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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
417-881-8058
burtond@missouri.edu

August 4, 2017


MU Extension Specialists Help to Build Education and Advocacy for
Missouri WIC Association Board


OZARK, Mo. — University of Missouri Extension Community Development Specialists Dr. Kathy Macomber and Dr. Amy Patillo facilitated the Missouri WIC Association (MWA) biennial board retreat on July 20 at the Hilton Promenade hotel at Branson Landing in Branson.

The board met to identify action items for moving forward with board restructuring, revision of by-laws, and the implementation of strategic action planning.

"University of Missouri Extension's community development program works with Missouri communities that are made up of more than the people who live and work there. Every community is a tight-knit fabric of relationships, woven by the leadership of its citizens and partnerships of local businesses and agencies to build better lives for all residents," said Dr. Macomber.

MU Extension Community Development specialists support Missouri nonprofit organizations, which are the backbone of civic life in our communities.

"Groups, organizations, and communities can develop a vision, identify priorities, develop an action agenda, and successfully develop and implement programs and projects by working with MU Extension's community development specialists using proven processes and research-based information," stated Dr. Patillo.

Senators, congressional representatives, and legislators were invited to attend the board luncheon to build relationships and provide opportunities for education and advocacy.

Two staff members from Senator Claire McCaskill's southwest Missouri office, David Stokley, and Mitch Truelove, attended the luncheon, indicating a newfound understanding for the WIC supplemental nutrition programs and their public value to Missouri.

The group discussed positive results delivered by WIC programs, including longer, safer pregnancies, with fewer premature births and infant deaths; improved dietary outcomes for infants and children; improved maternal health; and improved performance at school, among others. In addition to health benefits, WIC participants showed significant savings in healthcare costs when compared to non-participants.

At the retreat, the board accomplished goals to include, engaging in a planning process to refine board structure, revising committee structures for delegation of planning duties for the biennial conference, and worked on sustainability and development of emerging leaders. This process included, Macomber and Patillo reviewing bylaws and listening carefully to the challenges and successes of this organization, then carefully assembling the activities and processes to guide the board in creating a plan to reach their identified goals.

Disciplined follow-up is essential to keep the momentum going to accomplish identified goals. By developing action items and assigning responsibility, the MWA board committed to specific actions.

For more information about meeting facilitation or customized training options contact any of these MU Extension specialists working in southwest Missouri: Amy Patillo in Christian County, (417) 581-3558; or Kathy Macomber in Barton County at (417) 682-3579.


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University of Missouri Extension Community Development Specialists Dr. Kathy Macomber and Dr. Amy Patillo led a visioning meeting for the Missouri WIC Association. In attendance at the meeting where two staff members from Senator Claire McCaskill's southwest Missouri office, David Stokley and Mitch Truelove (shown here at the table with Macomber in the white jacket).


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Source: Dr. Amy Patillo, (417) 581-3558

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