February 17, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: MANDATORY ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATE TRAINING - REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
SUBJECT 2: FOOD PACKAGE CHANGES - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2015
SUBJECT 3: CEU’S CORNER

JOB OPENING: FULL-TIME WIC NUTRITIONIST (NUTRITION TECHNICIAN) - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
JOB OPENING: FULL-TIME WIC REGISTERED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST - COLE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB OPENING: WIC BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
JOB OPENING: WIC BREASTFEEDING COUNSELOR - ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER

SUBJECT 1: Mandatory Administrative Update Training - Registration Closes Monday, February 23, 2015. USDA recently conducted a Management Evaluation of Missouri WIC. The WIC State Office is holding two trainings to provide guidance on the Nutrition and Administrative findings. The Administrative Update Trainings have now been scheduled for early in March 2015 at 8 locations throughout the state. The WIC Coordinator from each agency must attend. Other WIC local agency staff is encouraged to attend. This is a half-day training scheduled from 8:00 am - 12 noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Dates and locations for trainings are as follows (location is listed first, followed by the date and time(s)):

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City, MO 65109.
March 5, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Southeast District Office, 2875 James Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.
March 10, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jordan Valley Health Center, Conference Room, 440 E. Tampa, Springfield, MO 65806.
March 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and March 12, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon

Columbia Boone Public Health, 1005 West Worley Street, Columbia, MO 65203.
March 16, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Missouri Department of Conservation, 3500 South Baltimore, Kirksville, MO 63501.
March 17, 2015 8:30 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Northwest District Office, 3717 South Whitney, Independence, MO 64055.
March 24, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 207 McElwain Dr., Cameron, MO 64429.
March 25, 2015 8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St. Charles County Department of Community Health, 1650 Boone’s Lick Rd, St. Charles, MO 63301.
March 31, 2015
8:00 am - 12 Noon or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

If you have questions, contact Betty Cassidy at Betty.Cassidy@health.mo.gov 573-751-6198

SUBJECT 2: Food Package Changes - Effective April 1, 2015: The State Office will implement new food package changes on April 1, 2015. Please share the attached items with staff:

MOWINS will NOT be shut down on March 31, 2015 at 4pm. The April 1 food package changes do not require MOWINS to be shut down. Agencies that have clinics scheduled during the evening hours on March 31 can operate as normal. 

Important! When you log into MOWINS on your computer the first time on/or after April 1, 2015, you must reset/update to assure all changes are pulled down from the server. Contact the WIC Help Desk at 800-554-2544 if you do not see the changes.

Resource items are being developed and will be released through WIC Updates. If you have any questions, please contact your District Technical Assistance Team. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 3: CEU’s Corner. This section will have Continuing Education Opportunities posted for WIC staff:

Save the Date: April 21st - 22nd, 2015 The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition will be hosting a conference on Changing the Future of Childhood Obesity: Aligning and Amplifying Statewide Efforts in Columbia. The goal of the conference is to focus on engaging collaborative treatment practices to advance prevention and treatment for childhood obesity in Missouri. Public health professionals and other staff interested in childhood obesity treatment or prevention are invited to attend. Follow the link for further information on registration and cost http://muconf.missouri.edu/mocan/

 


WIC Positions

JOB OPENING: Full-Time WIC Nutritionist (Nutrition Technician) - St. Louis County Department of Health. The St. Louis County Department of Health is currently accepting applications for a full-time Nutritionist (Nutrition Technician) in the WIC program. This position is responsible for providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education to eligible families. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, or a related field; including or supplemented by 15 semester hours in food and nutrition from a 4-year program. Required course work includes at least one course in diet therapy or medical nutrition therapy I & II and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle. WIC experience preferred. For additional information, or to apply online, go to www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch. For questions, please contact Lynn Sojka at LSojka@stlouisco.com

JOB OPENING: Full-Time WIC Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist - Cole County Health Department. The Cole County Health Department is accepting applications for a full time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in the WIC Program. This position is responsible for providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education to eligible families. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in dietetics/nutrition at a minimum. WIC experience preferred. Submit resumes to Melinda Ridenhour, mridenhour@colecounty.org, Cole County Health Department, 1616 Industrial Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109

JOB OPENING: WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - St. Louis County Department of Health. The St. Louis County Department of Health is currently accepting applications for two 24hr/week Breastfeeding Peer Counselor positions within the WIC Program. The selected candidates will provide basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals. The selected candidates will also teach prenatal and breastfeeding classes, organize mother support groups and work with other health care professionals to support breastfeeding women. Personal breastfeeding experience is required. For additional information, or to apply online, go to www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch. For questions, please contact Teresa Bowman at 314-615-0551 or tbowman@stlouisco.com

JOB OPENING: WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - St. Francois County Health Center. The St. Francois County Health Center in Park Hills, MO, is looking to fill a full time (40 hours/week) or part time (hours to be determined) WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor position. Duties include counseling pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, teaching prenatal and breastfeeding classes, organizing mother support groups and working with other health care professionals to support breastfeeding women. Qualifications include: 1) Personal successful breastfeeding experience 2)Enthusiastic about breastfeeding and able to assist women in achieving a positive breastfeeding experience 3)Current or previous WIC participation preferred, but not mandatory 4)Excellent communication skills 5)High School diploma or GED. The ideal candidate must be dependable and self-motivated. Please access an application and background check from the St. Francois County Health Center website at WWW.SFCHC.ORG and submit with a resume to Christy Fields, WIC Coordinator at FIELDC@LPHA.MOPUBLIC.ORG or send to her attention 1025 West Main, Park Hills, MO, 63601. For more information call 573-431-1947 ext. 102. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer

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