Health board receives update on WIC funding

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees received an update on WIC (Women, Infant, Child) program funding at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 15.

Roger Brock, health department administrator, reported that the agency's first quarter WIC participation numbers decreased by 588. The drop in numbers will result in a $7,644 decrease in WIC funding for the 2011-12 contract year, which ends Sept. 30.

Brock stated that the funding could increase before the end of the contract year if the health department's number of WIC participants increases.

According to the monthly service count report, the health department provided 920 WIC services at the Cassville office and 992 WIC services at the Monett offices in January and February.

The service count report shows that 3,411 total services had been provided by the health department so far this year. Of those, 1,839 services were offered at the Cassville office and 1,572 services were offered at the Monett office.

The monthly service fee report showed that the health department collected $4,333.50 in service fees in February. This is nearly double the amount collected in February of 2011.

The Cassville office collected $2,420 in service fees, including $1,835 in general medical fees and $585 in family planning fees. The Monett office collected $1,913.50. Of those fees, $1,132 were general medical fees and $781.50 were family planning fees.

Brock also reported that he has spoke with bank officials regarding placing an expiration date on health department checks. He learned that a six-month expiration date could be added to the checks but that bank employees will not be responsible for monitoring the expiration date.

In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:

* Heard that Brock informed health department staff members about the new policy on lost expense checks. Employees will be responsible for paying a $15 check termination fee before a lost check will be reissued.

* Reviewed the public health programs report, which showed that employees attended the Barry County Connections Coalition meeting, a tobacco use reduction workshop and the Crowder College Health Education Advisory Board meeting and administered Hepatitis A and B to drug court participants.

* Heard that Brock entered into an informal agreement with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for summer feeding inspections. A formal contract will be signed in the near future.

* Reviewed the environmental report, which showed that three wastewater systems were permitted and 41 routine food inspections and two annual childcare inspections were conducted in February.

* Heard that Jim Craig has begun the installation of the HAM radio equipment at the health department. The project has not yet been completed. Health department employees will be trained to use the equipment in the event of an emergency.

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