July 13, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR COHORT #2 FOR NWA’S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHY MOTHERS AND CHILDREN GRANT
SUBJECT 2: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MATERNAL NUTRITION INTENSIVE COURSE SEMINAR TELECAST
SUBJECT 3: PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED ON 2016 STATE WIC PLAN
SUBJECT 4: CRYSTAL REPORTS (NOW BI-PORTAL) UPDATE
SUBJECT 5: WIC BREASTFEEDING RATES
SUBJECT 6: BREASTFEEDING HANDOUTS IN OTHER LANGUAGES
SUBJECT 7: ORDERING NEW WIC APPROVED FOOD LIST AND UPDATED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION FORM (WIC 27)
SUBJECT 8: UPDATED WIC RESOURCE ORDER FORMS (WIC 7 AND WIC 8)
SUBJECT 9: WIC WEBSITE UPDATE: “WIC TURNS 40” WEBPAGE REMOVED

JOB OPENING: WIC BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR - AFFINIA HEALTHCARE
JOB OPENING: NUTRITIONIST/DIETITIAN - AFFINIA HEALTHCARE

SUBJECT 1: Call for Applications for Cohort #2 for NWA’s Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Grant. It is with great enthusiasm that the National WIC Association (NWA) announces a call for applications for cohort #2 of the Community Partnerships for Health Mothers and Children project! Click here to view the formal announcement.

Project Overview: CDC’s Division of Community Health (DCH) has funded the National WIC Association (NWA) to build and strengthen community infrastructure to implement population-based strategies to improve communities' health. During this 3-year cooperative agreement with CDC, NWA is partnering with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and 32 local WIC agencies (sub-recipients) to reduce and prevent chronic disease by improving access to healthy food environments and improving access to prevention and disease management services, like WIC. NWA is funding and supporting two cohorts of local WIC agencies in select target states to work with community partners to build and enhance community coalitions, perform community needs assessments, and develop and implement community action plans to achieve community health goals. Here is a list of interventions that agencies can pursue with this project.
By the end of the 3 year project, NWA hopes to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Increased collaboration between national and community partners;
  2. Increased community capacity to implement policy, systems, and environmental improvements;
  3. Increased messages on the importance of policy, systems, and environmental improvements;
  4. Increased access to environments with healthy food or beverage options in sub-recipient communities; and
  5. Increased opportunities for chronic disease prevention, risk reduction or management through community and clinical linkages in sub-recipient communities.

This year NWA funded 17 local WIC agencies in cohort #1 to work on community-driven projects to improve access to healthy foods and chronic disease prevention and management opportunities.
We encourage you to apply to join us in this exciting work in cohort #2!

Target States:
We will accept applications from the following target states for cohort #2. The state WIC directors in the following states have indicated that they support their locals in applying for this project.

Please note, however, that if CDC is currently funding a community health project in your community, they will decline your application, even if you receive a high score. To learn about these existing projects, please explore the following links: PICH, REACH and Other Awardees.
How to Apply:

How Agencies Will Be Selected:
Agencies will be scored, according to this scoring rubric by 2 reviewers. If scores are drastically different a third reviewer will score the application. Scores, geographic diversity and a variety of agency capacities, and CDC approval will determine final selection of applicants for cohort #2.

Timeline:

Webinars:
NWA will host two identical webinars that will walk through the details of the project and application process and answer any relevant questions.

Register here for the webinar that will occur on July 20, 2015 at noon Eastern.

SUBJECT 2: University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar Telecast. Nutrition Education Opportunity: WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Public Health Nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women will want to take advantage of this full two-day National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Seminar shown on September 24-25 and again on October 15-16, 2015 in Jefferson City. This year's continuing education program focuses on Dietary Guidelines, Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Lactation, Promoting Breastfeeding Among Obese Women, Environmental and Policy Approaches to Breastfeeding Promotion and Support, Depression and Physical Activity in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Fetal Origins of Disease, Choline Supplementation in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Nutrient Contents of Infant and Toddler Foods, Early Infant Feeding Influences on the Infant Microbiome, and Food Allergies. This training is presented by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and will be shown by the WICNS Nutrition Training Institute. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registrants will have the option to register for only one day of either of the two sessions provided. You may register for the training here.

SUBJECT 3: Public Comment Invited on 2016 State WIC Plan. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is soliciting public comment on the proposed Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program FFY 2016 State Plan, which covers the period beginning October 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2016. The State Plan describes the State agency's objectives and procedures for all aspects of WIC Program administration for the 2016 federal fiscal year. The State Plan is located at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/stateplan.php. All public comments are welcome and should be directed to the attention of Susan.White@health.mo.gov via email, fax to 573-526-1470 or mail to Susan White, WIC and Nutrition Services, P.O. Box 570, 930 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0570. Comments will be included in the final copy of the plan which must be submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture by August 15, 2015

SUBJECT 4: Crystal Reports (now Bi-Portal) Update. New and revised reports have been posted to Bi-Portal. Two new reports have been added to the Administrative Management section: Last Certification Create Date Participant List and Missing Proof- Incomplete Cert. One report has been revised in the Administrative Management section: Missing Proof- Complete Cert and Check Printing. ┬áPlease review the table of contents (attached) or at http://health.mo.gov//living/families/wic/wiclwp/data.php to view the specifics of the reports.

If you have any questions about the new and/or revised reports, please contact your TA team member. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 5: WIC Breastfeeding Rates. The Breastfeeding Initiation & Duration Report in Crystal has just been updated for the time period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Overall, breastfeeding rates for all time frames have increased, with initiation having the largest increase. This report reflects all the hard work of our local WIC agencies in supporting breastfeeding. For your convenience a PDF is attached containing all local WIC agencies breastfeeding rates. You can also create a report specific to your agency by downloading it from Crystal. Thank you for all the work you do in your agency in helping our moms reach their breastfeeding goals. If you have any questions about breastfeeding rates or need assistance with your community outreach efforts please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: Breastfeeding Handouts in Other Languages. All the breastfeeding handouts are now available for download in other languages. Please go to the following website to download a PDF of the file http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wiclwp/publications.php. If you have any questions about breastfeeding literature, please email Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or call 573-526-4792

SUBJECT 7: Ordering New WIC Approved Food List and Updated Medical Documentation Form (WIC 27). The following items are being printed:

The State WIC office plans to ship the initial order to local WIC providers (LWPs). On July 15, 2015, all local WIC coordinators will receive an e-mail with a link to order the items above. LWPs must use the link to order them if they wish to receive the initial shipment directly. LWPs will be notified about the shipping date through the WIC Weekly Update as soon as it is determined. If you have questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 8: Updated WIC Resource Order Forms (WIC 7 and WIC 8). The following forms have been updated:

Please begin using the updated order forms. If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at takako.tagami@helath.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 9: WIC Website Update: “WIC Turns 40” Webpage Removed. Thank you for strengthening families these last 40 years and future years to come! The state office has removed the “WIC Turns 40” banner and pages/information which was displayed on the main Missouri WIC Program’s website. The content used by the Missouri WIC Program is available on the National WIC Association website located at http://www.wicturns40.org/. 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 - Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a part time (18-24 hours per week) Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent and breastfed one baby (does not have to be currently breastfeeding). The selected candidate will provide basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC eligible prenatal and breastfeeding moms and express enthusiasm about breastfeeding and help mothers enjoy a positive experience. The candidate must be willing to accept after hour phone calls and make home and hospital visits. Send resume to Acey Staples at Affinia Healthcare 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63106 or e-mail to kgore@affiniahealthcare.org or aceys@affiniahealthcare.org WIC is an equal opportunity employer

JOB OPENING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economic, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Send resume to Acey Staples, at Affinia Healthcare, 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63106 or e-mail to kgore@affiniahealthcare.org or aceys@affiniahealthcare.org WIC is an equal opportunity employer

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