December 7, 2020 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: FFY 2020 End-of-Year Invoices Due December 10, 2020
SUBJECT 2: Upcoming Holidays
SUBJECT 3: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 4: Additional Formula Resources
SUBJECT 5: eWIC Cardholders Needed
SUBJECT 6: Breastfeeding Conference – Save the Date!
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Joplin City Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Pettis County Health Center
SUBJECT 1: FFY 2020 End-of-Year Invoices Due December 10, 2020. The deadline for submission of FFY (federal fiscal year) 2020 end-of-year invoices is Thursday, December 10, 2020. Expenses must have been incurred prior to October 1, 2020 to qualify for the FFY 2020 funding year. Supplemental invoices are due December 10, 2020 - ABSOLUTE DEADLINE. Payments beyond this date are not possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.
SUBJECT 2: Upcoming Holidays. The WIC state agency will be closed, and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk support, on the following days:
- Friday, December 25
- Friday, January 1
SUBJECT 3: Breast Pump Order. The WIC state agency has funding to place an order for breast pumps and breast pump accessories, including single-user pumps. Single-user means that this pump is not meant to be shared with other women and 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 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.
Important Ordering Information:
- Agencies may order either the Hygeia Enjoye or the Hygeia Endeare to use as the multi-user pump. The Endeare is very similar to the Medela Lactina, and agencies may appreciate that it is sturdier and bulkier, making it less likely to be misplaced. Both of these are multi-user pumps with a three-year warranty.
- The Hygeia personal accessory kit contains all the parts for the Hygeia Enjoye, Hygeia Endeare, and Lactina Select electric breast pumps.
- The Hygeia Enjoye breast pump does not come with a carrying case, so a universal black tote will have to be purchased separately. When the participant returns the breast pump, they will keep the tote.
Local agencies will need to continue to use the Medela Lactina Select breast pumps that are in the local agency inventory until their end of life.
For more information on the Hygeia pumps see the Hygeia training videos here. If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email it to Lisa Schlientz at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov by COB on Friday, January 15, 2021. 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 4: Additional Formula Resources. The Food and Formula Reference Guide- Formula Listing for January 1, 2021 has been posted on the website. Please review and note formulas discontinued for issuance beginning January 1. If you need help with finding an alternative formula for a participant, please contact your TA nutritionist or call 800-392-8209, and ask for the nutritionist on formula duty.
Similac Formula Selection Guidance. December is here and tri-monthly participants will now be issued Similac formula for February benefits. For help with selecting a Similac contract formula, please reference the attached flow chart. Note: This flow chart is for general guidance and is not intended as a substitute for clinical judgement by qualified staff or the healthcare provider.
Similac Formulas Not Covered by WIC. Participants will see a variety of Similac can sizes and formulations that resemble WIC-approved Similac contract formulas. These “look alike” formulas are listed below. Please use this information to educate participants on identifying the correct name and can size of prescribed formula and encourage them to use the WIC Shopper App to help determine WIC-approved food and formula items.
|Similac Advance with Iron (12.4 oz.)||Similac Pro-Advance (various can sizes)
Similac Advance for Neuro Support (23.2 oz.)
|Similac Total Comfort (12.6 oz.)||Similac Pro-Total Comfort (various can sizes)|
|Similac Sensitive (12.5 oz.)||Similac Pro-Sensitive (various can sizes)
Similac Sensitive for Neuro Support (22.5 oz.)
Please contact your TA Nutritionist if you have any questions.
SUBJECT 5: eWIC Cardholders Needed. The WIC state agency is working hard to print more eWIC cardholders but the process can take over six weeks. Some WIC local agencies are running very short on their supply and won’t have enough to make it for six weeks. If your agency has a large stockpile of eWIC cardholders that would easily last for over two months, please consider sharing your stock with another agency. Contact Anne Strope at email@example.com if you are able to share eWIC cardholders. Thank you!
SUBJECT 6: Breastfeeding Conference – Save the Date! Refocus on Breastfeeding with 2020 Vision (Virtual Conference). The Greater Ozarks Regional Breastfeeding Coalition, along with CoxHealth, will be hosting a one-day breastfeeding conference on March 5, 2021 with guest speaker Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC. She will be presenting information on preventing failure to thrive in breastfeeding infants, giving updates on tongue ties, and discussing latching challenges. There will also be two local providers speaking on “Mental Health and Breastfeeding” and “Substance Use and Breastfeeding.” The registration fee is $50 which includes education credits for nursing and lactation. The conference will be held virtually with Microsoft Teams. Registration will open on January 1, 2021 on Eventbrite.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Joplin City Health Department. The Joplin City Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time nutritionist within the WIC program. The nutritionist, under general supervision, is responsible for participating in the development and implementation of public health nutrition services and assuring that Women, Infants & Children (WIC) participants receive accurate nutrition assessments and appropriate nutrition education. Responsibilities also include determining health and nutritional risk factors for certification and recertification for WIC program eligibility, assigning appropriate food and formula packages, and teaching nutrition related classes, seminars, and workshops to groups, or one-on-one, to W.I.C. participants and in other community health programs including promoting breastfeeding. Please click here for more information and to apply online.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Pettis County Health Center. The Pettis County Health Center is accepting applications for a full-time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor within the WIC Program. The selected candidate will give basic breastfeeding information, support, and encouragement to new mothers and help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals. Candidate must be willing to accept after-hours phone calls and make home and hospital visits. Personal breastfeeding experience and Spanish-speaking skills are preferred. This position may also provide clerical duties including determining eligibility of WIC participants, collecting and documenting height, weight, blood work data, and providing clerical support. Position available until filled.
Please submit a resume to the WIC office at the Pettis County Health Center, 911 East 16th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information call 660-827-4599 or 660-827-1130.
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.