March 3, 2014 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: Missouri WICHealth.org Pilot
SUBJECT 2: Messages from the Bureau of Immunizations
SUBJECT 3: 2014 WIC and HIV/AIDS Webinar Series
SUBJECT 4: Clarification-Newborn Automatic Eligibility
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Bilingual Clerk/HPA-Crescent Clinic WIC (Jackson Co.)


  1. Missouri WICHealth.org Pilot: The Missouri WIC program is pleased to announce that we are piloting WICHealth.org for participant nutrition education starting March 3, 2014 through September 30, 2014. Thirteen LWPs have volunteered to participate in the pilot project which includes: Truman Medical Center, Harrison, Crescent, Dunklin, Butler, Joplin, Barry, Putnam, Mercer, Sullivan, St Charles, Pulaski and Moniteau. WICHealth.org is only available to the pilot agencies at this time. Once the pilot period is completed, this method of providing nutrition education for non-high risk participants will be evaluated for possible use state wide.

    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. 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.

    In addition to the web classes we will also be piloting:

    • Health eKitchen which is video library to help participants with recipes and menu development ideas in order to utilize food benefits to the fullest. Health eKitchen does not count as a nutrition education contact.
    • Smart Tailored Messaging are tailored text messages 2/3 messages per week for 12 weeks from the Fruits and Veggies and Eat Well Spend Less lessons.

    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.

    You will hear more about WICHealth.org in the summer of 2014.

    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

  2. Messages from the Bureau of Immunizations: In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, April 26 - May 3, 2014, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services would like to partner with WIC agencies across the state to encourage Missourians to ensure all children and family members are adequately immunized. National Infant Immunization Week is held annually to highlight the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases.

    In March, each local WIC provider will receive a supply of childhood immunization tip cards that highlight the importance of immunizations. Please place a tip card in every participant ID folder for the month of April.

    The Bureau of Immunization Assessment and Assurance has a DVD available that contains personal stories of families affected by vaccine-preventable diseases. These videos stress the importance of immunizations. Please play them in your waiting rooms during WIC clinic hours. If you have questions or would like to request a free DVD, please contact Jessica Settle at 573.751.6134 or jessica.settle@health.mo.gov.

  3. 2014 WIC and HIV/AIDS Webinar Series: Region VIII of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Mountain Plains Region of the USDA Food and Nutrition Services are partnering to present a series of webinars targeting WIC and MCH programs across the nation as they are committed to ensuring that health issues related to women, infants, and children are addressed. The first webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12th to help kickoff the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is a repeat session. Speakers presenting in this webinar will discuss the current situation of HIV/AIDS in women and the important role that WIC and MCH programs can play in reducing the spread of HIV as well as better support those who are positive. There are a total of three webinars. See attached for more information and how to register. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  4. Clarification-Newborn Automatic Eligibility: The state’s MO HealthNet program for pregnant women and newborns provides MO HealthNet coverage for children born to a woman eligible for and receiving MO HealthNet health care coverage on the date of the infant’s birth throughout the first year of life as long as the child remains in the mother’s home and maintains Missouri residence. In the case of such a newborn, the HDFS Screen may not show MO HealthNet eligibility at the newborn’s certification appointment, but the infant is adjunctively eligible.

    Automatic MO HealthNet eligibility for newborns is not available in the following situations:

    • The mother has a pending application for assistance but is not receiving MO HealthNet at the time of the child’s birth.
    • The mother has TEMP eligibility, which is not considered regular MO HealthNet eligibility.

    In these cases the newborn is not adjunctively eligible for WIC services.

    If you have any questions, please contact Betty Cassidy at Betty.Cassidy@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6198.


  5. WIC Positions

    JOB OPPORTUNITY: Bilingual Clerk/HPA (Health Professional Assistant)-Crescent Clinic WIC (Jackson County, MO)
    Crescent Clinic WIC is seeking a part-time clerk/HPA. This position is responsible for helping to determine eligibility of WIC participants by performing income assessment, 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, and bilingual in Spanish and English (written and verbal). Office and computer experience preferred. This position is open until filled. Please fax resume and cover letter to 816-763-1488 or send via email to wrighc2@lpha.mopublic.org. You may also apply in person at 8787 Blue Ridge Blvd Kansas City MO 64138. Equal Opportunity Employer

Attachments:
Webinars-WIC and HIV