June 8, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: WIC HELP DESK COVERAGE - JUNE 18 FULL STAFF MEETING
SUBJECT 2: NUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND WOMEN THRU THE CHILDBEARING YEARS TRAINING - REGISTRATION OPEN
SUBJECT 3: CRYSTAL REPORTS UPDATE - SEPARATION OF DUTIES REPORT
SUBJECT 4: WICHEALTH.ORG UPDATES
SUBJECT 5: MISSOURI BREASTFEEDING MONTH
SUBJECT 6: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) 7TH EDITION PEDIATRIC NUTRITION HANDBOOK
SUBJECT 7: ORAL HEALTH RESOURCES

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

SUBJECT 1: WIC Help Desk Coverage - June 18 Full Staff Meeting: There will be limited help desk coverage on June 18, 2015 due to the state WIC full staff meeting. There will be no coverage during the lunch hour of 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. If you call and receive the option to leave a voice mail message, please leave your name, agency name, phone number, State WIC ID of the participant and the problem. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Seaver at Melissa.Seaver@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6489.

SUBJECT 2: Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years Training - Registration Open. As mentioned in the May 4th WIC Update, this a 6 hour nutrition training for CPAs, nutritionists, and dietitians and will cover life span nutrition from infancy through the preschool years and the child bearing years for women, with emphasis on nutrition issues prevalent in low income women, infants and children. The presenter will be MU professor, Jennifer Bean. The training has been scheduled for July 2015 at 5 locations. This is a one-day training scheduled from 8:30am - 3:00pm. Dates and locations for trainings are as follows:

Registration closes on June 30, 2015. You may register for the training here: 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: Crystal Reports Update - Separation of Duties Report: A new report been posted to Crystal. Please review the table of contents (attached) or at http://health.mo.gov//living/families/wic/wiclwp/data.php. If you have any questions about the new report, please contact your TA team member or Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

The report’s name is Last Certification Create Date Participant List; it is in the Administrative Management section of Crystal Reports. The report is for local agency staff to use to check for Separation of Duties requirements listed in section B.2.a. of Program Integrity policy, ER # 1.07000. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 4: WICHealth.org Updates.

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SUBJECT 5: Missouri Breastfeeding Month: August 1-7 is designated each year as World Breastfeeding Week by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the entire month of August is designated Missouri Breastfeeding Month. The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!” The focus is to educate employers on the benefit of providing worksite lactation support and to recognize businesses that support their breastfeeding employees. This is an excellent opportunity to promote the Missouri “Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite” and “Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare” programs.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also developed an ad campaign focused on breastfeeding support that will be promoted through social media. For ideas for your local agency or community, please see the attached Missouri Breastfeeding Month action ideas list, proclamation and a sample article that you can publish in your local newspaper or chamber of commerce newsletter. For more information on state breastfeeding initiatives go to health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/index.php. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792. (THREE ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 6: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 7th Edition Pediatric Nutrition Handbook - There are 36 copies of this resource available if anyone would like another copy(s). Please contact Phyllis Fuller at Phyllis.Fuller@health.mo.gov.

SUBJECT 7: Oral Health Resources: The new Brushing Basics Activity Book is a fun way for children to learn about oral health. It is also available in Spanish. The activity book and all other available educational materials can be previewed on the DHSS website at http://www.health.mo.gov/living/families/oralhealth/oralhealtheducation.php. Due to new inventory numbers, the old order form should be discarded. Please use the new form (attached) to ensure you get the items you ordered in a timely manner. This order form should not be shared with agencies outside of WIC, Home Visiting Program, or local health departments.

Land of Smiles DVDs are still available. This cute and educational video was created by Delta Dental and is comprised of short video segments that young children will enjoy watching in your WIC waiting areas. Children learn how important it is to take care of their teeth as they watch the Tooth Wizard battle Plaque Man. If you would like a free copy for your clinic, please email Sharlet Kroll at sharlet.kroll@health.mo.gov.

Last September, the Missouri Dental Association (MDA), in partnership with DHSS, mailed every WIC clinic a Healthy Smiles from the Start kit, which included a DVD with various resources and 100 brochures in English. The brochures are intended to be a resource provided to WIC families. Healthy Smiles from the Start is a suite of patient education materials, developed by the American Dental Association (ADA), to help new parents understand the importance of oral health for pregnant women and babies. These materials and other resources, such as recommendations for parents about fluoride, pacifiers and sip cups can be found at www.Modental.org/HealthySmiles. Brochures are included on the oral health order form and are available at no charge. (ONE ATTACHMENT)


WIC Positions

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.

JOB OPENING: Part-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist - Osage County Health Department. Osage County Health Department is accepting applications for a part-time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for our WIC program. The person in this position would be 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. The person in this position would act as the nutrition coordinator and breastfeeding coordinator for the WIC program. WIC experience and training is preferred. This position would be one to two days a month working in the Health Department office in Linn. If interested, call or e-mail Susan Long, RN, Osage County Health Department Administrator, at 573-897-2139 or longs@lpha.mopublic.org

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