June 16, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Important Announcement - Morning Session of the June 2008 Program Updates Training Canceled
SUBJECT 2: Nutrition Education Opportunity

  1. Important Announcement - Morning Session of the June 2008 Program Updates Training Canceled:  The new WIC data system, MOWINS, will be unable to issue the new children’s food packages by the pilot testing period this fall.  Based on this development, we will not be implementing the new children’s food package October 1, 2008 as previously planned.  Based on this new information, the decision was made to cancel the morning session of the program updates training scheduled for June 10, 11, 12, 24, 25, and 27.  Please note: Those agencies that have not implemented trimonthly check issuance are still required to attend the afternoon session to receive training on how to implement this program change effective October 1, 2008.

    All individuals signed up for the remaining program updates training will be contacted by phone and email to let them know of this change.  We deeply regret any inconvenience that this causes agencies.  We did not know that the changes required for issuing the new food packages in MOWINS regardless of participant category are interrelated and cannot be made in time for us to implement the new children's food packages October 1, 2008.

    The PowerPoint presentation of the USDA food packages information, which was included in the training, will be made available to all agencies for their use.  We apologize for the short notice, but canceling training seemed better than having local staff spend time away from their agencies learning about program changes that may not be implemented until later next year.  If you have any questions, please contact your district team or D’Anne Ward at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov.

  2. Nutrition Education Opportunity:  WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and other Public Health Professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course, shown by video stream on September 16-17, 2008 in Jefferson City.  This year's continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate high-quality nutrition services.  This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services, Nutrition Training Institute.  Also, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and the Human Services and Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Please see the attached registration brochure for details or contact Michelle Nienhuis at 573-751-6244 or Michelle.Nienhuis@health.mo.gov.

National Maternal Intensive Course 2008