August 1, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: 2016 WIC Conference and Registration Form
SUBJECT 2: Public Comment Invited on 2017 State WIC Plan
SUBJECT 3: WICHealth.org New Updates
SUBJECT 4: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 5: Breastfeeding Conference
SUBJECT 6: Resource Order Forms
SUBJECT 7: CEU Corner


SUBJECT 1: 2016 WIC Conference and Registration Form. The 2016 WIC Conference will be October 26th - 28th at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, 63103. The State WIC Agency is pleased to support this excellent training opportunity.  The conference offers opportunities to network with WIC colleagues, keep up to date on nutrition and breastfeeding trends, visit with participating WIC exhibitors, and meet and discuss current WIC topics with State staff.

The conference registration fee is $220 per person. The State Agency will pay the registration fees for a limited number of staff from each agency based on caseload.  The number of staff that the State Agency will fund is listed in the chart below.  The State Agency will pay for all Peer Counselors to attend.  The same rates for reimbursement listed below apply.  

Local Agencies (LAs) who wish to send more staff than what the State is funding are responsible for paying the extra registrations.  All LA staff planning to attend the conference MUST register with the Missouri WIC Association in order to attend!  Please mark on the registration form whether the State Agency or the Local Agency is paying the registration fee.  The State will pay the registration fees directly to MWA after LAs have registered.   LAs will receive an invoice following registration with instructions for payment for staff that exceeds the number the State will fund. Registration is not final until payment has been received.  Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment.

FFY 2016
Monthly Caseload
State Paid Registrations for
WIC Staff up to:
Less than 500 2 Plus
Breastfeeding
Peer Counselors
501 - 1,000 3
1,001 - 2,000 4
2,001 - 3,000 5
More than 3,001 6

The State Agency has also allocated funding for lodging, travel and meals for the number of staff listed above, billable through FY17 Special Funding. Lodging allocations are based on double occupancy. Travel allowance is based on two persons per vehicle at the State rate of .37 cents/mile and an overnight parking fee of $15 per night. Meal allowance is calculated using the State per Diem of $31.00 per day ($11.00 lunch, $20.00 dinner).

To register for the conference, complete the registration form (attached) and email to Jan Glaze at jglaze@jfcac.org or Fax to 636-789-5736 by September 1, 2016.
Please contact Rhonda Breitenbecher at Rhonda.Breitenbecher@lpha.mo.gov for questions about registration.

Each agency is responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  If calling the hotel to make reservations, request the reservation from the block of rooms identified as “Missouri WIC” in order to receive the special room rate. Reservations may also be made online by selecting this link.

Hotel reservations must be made by September 26. 

Conference Hotel:
St. Louis Union Station
Double Tree by Hilton 
1820 Market St. 
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-1234

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SUBJECT 2: Public Comment Invited on 2017 WIC State Plan. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is soliciting public comment on the proposed Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program FFY 2017 State Plan, which covers the period beginning October 1, 2016 and ending September 30, 2017. The State Plan describes the State agency's objectives and procedures for all aspects of WIC Program administration for the 2017 Federal fiscal year.
The State Plan is located at /living/families/wic/localagency/resourcespublications/

All public comments are welcome and should be directed to the attention of Susan White at Susan.White@health.mo.gov via email, fax 573-526-1470, or mail to Susan White, WIC and Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0570. Comments will be included in the final copy of the plan which will be submitted to the US Department of Agriculture. All comments are due to the Department of Health and Senior Services by August 15 to allow time for incorporation into the final document.

SUBJECT 3: WICHealth.org New Updates. All local agencies should have received an email around 5/5/2016 from wichealth.org to set up your new support account with new security features. Check your spam mail if you did not get the email or have not set up a new account. If you did not receive an “invite” during this time period, contact help@wichealth.org and request to have access to a staff support account. Please include your state (Missouri) and agency name as well as your email address.

It is important that LA staff have a support account because of a change that was effective on 7/21/16 that included additional security features to protect participant information on the certificate. Local agency staff will not be able to access certificates of completion as you have done in the past because of this change. Staff members will need to use their wichealthsupport.org login. How the new process works:

  • Once a staff member receives the email and clicks on the link, if they are not already logged in, they will be prompted to login to see the participant certificate. As long as they are logged in, they will be able to see multiple certificates. After a time period of 45 minutes, the system will time out and they will have to log in again to see additional certificates.
  • Having a support account will provide another option to do a client search and review certificates login as a client and also enable staff to review clinic usage statistics. Please note that only one email address can receive certificates currently at the LA which is different from previous instruction as noted in the weekly update message of August 11, 2014.

Please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov if you have any questions.

SUBJECT 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 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 19, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 5: Breastfeeding Conference. The Greater Ozarks Regional Breastfeeding Coalition invites you to attend a Breastfeeding Conference, “Building a Bridge to a Better World”, on Friday, August 26, 2016, at Mercy Hospital- Springfield, MO. Dr. Christina Smillie will be featured as the keynote speaker. The conference will focus on promoting breastfeeding by providing participants with the tools needed to address the most common barriers to breastfeeding that women encounter and will be suited for all professionals, clinicians, and community workers who work with breastfeeding families. Please see the registration form at the end of the attached brochure or email ozarksbreastfeeding@gmail.com for more information. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: Resource Order Forms. Please see the WIC Form website for the resource order forms listed below:

WIC 6 DHSS Nutrition & Health Resource Request Form Updated
WIC 7 WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request Updated
WIC 8 WIC Resource Supply Request Updated
WIC 9 WIC Breastfeeding Resource Request Updated
DH-47 DHSS Request for Literature Form
N/A DHSS Oral Health Program Supply Order Form New!
N/A DHSS Oral Health Program Request for Literature (DH-47 Oral Health) New!

Please use the appropriate form to order resource materials from the DHSS warehouse. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

SUBJECT 7: CEU Corner

Supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Role of State and Territorial Health Agencies
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is working to identify and promote the January 2016 changes of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) in order to educate and mobilize state health leadership to utilize and integrate the DGA throughout the state health agency. The Dietary Guidelines has guided policymakers, nutrition and health professionals, and other stakeholders to encourage U.S. citizens ages 2 and older to consume healthful diets that align with the body of current scientific evidence. This pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the Key Recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and highlight how Massachusetts has utilized the Guidelines to develop nutrition standards for state agency food procurement and the work that Missouri has been doing to promote healthy eating through the Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy initiative.

Why is Vitamin E Important for Infants and Children?
The pre-recorded webinar was sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Vitamin and Mineral Research Interest Section with speakers Joan Cook-Mills, PhD and Maret G. Traber, PhD. This webinar aims to create awareness and inspire additional research on the role of vitamin E in neurodevelopment, cognition and allergic airway disease, especially during critical periods of the lifecycle. It describes the role of vitamin E and its different isoforms throughout the lifecycle, particularly as it pertains to neurodevelopment, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease, as well as allergic airway disease; states the limitations of measuring vitamin E adequacy through measurement of blood levels alone; and identifies potential gaps and opportunities to advance the science, guide public policy and educate consumers on the importance of adequate vitamin E intakes during the lifecycle.

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