January 20, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: STATE WIC OFFICE CLOSED LINCOLN DAY, AND WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY
SUBJECT 2: MICROCUVETTE AND ANALYZER SURVEY - RESPONSE REQUIRED
SUBJECT 3: MANDATORY NUTRITION UPDATE TRAINING - WINTER WEATHER COMMUNICATION PLAN
SUBJECT 4: WATCH FOR ALERTS ON MU DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONE STUDY
SUBJECT 5: NEW NORTHWEST DISTRICT NUTRITIONIST
SUBJECT 6: PARTICIPANT FRAUD/WIC FRAUD WARNING FLYER

JOB OPENING: WIC BREASTFEEDING COUNSELOR - ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER
JOB OPENING: BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR - ST. CHARLES COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB OPENING: FULL-TIME REGISTERED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST - CASS COUNTY


SUBJECT 1: State WIC Office Closed Lincoln Day and Washington’s Birthday. The State WIC Office will be closed and there will be no WIC Help Desk coverage on the following upcoming holidays:

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

SUBJECT 2: Microcuvette and Analyzer Survey - RESPONSE REQUIRED. It is time to order microcuvettes by completing the survey. Please follow the instructions below to assure your agency receives your supply of microcuvettes and/or analyzer:

Local WIC Provider Confirmation: When you receive the order please do the following:

If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Lori Baysinger at 800-392-8209. Thank you for your cooperation. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 3: Mandatory Nutrition Update Training - Winter Weather Communication Plan. The Nutrition Update Trainings are scheduled during January and February 2015 at 8 locations throughout the state. Following is the contingency plan in the event of inclement weather on the day of training. Please share this information with all staff who have registered to attend an upcoming training.  Call 573-751-6498 to determine whether a training in your location has been canceled - a voice mail message will be available when the training has been canceled. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact D'Anne Ward at 1-800-392-8209 or email danne.ward@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Watch for Alerts on MU Developmental Milestone Study. Four WIC agencies are participating in the Developmental Milestone Study with the University of Missouri-Columbia. This study will utilize a series of MOWINS Alerts to identify participants over the course of 12 months. Please do not delete these alerts from participants files. The alerts will read, “MU Study 1 Participant,” “MU Study 2 Participant,” and note referrals for follow-up due to developmental milestones.

Study 1 participants will be further identified by a round sticker on the outside of their WIC folders showing a teddy bear and the number “1.” As with the study Alerts, please leave these stickers in place so that the four participating agencies can identify these participants.
Two important points for agencies NOT participating in the study:

The participating Eastern District agencies are St. Charles County HD, Jefferson/Franklin Community Action Corp., Franklin County HD and St. Louis County Health Department. The one-year WIC Developmental Milestone Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is the only program of its kind nationwide.

Built on the theme of “Learn the Signs. Act Early,” this public awareness program focuses on recognizing the warning signs of developmental delays so that children can be referred to physicians for screening. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment for developmental disorders greatly improve a child’s ability to thrive. WIC staff has helped fine-tune the program’s materials and procedures to fit easily into WIC clinic flow. The study will conclude in January 2016. If you have questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist

SUBJECT 5: New Northwest District Nutritionist. Please welcome Ernestine Persley RD to the Northwest District Office in Independence. Ernestine’s first day with State WIC is January 21st. She’ll be available in the district office on January 26th, reachable by phone at 816.350.5418 or by email at Ernestine.Persley@health.mo.gov. In her new role with Missouri WIC, Ernestine will draw on her experience as nutritionist and WIC Coordinator for Swope Health Services in Kansas City, as well as WIC experience in Detroit, Michigan and Leavenworth, KS. We are happy to have Ernestine fill the vacant position in the Northwest District

SUBJECT 6: Participant Fraud/WIC Fraud Warning Flyer. The state WIC office will send new Fraud Warning Flyers (WIC-66) to all Local WIC Providers (LWP) in mid-to-late January 2015. This insert is designed to be used in the participant folder as another opportunity to remind participants that selling or offering to sell WIC foods/formula, including on social media, is considered to be fraud. When the flyers are received, please begin placing them in all participant folders, preferably in front of checks or other documents in the folder, to ensure the flyer is highly visible. Additional flyers may be ordered from the Warehouse when the initial supply is exhausted at the agency.

As a reminder to LWPs, an online fraud reporting tool is available on the main WIC web page (http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php) to report suspected fraud, including screenshots of suspected fraud on social media sites (e.g., selling food/formula on Facebook or Craigslist).
The link on the website is titled, “Report WIC Fraud”.

Reports submitted through this online reporting system are immediately transmitted to the State Agency for investigation. Participants/authorized representatives who are advertising WIC provided foods/formula for sale will receive a warning letter from the State for the first incident; a second incident may result in disqualification for one year (or until the claim is paid in full). (ER# 1.06200)

If you have any questions regarding the Fraud Warning flyer or online WIC fraud reporting tool, please contact Debby Hanlon at Debby.Hanlon@health.mo.gov or call 573-751-6196

 


WIC Positions

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

JOB OPENING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - St. Charles County Health Department. The Saint Charles County Health Department is currently accepting applications for Breastfeeding Peer Counselor position within the WIC Program. The selected candidate will give basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required. Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis until the position is filled or a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. All applications must be submitted only through the Saint Charles County Self-Service Website at http://hr.sccmo.org/ Faxed, e-mailed or printed applications will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Eva Obirek at eobirek@sccmo.org

JOB OPENING: Full-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist - Cass County Health Department. The Cass County Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in the Women, Infants, and Children (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. WIC works Monday-Thursday 10 hour days. Salary is dependent on experience. To see full description, visit www.casscountyhealth.com. Submit resumes to Tiffany Klassen by e-mail at tiffanyk@casscounty.com, or by mail to: Cass County Health Department, 300 South Main, Harrisonville, 64701

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