October 10, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoicing/WIC 24 Invoice
SUBJECT 2: Breastfeeding Cost Calculator

JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Platte County Health Department


SUBEJCT 1: WIC Invoicing/WIC 24 Invoice.When creating a Budget Adjustment or Invoice in the online WIC Invoicing (WIC 24) Application, please double check the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). After October 1, the FFY for Budget Adjustments automatically defaults to 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBEJCT 2: Breastfeeding Cost Calculator. The Cambridge Health Alliance has released a new study published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine which contains an online calculator to estimate the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health. Leveraging results from the research team's 2016 study on the costs of suboptimal breastfeeding, the calculator allows users to select a population and specify a future breastfeeding rate to generate a report on the expected impact on five maternal and nine child diseases. The research was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in a grant to Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard teaching institution. The calculator is hosted by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. Read the press release

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Platte County Health Department. Platte County WIC Clinic in Parkville/Platte City, MO is looking for a part time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who will work with WIC team members to encourage and support breastfeeding among WIC participants. This position will counsel pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers by telephone and in the WIC office, as well as teach prenatal and breastfeeding classes with approved lesson plans provided by the WIC Department. Current or previous enrollment in WIC preferred. Position requires two days of training to become a peer counselor. Fax resume to (816) 587-6028, Attention: WIC Coordinator. Position open until filled.