March 19, 2012 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Food Package Changes
SUBJECT 2: Training Webinars-Important Announcement
SUBJECT 3: Second Quarter Holiday Office Hours
SUBJECT 4: Breast Pump Order
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Peer Counselor-Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

  1. Food Package Changes:  Due to funding shortages and increased actual food costs at the grocery stores, it will be necessary to make changes in our current Missouri WIC Approved Food List.  The State WIC office will be scheduling district conference calls with the local WIC providers during the next two weeks to explain the changes that will take place.  The State WIC office will be providing a Public Service Announcement to inform the public of the food package changes.  We will be notifying the vendors of the changes and revising our web page to reflect these changes.  We hope you will be able to participate on the conference calls when they are scheduled.  We apologize for this short notice.

  2. Training Webinars-Important Announcement:  In April 2011, the State Agency was evaluated by USDA staff using the Management Evaluation (ME) process (similar to contract monitoring that local agencies have every two years).  There were findings on three topics (Application Security, Applicant Processing Standards and Income Assessment) that require training to local agencies to ensure compliance with WIC federal regulations.  We normally would do this training in person, which would require staff to travel to training, taking a significant part of a day.  Because we are gearing up for e-Learning and have the necessary software, we have prepared webinars for staff to view.  All local agency staff is required to view the webinars at this location.

    Staff must complete all webinars on this page, including the Navigation Presentation.  This is a short module that will help viewers understand the controls used in the webinars. The total time to take these webinars is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, considerably less than if travel was required to go to a face-to-face training.  The trainings are in separate modules so they do not need to be viewed all at once.  New staff is required to take the four modules of the application security webinar prior to having access to MOWINS.  The ASAP form now has a field for the date staff viewed the security webinar.  WIC Coordinators are required to ensure all staff has completed the webinars and to fill out the attached spreadsheet, adding agency name at top of page, adding the names of staff in the indicated row on the left and place an X under each training heading to indicate the person attended the training.  These trainings must also be entered into the staff’s training record.  The trainings must be completed for all staff and the spreadsheet showing the completion must be emailed to Ellen Whittington by end of day June 23, 2012.  Ellen’s email address is Ellen.Whittington@health.mo.gov.

    If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Second Quarter Holiday Office Hours:  We are asking agencies to complete this quick survey to help us determine WIC Help Desk coverage for the upcoming holiday on May 8, 2012, Truman’s Birthday.  The survey will be open from March 26th – April 6th for completion. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Nienhuis at Michelle.Nienhuis@health.mo.gov or call 800-392-8209 or 573-751-6244.

  4. Breast Pump Order:  The state WIC office has a limited budget for our current breast pump order.  Unfortunately, requests came in for almost double of what we had budgeted.  Due to this, the majority of the requests had to be reduced, some of them substantially.  If we have funds available at the end of the fiscal year we will offer another opportunity for local WIC agencies to order more pumps.  If you have any questions about your breast pump order, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov.


  5. WIC Positions

    JOB OPPORTUNITY-Peer Counselor-Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center-8 hours per week; flexible days/times
    The Peer Counselor will work with WIC team members to encourage and support breastfeeding among WIC participants.  This position will counsel pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers by telephone and in the WIC office at scheduled intervals; teach prenatal and breastfeeding classes with approved lesson plan provided by the health center.  Current or previous enrollment in WIC preferred.  Position requires three days of training to become a peer counselor.  Fax resume to (816) 889-1839 or email resume to HR@rodgershealth.org.

Attachments:
ME Webinar Spreadsheet