March 28, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: NEW INCOME GUIDELINES
SUBJECT 2: INCOME CALCULATION
SUBJECT 3: SHIPPING PLAN - NEW WIC APPROVED FOOD LIST (EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2016)
SUBJECT 4: VENA REFRESHER TRAINING REGISTRATION CLOSING APRIL 1ST
SUBJECT 5: FORMULA COMPARISON
SUBJECT 6: NEW REPORT! NUTRITION ASSESSMENT RESPONSES
SUBJECT 7: WIC NUTRITION EDUCATION RESOURCE REQUEST - WIC-7
SUBJECT 8: WIC STATE STAFF UPDATE
SUBJECT 9: CEU CORNER

JOB POSTING: SPANISH/ENGLISH-SPEAKING NUTRITIONIST - PEOPLE'S HEALTH CENTERS
JOB POSTING: REGISTERED DIETITIAN - MARION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB POSTING: WIC NUTRITIONIST - PLATTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WIC
JOB POSTING: FULL-TIME REGISTERED DIETITIAN OR NUTRITIONIST - DUNKLIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JOB POSTING: WIC NUTRITIONIST - SHANNON COUNTY HEALTH CENTER
JOB POSTING: WIC HEALTH EDUCATION SUPERVISOR - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH


SUBJECT 1: New Income Guidelines. The income guidelines that will go into effect on Friday, April 1, 2016 are attached. MOWINS will be updated on April 1 to reflect the new guidelines. The laminated cards will be printed and sent out within the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2: Income Calculation. The State Office has become aware of an income calculation defect in MOWINS, which we are working with our enhancement contractor to correct. This is a rare situation which affects a participant at the very top of the income threshold.

As you know, when a household has only one income source, or if all sources have the same frequency, you compare the income, or the sum of the separate incomes, to the current Missouri WIC Income Guidelines for the appropriate frequency (e.g. annual, monthly or weekly) and family size to make WIC income eligibility determination.

Example: If one family member has an income of $1,100 monthly and another has income of $1,355.98 monthly and the family size is 2, the total is $2,455.98 monthly. The maximum amount on the guidelines is $2,456 - the family is income eligible for WIC.

Family Size

Annual

Monthly

Weekly

2

29,471

2,456

567

In this example, MOWINS is currently rounding to an annual amount, which is incorrect. The annual amount that appears in MOWINS is $29,471.76. A message returns saying the family is over income, since the maximum annual amount for a family size of 2 is $29,471.

Incomet Calculator Message

We are requesting your feedback on this issue. If you have seen instances where this or something similar has occurred, please contact your administrative TA staff so that we can track the scope of the issue. We anticipate a correction for MOWINS in a future release; however until we have this correction, please contact your administrative TA for the temporary solution.

SUBJECT 3: Shipping Plan - New WIC Approved Food List (Effective May 1, 2016). The State WIC office plans to ship the new WIC Approved Food List to local WIC providers (LWPs) as shown below:

Please open the packet(s) as soon as they are received from UPS to ensure that your agency has the new food lists for May 1, 2016. The new food list in English will available on the WIC Foods web page this week; the translated food lists will be posted on the WIC Foods web page as soon as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact takako.tagami@helath.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: VENA Refresher Training Registration Closing April 1st. The VENA Refresher Training Registration Portal will close on April 1, 2016. If you have already registered for training and wish to cancel your registration, change the training location or have questions, please notify Michele Bailey by email at Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 5: Formula Comparison. The attached chart compares the indications for use, nutrient content and composition of the contract formulas: Enfamil Infant, Gentlease, Reguline, AR, and ProSobee. Local agency nutritionists and CPAs may find this comparison helpful when having discussions with participants about which formula is best for baby. WIC Certifiers may enter food prescriptions for all standard contract formulas, including Reguline and Enfamil AR. Participants with questions must be referred to the nutritionist/CPA. If you have questions about when it is appropriate to issue Reguline or Enfamil AR to participants, contact your assigned TA Nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: NEW Report! Nutrition Assessment Responses. A new Crystal Report, Nutrition Assessment Responses, is now posted that provides a summary of responses participants provided to nutrition assessment questions. The report is located in the folder Nutrition Assessment/Education. Participants are shown as either “New to WIC” or “Already on WIC” to help determine if WIC participation changes behaviors. If a response is not listed on the report, there is no data associated with that response. Not all nutrition assessment questions are included on this report. Data is available beginning with FFY 2014. Contact your assigned District Nutritionist with questions.

SUBJECT 7: WIC Nutrition Education Resource Request - WIC-7. The WIC Nutrition Education Request (WIC-7) has been updated. Please begin using the updated order form. If you have any suggestions and/or questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at takako.tagami@helath.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 8: WIC State Staff Update. We would like to share some information regarding recent changes in responsibilities in the Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services.

Effective April 1, 2016, Kathy Mertzlufft is serving as Interim Nutrition Coordinator of the Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services. Kathy is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and has been the State Breastfeeding Coordinator. She has been with the State WIC Office for over 11 years and previously held the position of the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program Coordinator. Kathy was a nutritionist at the Columbia/Boone County WIC program before coming to the state. Please join the WIC state staff in welcoming Ms. Mertzlufft to this new position.

We are pleased to announce that Keri Burk accepted the Planner III position, serving as the WIC Data Manager. Previously Keri worked with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in the Bureau of Community Food & Nutrition Assistance (CFNA). Keri also has experience working as a WIC nutritionist in local agencies in Missouri and Texas.

Jennifer Roberts has accepted the Operations Manager position. Jennifer previously managed the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant in the Department of Social Services. Please join us in welcoming her to WIC!

Jamie Bish has taken the Health Program Representative III position as the MOWINS Administrator. Jamie was most recently at Capital Region where she was a clinic manager and assisted with the rollout of Electronic Medical Records. Please welcome Jamie to WIC and MOWINS!

We welcome Gail Ponder who is the new Management Analyst Specialist II for the WIC Retailer Group! Gail has been a state employee for over 25 years and brings a variety of experience and knowledge to WIC. Gail will be coordinating the WIC Retailer applications, training and WIC Retailer Agreements statewide.

Cheryl West has accepted the Health Program Representative III position as the new Program Integrity Specialist, which will oversee participant violations such as dual participation, reported fraud, sanctions, lost/stolen checks, and void/redeemed. You will also get a chance to talk with Cheryl about the LAP and computer equipment. Cheryl has previous experience working with the Mercy Injury Prevention Center in Springfield, and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. We welcome her to WIC and Jefferson City!

The State WIC Office has updated its pictorial directory of State agency staff with their title and a brief description of their job responsibilities to help put a face with a name. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 9: CEU Corner.
Recorded Webinars Using “Baby Behavior” to Support Informed Infant Feeding Decisions,presented by the Center for Public Health Continuing Education and the University of Albany, School of Public Health are available by clicking here. Webinar 1 will provide background and overview of formative research and infant development and behavior. Webinar 2 will review research-based counseling techniques to promote informed infant feeding decisions focused on the newborn period. This activity has been approved for 1.5 L-CERPs, or 1.5 nursing contact hour(s).

 


WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Spanish/English-Speaking Nutritionist - People’s Health Centers. The Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers WIC Program is accepting resumes for a full-time nutritionist in St. Louis Missouri. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, food, home economics, or a closely related field, including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition, including diet therapy and community nutrition. Applicants must be able to speak and understand both English and Spanish. E-mail resume to Dorian Doss: ddoss@phcenters.com For more information, call 314-367-7848, ext. 1226. Dorian Doss, MS RDN LD CLC CPT

JOB POSTING: Registered Dietitian - Marion County Health Department. The Marion County Health Department is seeking a full-time registered dietitian (RD) to provide WIC services, create community nutrition programs, and provide nutritional counseling for public health. The RD candidate must possess a current and valid Missouri RD license. They must have excellent people and computer skills. Candidate must be willing to travel if necessary, and work outside normal workday hours. WIC experience is preferred, but not required. Marion County Health Department offers excellent benefits, and this small, historic, rural community is a great place to live. If interested, send your resume to Marion County Health Department, Attn: Jean McBride, Administrator, 3105 Rt. W, Hannibal, MO 63401

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Platte County Health Department WIC. Platte County Health Department’s WIC Clinic is seeking a Nutritionist to provide individual assessment and counseling, support for breastfeeding, pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children to age 5. Duties also include individual and group education, and responsible for daily clinic functions. Position is available for 4 days a week, full time (40 hrs/wk), position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition including fifteen credit hours of food and nutrition. WIC experience helpful. Must be reliable and able to work in a team environment. Excellent customer service skills and professional demeanor is expected at all times. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

Please forward cover letter and resume by COB Tuesday April 5, 2016 to:
Heidi Loecke
WIC Coordinator
Fax: 816.587.6028
Email: Heidi.loecke@plattehealth.com

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist - Dunklin County Health Department. The Dunklin County Health Department has an immediate opening for a full-time Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist with the WIC Program. The person in this position will be responsible for planning and implementation of the nutritional components of the WIC program, as well as providing nutrition and breast feeding counseling and education to eligible families. WIC experience is desired, but not required. If interested, please contact Lisa Johnson, Administrator, at 573-888-9008 or by email at ljohnson@dunklincountyhealth.com

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Shannon County Health Center. The Shannon County Health Center has an immediate opening for a WIC Nutritionist to work four days per week, providing services to the Shannon County and Reynolds County Health Centers. Responsibilities include planning and implementing the nutritional components of the WIC program, as well as providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling and education to eligible families. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package included. Please submit resume to: Shannon County Health Center, Attention: Kandra Counts, P.O. Box 788, Eminence, MO 65466, or email to kandra.counts@lpha.mo.gov. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

JOB POSTING: WIC Health Education Supervisor - St. Louis County Department of Public Health. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has an opening for a Health Education Supervisor to work in the WIC Program. This is a full-time, grant-funded Registered Dietitian position working out of a North County location. Primary responsibilities include supervising the operation of a WIC office comprised of Office Service Representatives; Nutritionists; and a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, as well as, completing the job functions of a WIC nutritionist. The Health Education Supervisor requires 2 years of Registered Dietitian experience preferably in WIC along with supervisory experience. Applications will be accepted through February 23, 2016. For additional information or to apply online, please go to www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch. For questions, please contact Lynn Sojka at LSojka@stlouisco.com

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