February 5, 2007 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Nutrition Assessment and HANDS Implementation Date Change
SUBJECT 2: Chinese Version of Nutrition Assessment Forms
SUBJECT 3: Translated Resource Material Survey
SUBJECT 4: 2007-2008 Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) Deadline February 15, 2007
SUBJECT 5: University of Alabama Pediatric Nutrition Satellite Conference Sites Needed Deadline February 9, 2007
SUBJECT 6: Clarification on who should attend March WIC Program Updates Training
SUBJECT 7: Local WIC Provider (LWP) Procedures for Computer Problems

  1. Nutrition Assessment and HANDS Implementation Date Change: At the VENA training sessions in October and November, specific dates were given for implementation of HANDS changes for the new Nutrition Assessment (NA) screens. Trainees were told that we would implement a change in HANDS on January 16, 2007 making the Nutrition Assessment Screens available for keying for those LWPs who chose to enter the information electronically. In response to agency concerns and the need for streamlining screen changes to make keying easier, the implementation date for the screens has been postponed tentatively to July 1, 2007. Information on the screens will be presented at the March Program Updates Training sessions. If you have any questions about the system change mentioned above, please contact Melissa Seaver at melissa.seaver@health.mo.gov.

  2. Chinese Version of Nutrition Assessment Forms: Attached are the Chinese versions of the WIC Nutrition Assessment forms for Women (WIC-36), for Infants (WIC-37) and for Children (WIC- 35). Please make copies as needed. If you have any questions please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. Translated Resource Material Survey: The State WIC office has made translated resource materials available to assist local agencies in providing better services to non-English speaking participants. We would like to receive feedback from each LWP on frequency of use and helpfulness of the materials. Please complete the attached survey form and return it to Takako Tagami by faxing to 573-526-1470 or e-mailing Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov by February 19, 2007. Your feedback is important in determining needs and developing additional translated resource materials.

  4. 2007-2008 Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI): The State WIC Office had excellent candidates for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) through the Pre-select option. We are pleased to announce that two (2) interns were selected for the 2007-2008 PDI class through this option, which means that two interns for next year are from LWP sites. The two interns from LWPs for next year beginning in September 2007 are Leslie Hesse, Pettis Co. Health Dept. and Amy Johnson, Johnson Co. Dept. of Health. There will be two (2) slots available through computer match process for anyone who may be interested. The deadline for the computer match process is February 15, 2007. Attached are two documents regarding the computer match process. For more information about the computer match application process or the PDI, please check the Dietetic Interns website or contact Vicki Strickland at 800-392-8209 or vicki.strickland@health.mo.gov.

  5. University of Alabama Pediatric Nutrition Satellite Conference Sites Needed: Sites are needed by February 9th to host a viewing site for the 2007 Annual Pediatric Update from the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Wednesday, June 6th from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. WICNS is sponsoring this educational opportunity: "Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Childhood Obesity: Recommendations from the AMA Expert Task Force on Childhood Obesity".

    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 techniques in preventing, assessing, and treating patients with childhood obesity. This teleconference will review the evidence and present the task force recommendations. In addition, discussions will focus on how to implement these recommendations in both community and clinical (primary care and tertiary care) settings. 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) 751-6481 or Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov with questions.

  6. Clarification on who should attend March WIC Program Updates Training: At a minimum the Nutrition Coordinator from each agency must attend the training. Any staff that keys data will want to attend the HANDS changes session. Any staff that uses the computer on a regular basis or needs agency specific information from the computer will want to attend the Data Warehouse session.

    The one-day sessions will provide attendees with updated program information and clarification regarding new program issues. The training will be delivered on-site at several locations and dates throughout the state. Training dates and locations are listed below. Please note the St. Joseph/Buchanan site is full.

    Agenda items include: USDA 3-digit risk factor codes, USDA Revision 8 Dietary Risk Factors, Nutrition Assessment, HANDS Changes, and Data Warehouse.

    Time:8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Locations and Dates:
    March 13, 2007 - Wild Pine Conference Room, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City
    March 15, 2007- West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis Street, West Plains
    March 16, 2007 - Oasis Hotel and Convention Center - Sahara Conference Room at 2550 North Glenstone, Springfield
    March 20, 2007 - Northwest District Office, 3717 Whitney Ave., Independence
    March 21, 2007 - St. Joseph/Buchanan Conference Room, 904 South 10th St., St. Joseph - Site is full
    March 22, 2007 - Northeastern District Office, 708 Patton, Macon
    March 27, 2007 - St. Charles Community College (SCC), Student Center Room 206, St. Charles
    March 28, 2007 - Southeastern District, 2875 James Blvd., Poplar Bluff
    March 30, 2007 - WIC Nutrition Training Room, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City

    Please review the attached agenda items to determine appropriate staff to attend. The registration form is attached. Fax the registration form as instructed to the State WIC office by Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Please register using the attached form only.

    If you have any questions please contact D'Anne Ward, Nutrition Trainer, at the State WIC office at (800) 392-8209 or by e-mail at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov.

  7. Local WIC Provider (LWP) Procedures for Computer Problems: If you have problems with WIC computers, monitors, printers or other equipment, need email accounts established, 3270-mainframe application software installed or have mainframe password problems, please contact the Department’s Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) Help Desk at 800-347-0887 to have the problem corrected. If the ITSD Help Desk cannot take care of the problem over the phone, ITSD field computer technicians will go to your office to do the repairs. If they cannot repair the item and it needs to be replaced, they will call Mark Davis at the state WIC office. Mark Davis will then initiate the process to have the item replaced. If you have contacted the ITSD Help Desk and have not received service in a timely manner, contact Mark Davis.

    For WIC 3270-mainframe operation questions involving H# screens, please call the HANDS Help Desk at 800-554-2544.

    If you have questions contact Mark Davis, mark.davis@health.mo.gov or 800-392-8209 or 573-526-5323.

March Program Updates Training Registration Form
PDI Applicant Responsibilities
Satellite Conference Site Registration Form
Tentative Agenda March Program Updates
Translation Survey
WIC-35 Nutrition Assessment for Children Ages 1-5 Chinese
WIC-36 Nutrition Assessment for Women Chinese
WIC-37 Nutrition Assessment for Infant Chinese