October 28, 2019 WIC Updates
SUBEJCT 1: Missouri eWIC Implementation Update
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 3: 2020 and 2021 NWA Calendar Update
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Conference Planning Committee
SUBJECT 5: 2018 Missouri WIC Customer Satisfaction Survey
SUBJECT 1: Missouri eWIC Implementation Update. Attached is an updated local agency pilot and rollout map with dates for the Missouri eWIC project. The dates provided in the attached map are the dates that local agencies in the areas indicated will begin issuing Missouri eWIC cards to WIC participants. The eWIC implementation calls and eWIC training will be rescheduled and updated invitations will be sent to appropriate local agency staff. The Missouri WIC program has updated its website with the revised rollout map. Please access the eWIC webpage from the link, Missouri WIC, by selecting “eWIC” located on the right side column. Please note that the eWIC retailer enablement plan takes into consideration that some participants generally shop in adjoining counties. Missouri WIC will make every effort to provide continued access to the same retailers by enabling some retailers prior to that area’s local agency rollout.
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order. The state agency has a limited amount of double pumping kits (Personal Accessory Sets), Hygeia EnHande manual breast pumps, Medela Single User Double Electric Pumps, and Hygeia tote bags to disburse to local agencies. The Hygeia personal accessory kit contains all the parts for both the Hygeia EnJoye and Lactina Select electric breast pumps. The state agency anticipates offering another order opportunity later in the fiscal year, which will include more products. Please order only the amount needed for your local agency.
A “single user” pump is not meant to be shared with other women. 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 four (4) weeks postpartum. 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 WIC local agencies promote this pump to prenatal women and use it 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by COB on Friday, November 29, 2019. You will receive a confirmation email stating that your order has been received. If you have any questions about the pumps, please contact the State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Lisa Schlientz, at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.
SUBJECT 3: 2020 and 2021 NWA Calendar Update. A small quantity of NWA 2020 WIC calendars were shipped to all local agencies on October 22, 2019. Please utilize these calendars as a nutrition education tool during participant nutrition education and for worksite wellness activities, but do not distribute to participants. The calendar features simple recipes using WIC foods and other fun cooking ideas.
For next year, the state agency plans to purchase a larger quantity of NWA 2021 WIC calendars for local agencies to distribute to participants and use as a nutrition education tool. Local agencies should not budget for or purchase NWA 2021 WIC calendars, as they will be purchased in a larger quantity by the state agency.
If your agency has any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.email@example.com
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Conference Planning Committee. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) is looking for five (5) local agency (LA) staff members to be on the conference planning committee for the 2020 WIC Conference scheduled October 7-9, 2020 in Columbia. Meetings will be held monthly by conference call. Committee members will also be needed on site before the conference to help with set up and coordination.
Some of the tasks completed by the committee include:
- Providing input on the agenda for the conference - determining topics, researching possible speakers, and developing speaker contracts
- Applying for continuing education for nutrition and breastfeeding sessions - ensure certificates are available for conference attendees
- Coordinating exhibitors and vendors
- Introducing speakers or being a room monitor the day of the conference
- Coordinating the sale of t-shirts for MWA
- Coordinating conference attendance gifts and end of conference raffle
- Working the registration desk
If you are interested in being on the committee or have questions, please contact Cate Reando by email at Cate.Reando@sfchealth.org
SUBJECT 5: 2018 Missouri WIC Customer Satisfaction Survey. The 2018 Missouri WIC Customer Satisfaction Survey results are now available on the WIC website.
This report is the result of the 2018 survey designed to find out how well we meet the needs of our WIC participants.
Participants from 14 local agencies participated in the survey. Thank you to the local agencies that participated!
If you have any questions, contact Keri Burk at Keri.Burk@health.mo.gov or 800-392-8209.