January 23, 2012 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: WIC Operations Manual (WOM) – Now on the WIC Web Site
SUBJECT 2: AAP Smart Brief – Top Stories
SUBJECT 3: New Food Allergy Policy Guide for Schools

  1. WIC Operations Manual (WOM): We’re sending this as a reminder that the WIC Operations Manual is now being published via the web as of January 23, 2012. The website is http://www.health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/wom/.
    There will no longer be a download of the Folio version and you will no longer need to submit any download paperwork. Please see the attached instructions for uninstalling the WOM in Folio format.
    Policies on the web are in Adobe PDF format. There are headers for the volumes and sections so that you can click and go to volume, section, or individual policies, similar to the table of contents in the Folio version.

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Nienhuis at 800-392-8209 or michelle.nienhuis@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. AAP Smart Brief – Top Stories: Attached are articles from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Smart Brief. These top stories are topics on such things as obesity, caffeine, asthma and food insecurity compelling some families to water down infant formulas. If you have questions, please contact your District TA nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. New Food Allergy Policy Guide for Schools: The following is a great resource to assist parents, caregivers, and teachers with the management of food allergies in preschool and kindergarten-aged WIC participants. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the release of “Safe at School and Ready to Learn: a Comprehensive Policy Guide for Protecting Students with Life-Threatening Food Allergies.” We know our WIC population is not of school age but we thought this may be informative to you.

    This new guide is designed to help school leaders and schools establish comprehensive policies and practices that support the safety, well-being, and academic success of students with life-threatening food allergies. In addition to providing relevant data related to food allergy in schools, the publication focuses on the need for schools to partner with families and healthcare providers in identifying and preparing management plans for students with food allergies. Further, it provides information on following medication protocols; establishing a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.

    The guide also includes a checklist to assess the extent to which the guide’s components are included in a school’s food allergy policies and practices; sample state and local education policies; a glossary of commonly used terms; and a list of resources related to food allergies.

    The publication is available for download through NSBA’s food allergy webpage. The webpage includes other useful resources such as a PowerPoint presentation targeted to school board members and administrators that can be used as is or adapted to help bring attention to and manage food allergies in schools. For further information on the food allergy policy guide, please email schoolhealth@nsba.org. If you have questions, please contact your District TA nutritionist.

Removing the WOM-Folio from computer Jan 2012
AAP Newstories