February 23, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: FFY 2015 PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT FUNDING
SUBJECT 2: MICROCUVETTE & ANALYZER DELIVERIES
SUBJECT 3: BREAST PUMP ORDER
SUBJECT 4: FUNDAMENTALS OF BREASTFEEDING - AN 18-HOUR COURSE
SUBJECT 5: DUPLICATE PARTICIPANTS - UPDATED
SUBJECT 6: DECEASED PARTICIPANTS - UPDATED
SUBJECT 7: 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


SUBJECT 1: FFY 2015 Program Enhancement Funding. The State WIC Office is currently accepting applications from LWPs for Program Enhancement Funding to meet the goals of improving the participant’s WIC experience, and increasing participation and retention. The deadline to submit applications is March 9. A complete proposal - consisting of Attachments A and B - must be submitted for the proposal to be considered. Please send your complete application packet to WICOperations@health.mo.gov and cc your State TA Team. (4 ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 2: Microcuvette & Analyzer Deliveries: Agencies scheduled to receive a shipment of microcuvettes and/or analyzers should begin receiving their shipment the week of February 23, 2015.

Once you have received your order, please verify the number of microcuvettes and analyzers received with the number listed on the packing slip. If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip. Please fax the packing slip to Lori Baysinger at 573-526-1470, within one week of receiving the shipment. Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes and send WIC tags for the analyzers. If the number of microcuvettes/analyzers received is different from the packing slip, please call Lori Baysinger at 800-392-8209. If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes or analyzers you received and the date you received the shipment to Lori.Baysinger@health.mo.gov. Thank you for your prompt cooperation

SUBJECT 3: Breast Pump Order: The state WIC office has funding to place an order for double pumping kits, Lactina Select multi-user electric breast pumps, Harmony manual breast pumps and Personal Double Electric single-user breast pumps. Single-user means that this pump is not meant to be shared with other women, so this pump will be given to mothers who meet the following criteria:

For each participant that is provided this pump, the Single User Personal Electric Breast Pump Agreement/Questionnaire (attached) must be completed. It is important that you promote this pump to prenatal women and use as an additional incentive to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to Jeannie.Phelps@health.mo.gov by COB on Friday, March 20, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 4: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding - An 18-Hour Course: Another site (Kansas City) has been added for the training “Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course”. This training is for nutritionists, nurses and peer counselors who need a comprehensive course to prepare them to assist breastfeeding mothers with normal lactation and common breastfeeding challenges.  Dates and training sites are scheduled for Springfield (May 20-22, 2015), Columbia (June 24-26, 2015) and Kansas City (August 4-6, 2015). If you would like to attend this training please register online by clicking here. Feel free to share information on this training to area health care providers that may be interested in attending. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by emailing Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 5: Duplicate Participants - Updated: Previously, duplicate participant State WIC IDs (SWID) were being removed from their original household ID (HHID) and placed into a WIC Help Desk duplicate HHID. This was being done so that the duplicate participant’s SWIDs would not show up on a household search and to prevent agency staff from using both SWIDs for a participant.

Efforts are being made to increase the accuracy of MOWINS data. As a result, duplicate participants previously moved out of their original HHID will be returned to their original HHIDs. You will also notice that the duplicate SWID is highlighted gray in the participant list screen. This indicates that the SWID is a duplicate record and is linked to the participant’s current SWID. You will not be able to use the duplicate SWID but can view the record’s data.

In the future, to process a record as duplicate, for consistency, agency staff should report a participant’s duplicate SWID to the WIC Help Desk either by phone, email or WIC-38. The WIC Help Desk will need to know what the participant’s most current SWID is and what the duplicate SWID is for processing. Once the duplicate has been processed, it will be highlighted in gray and both SWIDs for the participant will appear in the same HHID. If you have any questions, please contact the WIC Help Desk at 800-554-2544 or WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 6: Deceased Participants - Updated: Previous procedures stated that deceased participants were being removed from their original household ID (HHID) and placed into a WIC Help Desk deceased HHID. This was being done so that the deceased participant would not show up on a household search and so that agency staff would not ask about the deceased participant.

Efforts are being made to increase the accuracy of MOWINS data. As a result, deceased participants previously moved out of their original HHID will be returned to their original HHIDs. The WIC Help Desk staff will add the word DECEASED in front of the participants first and last names and the certification records will be terminated with the reason “Participant Died” which is visible in the show details on the participant list screen.

In the future, to report a record as deceased, for consistency, agency staff should contact the WIC Help Desk to report deceased participants. If you have any questions, please contact the WIC Help Desk at 800-554-2544 or WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 7: CEU’s Corner. This section will have Continuing Education Opportunities posted for WIC staff:

 


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

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