June 15, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: MISSOURI WIC SHOWCASED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SUBJECT 2: NUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND WOMEN THRU THE CHILDBEARING YEARS TRAINING - A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CPAs AS WELL AS NUTRITIONISTS AND DIETITIANS
SUBJECT 3: FORMULA EXPIRATION DATE
SUBJECT 4: CEU CORNER

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME WIC REGISTERED DIETICIAN/NUTRITIONIST - PIKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB OPENING: REGISTERED DIETITIAN - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

SUBJECT 1: Missouri WIC Showcased at National Conference. Four local WIC agencies in Missouri’s Eastern District were spotlighted at the recent WIC National Association Conference in Los Angeles. These agencies are participating in a yearlong project to educate parents about typical developmental milestones and encourage early identification of children at risk for developmental delays. The project is conducted in partnership with the University of Missouri and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The WIC programs in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties were highlighted in a poster presentation by the CDC’s Camille Smith, MS, EdS. The presentation depicted Missouri’s leadership in adapting Learn the Signs. Act Early materials to fit seamlessly into WIC clinic flow. The program aims to help parents become more aware of healthy growth and development, recognize the warning signs of developmental delays and consult with their child’s physician as soon as possible if there are concerns. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment for developmental disorders greatly improve a child’s ability to thrive.

WIC staff members have helped fine tune the program’s materials and procedures to fit easily into the WIC environment, with nutritionists using CDC materials to deliver individualized parent education. The materials and conversations are reinforced through colorful, family-friendly graphics on the floors and walls of the nine participating sites.

“It was exciting to see the work of four agencies here in Missouri showcased at a national conference and to meet the CDC staff monitoring the project,” said Susan White, Chief, Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

St. Louis City WIC agencies participated in a highly successful Learn the Signs. Act Early pilot program in 2011. The current project will conclude in February 2016.

SUBJECT 2:Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years Training- A great Opportunity for CPAs as well as Nutritionists and Dietitians. The registration rate for CPAs has been relatively low. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your understanding of the nutritional needs of WIC participants. Registration is open until June 30th or sites are filled. Register at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wictraining/nutritionthruchildbearingyears.php. If you have questions, contact Mark Wright at Mark.Wright@health.mo.gov or 660-385-2633.

SUBJECT 3: Formula Expiration Date. Recently a local agency received a direct shipment of formula that expired about one month from the date it was received. Realistically, that doesn’t give WIC enough time to get the formula into the hands of the participant and for it to be used before it expires. Please check expiration dates on all direct shipments to your agency. If you think that there is not enough time for the participant to use the formula before it expires notify your District TA Nutritionist. The State WIC office will work with the company so that formula does not expire before it can be used.

SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner. Join the live webinar “Setting the Record Straight on Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, and Heart Disease Risk” on July 8th. Register now at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=89pgnrxnkcv5. The learning objectives are:

The webinar is approved for 1 CEU for dietitians and will be available as a recorded webinar at a later date


WIC Positions

JOB OPENING: Part-Time WIC Registration Dietician/Nutritionist - Pike County Health Department. The Pike County Health Department is accepting applications for a part time Registered Dietician/Nutritionist in the WIC Program. This position is responsible for planning and implementation of the nutritional components of the local WIC Program as well as providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education to eligible families. WIC experience and training in advanced lactation preferred. Applications can be found on our website at www.pikecountyhealth.org. Submit applications and resumes to Jennifer Eisenhower, eisenj@lpha.mopublic.org, Pike County Health Department, 1 Health Care Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334. This institution is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB OPENING: Registered Dietitian - St. Louis County Department of Health. The St. Louis County Department of Health is currently accepting applications for a Registered Dietitian to work out of the North Central Community Health Center in Pine Lawn. The selected candidate will provide nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy to health center patients; certify eligible patients for the WIC program and develop and implement nutrition presentations/programs for patients and the community. Applicants must be registered or eligible for registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and be licensed as a dietitian with the State of Missouri. Applications will be accepted through June 16, 2015. For additional information or to apply online go to www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch. For questions, please contact Lynn Sojka at 314-615-0470.