March 6, 2016 WIC Update


SUBJECT 1: BREAST PUMP ORDER
SUBJECT 2: WIC HELP DESK COVERAGE MARCH 10 AND 11, 2016
SUBJECT 3: WEB RESOURCES SCHEDULED FOR DELETION
SUBJECT 4: CEU CORNER

JOB POSTING: WIC NUTRITIONIST - SHANNON COUNTY HEALTH CENTER
JOB POSTING: FULL-TIME WIC CLERK/HEALTH PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT (HPA) - FAMILY CARE HEALTH CENTERS
JOB POSTING: WIC HEALTH EDUCATION SUPERVISOR - ST. LOUIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH


SUBJECT 1: Breast Pump Order. The state WIC office has funding to place an order for double pumping kits, Lactina Select multi-user electric breast pumps, Harmony manual breast pumps and Personal Double Electric single-user breast pumps. Single-user means that this pump is not meant to be shared with other women, so this pump can be given to mothers who meet the following criteria:

For each participant that is provided this pump, the Single User Personal Electric Breast Pump Agreement/Questionnaire (attached) must be completed. It is important that you promote this pump to prenatal women and use as an additional incentive to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to Jeannie.Phelps@health.mo.gov by COB on Friday, April 1, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 2: WIC Help Desk Coverage March 10 and 11, 2016. The WIC Help Desk Staff will be in training all day Thursday, March 10th and Friday March 11th. Email is preferred during this time for any urgent issues but agencies should feel free to leave a voicemail at 800-554-2544, as phones will be checked periodically throughout the day.

If you have questions, contact Keri Burk at Keri.Burk@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6498 or 800-392-8209.

SUBJECT 3: Web Resources Scheduled for Deletion. The following resources will be removed from the web on April 1, 2016 and will no longer be available through the warehouse. Please save a paper or electronic copy of any resources that you would like to continue using as a handout. You may contact your Technical Assistance (TA) Nutritionist if you have questions

SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
Recorded Webinar - “Motivational Interviewing to Create Health Behavior Change in Pediatric Patients and Families” Stephen Pont, MD, MPH, FAAP, of the University of Texas Southwestern in Austin, Texas, and Joani Jack, MD, FAAP, of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, explore the application of Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles in pediatrics. They review the key principles of MI, simple steps that the busy clinician can make to move toward MI in practice, and application of MI techniques in breastfeeding and pediatric nutrition scenarios. This webinar developed by the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is approved for 1.25 contact hours for Nurses and 1.0 CPEUs for Dietitians. They also have a variety of other webinars for nurses and dietitians which may or may not be applicable to WIC. Please check with your TA nutritionist about the applicability of other webinar titles.  Access the webinar at pediatricnutritionce.org or by clicking here!

 


WIC Positions

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: Full-Time Health Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) - Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a full time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA). Responsibilities include determining eligibility of WIC applicants, collecting and documenting height, weight, hgb data, and providing clerical support. Strong customer service skills required. Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED required; 1+ years WIC experience preferred. For additional information, please contact Amy Callico, RD, LD at (314) 353-5190 x3043 or acallico@fchcstl.org

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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