August 9, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1:  Nutrition Education Opportunity
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Two (2) Part Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselors-Swope
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Nutritionist-Swope Health Services

  1. Nutrition Education Opportunity:  WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and other Public Health Professionals who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course, shown by video stream on October 14-15, 2010 in Jefferson City.  This year's continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate high-quality nutrition services.  This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services, Nutrition Training Institute.  Also sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and the Human Services and Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Please see the attached registration brochure for details, contact Michele Bailey at 573-751-6481 or, or contact the University of Minnesota at or to register for the online course to be held at your location.   

2010 University of MN Maternal Nutrition training brochure


WIC Positions

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: (Swope) Two (2) Part Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselors needed to support and encourage WIC breastfeeding moms.  Contact with clients by telephone as well as face to face.  Counselors will also facilitate group education sessions for prenatal clients and family members about the benefits/advantages of breastfeeding.  Work with team members that are enthusiastic about getting our clients to breastfeeding.

Qualifications include: Successful breastfeeding experience for at least 6 months within the last 2 years.  High School or GED, some college preferred; working knowledge of computers; experience on "Facebook" and texting preferred; good communication, organization and telephone skills.  Work 20-24 hours a week; flexible days and times.  Apply on-line at  If you have questions about the on-line process, call 816.922.7645 ext 2100.  For further information about the position, call Ernestine Persley RD, LD at 816.922.7645 ext 6345 or e-mail

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Nutritionist needed- (Swope Health Services): Join our friendly and cohesive WIC team committed to providing excellent customer service, patient-centered counseling and relevant nutrition education one on one and group settings.  Develops and documents individual care plans for high risk clients; conducts certifications for eligible clients; promotes breastfeeding activities and education.

Minimum qualifications include: Bachelors degree in a nutrition related field with at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition, including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition.  College/university program must be ADA approved and supervised.  At least one year of experience is preferred.  Apply on line at:  If you have questions about the on-line process, call 816.922.7645 ext 2100.  For further information about the position, call Ernestine Persley RD, LD at 816.922.7645 ext 6345 or e-mail

The Osage County Health Department is accepting applications for an Administrator/RN.  The Gasconade County Health Department has chosen to terminate the contract for Osage County Services, therefore the newly formed Osage County Health Department is advertising for an administrator/registered nurse.  Minimum qualifications for this position:  Graduation from a four-year university or college, with specialization in nursing.  Five years of experience in the field of public health, medical care, or a closely related field.  Energetic, hard working registered nurse responsible for health department administration, WIC coordination, Communicable Disease Monitoring and Investigations, coordination of Maternal Child Health, Emergency Management and Planning, and Child Care Provider Consultations contracts is being sought for this new position.
For application contact:
Osage County Clerk’s Office
Telephone: (573) 897-2139 Ext 110