June 8, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: New WIC Food Packages
SUBJECT 2: Voter Registration Training
SUBJECT 3: Shipping Notification-Voter Registration Application Forms (WIC/MVR-1)
SUBJECT 4: Participant Nutrition Education on the Web
SUBJECT 5: Formula Labels

  1. New WIC Food Packages:  The new WIC food packages that will be implemented October 1, 2009 are designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding.  Please see the attached information sheet that contains education points and highlights of the new breastfeeding food package.  This information will be discussed in more detail at the Program Updates training that is scheduled in June and July.  If you have questions before then, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792.

  2. Voter Registration Training:  Voter Registration Training has been developed by the state WIC office to ensure uniform application of the Voter Registration law and policy.  Please see the attached Voter Registration Self-guided Training.  The Local WIC Provider is required to provide Voter Registration Training to all new staff within six months of the date of hire or rehire.  All local agency staff must be trained annually using this self-guided training module.  It should take about ten minutes to go through the module.  If you have any questions, please contact Betty Cassidy at Betty.Cassidy@health.mo.gov or 800-392-8209.

  3. Shipping Notification-Voter Registration Application Forms (WIC/MVR-1):
    This is to notify you that the DHSS warehouse will ship Voter Registration Application forms (WIC/MNR-1) to local WIC providers early July 2009.  If you have questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.tagami@health.mo.gov.

  4. Participant Nutrition Education on the Web:  Due to the amount of work involved in the implementation of MOWINS and the New Food Package, the State WIC Office has not been able to complete the development of the Nutrition Education classes on the Web as anticipated.  We apologize for the delay and hope to be able to make them available for LWPs and participants use by September 1, 2009.  Please contact your district nutritionist if you have further questions.

  5. Formula Labels:  Please share the following information with your staff and advise participants who are receiving these products.
    1. Gentlease LIPIL, Enfamil A.R. LIPIL and EnfaCare LIPIL:
      There is a small label change in these products.   These formulas with new labels may be at WIC vendors in Missouri in June 2009.
    2. Nutramigen LIPIL (16 oz) and Nutramigen LIPIL with Enflora™ LGG (12.6 oz):
      The labels look similar; however, these are different products.
    3. Enfamil LIPIL (12.9 oz) and Enfamil Premium (12.5 oz):
      Approved ---- Enfamil LIPIL (12.9 oz)
      Not Approved ----Enfamil Premium (12.5 oz)
      If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
LWP BF Food Pkg Education
MJN Lables - 4 Pages
National Voter Registration Act -TRAINING 06 2009