February 7, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1:  Risk Factor #121
SUBJECT 2:  Breast Pump Contract
SUBJECT 3:  Breastfeeding Coordinator Training
SUBJECT 4:  2011-2012 Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI)
SUBJECT 5:  Customer Service Tips

  1. Risk Factor # 121:  Several LWPs have expressed concern that MOWINS assigns Risk Factor 121 as high risk.  The System flags the participant’s record as high-risk for:

    • Infants birth to 23 months when length-for-age ≤5th percentile.
    • Children 23 to 59 months when height-for-age ≤5th percentile.

    Please read the information below from the USDA risk factor justification memo providing the reasoning for the risk factor assignment.  The USDA justification memo is also attached for additional information.

    Abnormal short stature in infants and children often happens when limited nutrients are supplied in their body cells.  Short stature is related to the lack of total calories eaten and to a poor quality diet that didn’t provide enough protein, mostly animal protein, and inadequate amounts of nutrients.  Short stature may also result from disease conditions.

    It is important that infants’ and children’s growth is monitored to assure an adequate growth pattern.  WIC can provide the nutrients to assist with this growth.  If you have questions about this information, please contact your TA nutritionist.

  2. Breast Pump Contract:  The Missouri WIC program has renewed the breast pump contract and has joined the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA).  This multi-state contract allows us to purchase breast pumps, double pumping kits and accessories at a considerable discount.  Even though three contractors were awarded the bid, Missouri will only be purchasing Medela products.  Below is the cost of the main products we will be purchasing:

    Single User Personal Double Electric Breast Pump
    Lactina Select Multi-user Electric Breast Pump
    Lactina Double Pumping Kit
    Harmony Manual Breast Pump


    The state will be placing another breast pump order in a couple of weeks.  Please watch the WIC Updates for the opportunity to place an order.  We have also had reports of insect infestations on a few breast pumps.  Through the WSCA contract our state will receive 100 free cleanings due to insect infestation.  For more information or any questions regarding breast pumps, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-526-4792.

  3. Breastfeeding Coordinator Training:  Breastfeeding Coordinator training is scheduled for March 24, 2011 in Jefferson City.  This one-day session will cover the role of the Breastfeeding Coordinator, breastfeeding management, 3-Step Counseling, and guidelines for loaning breast pumps, including information on assembly, use and cleaning.  This training will go beyond what is covered in the training “Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC: Breastfeeding Training for All WIC Staff”.

    Training Date: March 24, 2011
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City

    The training is mandatory for all new Breastfeeding Coordinators.  Any other staff member who would like additional information on breastfeeding is welcome to attend.  Email or fax the attached registration form to the State WIC office by March 11th, 2011.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792.

  4. 2011-2012 Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI):  We are pleased to announce that the four dietetic interns to begin in August 2011 have been selected.  All four of the incoming interns are from local WIC provider agencies and will bring a valuable perspective to the program.  We had some excellent candidates for the Missouri Program.  Our interns for this next year are: Mary Keels (Joplin City WIC)  TeNeal Minks (Cass County WIC), Celestine Onyango (Springfield-Greene County WIC), and Michelle West (Nodaway County WIC and Holt County WIC).  For more information about the MDHSS Program for Dietetic Interns, please contact Vicki Strickland at Vicki.Strickland@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7961.

  5. Customer Service Tips:  Attached is an article from Learning Dynamics that discusses customer service and the need for staff in each WIC office to “walk the talk.”

Risk Factor 121
Training Registration Form
WIC Tips for February 2011