December 12, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Updated Shipping Schedule for Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10)
SUBJECT 2: Translated WIC Resource Items
SUBJECT 3: Extra National WIC Association’s (NWA) 2012 Calendars
SUBJECT 4: Upcoming Holidays
SUBJECT 5: 2012 First Quarter Holiday Survey
SUBJECT 6: MOWINS Maintenance
SUBJECT 7: Retirement Announcement-Lyn Konstant

  1. Updated Shipping Schedule for Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10):  The DHSS warehouse plans to ship the following items to all local WIC providers during the week of December 25, 2011 instead of the week of December 12, 2011 (original plan):

    • Participant’s R & R - (bilingual, laminated) WIC-10-LAM
    • Participant’s R & R – (bilingual, back-up form) WIC-10

    All items will be in one packet.  Please begin using the new WIC 10 (11-11 version) as soon as you receive them and dispose of the old forms.  If you have any questions, please discuss with your TA team.

  2. Translated WIC Resource Items:  The following items have been translated into 15 languages and will be available on the DHSS WIC website by December 23, 2011:

    • Missouri WIC Nondiscrimination Poster (11-11 version)
    • Fair Hearing Poster without watermark (10-11 version)
    • Fair Hearing Poster with watermark (10-11 version)
    • WIC Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (11-11 version)

    Please download and use them as needed.  If your agency staff has difficulty downloading them, please contact Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. Extra National WIC Association’s (NWA) 2012 Calendars:  The State office has extra 2012 WIC calendars (English version).  If your agency needs additional calendars, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov and provide the following information:

    • Agency Name
    • Number of Calendars You Need

    Available calendars will be shipped out on first come first served basis.

  4. Upcoming Holidays:  The state WIC office will be closed for Christmas on December 26, 2011 and New Year’s on January 2, 2012.  If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  5. 2012 First Quarter Holiday Survey:  We are asking local agencies to complete this quick survey at: http://webapp03.dhss.mo.gov/snapwebhost/surveylogin.asp?k=132338357850
    to help us determine WIC Help Desk Coverage for holidays in January and February.  The survey will be available from December 15, 2011, through December 28, 2011. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Nienhuis at Michelle.Nienhuis@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6244 or 800-392-8209.

  6. MOWINS Maintenance:  Beginning at 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2012 through 5:00 am on Monday, January 9, 2012, MOWINS will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

    Please direct any questions or concerns to Melissa Seaver at Melissa.seaver@health.mo.gov.

  7. Retirement Announcement:  Lyn Konstant, Administrator of the Section for WIC and Community Nutrition Services, has announced her retirement from DHSS.  Her last day will be December 20th.  Lyn served as WIC director for six years (2005-2011).  She says: “I will miss the many dedicated and passionate people with whom I have the great privilege of working.  I have truly enjoyed working with the awesome staff at local agencies – that’s really where the WIC fun happens.”  Lyn is planning to spend more time with her aging mother and pursue other interests.  Please join the state staff in wishing Lyn all the best as she sets off on new adventures and working with staff as we continue to strive to build on the many valuable initiatives developed under her leadership.