February 24, 2014 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: Canned Fish Description Change in MOWINS
SUBJECT 2: 20 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
SUBJECT 3: Lactation support mini-grant for businesses
SUBJECT 4: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 5: Translated WIC Resource Items
SUBJECT 6: Civil Rights Policies - Update
SUBJECT 7: Microcuvette & Analyzer Deliveries
SUBJECT 8: Influenza Message from Bureau of Immunizations


  1. Canned Fish Description Changes: The new descriptions for canned fish will be implemented on March 3, 2014. Please share the attached notification memo with your all staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. 20 Great Reasons to Breastfeed: This handout is close to being out of stock in the DHSS warehouse and will not be replaced. A new handout is being developed, but will not be available before the “20 Great Reasons to Breastfeed” is out of stock. The handout titled “Missouri WIC Mom and Baby Food Packages” (#1001) has information on the benefits of breastfeeding and can be used until the new handout is available. The State WIC office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions about breastfeeding literature, please contact your district nutritionist or Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792.

  3. Lactation support mini-grant for businesses: The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses that provide their employees with breastfeeding support services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers interested in creating or improving lactation support policies and programs at their worksite.

    For example, funds may be used on:

    • Locks on doors
    • Privacy screens/partitions
    • Comfortable chair
    • Signs
    • Table or other flat surface to hold a breast pump

    To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the business must have and provide a written breastfeeding support policy that is in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To apply, complete the attached application and budget, and submit by April 1, 2014. Please contact Karla Voss at karla.voss@health.mo.gov with any questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  4. Breast Pump Order: The state WIC office has funding to place an order for double pumping kits, Lactina Select multi-user electric breast pumps, Harmony manual breast pumps and Personal Double Electric single-user breast pumps. Single-user means that this pump is not meant to be shared with other women, so this pump will be given to mothers who meet the following criteria:

    • Mother must be separated from her infant at least 32 hours per week.
    • Mother must be planning to offer breast milk exclusively to her infant and committed to continued long-term exclusive breastfeeding.
    • Infant must be receiving no formula from WIC.
    • Pump cannot be provided to the mother before 4 weeks post partum. If a mother needs a pump before then, she may be loaned a multi-user electric breast pump.

    For each participant that is provided this pump, the Single User Personal Electric Breast Pump Agreement/Questionnaire (attached) must be completed. It is important that you promote this pump to prenatal women and use as an additional incentive to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

    If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to Jeannie.Phelps@health.mo.gov by COB on Friday, March 14, 2014. Please keep in mind that funding is limited, so only order what you need. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

  5. Translated WIC Resource Items: The following WIC resources will be available in 16 languages through the WIC website beginning the week of February 24, 2014:
    Resource Items:

    • Rights and Responsibilities (WIC 10)
    • WIC Nutrition Assessment Form - Children (WIC 35)
    • WIC Nutrition Assessment Form - Women (WIC 36)
    • WIC Nutrition Assessment Form - Infants (WIC 37)

    Languages:
    Arabic; Bosnian; Burmese; Chinese; Farsi, French; Hindi; Hmong; Korean, Naple, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

    Website - WIC Forms:
    Click HERE to access WIC Forms

    Please share the information above with your all staff. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  6. Civil Rights Policies - Update: USDA has recently revised the non-discrimination statement. WOM Policies ER# 1.05600 and 1.05700 have been revised to reflect this change. The updated polices will be posted on the WOM site on March 3, 2014 and are attached. The new full non-discrimination statement is:

    “The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    As stated above, all protected bases do not apply to all programs. The first six protected bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex are the six protected bases for applicants and recipients of the Child Nutrition Programs.

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

    The short version of the non-discrimination statement has been changed to:

    “USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

    Materials previously printed with the prior statement can continue to be used until the stock is exhausted; however, reprints and printing of new materials must contain the revised statement.

    If you have any questions, please contact Debby Hanlon at Debby.Hanlon@health.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-6196. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

  7. Microcuvette & Analyzer Deliveries: Agencies scheduled to receive a shipment of microcuvettes and/or analyzers should begin receiving their shipment the week of Feb. 19, 2014.

    Once you have received your order, please verify the number of microcuvettes and analyzers received with the number listed on the packing slip. If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip. Please fax the packing slip to Laura at 573-526-1470, within one week of receiving the shipment. Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes and send WIC tags for the analyzers. If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers received is different from the packing slip, please call Lori Baysinger at 800-392-8209. If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes or analyzers you received and the date you received the shipment to Laura.Weiler@health.mo.gov. Thank you for your prompt cooperation.

  8. Influenza Message from Bureau of Immunizations: The Bureau of Immunization asked that we include the following message regarding the importance of influenza immunization. Influenza can be dangerous for a pregnant woman and her baby. In fact, the CDC recommends all pregnant women receive influenza immunization. The Bureau of Immunization Assessment and Assurance has materials to increase influenza awareness. Some examples are attached for you to use. They encourage you to display the poster and distribute the information to your participants. All of the material is available free and can be ordered by visiting http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/orderform2.php. (FOUR ATTACHMENTS)

Attachments:
Memo - Notification Tuna
Breastfeeding Stipend Application
Breastpump Order Request
Personal Double Pump Questionnaire Agreement
ER.1.05600 State Civil Rights
ER.1.05700 Local Civil Rights
Flu Season Coloring Page
Pharmacy Tip Card
Pregnant Poster Flu
Tackle the Flu Fact Sheet