April 27, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Helping Americans Achieve Public Health Goals - Breastfeeding and Obesity Prevention
SUBJECT 2: Viewing Lost or Stolen Checks in Participant’s Checks History Tab- MOWINS
SUBJECT 3: WIC-24 May Invoices
SUBJECT 4: Help Desk Coverage on May 8, 2009
SUBJECT 5: New Food Package Information Packet to Healthcare Providers
SUBJECT 6: New Labels (Gentlease LIPIL and Enfamil A.R.LIPIL)
SUBJECT 7: 2010 National WIC Association Calendar (NWA) – Spanish version
SUBJECT 8: Invitation Issued for Community Food Projects Funding

  1. Helping Americans Achieve Public Health Goals - Breastfeeding and Obesity Prevention - Washington, DC:  As the country celebrated National Public Health Week, there has been much discussion of how the United States is falling behind in many important health measures, despite the fact that we spend more on health care than any other nation.  Yet amid the talk about life expectancy, infant mortality, and health disparities among minority populations, the very earliest act of disease prevention--breastfeeding--is often overlooked.  Attached is information from the United States Breastfeeding Committee encouraging more involvement throughout the country in the promotion of breastfeeding. If you have any questions, please contact your district nutritionist.

  2. Viewing Lost or Stolen Checks in Participant’s Checks History Tab- MOWINS:
    A fix has been applied that now allows checks keyed as lost or stolen for a participant to be viewed in the checks history screen.  Previously, only the voided checks were showing in this window.  Click the ‘view details’ button on an individual check in order to see the lost or stolen status.  To assure this fix works on your computer, you must do the following four steps in order:
    • Right click on the W in the lower right corner of task bar.  Click on “Reset Local Reference Data”.
    • Right click on the W in the lower right corner of task bar.  Click on “Update Local Reference Data”.
    • Right click on the W in the lower right corner of task bar.  Click on “Log Off”.
    • After the W disappears, log back into the clinic application and view a participant’s checks history where checks have been keyed as lost or stolen.

    All four of these steps must be done in order for the change to go through.  Simply logging off and back on to MOWINS may not work.  See attached screen shots for example.
    If you have questions, please contact Melissa Seaver at Melissa.Seaver@health.mo.gov or 800-554-2544.

  3. WIC-24 May Invoices:  WIC-24 Invoices for May 2009, or earlier, submitted for payment in the month of June, must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing Application by close of business Friday, June 5, 2009.  Any invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July 2009.  This change in schedule complies with State Fiscal Year 2009 payment processing deadlines.  If you have questions please contact Laura Weiler at: laura.weiler@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

  4. Help Desk Coverage on May 8, 2009:  There will be coverage of the MOWINS/HANDS Help Desk from 8:00-5:00 on May 8, 2009, Truman Day.  However, the State WIC Office will be closed on May 8 2009, as this is a state holiday.  If you have questions contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  5. New Food Package Information Packet to Healthcare Providers:  The State office is pleased to announce that New WIC Food Packages information packet will be sent to Healthcare Providers in MO during the month of April.  It is important to note that issuance of some WIC foods in the New Food Packages will require more physician involvement.  LWPs are encouraged to share this information packet with Healthcare Providers within their communities.  The State office will continue to provide more information and training material to Healthcare Providers, LWPs and Participants before and during the implementation process.  This Healthcare Provider Information Packet includes the following:
    • Healthcare Provider Letter
    • Breastfeeding Promotion and Support and the New Food Packages
    • Flyer of Sample Food Packages of Children and Women
    • Summary sheet of the food package changes

    If you have questions please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov

  6. New Labels (Gentlease LIPIL and Enfamil A.R.LIPIL):  Mead Johnson Nutritionals (MJN) will have a small label change to two infant formula products Gentlease LIPIL and Enfamil A.R. LIPIL.  These formulas with new labels may be at WIC vendors in Missouri in June 2009.  Please share this upcoming label change with your staff and advise participants who are receiving these products.  If you have any questions, please contact TakakoTagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  7. 2010 National WIC Association Calendar (NWA) - Spanish version - The State office will be purchasing the 2010 NWA WIC Calendars.  If your agency would like to have the Spanish version of the WIC calendar, please e-mail the following information to Sheila Dessieux at Sheila.Dessieux@health.mo.gov by May 15, 2009.
    - Agency Name
    - Agency Number
     - Quantity Requested (WIC Calendar - Spanish)
    If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  8. Invitation Issued for Community Food Projects Funding:  On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a request for applications (RFA) for approximately $5 million in grants under the Community Food Projects (CFP) program.  CFP projects are designed to help meet the food needs of low-income individuals and communities through planning, infrastructure development, marketing, and comprehensive approaches to food, farm, and nutrition issues.

    Non-profit organizations are eligible to request up to $300,000 in funding for projects that can be up to three years’ duration.  Federal funds received must be matched one-for-one with non-federal resources.  Applications are due by May 13, 2009.  For additional requirements, review the RFA at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/09_community_food.pdf.

    The Community Food Security Coalition will continue to provide free written guidance and one-on-one technical assistance to Community Food Projects (CFP) applicants this year.  More information about CFP grants and assistance available can be found at http://www.foodsecurity.org/funding.html.

Attachments:
Breastfeeding Promotion and Support and the New WIC Food Packages
Breastfeeding Promotion
Enfamil LIPIL AR-12.9oz New Architecture
Enfamil LIPIL Gentlease-12oz New Architecture
Healthcare Provider Letter- New Food Package
Lost or Stolen
Poster - New Food Package
Summary of Changes