August 4, 2014 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: Fair Hearings Policy Change
SUBJECT 2: Missouri WICHealth.org Statewide Roll Out
SUBJECT 3: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses
SUBJECT 4: FREE Breastfeeding Solutions App
SUBJECT 5: Assigning All Risk Factors
SUBJECT 6: New Nutrition Education Resource
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northwest District Health Office
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Camden County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Platte County Health Department

SUBJECT 1: Fair Hearings Policy Change. The Fair Hearings policy, ER # 1.06800,  has been changed. The policy previously stated that "If an appeal is requested within 60 days of notice of an adverse action, the participant will continue to receive benefits until the end of the certification period or until the hearing decision, whichever comes first."  The policy has been changed to conform to USDA policy- participants must request an appeal within the 15-day advance adverse action notice period to continue to receive program benefits.

The policy will be posted to the WOM http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/wom/  on August 14, 2014.

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

SUBJECT 2: Missouri WICHealth.org Statewide Roll Out: The Missouri WIC program is pleased to announce the roll out of WICHealth.org for participant nutrition education starting October 1st, 2014. Please get familiar with what WICHealth.org has to offer for participant nutrition education at the link https://www.wichealth.org/

Important:

WICHealth.org was developed using federal funds supplied by the USDA Midwest Regional Office of the Food and Nutrition Services with over 25 lessons available in English and Spanish. The WICHealth.org approach is unique in that clients are directed to existing web-based information based on the stage of readiness to change behavior rather than traditional web approaches that consist only of a menu list of information. Low risk participants can complete one of their two nutrition education contacts within a six month certification period or two out of four nutrition education contacts within a 12 month certification period through WIChealth.org. WICHealth.org cannot be used as an education contact for High Risk participants; however High Risk participants can use WICHealth.org for their own knowledge.

Eleven LWPs: Harrison, Crescent, Dunklin, Butler, Joplin, Barry, Putnam, Mercer, Sullivan, Pulaski and Moniteau are piloting WICHealth.org and provided valuable input to the project and are willing to share their experiences. The State office thanks those pilot agencies for participating.

We hope that by providing WICHealth.org to Missouri WIC participants, an additional resource is made available to them which will enhance nutrition education and continue to make WIC the unique program it is. Attached are resources that will educate you about WICHealth.org and how to proceed with implementation of this new on-line nutrition education for our WIC participants. We will explain in further detail the attachments below during the Sept 4th conference call/webinar:

If you have additional questions about WICHealth.org, please contact Rose Sipakati at 1-800-392-8209 or by email Rose.Sipakati@health.mo.gov (SEVEN ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 3: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses that provide their employees with breastfeeding support services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers interested in creating or improving lactation support policies and programs at their worksite.  For example, funds may be used on:

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the business must have and provide a written breastfeeding support policy that is in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To apply, complete the attached application and budget, and email to Karla.Voss@health.mo.gov by October 1, 2014. Please contact Karla Voss by email or at 573-751-6197 with any questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 4: FREE Breastfeeding Solutions App: Nancy Mohrbacher is offering her new Breastfeeding Solutions smart phone app, which usually costs $4.99, FREE for a limited time-from August 1 to 7-as her World Breastfeeding Week gift. It can be downloaded from Amazon and the App Store for Android and iPhones at no charge. No promo code is needed.  (Due to Google Play’s pricing policy, it is 99 cents there.)  To see how it works, watch its 2-minute YouTube video. See the attached PDF for more information. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 5: Assigning All Risk Factors. Please remember that every WIC participant must be assessed for all Risk Factors and assigned appropriately.  There are some RFs that are automatically assigned by the system.  RF 142, Prematurity, is one of the system-assigned RFs.  It has come to our attention that currently MOWINS does not auto-assign this RF past 12 months of age.  RF 142, Prematurity, should be assigned until the child is 24 months of age. Thus the agency must assign RF 142 when appropriate for children up to 24 months of age if the participant had RF 142 assigned to them while they were an infant. Risk Factors identified anytime during the current certification period shall be added to the participant's certification record as new risk factors.  Please refer to WOM policy ER#2.02800 for a complete review of assigning risk factors. If you have questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist

SUBJECT 6: New Nutrition Education Resource. The new nutrition education item "Choose MyPlate for Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Non-Breastfeeding Women" (attached) is currently being printed and will be available at the DHSS warehouse.  During the month of August, all local WIC providers will receive small quantities of this new nutrition education item.  If you need additional quantities, order using the updated WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request form (WIC 7) as needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)


WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northwest District Health Office. The Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services has an opening for a Nutritionist III in the Northwest District Health Office in Independence.  Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to local WIC providers, monitoring, policy review and revision, special formula approvals, applying health data in program planning, and occasionally acting as a preceptor for dietetic interns.  Excellent customer service, written and verbal communication, teamwork, confidentiality and prioritization are required skills.  A registered dietitian, licensed in Missouri, is preferred.  Submit cover letter and resume to Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.gov by August 8, 2014.  AA/EOE

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - The Camden County Health Department WIC Program is accepting resumes for a full-time nutritionist for the WIC Program. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, food, home economics, or a closely related field, including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition, including diet therapy and community nutrition. Send resume to Susan Puyear at Camden County Health Department, P. O. Box 816, Camdenton, MO 65020 or FAX to 573-346-0173 or e-mail to puyeas@lpha.mopublic,org. For more information, call 573-346-7271

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Platte County Health Department. The Platte County WIC Department in Platte City & Parkville, MO is looking for a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who 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, as well as teach breastfeeding classes with approved lesson plans provided by Platte County WIC. Personal breastfeeding experience required. Current or previous enrollment in WIC preferred. Position requires two to three days of State training to become a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. This is a 20 hours per week position
Closing date will be Friday, August 29, 2014

"USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

Attachments:
BF Stipend Application 2ndRound
BFSolutionsAppFREE_Aug1_7 (2)
ChooseMyPlate Flyer
WICHealth flyer 352 Spanish
WICHealth flyer 352
WICHealth insert 353 Spanish
WICHealth insert 353
WICHealth Missouri Promotion
WICHealth org Getting Started 8-1-2014
WICHealth Promotion Plan Template Blank