September 29, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: November 4-6, 2008 Nutrition Coordinator and WIC Coordinator Training Cancellation
SUBJECT 2: Changes to the WIC Certifier's role
SUBJECT 3: Shipping Notification Plastic Sleeves
SUBJECT 4: New Nutrition Education Handout

  1. November 4-6, 2008 Nutrition Coordinator and WIC Coordinator Training Cancellation:  The November 4-6, 2008 Nutrition Coordinator and WIC Coordinator Training has been canceled due to the implementation of MOWINS.  All staff signed up for the training will be contacted by phone or email to let them know of the change.  We deeply regret any inconvenience this causes agencies.  Canceling training to incorporate the changes resulting from MOWINS implementation seems the best alternative to having staff spend time away from work learning about material that will be changing in the next 6 months.  If you have any questions, please contact rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov.

  2. Changes to the WIC Certifier's Role:  Upon the implementation of MOWINS in your agency, WIC Certifiers will not be able to assign risk factors, assign food packages, assign food package cycle, enter VENA (Nutrition Assessment) information, or document the “AR” nutrition education contact in MOWINS.  In MOWINS, WIC Certifiers will have access to view these screens only.  Only the CPA will be able to enter information into these screens in MOWINS.  WIC Certifiers will be able to continue taking anthropometric measurements, hematological measurements, and providing the "AR" education contact, which will then be documented in MOWINS by the CPA.  If you have questions, please contact your district nutritionist.

  3. Shipping Notification Plastic Sleeves:  During the week of September 29, 2008, the DHSS warehouse will begin shipping plastic sleeves to all local WIC providers.  Approximately 200,000 plastic sleeves will be allocated to all local WIC providers based on their monthly caseloads.  The state office is currently working on determining a shipping schedule for the federal fiscal year 2009.  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  4. New Nutrition Education Handout:  A new nutrition education handout titled: “Relief from Common Problems of Pregnancy" (#51) is now available at the DHSS warehouse.  Please begin ordering the new handout using the attached WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request form (WIC-7).  If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
WIC-7 Nutrition Education Material 9-24-08