folic acid everyday is a key way that women can get the recommended amount of 400 mcg.
    • Women especially need folic acid, even if not planning to become pregnant, since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned.
    • Taking folic acid before pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects, by up to 70%.
    • Hispanic babies are 1.5 to 2 times more likely than others in the U.S. to be born with a neural tube defect (NTD).
    • Latinas in the United States consume the least amount of folic acid and have the least knowledge about folic acid among racial or ethnic groups in this country.

      Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Attachments:
Formula Mixing Handout TO WIC UPDATE 12-05-08
November 2008 FFY2009 Caseload Graph '07-'09
WICAuditClosureLettertoLWPs 12-3-08