May 26, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: MAY WIC INVOICES
SUBJECT 2: COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHY MOTHERS AND CHILDREN GRANT OPPORTUNITY
SUBJECT 3: MISSOURI WIC PARTICIPANT-CENTERED SERVICES ASSESSMENT
SUBJECT 4: NWA TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAM INTEGRITY CONFERENCE
SUBJECT 5: MOWINS RELEASE 2.22 UPDATE
SUBJECT 6: CEU CORNER

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST - OSAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB OPENING: PART-TIME BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR - FAMILY CARE HEALTH CENTERS

SUBJECT 1: May WIC Invoices. WIC invoices for May 2015 (submitted for payment in the month of June), along with prior months, must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business Monday, June 8, 2015. Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July 2015. This change in schedule complies with the close of the State Fiscal Year 2015 payment processing deadlines. If you have questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Release 2.22 Update. The next MOWINS full release is scheduled for the weekend of August 1-2, 2015. More detailed information will be sent out at a later date, including information about training. MOWINS will be shut down and unavailable for clinic operations from 8:00 pm on Friday, July 31 through 6:00 am on Monday, August 3. Please do not schedule any clinics for Saturday, August 1. If you have any questions, please contact the WIC Help Desk at wichelpdesk@health.mo.gov or 800-554-2544.

SUBJECT 3: Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Grant Opportunity. Beginning in 2015, the National WIC Association has been working on a CDC-funded project called Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children. This is a 3-year project, during which NWA is partnering with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to fund and provide technical assistance to 32 local WIC agencies in two cohorts for 15 month community-driven projects. These community projects involve building or enhancing community coalitions, performing community needs assessments, and developing and implementing community action plans with strategies to improve access to healthy foods and beverages and to improve access to chronic disease prevention and management opportunities. The first cohort of 17 local WIC agencies has begun work on their 15 month projects, which will conclude in April 2016. Also in April 2016, the second cohort of 15 local WIC agencies will begin work on their projects. NWA will announce the call for applications for the second cohort in June and the State Office will forward the call to LWPs. Attached is more information on this upcoming project opportunity. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Participant-Centered Services Assessment. The State Office contracted with Altarum Institute to conduct an assessment of our program based on a participant-centered model for providing WIC services. This included a review of State policies and procedures, MOWINS, trainings, nutrition education and breastfeeding services initiatives. Altarum evaluated WIC service delivery, including certification, nutrition education and food benefit issuance.  Interviews with participants, local and state agency staff were also conducted. We are pleased to share with you the attached report that was produced from this assessment which identifies our strengths, as well as helping us to identify potential barriers and challenges. We are using this report as we plan strategies to continue to strengthen WIC service delivery, increase retention of our participants and improve health outcomes. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact your State TA team. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 5: NWA Technology and Program Integrity Conference. The 2015 NWA Technology and Program Integrity conference will be held September 28-30, 2015 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand hotel in St. Louis. Since the conference is in-state this year, this is a great opportunity for local agency staff to attend. This conference has three tracks which cover Technology, EBT, and Program Integrity. The complete agenda should be available soon. The website for more information including hotel information and registration fees is located at: https://www.nwica.org/events/info/nwa-2015-technology-program-integrity-conference-copy.  Attendance at the conference is an authorized WIC expense.

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

SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner. Nutrition Dimension has a wide variety of free recorded webinars and self-study modules at http://www.nutritiondimension.com/be-healthy/?utm_source=cokemay2015rdches&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=initiative. You’ll be sure to find a number of them that will pique your interest and increase your knowledge of nutrition, physical activity, and health. Not all webinars pertain to WIC; however all are CDR approved.


WIC Positions

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.

JOB OPENING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (8 hrs./week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and their families and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required. For additional information, please contact Amy Callico at 314-353-5190 x3043, callia@lpha.mopublic.org.

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