July 18, 2016 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: LAP Application
SUBJECT 2: Missouri Breastfeeding Month
SUBJECT 3: Mandatory Revision 14 Risk Factors Training - Conference Call Information
SUBJECT 4: Social Media Tools Webpage - Content Added
SUBJECT 5: Loving Support Award of Excellence
SUBJECT 6: University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Online Self-Paced Seminars

SUBJECT 1: LAP Application. The FFY2017 Local Agency Plan (LAP) Caseload, Rate-Per-Participant (RPP) and Special Funding amounts have been updated by the State Agency and the online LAP is ready for entry. If you have problems accessing the LAP you should call the ITSD Help Desk at 800-347-0887 to have your password reset.

The website to access the LAP can be found here, then select Online Applications. The LAP Manual and Technical Assistance Packet (TAP) can also be found on this page. Use the e-Learning link for additional resources to help you complete the LAP application. This includes webinars and PowerPoint presentations which review both the Administrative and Nutrition sections in the LAP.

To enter data in your LAP for FFY2017, select the agency number from the dropdown list and click on “Access Next Year’s WIC LAP” in the center of the page. The FFY2017 LAP contains some data from the previous year, including Agency Information and Personnel. You will need to review and verify this data for FFY2017. The FFY2017 LAP is due to the State Agency by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

If you have any questions about LAP Access, LAP Training or LAP Webinars, please contact Cheryl West at 800-392-8209, 573-526-7706 or by email at Cheryl.Lynn.West@health.mo.gov. If you have questions regarding the completion of the LAP for your agency, please contact a member of your WIC Technical Assistance Team.

SUBJECT 2: Missouri Breastfeeding Month. August 1-7 is designated each year as World Breastfeeding Week by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the entire month of August is designated Missouri Breastfeeding Month. The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding, A Key to Sustainable Development.” The focus is to inform people about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how these goals can be met by the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The purpose of sustainable development is to encourage people to live in a way that does not harm generations to come. Breastfeeding is not only the first step we can take to protect the health of mothers and their babies, but can also protect the health of our planet by providing a “natural, renewable food” that is environmentally safe and produced without pollution, packaging, or waste. For more information and to download the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week poster and Action Folder go to their website at worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

We are also pleased to announce that USDA Secretary Vilsack has signed the 2016 WIC Breastfeeding Proclamation to designate August 1-7 as National WIC Breastfeeding Week. A copy of the proclamation and a letter from FNS Deputy Administrator Diane Kriviski are attached. FNS encourages you to use the proclamation in your World Breastfeeding Week and other breastfeeding celebrations. NWA has also developed an infographic in English and Spanish that can be downloaded and printed for display in WIC clinics, doctors’ offices, bookstores, churches, etc. Go to the www.nwica.org website for more information. If you have questions please contact Nancy Keim at Nancy.Keim@health.mo.gov or Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 3: Mandatory Revision 14 Nutrition Risk Factors Training - Conference Call Information. This training, via conference call, will provide attendees with an overview of the USDA Risk Factor changes that will be implemented on October 2, 2016. A CPA/Nutritionist from each agency is required to participate on at least one session. Other certifying staff is encouraged to attend. There will be time for questions and answers during the call. The purpose of this training is to cover the following topics:

  • Risk Factor 201 Low Hematocrit/Low Hemoglobin
  • Risk Factor 211 Elevated Blood Lead Levels
  • Risk Factor 332 Short Interpregnancy Interval (formerly known as Closely Spaced Pregnancies)
  • Risk Factor 425 Inappropriate Nutrition Practices for Children
  • Risk Factor 601 Breastfeeding Mother of Infant at Nutritional Risk
  • Risk Factor 602 Breastfeeding Complications or Potential Complications (Women)

Conference Call Information: AUDIO
CenturyLink Phone Number 877-820-7831
Conference Call Pin Number is 93348999#

Attendees Notes: 1. Please don’t place your phone on hold while on the conference call.
2. Please be sure the state trainer knows who is attending from your agency.
3. Please share conference call lines due to the per minute-per participant cost.

Adobe Connect Information: VISUAL
Attendees Notes: 1. Copy or paste the URL in your browser http://stateofmo.adobeconnect.com/r4glwrezzkn/
2. Enter your name in the ‘Guest’ field.
3. Click ‘Enter Meeting Room.’
4. The PowerPoint slides will be posted and available on September 1st at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/localagency/training/staff/

Training dates and times are listed below. Registration is not required to participate in the training.

Dates Week Day Session 1 Session 2
September 6th Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm
September 7th Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm
September 14th Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm
September 15th Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm

If you have questions, contact D’Anne Ward at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov or 573-526-0209

SUBJECT 4: Social Media Tools Webpage - Content Added. Social media outreach activities can be an effective low-cost investment for WIC agencies to provide applicants/participants instant access to information about the Missouri WIC Program. The State Agency has placed additional Facebook ads and Magazine wraps (used as promotional posters) on theSocial Media Tools webpage located here. This website contains resources which have been developed by the Missouri WIC State Office for local WIC agency use. If you have any questions, please contact D'Anne Ward at 573-526-0209 or email danne.ward@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 5: Loving Support Award of Excellence. The state WIC office would like to congratulate six local WIC agencies who have received the FNS Loving Support Award of Excellence. The award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. Three levels of excellence were recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. Only local WIC agencies that have operated a peer counseling program for at least one year, which meets all of the required core components of the FNS Loving Support© Model for a successful peer counseling program were eligible.

Six local WIC agencies in Missouri applied for the Gold level and all six were awarded. They are:

  • Cole County WIC
  • St. Francois County WIC
  • Ste. Genevieve WIC
  • St. Joseph WIC
  • Randolph County WIC
  • Webster County WIC

Congratulations again for this achievement and thank you to all our agencies for all the work you do in supporting breastfeeding. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 6: University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Online Self-Paced Seminars. Nutrition Education Opportunity: WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Public Health Nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women in Missouri’s Local Agencies will want to take advantage of this self-paced University of Minnesota online National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course training.

Overall Course Objectives:

  • Describe ways that appropriate nutrition services can improve pregnancy outcomes.
  • Describe the effect of maternal eating behaviors on birth outcomes and infant health status and development.
  • Identify characteristics of model programs and counseling approaches for maternal and infant nutritional health.

This year's continuing education program focuses on Breast Feeding and the Substance Exposed Dyad; Perinatal Marijuana Use and Lactation; Providing Support for Families of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Effects of Depression on Nutrition and Weight in Low-income, Non-pregnant Women; Nutrition as an Integral Part of Preconception and Interconception Care for Women; Influencing Eating Behaviors of Parents and Children: Marketing and Labeling Policy, Influencing Eating Behaviors of Parents and Children: Behavioral Economics Strategies; Determinants of the Infant Microbiome and Childhood Obesity: Mom Matters; Development of Taste and Flavor Preferences: The Roles of Basic Biology and Early Experience; Improving Nutrition in the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Revised Nutrition Standards; and Maternal Weight - Before, During and Beyond Pregnancy.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services will pay the $20 registration fee for WIC Staff, however registration space is limited and you must use the MDHSS Group Number: G000084 to register with the University of Minnesota. You may begin your registration here following instructions on the attached pages.

For questions specific to the course, please contact Chris Carlstrom (carls020@umn.edu, 612-624-3029) at the University of Minnesota. For other questions, contact Michele Bailey (Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov, 573-751-6481) at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 7: CEU Corner.
The Facts on Snacks: Trends, Behaviors and Recommendations
The most recent trends regarding snacking will be evaluated and evidence-based recommendations will be made, with the impact of the food environment assessed, during this pre-recorded webinar sponsored by Kellogg’s and presented by Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN, and David Just, PhD. Interpreting the latest research regarding snacking on measures of health and body weight will also be addressed.

Milk Protein and Human Health: A1 versus A2 Beta-Casein
This pre-recorded webinar sponsored by a2 Milk™ and Today's Dietitian and presented by Dr. Joanna McMillian, RD and Professor Karen Dwyer, Nephrologist outlines the differences between A1 and A2 beta-casein proteins; identifies mammalian milk containing A1 and/or A2 beta casein genetic variants; and evaluates the evidence for digestion differences between A1 and A2 beta-casein protein variants.