December 5, 2005 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: Sites needed for University of Alabama's Annual Intensive Nutrition Course - June 7, 2006
SUBJECT: Sites needed for University of Alabama's Annual Intensive Nutrition Course - June 7, 2006
SUBJECT: Non-discrimination Statement
SUBJECT: Breast Pump and Kits Acknowledgment
SUBJECT: Electric Breast Pumps
SUBJECT: Questions and Answers from the Program Updates Training (Will be coming later in week)
SUBJECT: Examples of Frequent Monitor Findings (Will be coming later in week)

  1. Sites are Needed to download the 2006 Annual Pediatric Update from the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Wednesday, June 7th from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, WICNS, Nutrition Training Institute is sponsoring this educational opportunity: When Nutritional and Activity Changes Are Not Enough: Weight Loss Surgery in Teens.

    This satellite training is usually held at health offices throughout the state. Registered dietitians, nutritionists, WIC agencies, and other health care professionals will strengthen their knowledge of bariatric or weight loss surgery in children. This teleconference will address interventions to possibly prevent the need for surgery, review the criteria for surgery, and examine the nutritional and psychological concerns before and after surgery. This is an annual pediatric update conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They will arrange for all continuing education for Dietitians and Nurses. Individual registration pamphlets will be available in the Spring. Please see the attached site registration form for details or contact Michele Bailey at (573) 751-6183 with questions.

  2. Please note the revisions to the Civil Rights statement. Although the statement remains the same, the mailing address and telephone numbers have changed. The new federal contact information will need to be reflected on all printed material as follows:

    "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 complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)."

    LWPs can continue using any current supply of forms and educational materials which contain the old information to assist with the cost of reprinting. However, once depleted all new or reprinted material must contain the new information as stated above. As a reminder, the non-discrimination statement must be printed in the same size font as the printed Program material. In addition the LWPS are still allowed to use one of the two abbreviated non-discrimination statements as follows:

    "WIC is an equal opportunity provider." or "This institution is an equal opportunity provider."

  3. By now you should all have your new Medela breast pumps, both electric and manual pumps as well as the conversion kits and the double pump kits that DHSS provided. Please fill out the attached form to let us know what pumps and kits you received. We need this information so that we can verify that each LWP received their order.

  4. The State WIC Office has received some inquires and concerns regarding the electric breast pumps that were sent to each local WIC provider. If your intention is to return the pumps that you received, we ask that you keep them until the state staff has an opportunity to provide some information and guidance in assisting agencies in developing an electric breast pump program. You will be seeing this correspondence in the near future. If you have any questions before then, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 1-800-392-8209 or