SUBJECT 1: WIC Funding Update and Sample Press Release
SUBJECT 2: Upcoming State Holiday
SUBJECT 3: WIC Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10) in 17 Languages
SUBJECT 4: Save the Date! Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course
SUBJECT 5: wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner

SUBJECT 1: WIC Funding Update and Sample Press Release. The Missouri WIC program has received funding to support normal program operations through at least March 31, 2019. WIC local agencies should continue normal program operations with confidence that they will be reimbursed by the state agency. Local agencies should continue to issue WIC checks to participants, including issuing April, May, and June checks during March for participants on tri-monthly issuance, per policy. It is important to communicate to participants that they should continue to attend their WIC appointments and that they may redeem all checks they are issued at authorized WIC retailers within the first and last dates to use, as printed on the checks.

The state agency is in communication with retailers to let them know that future check obligations have been considered prior to issuance, and that all WIC checks must be accepted, per policy, on an ongoing basis.

Attached is a press release template that local agencies can provide to media contacts and a draft Facebook post to inform participants. We will provide another update by February 28, 2019 or sooner, if more information becomes available. Please contact your district technical assistance staff or the WIC state agency with questions at 1-800-392-8209. Thank you for your cooperation and for your help in providing nutritious food and nutrition and breastfeeding services to WIC participants in Missouri.
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SUBJECT 2: Upcoming State Holiday. The WIC state agency will be closed, and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk support, on Monday, February 18.

SUBJECT 3: WIC Participant’s Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10) in 17 Languages. The WIC Participant's Rights and Responsibilities (WIC-10) has been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Nepali, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. These documents are available on the WIC website. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Save the Date! “Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course.” The WIC state agency is hosting the “Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course” at two locations in the state. This training is for nutritionists, nurses, and peer counselors who need a comprehensive course to prepare them to assist breastfeeding mothers with normal lactation and common breastfeeding challenges. Dates and training sites are being scheduled for Springfield on July 23-25, 2019 and Columbia on July 29-31, 2019. Registration will be available soon. If you have questions, please contact Mercedes Printz by email at mercedes.printz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-5270.

SUBJECT 5: wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the attached January 2019 wichealth.org newsletter.

Highlights include:

  • Photoshoots in WIC Clinics- Conducted a series of photo shoots designed to capture the early days of breastfeeding. These images will be used in an upcoming Infant Feeding series on wichealth.org.
  • Health eKitchen Updates- A new report was developed to show nationwide usage trends.
  • New Email Designs- New email designs have been developed that are now more engaging and draws the attention to the required action.
  • New Option in User Profile- Users can now create one account based on the Household ID and add multiple members of the family under the same user profile.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner.
Kansas Nutrition Council 2019 Annual Conference. The Kansas Nutrition Council 2019 Annual Conference, Embracing Change for a Better Future will be Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Lawrence. The meeting will focus on expanded approaches to childhood obesity to include individual and policy, system, and environmental strategies with an emphasis on strategies for rural areas. Seven (7) hours of Continuing Education is pending approval from Commission on Dietetic Registration, Kansas Dietetic Licensure, AAFCS, and SNA.

Featured presenters include Angie Tagtow and Dayle Hayes.
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD has more than 25 years of experience working at local, state, federal, and international levels in agriculture, food, and nutrition policy; public health; and food and water systems. In 2014, Angie was appointed to serve as the Executive Director for the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in which she co-led the development and launch of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Trained as a registered dietitian, Angie is an entrepreneur, systems thinker, leadership developer, solution-based innovator, role breaker, and a change maker. Her career has centered around four core functions: ask critical questions; dig to the root of the matter; cultivate all options; and mobilize authentic action.

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, is an award-winning author, educator, and nutrition coach. In her writing and presentations, she brings a delightful blend of practicality and pizzazz to everyday nutrition advice. Her creativity and common sense have made her a sought-after speaker and workshop leader for professional and consumer groups across the country.

Go to this link to register. The registration fee includes KNC membership, conference, lunch, and newsletters.
Early Bird (by February 15) $125
Regular (after February 15) $140

A block of rooms have been reserved for March 27th with a reduced room rate of $93.00 USD/night. To receive the group room rate, make your reservation before February 25th. Go to this link to access the hotel’s reservation webpage that will pre-populate with special KNC group code. Please see the attached agenda for more information.
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