March 22, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Income Guidelines
SUBJECT 2: New Procedure for Shipping WIC Equipment
SUBJECT 3: 64 oz Juice for Children
SUBJECT 4: Food and Formula Reference Guide (FFRG) – Effective March 29, 2010
SUBJECT 5: New Formula Descriptions Effective Date March 29, 2010 ----- IMPORTANT!
SUBJECT 6: WIC Paraprofessional/Professional Training for WIC Certifiers and CPAs
SUBJECT 7: Point Presentation for Redemption of Checks
SUBJECT 8: Updates on WIC Resources
SUBJECT 9: National Women’s Health Week

  1. Income Guidelines: The release of the income guidelines for April 1, 2010- March 31, 2011 has been delayed.  In the meantime, continue to use the current income guidelines (April 1, 2009- March 31, 2010).  These income guidelines have been indefinitely extended.  As soon as the updated income guidelines are available, we will send them to you.
    If you have questions, contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.
  2. New Procedure for Shipping WIC Equipment- Please Read:  Beginning April 1, 2010, when DHSS warehouse staff ships WIC Equipment such as computers and printers, the pink copy of the DH-60 will be sent along with the equipment.  John Braloski or Chris Lute at the DHSS warehouse will send an email to the WIC coordinator when the equipment is shipped.  The email will tell the coordinator in which box (if there is more than one box in the shipment) the pink copy is located, that the equipment should arrive within two business days and that the agency should retain the pink copy for their records.  You should file the pink copies so they are available if state WIC staff asks to see them.

    If you have questions, contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.
  3. 64 oz (1/2 Gallon) Juice for Children:  Juice for children can only be issued in 64 ounce (1/2 gallon) containers.  This does not mean that it includes all sizes up to 64 ounces.  If your agency is instructing participants to allow other sizes besides the 64 ounce (1/2 gallon) container for children, please correct this immediately.  Please remember: Missouri WIC only allows the 64 ounce (1/2 gallon) containers of approved juices for children 1 year old and up to the child’s 5th birthday.
  4. Food and Formula Reference Guide (FFRG) Effective March 29, 2010:
    Attached is the FFRG, which is Effective March 29, 2010.  Please note the following sections for important changes:
    • Infants (6-11 months old) Who Do Not Receive Complementary Infant Foods  
    • Dilution – Handling Requests for Infant Formulas, Exempt Formulas, and Medical Foods with Dilutions Different from Those Indicated on the Label of The Product
    • Issuance of Ready-To-Use/Feed Formulas
    • Human Milk Fortifier

    Please share the FFRG with your staff and read sections marked with “New” and “Updated” thoroughly.  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  5. New Formula Descriptions Effective Date March 29 - Important!  As announced through the WIC Weekly Update (March 8, 2010), the State office will be updating formula descriptions on Sunday, March 28, 2010.  Therefore, all MOWINS users must log off before leaving at the end of the week of March 22, 2010.  Attached is a list of new and old formula descriptions to be used in MOWINS and the effective date.  Please share the information with your staff and participants who receive the formulas listed on the attached sheet.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  6. WIC Paraprofessional/Professional Training for WIC Certifiers and CPAs:  Starting July 2010, the WIC Paraprofessional-Professional training will be extended by ½ day for a total of 1½ days.  Delivery of the training will remain face-to-face at Jefferson City starting at 1 pm on Monday and releasing at 4:30 pm on Tuesday.  This additional time will allow training to expand on topics such as formula issues, high risk care plans, critical thinking skills, 3-step counseling, MOWINS screens, etc.  Our goal is to continue improving training to meet staff needs while enhancing nutrition services in WIC.  A new training schedule with training times and dates will be posted on the web at a later date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov.
  7. PowerPoint Presentation for Redemption of Checks:  Local WIC Providers are required to provide participants with a complete explanation of how to redeem food instruments.  A PowerPoint presentation has been created to assist local WIC providers in explaining the redemption process.  By using the Redemption PowerPoint presentation local WIC providers can be assured all components of the required information will be presented to the WIC participant.  This redemption education PowerPoint will be located on the WICLWP web site.
  8. Update on WIC Resources:
    Spanish Version of the Welcome to WIC:
    Attached is a printer-friendly version of the Welcome to WIC brochure in Spanish.  Please feel free to make copies as needed.  The Spanish version of this brochure is being printed.  Local WIC providers will be notified when it becomes available at the DHSS warehouse through the WIC Weekly Update.

    New Languages:
    The State office would like to thank to those who completed the WIC Translated Resource Needs Survey.  Requests for making WIC resources available in the following new languages were received: French, Italian, Romanian, Hindi, Marshallese, and Chuukese.  Currently, those languages are under consideration.

    Posters:
    During the week of March 8, 2010, the state office mailed the following posters to WIC Nutrition Coordinators:

    • Dairy Council’s Milk Poster
    • Immunization Poster – First Line of Defense against Infectious Diseases.

    Please utilize those resources for nutrition education.

    If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  9. National Women’s Health Week:  Now is the time to begin planning for National Women's Health Week, a time when women across the country are reminded to take small, manageable steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. The Office on Women's Health is requesting assistance in:
    Any organization can support National Women's Health Week by holding a women's health activity at the local level.
    • Soliciting participation in the WOMAN Challenge (an eight week physical activity challenge)

Register to participate in this free challenge that encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.  Participants will be able to track their progress to see how they measure up against others.  To help participants reach their goals, participants will receive a weekly newsletter with fitness and nutrition tips. http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/woman-challenge/

    • Encouraging staff/clients to take the Check-Up Day Pledge

      Join the hundreds of women who are taking the time to schedule at least one of the preventive health screenings recommended by their health care provider during May.  You will only be asked to select your state (Missouri) - NO personal information is requested. http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/check-up-day/#pledge

      For more information on National Women's Health Week, visit the department's Women's Health Web site and click on the National Women's Health Week icon or contact Karen Kliethermes at (573) 526-0445 or karen.kliethermes@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
Welcome TO WIC SPANISH
Food & Formula Reference Guide (FFRG)
Formula (New) Descriptions
Hosting Ideas for Women's Health Events