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February 24, 2014

Important! SIS and SNAP Verification Issues

There are reports of SIS not being able to verify SNAP eligibility only; Medicaid and TANF appear unaffected. When trying to verify SNAP, there is a “Server 500 Error” screen. If you experience this error:
• Document in all appropriate household members’ charts you were unable to verify because of a SIS issue.
• Issue one month of benefits.
• Keep a list of all the affected participants in order to look them up when SIS works again.

If you find a household you certified does not have SNAP, get different income information as soon as possible. If they are ineligible, issue a Notice of Ineligibility. We will let you know when the issue is fixed through email. We expect this issue to be fixed shortly. Again, this only affects SNAP verification; follow normal SIS procedures for Medicaid and TANF.

Lincoln County WIC Moving      

We want to thank Linda Wagner and Peggy Smith for their many years with the WIC Program in Lincoln County.  We will miss your presence and questions at trainings.  You were always the first to reach out to new staff and make them feel welcome.  You will truly be missed.  Good luck with whatever the future may bring your way.

WIC services are now provided by the Northwest Community Health Center in Lincoln County.

2014 WIC Spring Training Registration

Register now for the upcoming WIC Spring Training, April 10-11 in Bozeman.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Conference Call

The next BPCP conference call is Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. See the agenda for the phone number.

Legumes in the Child Food Package

M-SPIRIT will now allow you to choose peanut butter for any child as an option under the legume category, including for 1 year olds! The default food packages will remain the same to include beans for 1-2 year olds and peanut butter for 2-5 year olds, but you may now honor parent requests to change the beans to peanut butter for 1 year olds.

Mentoring Scholarship

The Montana Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition is offering a scholarship to one individual who is applying to write the IBCLC examination in 2014. Interested individuals must apply for the scholarship with the MSBC.

Online Nutrition Course

Check out this information about a nutrition course offered online through UNC Chapel Hill, developed in collaboration with the Nutrition Services Branch in North Carolina specifically for WIC Nutritionists. You can earn 20 level 1 CEUs as an RD and WIC continuing education credit as well. The cost is $100 and space is limited.

Breast Storage Information Graphic

The Breast Storage Capacity was created by Nancy Mohrbacker. She has given permission to copy and use this graphic.

MAWA Accepting Mini-Grant Applications

MAWA Mini-Grant applications are due by March 7th. Clinics that apply must be current paid members of MAWA. Questions and completed applications can be directed to Darcy Hunter. Applications may be submitted via email or by fax at 406-582-3112 or mailed to 215 West Mendenhall, Bozeman, MT, 59715.

WIC Star Search

Please review the instructions and nomination form for MAWA's Outstanding WIC Employee Award. The award will be presented at the Spring Meeting by MAWA.

MAWA Annual Meeting

Members of MAWA are invited to our annual meeting with hors d’oeuvres following WIC training day on April 10th in Bozeman. Dues for 2014 are $15 per person and may be mailed to Teresa Messerman, Ravalli County WIC, 205 Bedford St Suite P, Hamilton, 59840. Names of members who have paid prior to April 10th will be entered into a drawing for a cool prize! Last minute payments will be accepted at the door. Please include each member’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address with payment (this is an approved expenditure from your WIC budget). We look forward to seeing you in Bozeman!

Exciting New Research

Check out this article about the impact of improved nutrition and physical activity on overweight pregnant women and the birth weights of their infants. Although this research was completed in Australia, it shows how important the information we give through WIC everyday is for improving health outcomes in our population.

ASQ-3™ & ASQ:SE trainings and ASQ Training of Trainers Seminar

Learn about this upcoming training, March 2014 in Missoula.

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