June 25, 2007 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: FFY2008 WIC State Plan Goals and Objectives
SUBJECT 2: Missouri WIC Conference-"Locals and State: Partnered for Success”
SUBJECT 3: Save the Date for Mandatory October 2007 WIC Program Updates Training
SUBJECT 4: HANDS Nutrition Assessments Screens
SUBJECT 5: July 10-11 WIC (Track) Training
SUBJECT 6: WIC Supply Request Form (06-07 version)
SUBJECT 8: World Breastfeeding Week Promotion - August 1-7

  1. FFY2008 WIC State Plan Goals and Objectives:  The State WIC Office is soliciting your comments on Missouri’s planned Goals, Objectives and Strategies for Federal Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007 and ending September 30, 2008).  USDA requires states to develop an annual plan that includes goals on nutrition services initiatives to promote and support breastfeeding, vendor management and other program goals.  USDA’s National priorities include: revitalizing quality nutrition services through value enhanced nutrition assessment (VENA), breastfeeding and reducing overweight and obesity in children (sometimes referred to as Fit WIC).  The Missouri plan addresses USDA’s national priorities and requirements in addition to a focus on improving customer service.  The FFY08 Goals, Objectives and Strategies can be found in the attached document.  Please send your comments by July 13, 2007 to the attention of Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov.
  2. Missouri WIC Conference-"Locals and State: Partnered for Success"  We hope that all local agencies have registered for the 2007 WIC Conference-"Locals and State: Partnered for Success" that will be held on August 28-31, 2007 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.  The conference will include three tracks: nutrition/breastfeeding, administrative and general.  It includes sessions appropriate for all local WIC staff.  The conference schedule is attached for your review.  If you will not use all the funding allocated to your agency for the conference, please let Kathleen Davis know (Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov) so we can reallocate it to other agencies.  We look forward to seeing everyone in August.
  3. Save the Date for Mandatory October 2007 WIC Program Updates Training.  The one-day sessions will provide attendees with information on the new WIC data system.  We will discuss the timeline, new equipment that will be required, show screen shots and answer your questions about the new system.  The training will be delivered on-site at several locations and dates throughout the state.  The WIC Coordinator and Nutrition Coordinator must attend.  All WIC staff is encouraged to attend.  Time of Training: 9:00-1:00.

    Location and Dates:
    October 1st – Jefferson City - MDHSS, WIC Nutrition Training Room, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    October 4th – West Plains - West Plains Civic Center, Dogwood Room #1, 110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, MO 64774
    October 5th - Springfield - Doling Family Center, Community Meeting Room, 301 East Talmage, Springfield, MO 65803
    October 9th – Macon - Comfort Inn Hotel, Salon A Room, 1821 N. Missouri Hwy 63 North, Macon, MO 63552
    October 10th – Independence - Northwest District Health Office, 3717 Whitney Avenue, Independence, MO 64055
    October 11th – Cameron - Cameron Area Health Office, Large Conference Room, 207 East McElwain, Cameron, MO 64429
    October 24th – Cottleville (St. Peters) - St. Charles Community College, Student Center Room 205, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville (St. Peters) MO 63376
    October 25th – Poplar Bluff - Southeast District Health Office, 2875 James Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    October 30th - Jefferson City - MDHSS, WIC Nutrition Training Room, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    The registration form will be posted in the WIC Updates in July 2007.  If you have questions, contact Mark Davis at mark.davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.
  4. HANDS Nutrition Assessments Screens:  Effective July 2, 2007, the nutrition assessment (NA) screens will be available to use and key NA data in HANDS.  The screens to use are listed below as an attachment and are also on the 2007-revised "blue" tent cards, mailed to all agencies earlier this year.

    Keying of the nutrition assessment (NA) forms into HANDS is not required to complete the certification process and print food instruments.  If an agency chooses to key the forms into HANDS, it can be done at any time.  Direct entry agencies may choose to key the forms into HANDS while the participant is present to answer the questions.  If this is done, an option to print the NA forms from the HWPR screen will be available.  The printed copy will be condensed to an average of three (3) pages.  If the NA forms are keyed as direct entry with the participant present, the current paper form will not be required, only the print out from the HWPR screen.

    Enhancements have been made to the forms (and screens) since we first introduced them in 2006 at the VENA trainings.  Several groups tested the screens for us and made suggestions.  Individuals who tested the screens include clerical, HPA's, WIC Certifiers, nutritionists, state WIC nutritionists, and even our ITSD programmers.  The average amount of time to key one form into the system was about 2-3 minutes.

    I would like to give a big "Thank You" to everyone who helped with this project.

    Attachments to this message include:
  1. A list of edits for each category and the screens for that category.
  2. A list of tips & tricks and things to remember when keying.

    Please contact Melissa Seaver at melissa.seaver@health.mo.gov with any questions or problems with the screens or contact the WIC help desk at 1-800-554-2544 or at WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov.
  1. July 10-11 WIC (Track) Training:  Due to limited registration, the July 10th & 11th WIC (Track) Training has been canceled.  Please contact D'Anne Ward at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov or 800-392-8209 to reschedule.
  2. WIC Supply Request Form:  The WIC Supply Request form has been updated and includes the Missouri Voter Registration Application form (WIC/MVR-1).  Please begin using the updated WIC-8 form as needed.  If you have any questions and/or suggestions, please contact Takako Tagami at 573-751-6180 or e-mail Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  3. Fit WIC MO News:  We are nearing the end of our first year of statewide implementation of Fit WIC Missouri, a program to prevent childhood overweight in the WIC community.  Fifty-three percent of local WIC providers wrote a Fit WIC MO goal, objective, or strategy in the FY07 LAP.  Congratulations to the Eastern District who had the highest agency participation rate at 92%.  You will soon be asked to report your experiences and results of the program.

    Missouri WIC will continue the emphasis on preventing overweight in children by expanding Fit WIC MO in FY08.  We’ll again provide suggestions for ways to incorporate Fit WIC activities into your LAP for FY08.  You are encouraged to participate in this program that provides guidelines for preventing overweight in children.  Fit WIC was developed by USDA and their guidelines states we should involve all families with children in prevention activities, not just families of overweight children by pairing physical activity messages with nutrition messages.  Let's keep our focus on a healthy lifestyle rather than targeting weight and let's involve all persons who influence the child, including families, WIC staff and the community.  Most suggested strategies provided in the framework you will receive are evidence-based, meaning they were proven effective in studies with this age group of children.  USDA provides some very good resources, including participant handouts that are available on our Fit WIC MO web page.  Additional information on Fit WIC MO will be provided during LAP training in July.
  1. World Breastfeeding Week Promotion: August 1-7 is designated each year as World Breastfeeding Week by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the entire month of August is designated Missouri Breastfeeding Month.  The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding: The 1st Hour - Save 1 Million Babies.”  The International Lactation Consultant Association's (ILCA) approach to this important theme is “Welcome Baby Softly.”  Numerous studies show the powerful impact of the first hour or two after birth.  Infant senses are at a heightened state during this time, and babies use their senses to get to know their world and move toward breastfeeding.  Evidence-based practices such as immediate skin-to-skin contact and providing a quiet, protected environment can help babies get off to a great start with breastfeeding.  The “Welcome Baby Softly” approach to this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is a unique opportunity for local communities (hospitals, private clinics, public health/WIC agencies, private practitioners) to promote an important supportive environment after baby is born that keeps mothers and babies together.

    Visit the ILCA website for more information on World Breastfeeding Week. Literature and posters are available at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services warehouse website. For promoting breastfeeding activities in your community, attached are a sample news release, sample breastfeeding proclamation, Missouri's promotion ideas, and suggested promotion activities from the National WIC Association.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792.

08 WIC State Plan Goals and Objectives
WIC Conference Schedule
NA Screens Tips & Tricks Attachment 1
Children Edits All Questions Attachment 4
Infant Edits All Questions Attachment 2
Woman Edits All Questions Attachment 3
WIC-8 Supply Request Forms & Charts
Breastfeeding Month Press Release
Sample BF Proclamation
World Breastfeeding Week Missouri Ideas
NWA World Breastfeeding Week Ideas