November 2, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: FFY 2015 END-OF-YEAR INVOICING DUE DECEMBER 10, 2015
SUBJECT 2: FROM THE WOM - INCOME ER# 3.02000
SUBJECT 3: JOB OPENING: MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS SPECIALIST II - STATE WIC OFFICE (JEFFERSON CITY, MO)
SUBJECT 4: 2016 WIC CONFERENCE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE
SUBJECT 5: YOU CAN PREVENT DOG BITES - NEW RESOURCE
SUBJECT 6: CEU CORNER

JOB OPENING: PART-TIME BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR - FAMILY CARE HEALTH CENTERS
JOB OPENING: FULL-TIME WIC NUTRITIONIST (NUTRITION TECHNICIAN) - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH


SUBJECT 1: FFY 2015 End-Of-Year Invoicing Due December 10, 2015. The deadline for submission of FFY 2015 end-of-year invoices is Thursday, December 10, 2015.  Expenses must have been incurred prior to October 1, 2015 to qualify for the FFY 2015 funding year.  The grant year will close the end of December and payments beyond this date are not possible.  SUPPLEMENTAL Invoice due 12-10-2015 - ABSOLUTE DEADLINE

Please contact your District Technical Assistance staff if you need assistance.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at 573-526-7901, or 800-392-8209, or Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 2:  From the WOM - Income ER# 3.02000.  This is a new weekly feature to highlight policies from the WIC Operations Manual (WOM).  These Q&As are being shared to clarify new policy revisions, and ensure that local agencies are supported in your efforts to provide WIC services.  To kick this off we are beginning with a question about Income Assessment.

Question:  When using income from the past 30 days and the applicant reports consistent weekly income, is it sufficient proof to bring in one weekly paystub, or does the definition of “current” require all documentation of the income from the past 30 days?  If so, does staff have to make an assessment if there were 4 or 5 paychecks in the past 30 days?  Also, is this entered as weekly income, or are weekly paystubs added together as monthly income?  Can an applicant show their paystub (or other documentation) electronically via their phone?

Answer:  If an applicant indicates that they are paid weekly, it would be reasonable to look at four paystubs from the past four weeks (30 days).  It is not sufficient to bring in one paystub, even if the weekly income is consistent.  If an applicant informs the WIC clinic that the income is consistent, this would be considered self-declaration.  Self-declaration is only allowable in certain circumstances (homeless individual, disaster such as a fire, and a pending proof certification for 30 days).  In this example, the income frequency to be used is weekly.  WIC clinics must ensure that income documentation provided is for the past 30 days.  If paystubs provided are not typical, such as hours worked in the past 30 days were more or less than usual for the applicant, annual income may be used.  Assuming the information on the paystub or other documentation is legible and meets the same requirements for paper documentation, there is no reason for a local agency to refuse an electronic copy.

If you have further questions, please contact your Technical Assistance (TA) team.

SUBJECT 3:  Job Opening:  Management Analysis Specialist II - State WIC Office (Jefferson City, MO).  This position is the WIC Retailer Agreements & Training Coordinator and is responsible for the oversight of the contract and training requirements for the WIC-authorized grocery stores.  More details about this position, as well as EASe Application instructions, are listed on the MO Careers website https://mocareers.mo.gov/Details?id=2411

SUBJECT 4:  2016 WIC Conference Program Planning Committee.  The 2016 WIC Conference is tentatively set for October 2016 in St. Louis.  Final dates have not been confirmed at this time.  In December 2015, we will begin planning the conference agenda and speakers.  If you are interested in being on the Conference Program Planning Committee, please contact Phyllis Fuller at Phyllis.Fuller@health.mo.gov by November 30, 2015.  With input from both local and state agencies, we are again assured of having a great conference.

SUBJECT 5:  You Can Prevent Dog Bites - New Resource.  What you need to know about protecting children from dog bites is vividly displayed in a new, two-sided color information card.  This educational resource entitled You Can Prevent Dog Bites(stock #186) is now available to order in quantities of 50 here on the on-line order form for WIC clinics, schools, parents, and the general public.  Children are the most common victims of dog bites and often suffer more serious injuries from bites than do adults.  The information card emphasizes teaching children to be more careful around dogs and to practice basic safety tips to prevent a bite.  For more information, contact Lesha Peterson at 573-751-6340 with the Bureau of Community Health and Wellness or Alyce Turner with the Office of Veterinary Public Health at 573-526-4780.

SUBJECT 6:  CEU Corner.
The Way We Eat:  Looking Beyond Nutrients to Help Clients Build Better Diets.  As health professionals, we need to recognize the relationships our clients have with food and respect that food is more than a source of nourishment.  Awareness of the context in which people choose foods, and an ability to incorporate these factors into realistic and feasible dietary advice, will greatly improve success in achieving individualized goals toward improved health.  Find this webinar and others at:  http://www.healthyeating.org/Health-Wellness-Providers/Professional-Development/Webinars

 


WIC Positions

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

JOB OPENING:  Full-Time WIC Nutritionist (Nutrition Technician) - St. Louis County Department of Public Health.  The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for a full-time Nutritionist (Nutrition Technician) in the WIC program.  This position is responsible for providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education to eligible families.  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition or a related field; including or supplemented by 15 semester hours in food and nutrition from a 4-year program.  Required course work includes at least one course in diet therapy or medical nutrition therapy I & II and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle.  WIC experience preferred.  For additional information, or to apply online, go to www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch.  For questions, please contact Lynn Sojka at LSojka@stlouisco.com