December 19, 2011 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC Training
SUBJECT 2: New State Office Nutritionist
SUBJECT 3: Learning Dynamics Customer Service Newsletter
SUBJECT 4: Text4Baby Contest Update
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist-Randolph County

  1. “Using Loving Support to Grow and Glow in WIC” Training:  Due to a large number of staff needing to attend this training in the southwest district, we have scheduled a training in Springfield at the Library Center on May 31-June 1, 2012.  To register for this training, please use the attached registration form.
    Please remember that all new WIC agency staff are required to attend this training.  Nutritionist and CPAs must attend both days of training and all other staff (WIC Coordinators, WIC Clerks, HPAs, Certifiers, etc.) need to only attend the first day, with the second day being optional.  For more information on this training please go to WIC-WICLWP Training or contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at for more information. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. New State Office Nutritionist:  Debbie McClurg-Hitt is the new Nutritionist III that will assist with Nutrition Risk Factor and Enhancement testing in MOWINS as well as provide nutrition Technical Assistance to the counties of Gasconade, Osage and Montgomery.  Debbie will be transitioning into her duties over the next few months.  Due to the restructuring of state technical assistance assignments, the TA map has been revised and is attached.  Please join us in welcoming Debbie on board! (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Learning Dynamics Customer Service Newsletter:  Attached is the Learning Dynamics Newsletter for December that gives us tips on handling holiday stress.  We can all benefit from these worthwhile tips.  You may want to share these with your WIC participants. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  4. Text4Baby Contest Update:  Belated Congratulations to Howell, Laclede, Marion, Dallas, Holt, Mercer, Oregon, Osage, and Ozark Counties

    Certificates of recognition were awarded to nine counties in the Text4baby Show Me We Can Do It statewide county competition.  Howell, Laclede and Marion Counties received Certificates of Award for increasing Text4baby by the highest percentage.  Six additional counties had very low Text4baby enrollment at the start of the contest but were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation for their efforts to increase Text4baby enrollment during the campaign.  These counties were Dallas, Holt, Mercer, Oregon, Osage, and Ozark.  The awards were presented on September 29, 2011 at the Missouri Annual Public Health Conference in Columbia, Missouri.  Thanks to all WIC agencies for your efforts to increase Text4baby enrollment.

    A new interactive feature was added to Text4Baby in October 2011.  Subscribers are asked if they are planning to get a flu shot.  Their response prompts the system to send a follow-up message, which may include an educational message and/or the option to receive a general reminder two weeks prior to the appointment or a specific reminder 24 hours prior to the appointment.  In Missouri an ad hoc flu shot message was also delivered November 29.  Ad hoc means it goes to all women registered for the service on that given day.

    Refer to the WIC Update of 6/28/10 for information on how participants can sign up for Text4Baby, the service to receive text messages timed to the due date or the baby’s date of birth. If you have any questions, please contact your district TA staff.

    WIC Positions

    JOB OPPORTUNITY-Nutritionist-Randolph County: The Randolph County Health Department is looking for a nutritionist to work part time in the WIC clinic. The successful candidate must have, at least, a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, foods, home economics or closely related field, including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition. A strong background in breastfeeding is a plus.

    Send resume to: Randolph County Health Department, P.O. Box 488, Moberly, Mo 65270. Attention Diana Taylor. Or fax resume to: 660-263-0333. Applicants may also email resume to: No phone calls please.
    This agency is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

TA Map with TA Info
WIC Customer Service Notes for December 2011
Springfield Grow-Glow BF Training Registration