February 9, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Mandatory New Food Package Training
SUBJECT 2: Unknown Values in the Computer System
SUBJECT 3: Breast Milk Research Study

  1. Mandatory New Food Package Training:  The one-day training will be offered at several sites and dates throughout the state and provide attendees with an overview of the new WIC food packages.  Training is mandatory for two attendees per agency - one must be the Nutrition Coordinator.  If additional staff is registered, they will be placed on a waiting list and confirmation will be processed as space permits.  Dates and locations are listed on the attached registration form.  Registration deadline is May 15, 2009.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact D'Anne Ward at 1-800-392-8209 or email danne.ward@health.mo.gov.  

  2. Unknown Values in the Computer System: Attention HANDS Agencies:  A recommendation from the MOWINS pilot agencies was the importance of HANDS agencies to update their unknown values (e.g. 888 in the Hemo and height/weight fields) before their agency rolls-out with the new system.  The Invalid Medical report (HWIME 005-01) can be utilized by the LWPs to determine what records need to be updated.  The Invalid Medical Report can be accessed under the Nutrition Services folder through Crystal Reports.

    After reviewing the Invalid Medical report, HANDS agencies should:

    1. Try to update the HANDS fields with the actual data, if you have the data.
    2. If you cannot update the HANDS fields for any reason:
      1. Wait until your agency can access MOWINS, and if the participant is still in the cert period for which the data was obtained, it can be keyed to the record at that time.  Note:  It would be keyed through the folder and not the guided script.

    If you have additional questions, please call the HANDS Help Desk @ 1-800-554-2577.

  3. Breast Milk Research Study:  The University of Massachusetts is conducting a study on breast cancer risk and is looking for nursing mothers who have had, within the past year or are expecting to have, a breast biopsyto participate.  Long before a woman might notice a lump in her breast, there are changes in the DNA of epithelial cells in the breast.  Some of these cells are expressed in breast milk, and this study is examining these cells to try to identify molecular biomarkers for the development of breast cancer.  One possible outcome of this research is the development of an early, non-invasive method of assessing breast cancer risk through breast milk.  The results may also lead to new treatment strategies. More information is available at the study website at www.breastmilkresearch.org or you can contact Dr. Sarah Lenington, Recruitment Coordinator, at slenington@nre.umass.edu or call 413-545-1037.

Food Package Registration Form