February 1, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: DHSS HEALTH UPDATE - ZIKA VIRUS INFECTIONS
SUBJECT 2: NEOCATE INFANT WITH DHA AND ARA
SUBJECT 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF BREASTFEEDING - AN 18-HOUR COURSE
SUBJECT 4: DECISION TREE FOR RISK FACTORS (411, 425, AND 427) - ER# 2.04550
SUBJECT 5: NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
SUBJECT 6: UPDATES ON WIC NUTRITION EDUCATION RESOURCES
SUBJECT 7: WICHEALTH.ORG UPDATE
SUBJECT 8: CEU CORNER

JOB POSTINGS: WIC BREASTFEEDING COORDINATOR/NUTRITIONIST - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH


SUBJECT 1: DHSS Health Update - Zika Virus Infections. This information was also e-mailed to the LWPs on 1/28/2016. This is a Health Update from DHSS with information about the Zika Virus. The update contains the most recent guidelines from the CDC. If you have any questions about this Health Update, please contact the DHSS Office of Veterinary Public Health, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, 573/526-4780; after hours/weekends, 800/392-0272. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA. The WIC Help Desk is receiving calls from LWPs that their participants cannot get Neocate Infant with DHA and ARA at the grocery stores. We contacted the manufacturer and informed them of this problem. It appears it has to do with a UPC number that the retailer is using, which is being corrected. We are also contacting the retailers to give them the correct UPC number. We currently have 24 participants being issued this formula. If your participants who are on this formula are having problems with the retailers being able to order this please let the Help Desk know. Please do not wait until the end of the month before acting on this. It will be too late for the participant to get their formula if this happens at the end of the month.

SUBJECT 3: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding - An 18-Hour Course. The state WIC office is hosting the “Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course” in two different locations in the state. This training is for nutritionists, nurses, and peer counselors who need a comprehensive course to prepare them to assist breastfeeding mothers with normal lactation and common breastfeeding challenges. Dates and training sites are scheduled for Sedalia (May 18-20, 2016) and St. Charles (June 1-3, 2016). If you would like to attend either training session, please register online by clicking here. Feel free to share information on this training to area health care providers that may be interested in attending. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Decision Tree for Risk Factors (411, 425, and 427) - ER# 2.04550. Please see the following attachments for local WIC nutrition staff:

The decision tree will be available through the WIC Policies and Procedures website. If you have any suggestions and/questions, please feel free to contact your Technical Assistant nutritionist. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 5: National Children’s Dental Health Month. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Local WIC Providers may order supplies--including floss, baby teething brushes, children’s toothbrushes, activity books, and “Don’t Forget To Brush” mirror clings--using the oral health program supply order form (attached). Contact your assigned TA nutritionist if you have questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: Updates on the WIC Nutritional Education Resources. The following items are available from the DHSS Warehouse and begin ordering using the WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request Form (WIC 7):

If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 7: WICHealth.Org Update. WICHealth.org will have some routine maintenance being performed on the WICHealth.Org server on Sunday, February 7 at 4:00 AM EST. During this time, WICHealth.Org may be down for up to an hour.

We have added a maintenance message to WICHealth.Org to alert participants to this potential downtime. Please communicate this information with participants being offered WICHealth.org as a nutrition education option.

SUBJECT 8: CEU Corner.
Recorded Webinar: “Vitamin D and Calcium New Research - NEW Recommendations?” This webinar recalls the principal roles vitamin D and calcium serve in the human body, describes how nutrients - and vitamin D in particular - are like preventative maintenance of a complex machine, describes some of the consequences of inadequate intake of each nutrient, lists the principal sources of vitamin D and calcium, and recalls the optimal intake/input of each nutrient, with emphasis on differing needs at different life stages. The webinar is presented by Robert P. Heaney, MD, FACP, FASN, Professor of Medicine, Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center. It is approved for CPE Level 2 and 1 CPE credit hour by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. To view this ConAgra Foods webinars, go to http://www.conagrafoodsscienceinstitute.com/. Click on Nutri-Bites Webinars in the top left corner. Not all webinars pertain to WIC; however all are CDR approved.

 


WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator/Nutritionist - St. Louis County Department of Public Health. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for a full-time Breastfeeding Coordinator/Nutritionist in the WIC program. This position is responsible for overseeing the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program; developing breastfeeding (BF) goals/objectives for the Local Agency Plan and BFPC program; managing the breast pump loan program; conducting BF assessments and counseling; providing BF training to WIC, health center staff; and public health nurses; maintaining BF resource inventory; conducting BF outreach; and functioning as a WIC nutritionist, as necessary. 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. Must be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or have other advanced training in lactation. Also requires two years of related experience, preferably in WIC. 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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