July 27, 2015 WIC Update



SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer Survey - Response Requested. It is time to order microcuvettes by completing the survey. Please follow the instructions below to assure your agency receives your supply of microcuvettes and/or analyzer:

  • Microcuvette Survey: Please complete and return the attached survey via e-mail to WICOperations@health.mo.gov by Tuesday, August 4, 2015. This will assure no interruption in the supply of microcuvettes.
  • Microcuvette Order: The information from the survey will be used to identify the current supply on hand at each agency and to estimate the needs of each agency for the next six months. The microcuvette order will be shipped directly to your agency.
  • Analyzers: Analyzers are also available to agencies by completing the request and justification. Tell us why you need the analyzer: replace current analyzer; expand services in another room/satellite site; more efficient work flow; other: explain.

Local WIC Provider Confirmation: When you receive the order please do the following:

  • Verify the number of microcuvettes received with the number listed on the packing slip.
  • If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.
  • Fax the packing slip to the State WIC Office within one (1) week of receiving the shipment. The fax number is (573) 526-1470. Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes.

If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Lori Baysinger at 800-392-8209. Thank you for your cooperation. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: “Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC” Training. There is another training scheduled outside of Jefferson City at the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center on November 18 & 19, 2015. To register for the training, please use the attached registration form and email to Breastfeeding@health.mo.gov.

Please remember that all new WIC agency staff are required to attend this training. Nutritionist and CPAs must attend both days of training and all other staff (WIC Coordinators, WIC Clerks, HPAs, Certifiers, etc.) need only attend the first day, with the second day being optional. For more information on this training, please click here or contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

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 can 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 21, 2015. 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: Coding “No Show” for Nutrition Education. In an effort to improve documentation of nutrition education being offered to WIC participants, LWP staff including nutritionists, CPAs, and certifiers, are now able to code “No Show” for nutrition education on the day the appointment was missed instead of waiting until the end of the month. The agency should attempt to contact the participant and reschedule the appointment, but can code it as a no show at the end of that business day (or later) while completing follow-up on the missed appointment. If the participant is able to make it in for education before the end of the month, having the No Show coded in the system does not cause problems with coding another nutrition education contact on another day in the same month.

Important note: This does not count as a nutrition education contact and every effort should still be made to deliver the nutrition education as soon as possible, however it does document the fact that the participant was scheduled for nutrition education, although did not keep the appointment.
If you have any questions, please contact Bridgette Delgman-Yawberry at Bridgette.Delgman-Yawberry@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 5: REMINDER - 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, post-partum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this full two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar shown on September 24-25 and again on October 15-16, 2015 in Jefferson City. This year's continuing education program focuses on Dietary Guidelines, Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Lactation, Promoting Breastfeeding Among Obese Women, Environmental and Policy Approaches to Breastfeeding Promotion and Support, Depression and Physical Activity in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Fetal Origins of Disease, Choline Supplementation in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Nutrient Contents of Infant and Toddler Foods, Early Infant Feeding Influences on the Infant Microbiome, and Food Allergies. This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and will be shown by the WICNS Nutrition Training Institute. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registrants will have the option to register for only one day of either of the two sessions provided. You may register for the training here

SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner. This section will have Continuing Education Opportunities posted for WIC staff:

2015 Women’s Health Breastfeeding Grand Rounds: “Breastfeeding and the Workplace: Success Takes a Team.This is a free, live webinar on Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:30am - 9:30am (CT). This webinar will feature nationally recognized speakers, Cathy Carothers, co-director of Every Mother, Inc. and Dr. Ruth Lawrence, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The speakers will discuss the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers and the challenges mothers and employers face in doing so. To find registration and additional information go to http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/bfgr15.shtml or see attached flyer. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

WIC Positions

JOB OPENING: Part-Time WIC Nutritionist - Shannon County Health Center. The Shannon County Health Center is seeking a part-time WIC Nutritionist to work two days per week. Responsibilities include conducting nutrition assessments, assigning risk factors and providing appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding education to all participants according to WIC program policies and procedures. Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in dietetics, public health nutrition, human nutrition, nutritional sciences, nutrition and fitness, sports nutrition, restaurant and food sciences, or home economics; including at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition from a four-year program, and at least one course in diet therapy I and II and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in life cycle/life cycle nutrition. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit resume to: Shannon County Health Center, Attention: Kandra Counts, P.O. Box 788, Eminence, MO 65466. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer