June 6, 2005 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: Reminder of Nutrition Education - University of Alabama satellite training - June 8
SUBJECT: Availability of New Food Packages For Infant Formulas, Exempt Formulas, and WIC Eligible Medical Foods
SUBJECT: VENA (Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment)
SUBJECT: 2005 World Breastfeeding Week
SUBJECT: Lead Levels in Newly Arrived Refugees

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are sponsoring a satellite training, Nutritional Management for Common Pediatric Nutrition Problems, from noon to 4:00 p.m., June 8 at seven health offices throughout the state.  Registered dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and other health care professionals will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about addressing common nutrition problems seen in pediatrics including: follow-up of NICU graduates, failure-to-thrive, constipation, diarrhea and asthma.  Participants will learn about nutritional assessment, management techniques and newer diagnostic and intervention modalities.  The UAB conducts this annual pediatric update and has requested continuing education for nurses and dietitians. There is no charge for WIC employees.  There is a $25 non-refundable fee for all other attendees. For more information, contact Kelly Dotterweich at 573-751-6183. 
  2. This letter is to inform you that food packages for issuing the following items will be implemented in the HANDS system on Monday, August 8, 2005:
  1. As you may have learned at the National WIC Association (NWA Conference), VENA (Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment) was developed jointly by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the NWA and is part of the larger Revitalizing Quality Nutrition Service (RQNS) in WIC initiative. The VENA guidance provides a process for completing a comprehensive WIC nutrition assessment and an outline of the necessary staff competencies. For more information, see the Executive Summary [PDF] or the Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Learning_Center/Assessment_VENA.html. Missouri WIC will be evaluating current nutrition assessment practices and training needs and revising them to meet the VENA guidance, with implementation by October 1, 2009.  As a part of this, the FFQ currently in use will be eliminated January 1, 2006 and ultimately replaced with another nutrition assessment protocol.  Watch for more information regarding this change, as modifications and adjustments move forward.
  2. 2005 World Breastfeeding Week Kits  NOW TAKING ORDERS!
    The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is now accepting orders for the 2005 World Breastfeeding Week Kit! The year's World Breastfeeding Week theme, "Breastfeeding and Family Foods: Loving and Healthy," is the perfect opportunity for WIC nutrition and breastfeeding staff to promote the importance of continued breastfeeding after 6 months, and to educate WIC families about the appropriate use of complementary foods. ILCA's popular World Breastfeeding Week Kit includes many new and useful tools to help WIC nutrition educators and breastfeeding counselors conduct fun and exciting local celebrations that are low cost and easy to implement. The attached flyer tells more about the unique new additions to this year's kit. Please feel free to circulate this to all of your local agency breastfeeding coordinators and WIC agencies. An order form and complete order instructions are included. Kits and related materials will be available to ship by June 8th.

    If you are unable to open the file, contact the ILCA office and we will gladly fax you a copy. Contact ILCA at +1 (919) 861-5577, or e-mail the office at info@ilca.org.
    The prevalence of elevated blood lead levels (BLL) among newly resettled refugee children is substantially higher than the 2.2% average for US children.  For more information about lead poisoning prevention,  see the Department of Health and Senior Services’ “Lead Poisoning Prevention Manual.

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