January 26, 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: PARTICIPANT FRAUD/WIC FRAUD WARNING FLYER
SUBJECT 4: REDUCTION OF LOSS FOR NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH WIC - WEBINAR
SUBJECT 5: EXEMPT FORMULAS APPROVAL
SUBJECT 6: LOW FAT MILK AND LOW FAT YOGURT RECIPES
SUBJECT 7: UPDATES ON THE WIC RESOURCE ORDER FORMS
SUBJECT 8: RESOURCES FROM THE BUREAU OF HIV, STD AND HEPATITIS (BHSH)
SUBJECT 9: MANDATORY NUTRITION UPDATE TRAINING - REVISED WINTER WEATHER COMMUNICATION PLAN

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: Participant Fraud/WIC Fraud Warning Flyer. A supply of the WIC Fraud Warning Flyer (WIC-66) has been mailed to all WIC agencies. If you have not yet received your supply, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-6180. In addition, the web site has been updated with translated versions of the flyer at http://www.health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/forms.php (toward bottom of page). Please begin inserting the flyers in all participant folders immediately, preferably in front of checks or other documents in the folder, to ensure the flyer is highly visible. 

If you have any questions, please contact Debby Hanlon at Debby.Hanlon@health.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-6196

SUBJECT 4: Reduction of Loss for Newborn Hearing Screening Through Collaboration with WIC- Webinar. The CDC will be sponsoring a webinar on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention specific to a WIC project in Ohio. The webinar will be Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:00-3:00 CST.  This webinar will present results of a research project funded by the CDC Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. This research program was designed to reduce loss to follow-up (LTFU) for newborn hearing screening (NHS) through an innovative partnership with the Ohio WIC program, the Ohio Department of Health, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Newborn hearing screening is successful in screening 98% of infants nationally, but high LTFU of approximately 32% limits effectiveness of diagnosis and intervention. This study tested an intervention of targeted on-site rescreening of infants with automated auditory brainstem response testing (AABR) by collaborating with the Ohio WIC program to improve follow-up rates for NHS referrals. The program was successful in reducing LTFU by 78%, and improving age at follow-up by 1 month compared to non-intervention infants in the same hospitals. Keys for success, and ideas for implementing similar programs to reach all infants will be discussed.  Presenters will be Lisa L. Hunter, Ph.D., FAAA, Associate Professor and Scientific Director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Scott Wexelblatt, M.D. Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director, Newborn Care Associates, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
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SUBJECT 5: Exempt Formulas Approval. Some of the exempt formulas for infants and special formulas for children and women require approval by a Registered Dietitian (RD) at the local WIC agency or by a State RD. All metabolic formulas require approval by the State RD. Attached is a listing of these formulas indicating who the approval authority is for each. Please feel free to share the list with your staff. Please contact your state TA nutritionist if you have any questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: Low Fat Milk and Low Fat Yogurt Recipes. All local WIC providers will receive a sample packet containing the following recipe cards (English version) this week (the week of January 26, 2015):

The recipes above were developed by the Midwest Dairy Council. The recipes are delicious, nutritious, and easy to cook dairy-rich!

Both English and Spanish versions of each recipe are available through the DHSS warehouse. Please begin order additional recipe card using the new order form (WIC 6) as needed. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at takako.tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 7: Updates on the WIC Resource Order Forms. The State Office has developed a new order form (WIC 6) to be used for ordering the following nutrition & health resources:

Please share this information with all of your staff and utilize it as needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 8: Resources From the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis. Check out the new pamphlets that the Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis (BHSH) have created on Hep B and C, in particular the pamphlets focusing on Perinatal Hep B, Pregnancy and Hep B and Diet and Your Liver. BHSH is requesting your help in reaching out to mom’s who are at high risk of having or getting Hep B and C. Hep B in particular can be stopped. Vaccine is available and moms who are Hep B positive have the opportunity to keep their infant from getting this disease. By displaying these pamphlets at WIC offices, BHSH is hoping to reach out and educate more moms on the importance of being tested during pregnancy, following through with vaccine series and finishing Post-Vaccine Serology Testing to ensure their infants are immune to Hep B. While Hep C does not have a vaccine, the pamphlets are a great educational tool for all. F
Please look over these pamphlets, display them to your WIC participants and provide them to your WIC participants as needed. These brochures are in the DHSS warehouse.
You can view each brochure and print an order form at http://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/hepatitisc/relatedlinks.php#materials If you need more information or have any questions you can contact the program at 573-751-6439

SUBJECT 9: Mandatory Update Training - REVISED 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 573-526-0209 to determine whether a training session 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

 


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/hr 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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