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August 11, 2014


Registration and Reservations for Fall Training

Please register for the 2014 WIC Fall Training, September 15-16 in Missoula (agenda) or 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.


Unavailable Food Package Items

Two food package options are currently not available. The first allows some of an infant's jarred fruits and vegetables to be exchanged for a fruit and vegetables benefit. The second allows the fruit and vegetable benefits in certain food package III situations to be exchanged for infant fruits and vegetables. When these are available, we will notify you. Please do not give participants a date to expect changes at this time.


Education Plans Reminder

Attention WIC Directors and Coordinators: your Nutrition Education Plans and Breastfeeding Education Plans are due to the state office by August 15, 2014. You can submit your Nutrition Education Plan and Breastfeeding Education Plan via email to Kate or by mail. Please read this Guidance document for instructions. Call or email Kate or Chris with any questions or concerns.


July Reports Available

Benefits Issued & Redeemed Report July 2014
Breastfeeding & Peer Counselor Report July 2014
Participation Report July 2014


Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Conference Call

The BPCP conference call will be held on August 20, 2014. A draft agenda is available. If you would like to add other items, please email Chris by noon on August 14th.


CDC Breastfeeding Report Card 2014

Breastfeeding information gathered in the 2012 and 2013 Immunization Survey based on 2011 births is available in this report. Also breastfeeding rate information for the prior years, 2009 and 2010, and 2011 all in the same format is available. Montana saw a slight increase in initiation. Currently we are third highest for initiation in the nation. Duration rates for 3 months and 6 months declined back to the rate of 2 years ago. Even with the decline, Montana is still higher than the national rate. Exclusive breastfeeding rates held for 3 months at a consistent rate, but rates for exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months were down again. Also, Montana ranks number one for number of CLCs per 1,000s live births. Montana ranks #17 out of 51 for the number of IBCLC's per 1,000s live births. There is more information in the report than just the breastfeeding rates. Happy reading. You can earn 0.5 WIC CEUs for reading the report and submitting the Post Article, Webinar and Teleconference CEU form.


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.


SWAG Conference

The 5-Day Course "Foundations for Best Practices for Lactation Care" will be held October 20-24, 2014, in Berkeley CA. Early bird registration for this conference must be postmarked by September 6, 2014. Please follow the link above for more information.


Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Announces New Grant Opportunity

Notah Begay III Foundation’s (NB3F) Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures is offering a Request for Proposals (RFP) for their Capacity Building Grants.  The purpose of these grants will be to partner with Native communities to support work addressing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes through: 1) Community Health Assessments and/or 2) Community Planning and Capacity Building. The application deadline is September 12, 2014, at 5:00 pm (MST).  Up to 12 grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded for this grant cycle.  The online application can be found the Capacity Building Grants webpage along with additional information and criteria.

An informational webinar will be held on August 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (MST).  To register visit the NB3F Capacity Building Grants webpage.  For questions or additional information please email grants@nb3f.org.


Wichealth.org Survey

Wichealth.org staff developed this survey to get some feedback about how their product is being promoted and used in the field. Please complete the survey by August 25, 2014.


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