October 23, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Updated WOM Policy - Program Integrity ER# 1.07000
SUBJECT 2: Missouri WIC Data Reports (Crystal Reports) Updates
SUBJECT 3: REMINDER - eWIC Implementation Teleconference


SUBEJCT 1: Updated WOM Policy - Program Integrity ER# 1.07000. Program Integrity policy, ER#1.07000 has been updated per USDA WIC Policy Memorandum # 2016-5, Separation of Duties at Local Agencies, ensuring separation of duties is occurring to avoid conflict of interest and to safeguard against fraud. When the same local agency staff person determines income eligibility as well as medical and nutritional risk, a supervisor must conduct a review of records. A Crystal Report has been created and a Guide to Separation of Duties is available to assist local agencies with conducting the review. The report is located in the BI Portal under WIC Reports - Local Agencies/Separation of Duties.

If you have questions about the Program Integrity policy or the use of the Guide to Separation of Duties, please contact your administrative technical assistant.

SUBJECT 2: Missouri WIC Data Reports (Crystal Reports) Updates. Recent updates to the Missouri WIC Data Reports (Crystal Reports) include the following:

  1. Participation Count with Year To Date Totals - the report description was updated to include reasons why the number of fully breastfeeding infants is sometimes different than the number of fully breastfeeding women. The report data did not change.
  2. Exit Counseling - Women who have received exit counseling no longer show on the report. Only women who are still in a current certification who have not received exit counseling or women who finished a certification without receiving exit counseling will show on the report.
  3. Nutrition Education Coded by Peer Counselor - This report now shows education coded by peer counselors with a dual clerical role in the local agency.
  4. Cycle, Risk Factor, Userid - The hemoglobin value was added for participants with risk factor 201. The report description did not change.
  5. Unknown Birth Criteria - This new report shows participants with unknown birth criteria checked on the health information screen.

All report descriptions are available by clicking on Crystal Report Details next to the report name, or in the Table of Contents on the Data & Statistical Reports web page. If you have any questions, please contact your technical assistance (TA) staff.

SUBJECT 3: REMINDER - eWIC Implementation Teleconference. The WIC Data Unit is hosting an eWIC teleconference on November 14, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; all local agency staff are encouraged to attend. A brief overview of eWIC and basic information about the eWIC communication and implementation plan will be provided, and questions regarding eWIC are welcome. You must register to attend this call. Once registered, you will receive the call-in information. If you have any questions, please contact Stephannie Lute by email at Stephannie.Lute@health.mo.gov. Click here to register.

SUBEJCT 4: CEU Corner.
Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing - Promoting Children’s Early Brain & Language Development through WIC Clinicswebinar on November 2nd, 3:00 p.m., ET. Good nutrition combined with language-rich activities like talking, reading, and singing are critical for children’s early brain, health, and language development. In addition to its core services, WIC agencies can play an important role communicating the importance of talking, reading, and singing with children from birth. Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, November 2nd, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET to learn about Too Small to Fail’s Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing tools and resources available at no cost to WIC local agencies nationwide. Dr. Amy Emerson, Medical Advisor of Tulsa Educare and Reach Out and Read, will provide background on how parents and caregivers could best support children’s early brain and language development. Jane Park Woo, Deputy Director of Too Small to Fail, will present colorful and engaging content (including posters, tip sheets, handouts, and music) to help providers create welcoming, vocabulary-rich environments in WIC local agencies and equip them with hands-on materials to share with the families they serve. WIC local agencies will also gain access to resources to help families share conversations, stories, and songs about healthy foods together.