July 28, 2014 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: Public Comment Invited on 2015 WIC State Plan
SUBJECT 2: Voter Registration Requirements Reminder
SUBJECT 3: MOWINS Scheduled Maintenance - Reminder and Change in Plan
SUBJECT 4: Void/Redeemed Checks
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor-Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Clerk/HPA - Platte County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Nutritionist - Platte County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Christian County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Camden County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Saint Charles County Health Department

SUBJECT 1: Public Comment Invited on 2015 State WIC Plan. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is soliciting public comment on the proposed Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program FFY 2015 State Plan, which covers the period beginning October 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2015. The State Plan describes the State agency's objectives and procedures for all aspects of WIC Program administration for the 2015 federal fiscal year. The State Plan is located at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/stateplan.php. All public comments are welcome and should be directed to the attention of Susan.White@health.mo.gov via email, fax to 573-526-1470 or mail to Susan White, WIC and Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0570. Comments will be included in the final copy of the plan which must be submitted to the US Department of Agriculture by August 15, 2014.

SUBJECT 2: Voter Registration Requirements Reminder. We’re sending a reminder to local agency staff regarding voter registration requirements, per the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Please share this reminder with other WIC staff:

Local agencies must offer the opportunity to register to vote to every WIC participant and authorized representative age 17 ½ years and older at every certification, recertification and when notified of a change of address. This requirement applies when the participant or authorized representative is applying for WIC benefits for themselves or on behalf of an infant or child.

For reference, The National Voter Registration Act webinar is available on the WIC Training Portal at: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wictraining/lwpannualtraining.php, in the e-Learning section.
This annual training is required of all WIC staff except Peer Counselors and volunteers.

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

SUBJECT 3: MOWINS Scheduled Maintenance - Reminder and Change in Plan. New food rule changes will be made in MOWINS during the evening of Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Because these changes must be made during the week, the MOWINS database will be shut down for all clinic activity at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. We will run a process that will kick all users off the system promptly at 5:00 pm. Please plan your clinics accordingly. MOWINS will be available again at 6:00 am the morning of Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

In the previous WIC updates message about this maintenance, we stated that there was no release planned for that date. However, we have received Release 2.20 from our contractor which contains some critical fixes for the month of February check printing. In order to assure that February prints as accurate as possible, we must implement this release before November 1, 2014. Please allow extra time when logging into each machine on Wednesday, October 1, for the download of the release. Once the release has downloaded, you will get a prompt that MOWINS will restart and you will need to log back in. You must do a reset/update after the release downloads in order to assure all updates from the server are applied to the computer.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Seaver at melissa.seaver@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6489.

SUBJECT 4: Void-Redeemed Checks: The 2010 State Audit cited the WIC program for inadequate controls to ensure the proper disposition of voided food instruments (FIs) as required by regulation. New policies were introduced in 2011to correct this, including instructions to shred voided FIs immediately after they are keyed as void in MOWINS and reviewing a report to identify any voided FIs.

Although there has been a reduction in the redemption of voided FIs, it is still occurring. USDA approved a revision to policy ER# 3.04000, effective January 1, 2014, to recoup funds over issued to participants because of redeemed voided FIs. To give time to come into compliance, a grace period was in effect through the third quarter of FFY 2014. Agencies which issued voided checks to participants during this time received an email notification, with follow-up from state WIC staff to provide technical assistance. This WIC Update is a reminder that the grace period is ending and agencies will receive a bill after October 1 for voided and redeemed FIs during the fourth quarter of FFY2014 (July-September). Please review your agency status at: http://crystal1/businessobjects/enterprise115/InfoView/logon.aspx Public Folders/WIC Reports--Local Agency/Food Instrument Reconciliation/Voided FIs - Redeemed.

Please contact your assigned Technical Assistance District Team if you have questions.

WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor-Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. has an immediate opening for a part time (18-24 hours per week) Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent and breastfed one baby (does not have to be currently breastfeeding). The selected candidate will provide basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC eligible prenatal and breastfeeding moms and express enthusiasm about breastfeeding and help mothers enjoy a positive experience. The candidate must be willing to accept after hour phone calls and make home and hospital visits. Send resume to Acey J. Staples, at Grace Hill Health Centers, 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63106 or e-mail to AceyS@gracehill.org WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Clerk/HPA - Platte County Health Department: Platte County Health Department is seeking a WIC Clerk/HPA. This position is responsible for helping to determine eligibility of WIC participants by performing income assessment, and obtaining and entering participant information, collecting and documenting anthropometric and biochemical data. Other duties include answering phones, scheduling, and other basic office duties. Strong customer service skills required. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Office, computer and WIC experience preferred. Position is available for 5 days a week, full time (40 hours per week). Please mail or fax cover letter and resume by August 1, 2014 to: WIC Coordinator-Platte County Health Department, 1201 East Street, Parkville, Mo 64152, or Fax to: 816-587-6028. "USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer"

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Nutritionist- Platte County Health Department WIC is seeking a Nutritionist to provide individual assessment and counseling, support for breastfeeding, pregnant and post partum women, infants and children to age 5. Duties also include individual and group education, and responsible for daily clinic functions. Position is available for 3 days a week, part time (30 hrs/wk), position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition including fifteen credit hours of food and nutrition. WIC experience helpful. Please mail or fax cover letter and resume by August 1, 2014 to: WIC Coordinator-Platte County Health Department, 1201 East Street, Parkville, Mo 64152, or Fax to: 816-587-6028. "USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer".

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - The Christian County Health Department has an immediate opening for a full-time nutritionist in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The candidate 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 Cathy Bumgarner at the Christian County Health Department, P.O. Box 340, Ozark, MO 65721 or e-mail to bumgac@lpha.mopublic.org. Christian County WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

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: The Saint Charles County Health Department is currently accepting applications for a position within the WIC Program. This position is a WIC Certifier/HPA. Minimum qualifications include graduation from a general or technical high school or equivalent. Requires two years responsible clerical experience performing customer service, record keeping. All applications must be submitted only through the Saint Charles County Self-Service Website at http://hr.sccmo.org/hr. Faxed, e-mailed or printed applications will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Eva Obirek at eobirek@sccmo.org