Public Health News for November 2011
|WIC Program Services||Food Service Classes||Smokebuster’s Training|
|Influenza Vaccine Supply|
Women, Infants and Children Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
Cooper County Public Health Center’s grant application for the FFY 2012 Breastfeeding Peer Counseling (BFPC) Program has been approved . Funding for this program comes from two separate funding sources. BFPC Special Funding 1 and BFPC Special funding 2. Allocations are based on FY11 prena-tal and breastfeeding caseload, with adjustments made based on prior year spending, and completeness of the BFPC grant application.
Cooper County Public Health Center has been awarded $4900 from Special Funding 1 and $2611 from Special Funding 2 for a total award of $7,511.
Savannah Jackson of Boonville has been hired by Cooper County Public Health Center as our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.
As a WIC client and experienced breastfeeding advocate, Savan-nah’s role will be to support moms on the Women, Infants, and Children’s Program in initiating breastfeeding and, ideally, to continue exclusively breastfeeding until the infant reaches six months of age and once solid foods are introduced continue breastfeeding through the first year of life.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Contract for FY 2012
Cooper County Public Health Center will continue to provide WIC services for the Federal Fiscal Year 2012. The new contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began October 1, 2011 and will run through September 30, 2012. Under the terms of the contract, Cooper County Public Health Center will be able to serve 292 persons eligible for WIC every month. The total amount awarded for our annual caseload is $45,552.00. The WIC program serves women, infants, and children with nutritional supplements and education. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a com-plaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA , Director
Office of Civil Rights
Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 82-6382 (TTY)
- Women who are breastfeeding or whose pregnancy recently ended.
- Infants under 12 months of age
- Children under 5 years of age
What can you get from WIC?
- Checks to buy foods to keep you healthy
- Nutrition and health education to help you and your children eat well and be healthy
- Personal counseling about nutrition
- Support and help with breast feeding
- Referrals to other health programs for you and your family
To get WIC, you need to meet income guidelines which are based on family size, and have a need for improved nutrition. Missouri WIC approved Foods, effective: October 2, 2011 through September 30, 2013 are available online at: http://health.mo.gov/living/familiies/wic/wiclwp/publications.php/
To schedule an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC program, call Dorothy Draffen at 660-882-2626.
Basic and Supervisor Food Service classes will continue to be offered in 2012. All classes will again be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Classes start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the basement conference room of the health center. Limited parking is available in the back. You may have to park in the front and walk around the back. Please be on time. The following classes have been scheduled in 2012:
|Basic Food Service Class Schedule
It is not too late to get vaccinated for flu. In fact, you can get vaccinated any time through flu season which can run through April or May. Often flu hits in February or March. It takes about 2 weeks once you are vaccinated to be protected against influenza. At this time we are asking that you call to schedule an appointment . We cannot guaran-tee the availability of a nurse if you walk in. Although we do not have any more special influenza clinics planned at this time, we may still schedule another day in December for walk-ins. Please listen to KWRT or watch for any more flu clinic schedules to be posted in the Boonville Daily News or the Voice.
Thirty-two area teens and seven mentors attended this year’s Phase I Smokebuster's Training, representing Boonville, Bunceton, Pilot Grove, and Prairie Home school districts. The teens took part in the Phase I training held on October 6, 2011 .
Kim Wiemholt, Nurse Manager at Cooper County Public Health Center, said Phase I of the program began this year with an empha-sis on establishing school teams that are committed to the two-year project and teach-ing students to serve as advocates for change in their school and community through pol-icy change. “During Phase I of the program, the students learn to recognize the charac-teristics of youth and adult audiences, learn the chemical make-up of tobacco and its negative effects on the human body, while identifying the positive aspects of being tobacco free”, Wiemholt said. They are also asked to choose a site they would like to become tobacco free. “We are pleased to have Diane Coffman, Community Policy Specialist from the Department of Health and Senior Services Tobacco Control Program and Joyce Lara, School Coordinator, University of Missouri as our guest speakers at this year’s training.
The objectives for Phase II and III which will be held next fall is to teach students to be advocates for a tobacco-free society using media and government. Through the pro-gram, teens will begin to understand how tobacco advertising and its promotion de-ceives the youth and to develop the self-confidence to encourage advocacy for to-bacco-use prevention. “The students will learn how to organize facts that will produce effective radio, TV, and print anti-tobacco messages”, she added. “In addition, they will collaborate with school boards, city councils, and state officials to work toward environmental policy changes targeted in their actions plans the prior year. In phase II the youth are empowered to ask for environ-mental and policy change at target sites based on knowledge gained in prior work-shops. Also in Phase II, the students will learn how Big Tobacco’s influence in the community makes it hard for changes in policy to occur.
The main goal of the program is to influence youth to become critical thinkers, to avoid tobacco use, and to become advocates for a tobacco-free environment. “Through this program, students present programs to oth-ers in their schools and communities, learn how to work with the media to produce effective radio spots, interviews, and articles, and to approach their school board or other public officials, businesses, etc., regarding tobacco-free policies,” Wiemholt said.
This year’s Smokebuster's training was spon-sored in part by Cooper County Public Health Center, Cooper County Healthy Life-style Initiative, and Cooper County MU extension.