June 18, 2007 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Draft Local WIC Provider Contract for 2008
SUBJECT 2: VENA Education Committee Minutes
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Education Opportunity - Reminder
SUBJECT 4: Cultural Competency 201 Training - "What WIC Nutrition Staff Need To Know" – Reminder
SUBJECT 5: HANDS Help Desk and Jan Lupkey
SUBJECT 6: State WIC Office Closed on July 4th

  1. Draft Local WIC Provider Contract for 2008:  Included in this update is the draft 2008 Local WIC Provider Contract. The changes to the Local WIC Provider contract for 2008 have been highlighted in yellow. Key changes from last year include:
    1. Identifies misnumbered checks as a food instrument accountability issue,
    2. Requires an impact analysis for a change in service location,
    3. Requires a 30-day written notice for relocation or closing any satellite facility,
    4. Requires contractor to assure continuity of WIC services is addressed in their disaster preparedness response plan.

    This draft contract will be submitted to the USDA as part of the 2008 WIC State Plan.  We expect to send the 2008 Local WIC Provider contracts to agencies in July.  Please plan to sign and return by mail.  When the contracts are ready for distribution, there will be a notice in the WIC Update.  If you have questions, please contact Kathleen Davis at Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov or call 573-526-2821.
  1. VENA Education Committee Minutes: Attached are minutes from the May 21 VENA Education Committee.  If you have comments or questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at Vicki.Strickland@health.mo.gov.
  2. Nutrition Education Opportunity: WIC nutritionists and CPAs will want to take advantage of these video streamed sessions of the 2007 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course which will be held at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' 930 Wildwood Drive location on Tuesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 3rd from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sessions will include information on appropriate nutrition services to improve pregnancy outcomes; the effect of maternal eating behaviors on birth outcomes and infant health status and development; and characteristics of model programs and counseling approaches for maternal and infant nutritional health.  The training is sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  Please see the attached registration brochure for details or contact Michele Bailey at 573.751.6481 or Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov with questions.
  3. Cultural Competency 201 Training - What WIC Nutrition Staff Need To Know:  Have you registered for the Cultural Competency 201 Training?  If not, please fill out the Cultural Competency training registration form and fax to 576-526-1470 or e-mail to Michele Bailey at Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov by June 22, 2007.  Attached is the registration brochure.  The purpose of the training is to increase multi cultural knowledge, which is one of the competency areas for Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA).  The VENA funding can be used for attending this training.  Although this training is not mandatory, the State WIC office encourages all local WIC providers to send at least one nutrition staff member to the training.  If you have questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  4. HANDS Help Desk and Jan Lupkey:  Jan Lupkey, the State WIC staff person you usually talk to on the HANDS Help Desk, is leaving WIC for a promotion at the Department of Social Services.  Jan's last day will be June 22nd.  We wish Jan the best in her new job.  Other staff will cover the HANDS Help Desk after Jan leaves.  Effective immediately, if you have e-mail for the HANDS Help desk (such as WIC-38s or HANDS access requests) do not send it to Jan, send it to WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov.
    If you have questions contact Mark Davis at mark.davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.
  5. State WIC Office Closed on July 4th:  The State WIC Office will be closed and there will be no HANDS Help Desk coverage on Independence Day, July 4, 2007.

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

Attachments:
2008 Scope of Work 050907
VENA Education Com. Minutes 5-21-07 and member listing
2007 Univ Of Minn Registration Brochure
Cultural Competency Training Registration Brochure