September 19, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Breast Pumps
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 3: Changes to Food Items in MOWINS
SUBJECT 4: New Missouri WIC Approved Food Lists - Effective October 1, 2011
SUBJECT 5: WIC Help Desk Meetings
SUBJECT 6: WIC Prescreening Tool
SUBJECT 7: State Staff Changes
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III – Jefferson City

  1. Breast Pumps: The Missouri WIC program purchases breast pumps at a discounted rate through the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA). Attached is a list of items that are allowable and available for local WIC agencies to purchase at the discounted rate. To place an order, contact Bonnie Voigt at Medela at 815-578-2459 or by email at Bonnie.Voigt@Medela.com. Please make sure Medela uses your local agency account, so the invoice will be mailed to your agency, rather than the state WIC office.

    Please remember that the current contract price for the Medela Lactina Select multi-user electric breast pump is $299.00. This is the amount that should be listed on your breast pump loan agreement as the replacement costs if a breast pump is not returned or is damaged. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kathy Mertzlufft, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. Breast Pump Order: Medela is planning to ship the requested breast pumps on September 21, 2011. Please remember that the following procedure must be followed in order to verify receipt of shipment for payment and to send the required WIC tags.

    • Immediately upon receipt of shipment, please locate the packing slip and verify that your agency received the products and quantities stated.
    • Sign the packing slip to verify the order is correct.
    • Fax the signed packing slip to Laura Weiler at the state WIC office at 573-526-1470. WIC tags will be mailed upon receipt of your packing slip.
    • If your agency did not receive what was stated on the packing slip, please contact the state WIC office immediately.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-526-4792.

  3. Changes to Food Items in MOWINS: Food descriptions for items listed below will be revised and implemented on Monday, October 3, 2011:

    Current Descriptions for WIC Checks New Descriptions for WIC Checks
    4 OZ JARS INFANT FRUITS/VEGGIES APPROVED ITEMS ONLY 4 OZ INFANT FRUITS/VEGGIES APPROVED TYPES (1 TWIN PACK=2)
    46/12 OZ JUICE APPROVED TYPES/SIZES 46 OZ CAN OR 11.5-12 OZ CONCENTRATE JUICE APPROVED TYPES
    64 OZ JUICE APPROVED TYPES 64 OZ CONTAINER JUICE APPROVED BRANDS & TYPES
    HALF GALLON SOY MILK 8TH CONTINENT ORIGINAL PLAIN HALF GALLON SOY MILK 8TH CONTINENT ORIGINAL PLAIN OR VANILLA  
    OUNCES GENERAL MILLS RICE CHEX GLUTEN FREE OUNCES GENERAL MILLS RICE CHEX OR CORN CHEX  (GLUTEN FREE)
    6 PACK (8 OZ) ENSURE ALL FLAVORS RTU 6 PACK (8 OZ) ENSURE (NUTRITION SHAKE) ALL FLAVORS RTU
    6 PACK (8OZ) PEDIASURE ALL FLAVORS RTU 6 PACK (8 OZ) PEDIASURE ALL FLAVORS RTU (WITHOUT FIBER)
    • Local WIC provider (LWP) staff must log off MOWINS by 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2011 in order to receive the food item updates on Monday, October 3, 2011.
    • LWP staff must create new food prescriptions for participants who have been receiving food items that are being inactivated.  Food prescriptions can be established by a WIC Certifier or CPA.
    • The “Participant with Inactive Food Items” report, including participants’ information (e.g. names, state ID numbers, name of formula) will be available for local providers on Crystal Reports in the Clinic Management folder on Monday, October 3, 2011.

    Please share information above with staff:  If you have any questions and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  4. New Missouri WIC Approved Food Lists - Effective October 1, 2011:  It is important to note that participants must purchase WIC foods as printed on the WIC checks.  For example:

    • Participants who have checks with the description “4 oz Jars Infant Fruits/Veggies Approved Items Only” are not allowed to purchase infant foods in twin-packs.
    • Participants who have checks with the description “Half Gallon Soymilk 8th Continent Original Plain” are not allowed to purchase Soymilk 8th Continent Vanilla.

    Please share this information with staff.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  5. WIC Help Desk Meetings:  This is a reminder of the WIC Help Desk Meetings that take place once per month.  These meetings will be held on Fridays from 8:15 am to 10:15 am.  There will be no Help Desk Coverage during this time.  We chose these hours because some local agencies are not open on Fridays and there are not usually many calls.  Although staff will not be available during these hours, feel free to leave a message and all calls will be returned as soon as possible. You may also send an email to the WIC MOWINS Help Desk at wichelpdesk@health.mo.gov.  The next Help Desk meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 23rd. The dates of the fourth quarter meetings of 2011 are October 21st, November 18th, and December 16th. The purpose of these meetings is to review processes and procedures in order to provide the highest quality customer service to local agencies and WIC participants. If you have questions, please contact the Melissa Seaver at 800-554-2544 or
    Melissa.Seaver@health.mo.gov.

  6. WIC Prescreening Tool:  The Food and Nutrition Service is pleased to announce that the WIC Prescreening Tool is now available on the USDA/FNS website. The WIC Prescreening Tool is a web-based application intended to help potential WIC applicants determine if they are likely to be eligible for WIC benefits.  The Tool asks users to complete a series of questions regarding their categorical, residential and income eligibility for WIC benefits.  Based on their responses to these questions, users are informed that they “may be eligible” or “may not be eligible” for WIC benefits.  Users who are likely to be eligible to receive WIC benefits are provided with State-specific contact information and are encouraged to make a certification appointment with their WIC local agencies.  Additionally, users are provided with a printable summary of their responses and a list of examples of the documentation that is required at an initial certification appointment.

    The WIC Prescreening Tool is now accessible to all internet users via the “Am I Eligible?” links on the WIC homepage [http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/].  It may also be accessed directly at https://stars.fns.usda.gov/wps/.  The Tool is currently available in English, Spanish and Chinese (traditional).  More languages are expected to be added in the near future.

  7. State Staff Changes:  There have been a couple of staff changes at the state WIC office.  Lyn Konstant has taken a new position as Administrator for the Section of WIC and Community Nutrition Services.  Programs in this section include: WIC, program for dietetic interns, breastfeeding peer counseling, child and adult care food program, commodity supplemental food program, summer food service program and Eat Smart.

    We pleased to announce that Lisa Brown has accepted the position of WICNS bureau chief and Missouri WIC Director.  Ms. Brown comes to us from SERVE Inc. in Fulton, a nonprofit organization that operates eight programs. Ms. Brown was the executive director and responsible for managing a staff of 20 and over 400 volunteers.  She successfully turned around an organization that was on the brink of folding when she took the job.

    Lisa has dual BA degrees in psychology and sociology from Drury University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She has owned her own business and worked as a associate attorney in a law office in St. Louis and as a juvenile office attorney in Greene County.  Lisa will start Monday, September 26.  Please join me in welcoming her to the wonderful world of WIC.

    Jeannie Phelps has taken a Health Program Representative I/II position in the Customer Service Unit.  Jeannie will be testing MOWINS in the production environment and testing/tracking on issues that local agencies are having. She will work on the help desk from time to time.  Previously Jeannie worked in the WIC vendor unit as a Senior Office Support Assistant.

    Jason Seehusen has taken a promotion to the position of Senior Office Support Assistant (position vacated by Jeannie Phelps) in the WIC vendor unit.  If you have vendor questions, you may have the opportunity to talk with Jason.

    We will be updating the WIC picture directory in the near future.


WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III – Jefferson City
The Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services (WICNS) has an immediate opening for a Nutritionist III in Jefferson City. This position will assist with testing risk factor issues and nutrition enhancements in Missouri WIC Information Network System (MOWINS). This person will be responsible for the development and/or revision of nutrition training webinars to address MOWINS releases.  Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing technical assistance to and monitoring of assigned local WIC providers, assisting with special formula approvals, and assisting with the Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) by providing nutrition classes/presentations and other PDI assignments as requested.  This position will require some statewide travel, including some overnights.  Work outside of normal hours may be necessary.  Excellent customer service, written and verbal communication, teamwork, confidentiality and prioritization skills are required.  A registered dietitian, licensed in Missouri, is required.

Interested applicants must apply and be determined eligible for the Nutritionist III classification by completing an application at www.ease.com, unless you have previously applied and been determined eligible for this position.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Julie Tracy by close of business September 26 to submit a resume.  She can be reached at Julie.Tracy@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
Medela Price List (WSCA) for LWP