February 8, 2016 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: NWA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
SUBJECT 2: VENA REFRESHER TRAINING - ADDITIONAL TRAINING DATES
SUBJECT 3: “USING LOVING SUPPORT TO GROW AND GLOW IN WIC” TRAINING
SUBJECT 4: ATTENDANCE AT 2016 WIC CONFERENCE - SURVEY
SUBJECT 5: ENFAMIL REGULINE INFANT FORMULA
SUBJECT 6: TRANSITION STATUS - SIMILAC EXPERT CARE ALIMENTUM (POWDER)
SUBJECT 7: GOAT MILK ISSUANCE
SUBJECT 8: LEARNING DYNAMICS CUSTOMER SERVICES TIP
SUBJECT 9: CEU CORNER


SUBJECT 1: NWA Leadership Conference Scholarships. We are pleased to announce that the scholarships for the 2016 NWA Leadership Conference have been awarded to Debra Cullum, WIC Coordinator at Adair County Health Department and Velma Osborne, Nutrition Coordinator at Madison County Health Department. This conference provides an opportunity to bring the message from a local perspective to a national discussion about Federal initiatives affecting the health and nutritional well-being of WIC mothers and young children.

SUBJECT 2: VENA Refresher Training - Additional Training Dates. Due to the overwhelming response of staff wanting to attend the VENA Refresher Trainings, we have added additional sites and days for trainings. Please see below for the updated list of dates and locations, as well as which trainings are full:

  • March 10 - Jefferson City
  • March 17 - Independence (FULL)
  • March 24 - Independence (new)
  • March 31 - St. Joseph (new)
  • April 11 - St. Charles (FULL)
  • April 13 - Cape Girardeau (limited spaces available)
  • April 18 - Springfield (FULL)
  • April 19 - Springfield (new & limited spaces available)
  • April 27 - Columbia
  • April 28 - Kirksville
  • May 5 - St. Charles (new)

Space is limited to 25 participants at each site. YYou may register for the training here.
If you have any questions, please contact your TA Nutritionist.

SUBJECT 3: “Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC” Training. Please remember all new WIC agency staff are required to attend the training “Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC” within 6 months of the date they are hired. Nutritionist and CPAs must attend both days of training and all other staff (WIC Coordinators, WIC Clerks, HPAs, Certifiers, etc.) need only attend the first day, with the second day being optional.

There are several trainings scheduled in FY 2016 in Jefferson City and other sites throughout the state. For a list of training sites and dates click here. Registration for this training is now available online and can be accessed by clicking here. If you have questions about this training, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Attendance at 2016 WIC Conference - Survey. The 2016 Missouri WIC Conference will be in St. Louis in October. The conference will begin at 1:00 on Wednesday, October 26 and end at noon on Friday, October 28, 2016. The cost of the hotel may range from $125.00 to $189.00 or the Prevailing Government Per Diem rate plus taxes. In order to negotiate a contract with the hotel and get the best room rate possible from the hotel, the Missouri WIC Association would like to know how many conference attendees will be staying at the conference hotel. We are asking that each Local WIC Provider complete the attached survey and e-mail it to Rhonda Breitenbecher at breitr@lpha.mopublic.org. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 5: Enfamil Reguline Infant Formula. The Enfamil Reguline infant formula was just added to MOWINS on February 1. The state office is receiving calls from some local WIC providers that their WIC participants cannot find the Enfamil Reguline formula at the WIC retailers. Our Retailer Coordinator did receive a call that Walmart stores are beginning to carry the Enfamil Reguline. You may want to check with the retailers in your area to see if they carry the Reguline before you print checks. The State WC office will provide an update as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist.

SUBJECT 6: Transition Status - Similac Expert Care Alimentum (Powder). Please note the following information:

  • Alimentum powder (12.1 oz. can) will be available at most WIC retailers in April.
  • Most retailers will continue to stock Alimentum powder (16 oz.) in February & March.

There are two food items in MOWINS:

Similac Expert Care
Alimentum (Powder)

Old Can Size

16 OZ SIMILAC EXPERT CARE ALIMENTUM PWD

New Can Size

12.1 OZ SIMILAC EXPERT CARE ALIMENTUM PWD

You may want to check with your local WIC retailer regarding the availability of the new can size before printing checks. The State WC office will provide an update with the transition status as more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 7: Goat Milk Issuance. Currently there are two types of canned goat milk available for issuance in MOWINS: evaporated and powdered. The evaporated milk is the whole fat version, while the powdered milk is the nonfat version. To make it easier to understand the difference, the description of the evaporated milk will change from 12 OZ EVAPORATED MEYENBERG GOAT MILK to 12 OZ EVAPORATED MEYENBERG GOAT (WHOLE) MILK. This change will go into effect on February 16th. If you have any questions, please contact your TA Nutritionist.

SUBJECT 8: Learning Dynamics Customer Services Tips. Attached is the latest issue of “Customer Service Notes for WIC” from Learning Dynamics. The topic for this issue is making mistakes and how we can learn from them. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 9: CEU Corner.

  • Join Midwest Dairy Council for a free webinar: 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Translating Science to Your Table, Thursday, March 3rd at 11:00 am. Learn about the process it took to create the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and develop a greater understanding of how to apply the DGAs in practice. The webinar will include a discussion of why experts continue to question the recommendation for fat-free and low fat dairy when the latest research shows otherwise. See the attached flyer for more information. This webinar has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1 CPEU credit. Learning codes include: 1080, 4030, 9020, and 9050. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

    Use this link to Register Now!
    Or copy into your browser https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8286226762668895490

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