For Release: May 13, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program was recently awarded one of 50 StateScoop Awards. These awards are given nationally each year to recognize and honor innovators, innovative initiatives and up-and-coming leaders in state and local government.
OSDH’s electronic WIC (eWIC) Program was recognized for an innovative mail-order formula solution that allows for the issuance and redemption of specialized infant formula when an alternative is needed due to the infant’s medical or nutritional needs.
“This recognition is significant because everyone involved in the design and implementation of eWIC has worked diligently to partner across the organization and with industry experts to maximize resources and create a shared vision,” said Terry Bryce, director of the state WIC Program.
Orders were previously manually placed by phone causing a delay in the redemption process and payment to vendors. Oklahoma WIC now fulfills mail-order formula needs easier, faster, with quicker settlement, timely accurate reporting, and efficient ordering and distribution.
Priscilla Tiger, eWIC project manager says what is most important about this program and its recognition is what it provides to hundreds of Oklahoma families who are WIC participants.
“These families benefit from this highly effective solution as well. In rural areas, families will be able to pick up their specialized formula at their local clinic, as opposed to traveling to a specialty pharmacy,” said Tiger. “The quick turnaround also ensures that the needs of families of infants with highly specialized formula are met and that infants are able to receive the nutrition they need to grow and develop in a healthy manner.”