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April 21, 2014

Staff Transition

I’m letting you all know that I will be retiring from my position as the State WIC Director and Section Supervisor for the WIC/Nutrition Section at the end of June.  I have enjoyed working with all of you and helping to make WIC in Montana the best.  All of you work hard every day to make sure participants get all the services they need.  I will miss working for WIC and with all of you but it is time to move on to new adventures.

-Joan Bowsher, Montana WIC Director

Funding Reallocation

Please watch your mail.  You will be receiving a letter from the State WIC Program regarding reallocation of funds.  We are reallocating $350,000 to local agencies.  In the letter it will tell you how much you will be receiving and some suggestions on what to spend it on.  If you do not want/need the funds please let us know.  Contracts will be amended and you should see those amended contracts the first part of May.  Please have them signed and returned to us as soon as you can.

Local Agency Conference Call

Please join us for a Local Agency Conference Call on May 1, 2014 at 9:00am. Please view the WebEx information and agenda before the call begins.

April Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Conference Call

The April BPC Conference Call will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Please review the call-in information and agenda.

WIC Futures Study Group Meeting

The WIC Futures Study Group will be meeting in Helena on May 13th and 14th, 2014. If you plan to attend and observe, please RSVP to Mark Squires at (406) 444-5533 before May 8th so we have a count for the caterer. View the meeting agenda.

LARC Training Follow Up

Thank you to those who attended the LARC Training in Bozeman. If you have any questions about some of the topics discussed at the LARC Training, please email Leah, Kevin or Glade, or give us a call at (800) 443-4298.

If you were unable to attend the LARC training in Bozeman, you must attend a WebEx on May 29 from 9AM to 10:30AM. The WebEx information will be in the May 26 newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Leah.

We discussed the inclusion of two zeros preceding the participant's number when it is written out on the booklet. As you know, all benefits come with the participant's number printed with two zeros first. It seems a few retailers may be requiring the participant's number printed on the benefit, and the participant's number written on the booklet match exactly. These retailers are paying very close attention and we appreciate that. From now on, please do include the two preceding zeros on a participant's number when writing it on a booklet, so that that number matches exactly with the number on the benefit. Many retailers will still accept the benefit if the leading zeros are left off of the booklet, but we still must ensure that the participant numbers on the booklets do exactly match the participant numbers as printed on benefits.

The new food list starts in 11 days! If you or any of your retailers have questions about the changes, please refer to this letter that was distributed to all retailers and contains a "cheat sheet" of the changes.

40th Anniversary Presentation

The Power Point Presentation shown at the Spring Training to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of WIC will be made available for local agencies to use. We are having some trouble exporting the presentation to the appropriate file formats, but are working on it. Please let Kevin know if you would like a copy of the presentation burned to a DVD.

Similac Mixing Instructions

This resource was created by Abbot Nutrition to assist in providing parents education on how to mix formula to different calorie densities, including the new 19 kcal/ounce versions of Similac Sensitive, Similac Total Comfort, and Similac for Spit Up.

Mead Johnson Announces Label Changes

Enfamil Prosobee and Enfamil EnfaCare will appear on store shelves with a new label in the near future. No actual date was given but you can expect the the new labels will show up when all of the products with the old label have been used. A mini poster with the old-to-new label is available for your clinics.

Non-Invasive Hemoglobin Testing

Masimo is offering all Montana WIC agencies an inexpensive way to begin monitoring hemoglobin non-invasively. Learn all about it.

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