October 15, 2012 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: FNS Nutrition Services Standards (NSS)-Request for Comments
SUBJECT 2: Quick Health Data Online-Free training October-December, 2012 from USDA
SUBJECT 3: Learning Dynamics Customer Service-WIC Tip

  1. FNS Nutrition Services Standards (NSS)-Request for Comments: FNS is seeking State and local agency comments on the FNS/NWA workgroup’s revised draft of the Nutrition Services Standards. The revised document with instructions for submitting comments and the comment form are attached. FNS requested that State agencies share this draft with our local WIC providers. Please email completed comment form (attached) to wichq-sfpd@fns.usda.gov with the subject line, “NSS Comment.” Comment forms received by November 9, 2012 will be considered in the final document. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

  2. Quick Health Data Online-Free training October-December, 2012 from USDA: The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health is offering telephone trainings on their online information system–Quick Health Data Online. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level. To the extent possible, data is provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age. Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps. For further information and how to access the training, please see the attached. If you have any questions, please contact your district TA Team. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Learning Dynamics Customer Service-WIC Tip: Attached is our latest issue of “Customer Service Notes for WIC.” This issue discusses going “above and beyond” to provide value-added service to participants and co-workers. If you have any questions, please contact your district TA Team. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

Attachments:
Fillable comment form-Draft NSS.doc
NSS Draft with instructions for commenters
Notice from USDA and Women's Health - training
WIC Tips for October 2012 from Learning Dynamics