July 22, 2013


Mid-Cert Income Question

There have been several requests for clarification from the State Office regarding income screening at the mid-certification appointment. We do not need to "screen" income at mid-certification officially. This is simply an opportunity to update our system with any changes that pertain to the participant or their family. For adjunctively eligible participants, simply update basic demographic information. For those who qualified based on income at the certification, there should be an ongoing conversation about their responsibility to let WIC know, and bring in updated proof, if their situation changes significantly. Please use open ended dialogue and your best judgment soliciting this information. Let Leah or Bernadette know if you have any further questions.


WIC Fall Training Update

The WIC Fall Training will be in Missoula on September 10th and 11th and in Billings on September 12th and 13th. Information about hotels, reimbursement and the draft agenda.


Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education Plans

Remember, nutrition and breastfeeding education plans are due by August 1st. When we published them in the newsletter they were in PDF format, which you could not type into. Please request the Word format from me directly at kgirard@mt.gov and I will happily email directly. As for those that have already sent them in, they look great! It's wonderful to read about all the great progress your clinics are making and about planned projects! Keep up the great work!


2.18 Training Questions

Several questions were raised during the Webex training of the 2.18 SPIRIT release. Read through the questions and responses.


Participation Report

Montana WIC Program participation report.


Immunizations Webinar

On July 16th the USDA and Every Child By Two partnered to present to WIC staff a webinar with updated information about immunizations. They have sent out a publication, Vaccinations 101, to assist WIC staff in becoming more familiar with recommendations and resources. Additional resources may be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ and http://www.ecbt.org.


Two Research Articles

A synopis and links to further information are available for two recently published studies. Research into the timing of the introduction of solids and Type I diabetes; and the increased risk of certain birth defects with the consumption of water with higher levels of nitrates during pregancy.


Great Beginnings, Great Families Conference

Great Beginnings, Great Families is a conference and workshop to support Montana's families, and is provided by a partnership between Best Beginnings, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting. The conference will include workshops on: Health Literacy; Love and Logic; Intro to Using Life Skills Progression; Reflective Language; Engaging Parents; Pyramid Model; Strengths Based Coaching; as well as opportunities for networking.

Who should attend? Parent Educators - Family Support Specialists - Parent Liaisons - Parent Advocates - Home Visitors - Public Health Nurses providing Home Visits- Early Childhood Providers - Any Service Provider Working with Families with Young Children.

The conference will be August 19 & 20, 2013 in Helena, MT and is free, but registration is required to attend.


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