September 11, 2006 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: New WIC MICAs - Data by Agency
SUBJECT: Nutrition Education - HANDS changes to the HWNE screen
SUBJECT: Program Updates Training and VENA
SUBJECT: WIC-10-SP- (10-06 version) Spanish
SUBJECT: Educational Opportunity
SUBJECT: Bright Ideas for using the Eat Smart Play Hard

  1. New WIC MICAs- Data by Agency - A new tool is now available to help LWPs analyze data about their participants. This data allows the user to create and download tables, based on selected variables such as age, education and Medicaid status from the following files:  Prenatal, Postpartum, Prenatal/Postpartum, Infant and Child The data is available at WICMICA. We will send the User name and password by e-mail to the WIC Coordinator. (Because of confidentiality issues it is necessary to make this data available only to LWPs, not the general public.) The data you will see are new WIC MICAs that are comparable to the WIC MICAs that have been available for several years (at MICA), with one big difference. The new data is presented by agency also, not only by county as in the past. The data will be your participants' data, regardless of where they live. On the left side tool bar on the WIC MICA home page, you will see links to Definitions, Documentation and a Tutorial/Demo. These links will assist you in better understanding the data If you have questions about the new WIC MICAs, please contact Mark Davis at or 1-800-392-8209.
  2. Nutrition Education - HANDS changes to the HWNE screen - Beginning Monday, September 25, 2006, the current HWNE screen will be changed to accept the new nutrition education codes that you received in the August Program Updates training (also see attachment named NE Codes for revised HWNE screen). doc

    The screen will be completely revised to allow for individual and/or household contacts to be keyed and will be much easier to use.

    Reference the two attachments:
    1.  "How to key Nutr Ed" - This is what the new screen looks like with notes on how to key.
    2.  "4.05900 HWNE" - These are revised procedures for keying the new HWNE screen The procedures also list possible error messages that you may see and how to correct them.

    For additional assistance when keying the screen or to report errors that cannot be corrected, please call the WIC HANDS Help Desk at 800-554-2544.
  1. We are preparing the list of Questions and Answers that were asked during Program Updates Training. Once completed we will send this out to the LWPS There was a question about the implementation of the new Nutrition Assessment forms Local WIC providers will be able to begin using the new Nutrition Assessment forms after they have attended the Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) training in October and November Please realize though, that these forms will not be in HANDS until January 16, 2007. Attendees at the Program Updates are concerned about implementation dates of VENA overall The following is the timeline for VENA Implementation:  
       December 15, 2006 - The Self-Evaluation is due to USDA The LWPs will be receiving a questionnaire for the purpose of getting LWP input into current nutrition assessment processes and practices; staffing; training and quality assurance specific to their LWP The LWP input will be included in the Self-Evaluation
       August 15, 2007 - The State WIC office submits the VENA Implementation Plan to USDA.
       October 1, 2009 - VENA is to be fully implemented.

    We have 2007, 2008 and most of 2009 to put our plans in place This will be both LWP and State WIC office working together on VENA Implementation VENA Implementation will certainly take much planning and we will be having LWP input along the way Certainly things will change, but we also want to be able to use all of our great WIC staff at the LWPs and WIC State office Will current processes and current practices change? Yes, but it is too early to say how they will change. Missouri WIC will be changing and all for the better for the WIC participants overall. It is an exciting time in WIC.If you have any questions, please e-mail Phyllis Fuller at
  1. Attached is the Required Signature Statement - Spanish (WIC-10-SP). It is being printed at the State Printing Center and should be available by the end of September. You must order this form from the DHSS warehouse as needed. Please feel free to make copies until you receive your shipment from the DHSS warehouse. If you have any questions, please e-mail
  2. Attached is a registration brochure. St. Louis Community College is sponsoring the 1st Annual Healthy American Summit: Obesity, Exercise, and Nutrition on Sept 29 at the Florissant Valley campus. Family Care will be providing an educational display about breastfeeding. The cost is $30. Please see the attached for additional information.
  3. Bright Ideas for using the Eat Smart Play Hard materials can help you turn kids and their parents on to nutrition education! The Bright Ideas section on the web features unique ways to use the materials within FNS programs, including WIC. Use the online order form to request multiple copies of parent brochures, kid’s activity sheets (Be An All-Star is a great one for our pre-school audience), Power Panther stickers, and posters for the clinic area. Additional resources include static window clings, screen savers, public service announcements, songs, electronic greeting cards and emoticons.The new kids web page is loaded with songs, experiments, activity sheets, comics, clipart, worksheets, games and recipes. Tasty low cost menus and recipes meeting MyPyramid guidelines are posted at the new Healthy Lifestyle page.

    Note: Many of the materials, such as the parent brochure Make Family Time An Active Time, will support your Fit WIC Missouri messages.Check out Bright Ideas on the Eat Smart Play Hard website. Discover the Eat Smart Play Hard kids’ website and the Healthy Lifestyle. For additional information contact Rita Arni at