August 11, 2014 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: 2014 WIC Conference Registration Form
SUBJECT 2: WICHealth.org Statewide Roll-Out
SUBJECT 3: WOM Policies Revisions
SUBJECT 4: Low-Fat Milk Resources in Various Languages
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - People’s Health Center
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northwest District Health Office
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Benton County Health Department

SUBJECT 1: 2014 WIC Conference Registration Form: The registration form for the 2014 WIC Conference in Columbia, MO., is attached. The conference will be October 19 - 21. The form is also located at the following web site: www.mowica.org site as well. All conference activities will take place at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203. Room rates are $89.95 for single/double occupancy plus state and local taxes. Reservation deadline is 9/19/14. Reservations received after 9/19/14 are subject to space availability and at prevailing room rates. For reservations call the hotel directly at 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329). Please tell the reservation desk that you are with the Missouri WIC Conference to receive your discounted rate. Reserve early as rooms will fill quickly. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 2:WICHealth.org Statewide Roll Out: In response to the questions about how soon LWPs can start getting ready for WICHealth.org implementation, please see below

  • WICHealth.org will facilitate a webinar state wide training which will be held September 4th from 9:00 am -12:30pm. It will be a conference call – live webinar format. The training will be recorded and posted for LWP staff unable to attend the live webinar or for future use when new staff are hired.
  • Summary Steps for WICHealth.org Implementation for Period August 1st – October 31st)
  1. LWPs should become familiar with the WICHealth.org website.
  2. With guidance from your TA nutritionist complete theWICHealth.org implementation plan. (Attachment in WIC update message August 8th) (This can be done after the September 4th training.)
  3. Each local WIC provider is required to have an e-mail address so that the participants can have their WICHealth.org certificate mailed directly to the LWP.
  4. To set up LWPs email account for participants to submit their certificates:
    There are two options for e-mail addresses to be set up. Certificates of completion will be e-mailed to these accounts once they are set up.
  • Option ONE: - The state office will set up a distribution list via the State System (the agency submits the e-mail addresses for each person to receive the certificates) Note: each person will receive all certificates. Provide your agency name and (site names if desired) as you want it to appear on the list of locations. If you want each site to have its own distribution list set up by the state you will need to notify Sybil Schlater, sybil.schlater@health.mo.gov a list of each site and the e-mail addresses/names associated with each site.
  • Option TWO: - The agency sets up a generic e-mail box at the agency level granting access to each person who needs to check for certificates (this is done at the agency level and on the agency e-mail system). In this case you would forward the e-mail address of the generic box along with your agency name and (site names if desired) as you want it to appear on the list of locations to the Sybil Schlater, sybil.schlater@health.mo.gov so it can be set up on the WICHealth.org site.
  1. To set up staff support accounts
    After the LWP account is set up for participants to submit their certificates, then the LWP can submit a request for the staff account(s) to be set up by WICHealth.org by contacting help@wichealth.org.

Important to note: All LWP email accounts, the staff support accounts and implementation plans should be completed by October 31st to be able to serve all Missouri WIC participants effectively.
If you have additional questions about WICHealth.org, please contact Rose Sipakati at 1-800-392-8209 or by email Rose.Sipakati@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: WOM Policies Revisions. The WOM will be updated on August 14th to include revisions to the following policies: Please review the WOM for these updates. If questions please contact your District TA team.

  • ER 2.016500 Local WIC Provider Personnel: WIC Certifier
  • WIC Certifier Decision Tree
  • ER 2.02800 Guidelines for Annual Certifications and Mid-Certification Assessment (MCA) Data Collection and Risk Factor Assignment
  • ER 2.04550 Guidelines for Assigning Dietary Risk Factors 401, 411, 425, 427 & 428
  • ER 3.03500 Schedule of Annual Certification and Mid-Certification Assessment (MCA) Periods

SUBJECT 4: Low Fat Milk Resources in Various Languages: The following resources have been translated into various languages:

  • Milk Change Notification Poster
  • Milk Change Notification Handout
  • Milk Fat Content Comparison Handout
  • Low Fat Milk Promotion Sticker

The translated items are available through the link below:
http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/wicretailer/foodlist/

You can also access the translated items by clicking on the low fat milk logo on the WIC homepage. Please free to download and make copies as needed. If you have any concerns and/or questions about the translated resources, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist. 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. E-mail resume to Teresa Donjon: tdonjon@phcenters.com. For more information, call 314-367-7848, ext. 1168

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northwest District Health Office. The Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services has an opening for a Nutritionist III in the Northwest District Health Office in Independence. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to local WIC providers, monitoring, policy review and revision, special formula approvals, applying health data in program planning, and occasionally acting as a preceptor for dietetic interns. Excellent customer service, written and verbal communication, teamwork, confidentiality and prioritization are required skills. A registered dietitian, licensed in Missouri, is preferred. Submit cover letter and resume to Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.govby August 15, 2014. AA/EOE

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Part-Time Nutritionist. The Benton County Health Department WIC Program is accepting resumes for a part-time nutritionist (that could work into full-time as caseload increases) for the WIC Program. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health, 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. Send resumes to Debbie Joy at Benton County Health Department, PO Box 935, Warsaw, MO 65355 or e-mail to joyd@lpha.mopublic.org. For more information, call 660-438-2876


Attachments:
2014 WIC Conference Registration Form