November 9, 2015 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: REVISED NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
SUBJECT 2: 11th MONTH FOOD PACKAGE ISSUANCE
SUBJECT 3: UPDATES ON WIC RESOURCE SHIPMENTS
SUBJECT 4: ORAL HEALTH CONTINUING NUTRITION EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
SUBJECT 5: CEU CORNER

JOB OPENING: FULL-TIME WIC NUTRITIONIST (NUTRITION TECHNICIAN) - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH


SUBJECT 1: Revised Nondiscrimination Statement. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified State Agencies (SA) of a revised Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy which includes an updated Nondiscrimination Statement and the timeline for implementation. The attached 2015 nondiscrimination statement is to be used on all printed material. As a reminder, the nondiscrimination statement must be printed in the same size font as the printed Program material. When space is an issue, such as on small pamphlets, the abbreviated nondiscrimination statement “This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.” is allowed. Please note on the timeline below that currently printed documents can continue to be used, however once depleted all new or reprinted material must contain the 2015 nondiscrimination statement. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

1. Websites must be updated to include the new nondiscrimination statement by November 20, 2015.
2. Documents, pamphlets, brochures, etc. should be updated when supplies are exhausted or by September 30, 2016.
3. All new printing must use the 2015 nondiscrimination statement.

SUBJECT 2: 11th Month Food Package Issuance. USDA has issued guidance on the 11 month food package, which requires that states can no longer issue a child’s food package to an infant in their 11th month. An infant must receive the infant food package until their first birthday. This is consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics guidance, which says infants should consume human milk or infant formula until their 1st birthday. Beginning December 1, a nightly process in MOWINS will look at all infant records and remove the one year child’s food package. At the one year certification, that package will need to be added in order to print the child food package.

SUBJECT 3: Updates on WIC Resource Shipments. Please note the following information

Resource Items

Status/Plan

NWA 2016 WIC Calendars

Shipped on Nov. 2 & 3, 2015

Participant’s Rights & Responsibility

  • Laminated Sheet (WIC 10)

Shipped on Nov. 4, 2015

Participant’s Rights & Responsibility

  • Back-Up form (WIC 10)

Shipped on Oct. 29, 2015

Dairy Council Milk Bookmark

Will be shipped the week of Nov. 9 to the local WIC providers who requested this material

If your agency has not received the items above (except the Dairy Council Bookmarks), please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Oral Health Continuing Nutrition Education Opportunity. The following is a message from the Missouri Dental Association. In September 2014, your WIC agency received a Healthy Smiles from the Start kit, which included a DVD with various resources and 100 brochures in English.

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. As a continuation of that effort, we are pleased to announce the creation of a Healthy Smiles from the Start CE presentation which is located at the following: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wictraining/profdev.php. This training was a coordinated effort between the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program to provide pre-and post-natal dental health care education for use in your oral health education efforts. Upon completion of the Oral Health training the WIC state office is authorizing 1-CEU to all CPA/Nutritionist. To access the training, click here.

You can continue to download all the materials of the program at www.Modental.org/HealthySmiles and find other resources, such as recommendations for parents about fluoride, pacifiers and drinking cups. You also can reorder Healthy Smiles from the Start brochures from the Missouri Oral Health Program, including Spanish brochures, if needed. Brochure re-orders are available FREE of charge. Click here to access a “Request for Literature” order form.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Melissa Albertson at the MDA at 573-634-3436, Ext 103 or melissa@modentalmail.org

SUBJECT 5: CEU Corner.
Learn to add more flavor to make healthful foods tastier!
“Spices and Herbs: Improving Public Health through Flavorful Eating”
View recorded webinar at www.nutrition.org/

Also, check out this Facebook page started by two RD's who wanted to share free CEU opportunities with their colleagues!

www.facebook.com/Registered-Dietitians-CE-Credits-147893611978811/?fref=nf

 


WIC Positions

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

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