March 2, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: WIC Equipment
SUBJECT 2: Updated WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request form (WIC 7)
SUBJECT 3: National Children’s Dental Health Month

  1. WIC Equipment:  Due to new equipment being installed and old equipment being surplused as a result of MOWINS, the Local WIC Providers (LWPs) are being reminded to check the accuracy of the equipment received and/or removed against the DH-60 before signing the DH-60.  The LWP must also keep a copy of the signed DH-60 on file.  The local WIC provider shall add new WIC purchased equipment to their inventory list and document the disposal date and method for equipment that is removed.

    All equipment that the LWP receives from the state WIC office is on loan to them.  The local WIC provider is responsible for appropriate security and use of any state owned equipment while it is in their possession.  No tagged WIC equipment may be disposed of without permission from the state WIC office.  The state WIC office will determine the proper paperwork that needs to be prepared based on the type of equipment being removed from service.  Please refer to WOM policies 1.04900, 1.05000, and 1.05100 for more information.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Rost at linda.rost@health.mo.gov.

  2. Updated WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request form (WIC 7):  The WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request form (WIC 7) has been updated to include the following new items:
    • Playing with Your Baby  (#1092)
    • Playing with Your 4-6 Years Old (#1094)
    • Playing with Your 1-3 Year Old (#1093)
    • Exercise During Pregnancy (#1095)

    Please begin using the updated WIC 7 form.  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. National Children’s Dental Health Month - Washington, DC:  As the country celebrates National Children's Dental Health Month, many health care professionals, teachers, and parents are promoting the benefits of good oral health to children.  Although it is easy to find accurate information about the proper way to brush and floss, parents often receive conflicting information about breastfeeding and oral health.  This has presented a barrier to continued breastfeeding beyond six months of age, when an infant typically begins to develop normal oral flora (bacteria) with the eruption of primary teeth.  Attached is information from the United States Breastfeeding Committee regarding oral health. 

Attachments:
WIC-7 Nutrition Education Material Request Form
Breastfeeding and Oral Health News Release