June 21, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: FFY 2011 WIC State Plan Goals and Objectives
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS with Vista and Windows 7 Operating Systems
SUBJECT 3: Income Guidelines Extension
SUBJECT 4: Participant Nutrition Education on the Web
SUBJECT 5: Place Your Order for Text4Baby Promotional Posters

  1. FFY 2011 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 2011 (October 1, 2010 and ending September 30, 2011).  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 FFY10 Goals, Objectives and Strategies can be found in the attached document.  Please send your comments by July 9, 2010 to the attention of Lyn.Konstant@health.mo.gov.

  2. MOWINS with Vista and Windows 7 Operating Systems:  On June 28, 2010, when we put the new MOWINS release, 2.02.07, in production, MOWINS will be compatible with the Microsoft Vista operating system.  However, MOWINS has not been tested with Vista in Missouri so if you elect to go to Vista, you must do a small pilot of 1 to 2 computers using Vista with MOWINS.  Once you have confirmed that it is running normally, you can switch your remaining computers to Vista.  Please inform Mark Davis if you plan to use Vista with MOWINS on or after June 28.  MOWINS is not yet compatible with the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.  We will let you know when that changes.

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

  3. Income Guidelines Extension:  Health and Human Services (HHS) has not yet published new poverty guidelines for 2010.  As a result, the 2009 income guidelines (April 1, 2009- March 31, 2010) remain in effect.  As soon as we have any new guidance on the income guidelines, we will share this with local agencies.

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

  4. Participant Nutrition Education on the Web:  This is a reminder that Participant Nutrition Modules on the Web are available for use with non-high risk WIC participants.  Seventeen Participant Nutrition Education on-line classes are now available on the web at the WIC Families link.

      1. The policy “Alternative Methods of Providing Nutrition Education (Web based, Self-Paced Modules, Telephone and E-mail) (2.06300)” is available to guide LWPs who decide to use this option for participant nutrition education.
      2.  The LWP Nutritionist will review and follow the policy guidelines to ensure that web classes are appropriate to meet the participant’s needs before they are allowed to use this method for nutrition education.
      3. The classes are designed to give immediate feedback to the participant throughout the module.
      4. An instruction form (sample attached) has been developed that can be printed at the LWP office and provided to the participant when this option of providing nutrition education is selected.
      5. Each module has a certificate of completion (sample attached).  The participant should be instructed to print the certificate and bring it to the LWP for verification of completion.  If the participant is unable to print the certificate, the lower section of the instruction form can be used to document the class title, certificate.  More classes will be posted on the website in the future.  If LWP staff has other ideas or needs for additional education classes, please contact your district nutritionist.

    If you have any questions, please contact your district TA nutritionist.

  5. Place Your Order for Text4Baby Promotional Posters:  The State WIC office will print and make available for LWPs Text4Baby promotional posters and tear pads.  WIC Coordinators will receive an order form by e-mail asking them to choose the number and design of posters and the number of tear pads in English and Spanish that you would like for your agency.  Orders will be mailed to your main site for distribution.  This is a one-time print job, so make your request now.  Return the completed order form as an email attachment to Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.gov by July 2, 2010.

    Text4Baby is a free mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Women’s Health is a partner in this educational service with the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB).

    WIC participants may sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) to receive free text messages each week, timed to the due date or baby’s date of birth.  Since Text4Baby launched in February 2010, we have learned that women who do not have a participating text4baby wireless carrier, and TracFone users, will not be able to receive the text messages.  The text4baby service will be denied and the woman will not be charged for the text minutes.  Text4baby mobile phone service partners are listed at http://www.text4baby.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.gov.

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