July 11, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Old & New WIC Food List Distribution and Effective Date
SUBJECT 2: St. Louis City WIC Agencies Partnering in CDC Developmental Milestones Pilot
SUBJECT 3: WIC Invoicing System Webinars

  1. Old and New WIC Food List Distribution and Effective Date: Please see the attached guidelines for the old and new Missouri WIC Approved food lists. Please share with your staff and advise participants NOT to use the new food lists until October 1, 2011. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. St. Louis City WIC Agencies Partnering in CDC Developmental Milestones Pilot: Beginning July 1, WIC clinics in St. Louis City will be implementing an innovative pilot program designed to increase parents’ understanding of their children’s developmental milestones. Built on the theme of “Learn the Signs. Act Early”, this public awareness campaign focuses on recognizing the warning signs of developmental delays so that children can be diagnosed earlier. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment for developmental disorders greatly improve a child’s ability to thrive.

    WIC’s partner in the project is the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The project is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The MU Thompson Center is one of four organizations nationwide selected for this two-year project.

    “This program fits very neatly into the WIC model and reinforces our existing practices of watching for potential developmental delays and referring families to their primary care providers for assessment,” says Eva Obirek, Nutritionist III. “We are excited to work with the MU Thompson Center on this pilot program.”

    WIC clerks and nutritionists in the St. Louis City area will work with parents at each certification using a set of age-specific checklists to track their children’s development and will refer parents with concerns to their children’s primary care providers for follow-up. Each WIC site will feature colorful, child-friendly graphics that have been custom-designed for the St. Louis City WIC program. Families will be surrounded by the warm, friendly images and messages of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign each time they enter the WIC clinics. If you have any questions, please contact Eva Obirek at Eva.Obirek@health.mo.gov.

  3. WIC Invoicing System Webinars: New training webinars have been developed for LWP WIC Invoice users to learn step-by-step procedures to submit the WIC Invoice. There are 20 brief, separate webinar modules that give in-depth instructions for completing the monthly WIC Invoice and each accompanying worksheet A-E; the Special Fundings; the ACR; and the Budget Adjustment. You may view one module or all webinar modules at your convenience. The webinars may be found online. Click the link for the section you would like to view.

    We welcome suggestions to improve the webinars. Please contact Laura Weiler, 573-526-7901 or email at Laura.Weiler@health.gov.com

WIC Update Old & New WIC Approved Food Lists 7/11/11