December 27, 2010 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Missouri Voter Registration Application Form
SUBJECT 2: Availability of the Missouri Voter Registration Application Form
SUBJECT 3: All WIC Children Are Eligible for the Missouri Oral Health Preventive Services Program
SUBJECT 4: Debunking Folic Acid Myths - Save the Date: January 4, 2011 at 12:00 noon
SUBJECT 5: National Prevention Strategy
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Clinic Supervisor—Truman Medical Center

  1. Missouri Voter Registration Application Form:  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has been working closely with the Missouri Secretary of State’s (SOS) office in promoting voter registration in Missouri.  Two voter registration forms are available in the DHSS warehouse:
    • Missouri Voter Registration Application Form - WIC/MVR-1 (MO 231-0167) – This number is located on the very bottom left hand corner of the form (please see the attached example).  This form is to be used by local WIC providers and must be given to WIC participants only. 
    • Missouri Voter Registration Application Form - VR-1(MO 231-0169) - This form is to be used by all other visitors (non-WIC participants) of the local WIC agency

    Both forms are normally available in the DHSS warehouse at 573-751-1574.  If you have any questions, please contact your TA District Management Team.

  2. Availability of the Missouri Voter Registration Application Form:  The WIC/MVR-1 (MO 231-0167) form is currently not available at the DHSS warehouse.  If your agency needs this form, please e-mail the following information to Takako Tagami at by January 7, 2011:
    • Local WIC provider Name
    • Local WIC Provider Number
    • Quantity needed

    The State office will ship the forms to those local WIC providers as soon as printed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami.

  3. All WIC Children Are Eligible for  The Missouri Oral Health Preventive Services:  Program The Oral Health Preventive Services Program (PSP) is offered by the Department of Health and Senior Services and is a free community based program currently available to any child (infant to age 18) in the state of Missouri.  Children who participate in the PSP receive:
    • An annual oral screening conducted by a local dentist or dental hygienist
    • An application of fluoride varnish twice per calendar year
    • Oral health education material
    • An oral health note indicating the need for dental treatment
    • A toothbrush, toothpaste and educational material.

    Each region of the state is served by an Oral Health Consultant (OHC) whose role is to assist in arranging the Preventive Services Program (PSP).  The OHC will provide all the necessary paperwork; offer suggestions about securing dental professionals to conduct the oral screenings; process supply orders; and give you advice on arranging the two PSP events.

    Check out PSP at, where you can find the Oral Health Consultant who serves your area; hear testimonials about PSP from school nurses, dental professionals, and others; view the K-12 oral health curriculum; and find other useful information.

  4. Debunking Folic Acid Myths - National Council on Folic Acid:  Join the National Council on Folic Acid in a webcast held in collaboration with HRSA.  The focus will be on the latest research on folic acid and debunking the myths around folic acid. Speakers will include Vicky Cardoza, MPH, Institute for Hispanic Health, at the National Council of La Raza, and Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, CHES, Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

    Public health and health professionals from around the country are invited to learn more about key issues emerging from the latest research that are helping to debunk some of the other myths in the general public and scientific community, as well as specific folic acid beliefs of the Hispanic community.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm ET (12:00 Central Time).  Information regarding linking to the webcast will follow in a later announcement.

  5. National Prevention Strategy:  A draft framework for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy was made available in October for public comment.  Guided by the input it received, the National Prevention Council has released a set of draft recommendations, “overarching priorities with a focus on communities – that will greatly improve health and wellness in the United States.”  A comment period is now open until January 13th.  For a link to the recommendations and the template for submitting responses, please click on the following:

WIC Tips for October 2010

WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY-WIC Clinic Supervisor—Truman Medical Center:  If you share our passion for healthcare excellence, take your place among the best at Truman Medical Centers, the largest and most comprehensive safety net healthcare provider in Kansas City.  Named one of the nation's top academic medical centers, we’re a primary teaching two-hospital system for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Health Sciences.  As a comprehensive, multi-faceted, not-for-profit health care system, TMC serves all patient demographics, regardless of the ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds.

This position coordinates all activities related to daily operations in WIC clinics, supplemental grant activities and special focus areas. In addition performs duties of WIC dietitian on daily basis.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the WIC Program Manager and the Director of Community Programs.  We are seeking to recruit compassionate, energetic, self-directed co-workers who are looking for a dynamic career opportunity in community nutrition with clinical benefits.

To learn more, visit selecting the Careers tab to Apply Online by searching for “WIC” jobs.  If you have any questions please call or email Brenda Brewer at 816-404-9743 or Jim Wheaton at 816-404-9745