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August 18, 2014

Registration and Reservations for Fall Training

Dont forget to 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.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Conference Call

The BPCP conference call will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 9:00 am. Call-in information is on the agenda.

Questions about the New Food Package and Split Tender

At the Fall Training there is a session for question and answer about the new food packages and split tender for the fruit and vegetable benefit. Please submit your questions on these subjects to Leah by close of business on August 29, 2014. Having the questions ahead of time will allow us to present the same answers in both locations, consolidate similar questions and pace our presentation so we don't run out of time.

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.

New Handout Available for Women

Teton County Health Department has graciously shared a handout that was developed by medical student, Stephani Zakutansky, targeting women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Although the goal of the handout is to encourage women to get prenatal care early, it also addresses several nutrition and health topics that we regularly talk about in WIC. Please feel free to print it out for local use and share as you see fit. It is also available on our website.

Skelly Skills Offering Training CEU Materials

Skelly Skills is offering several CPA training materials such as "Discover Mindful Eating", "Eating Expectantly" and "Do You Like Us". Each has the potential for CEUs. If you purchase by September 30th and spend over $299, you receive 50% off.

National Native American Breastfeeding Coalition

Establishment of the National Native American Breastfeeding Coalition is underway! Those who are interested in joining the coalition should send their name, e-mail address, and phone number to indiancountrybreastfeeds@gmail.com.

Multilingual ECHO Breastfeeding Video On-Line

Emergency and Community Health Outreach of Minnesota has an on-line 6 minute video on breastfeeding how-to. It is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Arabic and Somali.

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