October 10, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Program for Dietetic Interns
SUBJECT 2: Plastic Sleeve Order for October 2011 – January 2012 - Action Required
SUBJECT 3: Food Mini-Posters (Herbs, Spices and Soymilk)
SUBJECT 4: Updated WIC-8 Form
SUBJECT 5: Business Case for Breastfeeding for Health Care Plans Webinar

  1. Program for Dietetic Interns: The Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) is now taking applications for the 2012-2013 class year. Up to four interns will be chosen from the pre-select option. This is advantageous for employees of LWPs who are eligible to participate in the pre-select option. The deadline for the pre-select option is Dec. 15th. There is no fee for those interns who are employed by the MDHSS WIC program or employed by a Missouri Local WIC Provider. A $3,000 fee applies to all other interns. Be sure to use the "new" application form, which is required (see attached). The Dietetic Internship Recommendation form is also attached for your use. For more information, visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at 800-392-8209 or Vicki.Strickland@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

  2. Plastic Sleeve Order for October 2011 – January 2012-Action Required: During the week of October 10, 2011, WIC Coordinators/supply contact persons will receive an e-mail message with a link to a survey to answer the following questions:

    • Quantities of plastic sleeves that your agency needs
    • Month(s) your agency wants to receive plastic sleeves.

    Please complete the survey by October 21, 2011.

  3. WIC Food Mini-Posters (Herbs, Spices and Soymilk): The following mini-posters are available for local WIC provider’s use:

    • WIC Approved Soymilk (Original Plain and Vanilla)
    • Not Approved Herbs & Spices

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

  4. Updated WIC-8 Form: The WIC/Breastfeeding Resource Supply Request form (WIC-8) has been updated. Please begin using the new form when ordering supplies and resources from the DHSS Warehouse. If you have suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  5. Business Case for Breastfeeding for Health Care Plans Webinar: The National Institute for Health Care Management is hosting the webinar titled, “The Business Case for Breastfeeding for Health Care Plans on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 12:00-1:30 pm. This webinar will present the business case for investing in breastfeeding; including strategies for health plans to educate employers on the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace and ways health plans can encourage members to initiate breastfeeding and to continue breastfeed after returning to work. The webinar will also share promising practices of health plans to promote breastfeeding, including worksite lactation programs for health plan employees and programs to provide access to breast pumps and lactation support for members. Click here to register. The deadline to register is noon on October 24, 2011. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
Dietetic Intern Recommendation Form
Dietetic Internship Program Application wtih instructions
WIC Approved Soy Milk
Herbs & Spices
Update WIC-8 LWP Supply Request Form