SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette Delivery
SUBJECT 2: New Missouri WIC Outreach Brochure
SUBJECT 3: Online HemoCue Training
SUBJECT 4: Celebrating IBCLC Day

SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette Delivery. Most local agencies will begin to receive shipments of microcuvettes/analyzers the week of March 4, 2019. Once the order is received, please email WIC Operations (WICOperations@health.mo.gov) within one week of receiving the shipment, and state the number of microcuvette boxes that were delivered. Please note that for this order, the microcuvettes will be shipped via the DHSS Warehouse (similar to the MICR toner and photoconductor kits), and will not have a packing slip included with the shipment.

For agencies that will be receiving analyzers, please sign and date the DH-60 enclosed with the analyzer, and return the signed/dated form to Jason Seehusen (fax 573-526-1470, attn. Jason or scan-and-email jason.seehusen@health.mo.gov).

Thank you for your prompt cooperation.

SUBJECT 2: New Missouri WIC Outreach Brochure. The state agency has developed a new outreach brochure that provides information about eligibility requirements and services provided by the Missouri WIC program. The brochure will be printed and available in the warehouse after new income eligibility guidelines are released. Until then, the brochure with the current income eligibility guidelines is available for download on the WIC website under “Outreach”. Please share this brochure with places frequented by WIC-eligible families, such as health care providers, child care centers, places of worship, schools, and other community organizations. If you have any questions, please contact D’ Anne Ward at danne.ward@health.mo.gov or 573-526-0209.

SUBJECT 3: Online HemoCue Training. The web link providing access to the online HemoCue training is now available on the WIC website and can be accessed here. Users will find the link for HemoCue Hb 201 Certified Screener Course for WIC under the eLearning tab. Clicking on the link will redirect users to the HemoCue University site where it is now required to login to use the site. New users will need to register the first time accessing the HemoCue University site. This online training does not replace in-person training; however, it can be used as a refresher, as a corrective action plan, viewed prior to training, or on an as-needed basis. Contact your district nutritionist if you have questions.

SUBJECT 4: Celebrating IBCLC Day. IBCLC Day was developed to recognize the important role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC) and the specialized knowledge each has to make a difference in the lives of breastfeeding families. This year's celebration will be held March 6, 2019 and is sponsored by the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA). We appreciate all of the IBCLCs, peer counselors, and other lactation support staff that work hard to support Missouri moms. Please take the opportunity to recognize those in your agency that help promote, support, and protect breastfeeding and thank them for the important work they do. For more information and shareable memes, see the IBCLC website.