August 29, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer Deliveries
SUBJECT 2: Smoking Cessation Research Study Needs Participants
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Education Opportunity
SEMINARS and CONFERENCES: October 2011 MWA Workshop

  1. Microcuvette and Analyzer Deliveries: Agencies scheduled to receive a shipment of microcuvettes and/or analyzers should be receiving their shipment this week, August 29, 2011.

    Once you have received your order, please verify the number of microcuvettes and analyzers received with the number listed on the packing slip.  If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip. Please fax the packing slip to Leslie at the State WIC Office (573-526-1470) within one (1) week of receiving the shipment.  Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes.  If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers received is different from the packing slip, please call Leslie at 1-800-392-8209.  If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes or analyzers you received and the date you received the shipment to  Thank you for your prompt cooperation.

  2. Smoking Cessation Research Study Needs Participants: In the November 30, 2009 WIC Updates, we posted information  on the Oregon Center for Applied Science Inc. (ORCAS),  which had been recently funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop and evaluate a smoking cessation and relapse prevention intervention for pregnant and postpartum women.  ORCAS is a public health research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.  Smoking cessation and preventing relapse is one of the most primary health strategies for preventing and minimizing diseases such as childhood asthma and other debilitating health issues.  They have requested our assistance in distributing information to WIC clients about participation in this research study.

    ORCAS is now working on a research study to develop an Internet program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.  If participants are eligible, sign up and take the online survey, they will receive $75.00.  The time to take the survey is 20-30 minutes.  A flyer with more information is attached.  If you have participants that may be interested and are qualified, we encourage you to post the attached flyers or give them to interested participants.

    For more information please contact Susan Schroeder, MPH, MCHES, PMP,, 541-349-4854 or Mary Hetrick,, 541-349-4834. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Nutrition Education Opportunity:  WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Public Health Nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar, shown on October 5-6, 2011, in Jefferson City.  This year's continuing education program focuses on appropriate nutrition services that can improve pregnancy outcomes, the effects of maternal eating behaviors on birth outcomes and infant health status and development, and the characteristics of model programs and counseling approaches for maternal and infant nutritional health.  This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and will be shown by the WICNS’ Nutrition Training Institute.  The registration form and additional details are attached.  Please contact with questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  4. Seminars and Conferences: October 2011 MWA Workshop: The Missouri WIC Association 2011 Biennial Workshop will be October 25th and 26th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.  The registration fee is $150 per person with registration, to be completed online at  Attached is the tentative Workshop agenda with the Opening session beginning at 1:00pm on October 25th and Closing at 12:00pm on October 26th.  A block of rooms have been reserved on first come first served basis at Capitol Plaza Hotel (1-800-338-8088) for this event.  Please contact the hotel directly mentioning the Missouri WIC Association (MWA) to make room reservations, room rate is $81.00 (single or double).  This block of rooms will be held until midnight on 9/24/2011.

    Questions or to Contact Us
    If you have further questions or concerns please feel free to check out our contact list on our web site to contact your local MWA representative or Jim Wheaton, MWA President, at (816) 404-9745 or Lynn Sojka, MWA Vice-President, at (314) 615-8370.

    We will be looking forward to visiting with you and planning the future of Missouri WIC Association. (ONE ATTACHMENT)
    Missouri WIC Association Board & Committee Members

ORCA Survey Flyer
National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Registration
2011 Biennial MWA Workshop Agenda