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As a clinician, you strongly influence patients' decision about their health. A WIC referral from you carries a lot of weight. Click HERE to view details about including WIC in your routine office visits.
WIC FOOD PACKAGE The WIC Foods encourage eating more fruits and vegetables, less saturated fat, increasing whole grains and fiber and breastfeeding. It Is WIC policy that only fat free or 1% milk will be given by the WIC program to women and children over age 2. There is no routine issuance of formula in the first month of life. One can of powdered formula can be provided with medical need. Enfamil Premium Infant and Enfamil ProSobee (Soy) are the Massachusetts WIC contract formulas.
BREASTFEEDING One of WIC’s most important roles is to promote, support and protect breastfeeding for the mothers and babies we serve. To assist mothers in building and maintaining milk supply, WIC does not routinely provide formula to breastfed infants in the first month of life, unless deemed medically necessary. For more important resources about breastfeeding, view the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition
BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELING MOTHER-TO-MOTHER Our Quincy Program has three Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that have completed in-depth breastfeeding training and all are CLC Certified. They provide mothers with appropriate breastfeeding support. Counselors are available in person, by phone and are accessible outside of typical clinic hours. Our program encourages mom’s toward full and long term breastfeeding. Electric breast-pumps are available to borrow. For more information about our breastfeeding support, please call Kathy Sweeney, LDN, IBCLC, at: 617-376-8701 X18 or e-mail email@example.com
HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK We offer FREE Happiest Baby On The Block class for all new WIC moms and family members. Classes are the last Wednesday of the month from 11:00a-12:00p.
THE MASSACHUSETTS CHILD PSYCHIATRY ACCESS PROJECT (MCPAP) is a system of regional children's mental health consultation teams designed to help primary care providers (PCPs) meet the needs of children with psychiatric problems. Click the title above to view more information.
INFANT OPTOMETRISTS It is good to have an infant's eyes checked when they are young. Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling an infant's first eye assessment at 6 months. Things that the Optometrist will test for include:
These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early. InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® . For a free eye exam for patients you serve, go to their website to find Optometrists conveniently located in your service area.
IMMUNIZATION RELEASE FORM — Children less than 24 months of age are the primary focus of WIC’s immunization initiative; each child’s immunization status is assessed until the child is fully immunized with the primary series of shots. WIC will provide referrals as needed. All WIC programs participate in the ‘Bring a Book (immunizations book or record), Get a Book’ initiative. Parents receive a free children’s story book for each new immunization record brought to a WIC appointment.
OBESITY RATES DECLINE AMONG WIC CHILDREN (New York Times, By SABRINA TAVERNISE, Published: December 25, 2012 ) Analyzing data from 30 states and the District of Columbia, researchers discovered that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 4 years old enrolled in WIC declined between 2003 and 2010 from 15.2% to 14.9%. The extreme obesity rate declined from 2.22% to 2.07% during the same time period.
REQUEST FOR SPECIAL MEDICAL FORMULA To assist families, Massachusetts WIC will provide one month of special or prescription formulas to allow administration time for MassHealth approval and processing. In your clinician packet, hand delivered by our nutrition team to your office, there are instructions for completion and a sample Request Form. If you don't have a Clinician Packet, we would be happy to deliver one. Please call our Senior Nutritionist, Patty at 617-376-8701 x17 to request a Clinician Packet.
Some MassHealth plans require Medical Providers to submit a completed MassHealth Medical Necessity Review Form when prescribing special or prescription formulas.
NEW POLICY: Documentation of a medical condition or diagnosis with an ICD-9 code, signed by a Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner is required to request a special medical food or formula from the WIC Program. Click HERE for a list of ICD codes of nutritional significance.
SOUTH SHORE POST PARTUM DEPRESSION NETWORK Whenever you meet with a new mother as a midwife, pediatrician, family physician, mental health professional or other service provider, it is an important opportunity to ask about how she is adjusting. Screening tools and a list of symptoms as guidelines to help in the discussion can be found on the South Shore PPD website.
DENTAL REMINDER FOR PRENATAL AND NEW MOTHERS
TEXTING FOR A HEALTHIER BABY Texting for Healthy Baby aims to address the U.S. infant mortality public health crisis. Expectant and new moms can get health information delivered free to their mobile phones through this innovative program. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, text4baby provides women with information during pregnancy and through baby’s first year to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
INTENSIVE CARE COORDINATION (CSA) ICC is a service that uses the Wraparound care planning process to coordinate multiple services and supports for Mass Health enrolled youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Involvement and participation in ICC is voluntary. To make a referral to Intensive Care Coordination services please contact: Satya Montgomery, Coastal CSA Program Director, 617-471-8400 X163. This service is offered in Quincy, Braintree, Milton, Randolph, Weymouth, Hull, Norwell, Hingham, Cohasset and Scituate. You may visit their web-site for more information about this program.
NORFOLK COUNTY CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER Located at 12 Payson Road in Foxboro. Norfolk Advocates for Children is a partnership of public and private agencies that work together, collaboratively to help children who experience physical, sexual and domestic abuse. The NAC offers an immediate response to cases of child abuse and coordinates direct care to these children and families using a child-friendly, culturally sensitive and multidisciplinary approach. The NAC also provides community education, training and advocacy on issues related to child abuse prevention and treatment. Goals of the Norfolk Advocates for Children:
WHY DOES WIC MONITOR WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY? In a national data set of low-income mothers, the prevalence of women with excessive weight gain during pregnancy rose from 37.5% to 42.8%, and the prevalence of women with inadequate weight gain during pregnancy dropped from 33.1% to 25.0% over the past ten years. Women who are underweight and/or do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are at risk for low birth weight infants, retarded fetal growth, perinatal morbidity, hemorrhaging, anemia, endometriosis, Cesarean delivery, and preterm delivery. Overweight mothers and those who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are at risk for preeclampsia, high birth weight infants, postpartum weight retention and gestational diabetes.
TOUCHING HEARTS TO... GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER Strategies and materials on websites differ from traditional nutrition education approaches. Because emotions, not logic or facts alone, drive behaviors, this new approach is designed to replace logic with emotion. *NEW* WIC can be a powerful, life-changing place for parents when their greatest needs are met! But getting parents to open up and share their needs and concerns is sometimes a challenge. Getting to the Heart of the Matter provides simple, practical and fun tools for cutting through the clutter and identifying important topics to talk about with WIC clients.