july 14, 2014 wic update

subject 1: modec social media awareness campaign
subject 2: breastfeeding initiation and duration report
subject 3: breast pump order
subject 4: reminder - mowins hot topics session
subject 5: save the date - university of minnesota national maternal nutrition intensive course seminar telecast
subject 6: issuance of formula from lwp storage
subject 7: ffy 2015 lap is ready for use
subject 8: missouri receives funding to implement ewic
job opportunity: wic breastfeeding peer counselor-grace hill health centers, inc.
job opportunity: wic certifier/hpa st. charles county hd

subject 1: modec social media awareness campaign:
missouri alliance the missouri alliance for drug endangered children (modec) is running a social media campaign to raise awareness about the plight of children who are exposed to environments where abuse, manufacturing or sales of drugs occur, modec is focusing messages on different topics each month. these awareness messages will be posted on facebook.

one monthly email will be sent out announcing the monthly topic(s). you can help by forwarding the monthly announcement message to your contacts and encouraging them to visit the modec facebook page.

modec social media awareness campaign - july topics:
during the month of july, modec will promote the availability of core dec training and will promote the creation of local dec teams. check them out on facebook for awareness messages related to these important topics.

subject 2: breastfeeding initiation and duration report: breastfeeding rates for the period ending 6/30/2014 are now available in crystal reports. the report is located in the “breastfeeding/breast pumps” folder and includes data for the years 2012-2014. the year 2012 is the report for period ending 6/30/2012, year 2013 is for period ending 6/30/2013 and year 2014 is for period ending 6/30/2014.

overall, the state has again seen a slight increase in breastfeeding rates for both initiation and duration. this is due to all the hard work of our local wic providers in implementing best practices that support breastfeeding. thank you for your dedication in assisting our moms in meeting their breastfeeding goals. if you have any questions about breastfeeding rates, please contact kathy mertzlufft at kathy.mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or at 573-526-4792.

subject 3: 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, august 8, 2014. if you have any questions please contact kathy mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at kathy.mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (two attachments)

subject 4: reminder - mowins hot topics session: mowins hot topics: the next mowins hot topics session providing guidance for navigating the new wic training portal will be friday, july 18, 2014 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. the mowins hot topics session is open to all lwp staff, but registration is required. if you haven’t already done so, you can access the link to register here. Once a registration has been completed, a confirmation will be sent within 48 business hours providing additional details. please be aware, this is a live webinar and conference call with state office wic staff, so a computer with a network connection and phone with mute capabilities are necessary to participate.

if you are unable to attend this session, it will be posted to the mowins webpage at a later date. previous sessions along with future dates and topics for the mowins hot topic sessions are also posted on the mowins webpage. Please click here to submit topics or suggestions for improving future mowins hot topic sessions.

if you have questions, please contact the wic help desk via e-mail at wichelpdesk@health.mo.gov or by calling 800-554-2544.

subject 5: save the date - university of minnesota national maternal nutrition intensive course seminar telecast: nutrition education opportunity: wic registered dietitians, nutritionists, and public health nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this full two-day national maternal nutrition intensive course seminar shown on november 20-21, 2014 in jefferson city. this year's continuing education program focuses on nutrition and infant mortality, fasd identification & treatment, street drug use among pregnant women, baby-led weaning, predictors of obesity among 4 year old children, nutrition, neonatal growth and cognitive development, substance use and depression in postpartum women, and nutrition, obesity and male reproductive health. this training is presented by the university of minnesota’s school of public health and will be shown by the wicns’ nutrition training institute. please watch for registration form and additional details to be sent in a few weeks.

subject 6: issuance of formula from lwp storage: some local wic agencies have a storage area where they store formula that is returned to the wic clinic when the formula cannot be used by the wic participant. when accepting unused unopened containers of formula, the lwp staff must check that there are no dented cans and that the formula expiration date is still good. when the formula is re-issued to another wic participant, you must issue it through mowins via the direct ship selection. do not just give the can(s) of formula to a wic participant without issuing it in mowins. please be extra cautious that you do not issue more formula than what is allowed for the month, this is over issuance and is against federal regulations.  never replace formula or issue checks for an issuance period that has already expired. there is a mowins hot topics of december 2013 titled direct shipments & extra formula that will provide you additional information on this issue. the webinar can be reviewed at the following address: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/localagency/mowins/
 if you have questions, please contact your ta nutritionist.

subject 7: ffy 2015 lap is ready for use: the ffy2015 local agency plan (lap) caseload and special funding amounts have been updated by wic state office and the online lap is ready for use at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/localagency/formspoliciesprocedures/. if you have problems accessing the lap application, please contact the itsd help desk.

to enter data in your lap for ffy2015 after logging on to the application, select your agency number from the dropdown list and click on “access next year’s wic lap” in the middle of the page. local agencies need to complete their lap by friday, august 29, 2014.

to assist local agencies in preparing their lap, assistance is available. the ffy2015 local agency plan (lap) manual is available at: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/pdf/lap-instruction-guide.pdf.

if you have questions regarding the completion of the lap for your agency, please contact a member of your wic technical assistance team. the map with names and contact numbers is located at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/pdf/tamap.pdf.

subject 8: missouri receives funding to implement ewic: usda has announced that missouri is one of the states awarded technology funds to pilot and implement an electronic benefits transfer (ebt) benefit delivery system. the ebt system will be called ewic and will replace the paper food instruments. the news release can be found here http://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2014/fns-000314 this funding is for the statewide implementation of ewic, including funding to enhance mowins to be ebt compatible. we are just now at the initial stages of implementation, but stay tuned for the release of the date that we will move to pilot!

wic positions

job opportunity: wic breastfeeding peer counselor-grace hill health centers, inc. has an immediate opening for a part time (18-24 hours per week) peer counselor in the wic program. the candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent and breastfed one baby (does not have to be currently breastfeeding). the selected candidate will provide basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to wic eligible prenatal and breastfeeding moms and express enthusiasm about breastfeeding and help mothers enjoy a positive experience. the candidate must be willing to accept after hour phone calls and make home and hospital visits. send resume to acey j. staples, at grace hill health centers, 1717 biddle street, st. louis, missouri 63106 or e-mail to aceys@gracehill.org wic is an equal opportunity employer.

job opportunity: the saint charles county health department is currently accepting applications for a position within the wic program. this position is a wic certifier/hpa. minimum qualifications include graduation from a general or technical high school or equivalent. requires two years responsible clerical experience performing customer service, record keeping. all applications must be submitted only through the saint charles county self-service website at http://hr.sccmo.org/hr. faxed, e-mailed or printed applications will not be accepted. for questions, please contact eva obirek at eobirek@sccmo.org.


breastpump order request
personal double pump questionnaire agreement