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August 4, 2014

Registration and Reservations for Fall Training

Please register for the 2014 WIC Fall Training, September 15-16 in Missoula (agenda) and September 18-19 in Billings (agenda).

Make your hotel reservations now by calling the Best Western Plus in Missoula at (406) 543-0700 or the Crowne Plaza in Billings at (406) 252-7400. For Billings you can make an online reservation. On the website just below the check in/check out date entry is the Group Code box where you enter "WIC" and the state rate will automatically come up.

October Food List

The October1, 2014 Food List is posted on the website in the Local Agency section under Program Booklets. You may print this out to give to participants until the pre-printed one arrives in the mail.

Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative

The Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative will be held September 30 and October 1, 2014. The details and the draft agenda are available. If you have questions, contact Chris or call 1-800-433-4298, option 3.

Provide Feedback on WIC FAQ

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is an outreach tool for both potential participants as well as agencies/individuals in the community that would refer people to WIC. It is designed to be applicable to any WIC agency in the State, but each agency could customize it to their needs. Please review this document and share what you would like to see changed, edited, deleted or added. It must remain one page, front and back. All feedback can be emailed to Arwyn at awelander@co.missoula.mt.us or call (406) 258-4827. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

Free Download of Breastfeeding App for Smartphones

Check this out! During World Breastfeeding Week you can download a breastfeeding App for FREE, provided by Nancy Mohrbacher.

Online Breastfeeding Conference

Lactationconferences.com is offering a special for WIC staff who attend the "Improving Breastfeeding Success for the Preterm Infant" webinar. The registration is $89 per person requesting CEUs certificates. There are 6.5 CERPs offered and this would have 6.5 WIC CEUs. Learn more about this opportunity.

National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course

The 2014 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course is available for video streaming. Melenie, at Gallatin County WIC, is interested in organizing as a large or small group for a discount. The cost will be dependent on the level of interest ($150 for 2-9 people or $300 for 10-20), but is very inexpensive for the number and quality of CEUs. Check out the agenda. Please contact Melenie if you would like to participate or for more information on this distance education opportunity.

Breastfeeding Conference in Fargo, ND

Lisa Marasco will be the featured presenter at the "Solving Breastfeeding Mysteries" conference, held October 23, 2014 in Fargo, ND. The conference will have 5.5 WIC CEUs for Montana, and registration is open.

MAWA is Accepting Mini-Grant Applications

This fall MAWA will award one mini-grant for up to $300. Applications are due by Sept, 1, 2014. Clinics that apply must be current paid members of MAWA. View the application form here. Questions, and completed applications, can be directed to Gayle Espeseth (406) 247-3344 or faxed to (406) 247-3340.

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