SUBJECT 1: National Immunization Awareness Month
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closure
SUBJECT 3: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Webinar and Resources
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner

SUBJECT 1: National Immunization Awareness Month.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an observance sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

WIC staff can access the NIAM Toolkit and a number of other resources to help educate participants on the importance of immunizations, such as:

  • Immunization Resource Booklets, available in Spanish and English,
  • Vaccines 101 - Information for WIC Staff, a guide to provide WIC staff with an overview of key vaccine messages, and
  • Much more by visiting The WIC Works Resource System.

SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closure. The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following date and time:

  • Tuesday, August 21, all day

The MOWINS Help Desk will check email and voicemail frequently during the closure time and will respond as soon as possible.

SUBJECT 3: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Webinar and Resources. The National WIC Association’s webinar, Addressing Perinatal Depression and Anxiety: A Health Education Initiative,was presented by Dr. Triesta Fowler on July 17. Dr. Fowler is a Medical Officer in the Office of Communications at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Information was shared from a collaboration among 30 of the nation’s most prominent health care provider associations, federal agencies, and nonprofit maternal and child health organizations to help cover etiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, adverse effects, and screening methods. The recorded webinar discussed the following resources, available in English and Spanish, which may be found at https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/materials/Pages/default.aspx

  • What If the “Happiest Time of Your Life” Doesn’t Feel So Happy? (poster)
  • You’re Prepared for Almost Anything…But Are You Prepared for the Possibility of Depression and Anxiety? (poster)
  • Action Plan for Depression and Anxiety Around Pregnancy
  • Talk About Depression and Anxiety During Pregnancy and After Birth: Ways You Can Help

Materials may be ordered online at https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/initiatives/moms-mental-health-matters/pages/materials.aspx, by phone at 1-800-370-2943, or by email to NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov. Requests for materials in bulk quantity should be requested through an email to NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov.

Mental Health Resources may be found at https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/ncmhep/initiatives/moms-mental-health-matters/pages/find-help.aspx

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), operates a 24-hour free and confidential suicide prevention hotline that is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the caller’s nearest crisis center in the national network.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery.
  • Postpartum Support International, 1-800-944-4PPD (4773), offers a “warm line,” in which a caller leaves a message and a volunteer calls back to provide support and resources in the caller’s area.

SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
Food as Lifestyle Medicine: Harnessing Your Nutrition Expertise to Inspire Lifestyle Change webinar on August 29 at 1:00 p.m. CST, will help attendees focus on the science and recent strides in lifestyle medicine. With the medical community embracing nutrition education as a primary protocol in chronic disease prevention, it’s vital that dietitians be at the forefront with nutrition and culinary expertise as a primary part of a healthy lifestyle paradigm.

National WIC Association’s (NWA) First Virtual Conference:
Using Technology to Improve the WIC Participant Experience

Innovations in technology, including smartphone applications, online educational and administrative platforms, and electronic benefits, have enabled many WIC agencies to consider how new technology can improve the experience of WIC participants, increase participation in the program, and support more efficient program management. To facilitate the sharing of best practices, lessons learned, innovations, and research, the NWA’s virtual conference will comprise eight pre-recorded presentations and four live presentations in the form of webinars over the course of three days. Virtual conference attendees will be able to access the sessions from the comfort of their own computers December 4-6, 2018. The conference will feature voices from WIC agencies as well as researchers and other partners who have insights to share with regard to the use of technology in WIC. The tentative agenda provides information on sessions and information on how virtual conferences work is located here. The conference is complimentary to NWA members, including WIC local agencies. There is a $100 registration fee for non-members. Online registration may be completed until December 4, 2018.