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October 28th, 2013

M-SPIRIT Training

There is a web-x M-SPIRIT Training on November 14th at 8:30 am. We will also post the training on the WIC Web Page for staff who are unable to attend the training. All staff should review the training before Monday November 18th when a new version of M-SPIRIT is released into production. To participate in the training:

1. Start by clicking HERE
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: WIC01
4. Click "Join"
To join the audio conference only
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4490
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-408-792-6300
Access code:570 284 757

Operational Adjustment (OA) Funding Requests

It is time to request Operational Adjustment (OA) funds again. Please submit your requests to Joan by November 15th, 2013.

October Time Study wrap-up

Just a reminder that this is the last week in October and all time study WIC time needs to be reported in M-SPIRIT using the Time Study program. Hopefully you have kept up on tracking your time – if not, you will need to go back and recreate the month – not a good plan. I have checked and there are a few agencies not using the time study at all this month! Useful data is essential in justifying the great work that WIC provides throughout the state.

We want to thank those who have incorporated this additional task into a busy schedule this past month! Questions, concerns, feedback? Email Bernadette or call 1-800-433-4298

Mark Your Calendars for Diana West Presentation

Diana West, IBCLC, and well known in the breastfeeding arena, will be presenting at a one day conference on March 24, 2014 in Helena, MT. The event is sponsored by Nursing Momma, and more information will be released closer to the presentation date.

Webinar on New Approaches to Treating Obesity in Higher Risk Groups

The National WIC Association is presenting a webinar on November 6, 2014, at 1:00 Mountain Time Zone. Dr. Gary Bennett will be presenting findings from his recent studies for working with individuals at high risk for obesity. Learn More.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Today's Dietitian is holding its first spring symposium May 18-20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Some of the topics may be appropriate for WIC CEUs (no pre-approval has been made). Learn more about the topics.

Evergreen Perinatal Education and SWAG Conferences LLC are offering "Lactation: An Advanced Update & Review" on May 14-25, 2014 for the Update and May 16, 2014, for the review. This conference is targeted to IBCLCs who want CERPs, those wanting to prepare for the exam, and those taking the exam for the first time. Information on registration and hotels is available.

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