July 14, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: June Caseload Update
SUBJECT 2: 2009 Draft WIC Contract with 4 Scopes of Work and a sample Budget Page
SUBJECT 3: Discontinuation of Non-Contract Infant Formulas
SUBJECT 4: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 5: Availability of Nu-trish aB Acidophilus Milk
SUBJECT 6: Plastic Sleeves For The WIC Participant ID Folders - Update
SUBJECT 7: Eat Smart. Play Hard Power Plans (Lesson Plans)

  1. June Caseload Update:  June 2008 caseload set another all time record month with participation of 144,095.  At nine months YTD of FFY2008, caseload is now 72,723 ahead of the same time period in FFY2007.  The greatest growth was in services to children ages 1 through 5.  Please see the attached graph.  Clinics must be very busy providing needed services to these participants.  Our thanks to local agency staff for their continued hard work.

  2. 2009 Draft WIC Contract with 4 Scopes of Work and a sample Budget Page are included for your review.  Scopes of Work include:  WIC services/caseload, Breastfeeding Peer Counseling, Outreach, and Farmers' Market Nutrition Program plus the sample budget page.

    Please Note:
    a) Section 13.2.3 of the WIC caseload/services scope of work states the contractor will be reimbursed for each participant who is provided a service at a per participant monthly rate of $10.00.  For caseload reimbursement the changes in the number of participants served will no longer need to be revised through an amendment.  Staff at central office will enter the increases or decreases into the administrative cost report online and the payments will be adjusted accordingly.

    b) Section 11.6 of the WIC services contract includes a change in the date for the monthly invoice from the 10th to the 11th of the month.

    c) WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling scope is included for those who applied and were selected for this grant.

    d) Outreach funding is available to each agency interested in developing a goal in their Local Agency Plan and budget for how they will use these funds to address at least one of the two identified goals of increasing participation of pregnant women in WIC in their first trimester or increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration. Agencies are not required to develop an outreach goal. This replaces the mid-year enhancement project.

    e) The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program scope of work is available only to agencies in the three counties participating last year, Oregon, Washington and Jackson Counties.

    The actual amount for each contract will be loaded into the WIC Online system during the LAP process and be available for local agency staff to use in developing their budgets for FY 2009.  If you have questions please contact your district technical assistance staff or Kathleen Davis at 573-526-2821 or kathleen.davis@health.mo.gov.  For information on the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4729 or kathy.mertzlufft@health.mo.gov.  For information on the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program contact Randy Walton at 573-751-6204, press 2 and then 6 and ask for Randy or randy.walton@health.mo.gov.

  3. Discontinuation of Non-Contract Infant FormulasThe State office has prepared two notification letters for your use in communicating with physicians and your WIC participants who have been using non-contract formulas regarding the discontinuing of the non-contract formulas.  We will be providing a report via the Data Warehouse to identify those participants who are receiving non-contract formulas currently.  Please make copies of the attached notification letters and use as needed.
    • Participant's Letter - to be given to participants who have been receiving non-contact formulas
    • Physician's Letter - to be given to physicians in your area

      If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  4. Breast Pump OrderFunding has become available to purchase additional Medela Lactina Select electric breast pumps, double pumping kits and Harmony manual breast pumps.  If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to Kathy.Mertzufft@health.mo.gov or fax to 573-526-1470 by COB on Friday, August 1, 2008.  If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792.

  5. Availability of Nu-trish aB Acidophilus MilkNu-trish aB Acidophilus Milk is available at WIC vendors through Hiland Dairy Company.  The food packages for Nu-Trish a/B Acidophilus Milk have been activated in the HANDS system.  Please advise your staff and participants about this update.  If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  6. Plastic Sleeves for the WIC Participant ID Folders:  The State office has ordered 200,000 plastic sleeves.  We will notify you through WIC Updates when the DHSS warehouse begins shipping them to local WIC providers.  If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  7. Eat Smart. Play Hard Power Plans (Lesson Plans):  As you make plans for FY09 nutrition education, consider using USDA Food and Nutrition Services’ Eat Smart. Play Hard Power Plans - interactive, behavior-focused lessons for children and adults.  The lessons are ready-to-go, flexible, and easy to use and include handouts and activity sheets in English and Spanish.  Download the lessons at http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhard/.  If you have questions, please contact Rita Arni at Rita.Arni@health.mo.gov.
    • Power Plans for children:
      Taste the Colors for ages 3-4
      Snack Smart for ages 5-7

    • Power Plans for adults:
      Balance Your Day with Food and Play
      Choosing Food for a Day
      Grab Quick and Easy Snacks
      Start Smart! Eat Breakfast
      Make Family Time an Active Time

Attachments:
June 2008 Caseload Graph 07-08
Non-Contract LTR - Participant 07-11-08
Non-Contract LTR - Physician 07-11-08
2009 Scope of Work Draft
Attachment 1 BFPC 2009
Attachment 2 Outreach Project SOW 2009_1
Attachment 3 SOW FMNP 2009
Attachment 4 Budget Sample
Breastpumps and Kit Order Request 7-14-08