June 16, 2014 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoice Upgrades
SUBJECT 2: WIC Help Desk Meeting
SUBJECT 3: MOWINS Scheduled Maintenance
SUBJECT 4: Missouri Breastfeeding Month
SUBJECT 5: Suggestions to the Welcome to WIC Brochure
SUBJECT 6: Ethics Requirement for RD and DTR Recertification
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist - Stone County Health Department
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nutritionist/Dietitian-Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc

  1. WIC Invoice Upgrades: The Invoicing and LAP systems will not be available on June 16th. The history will not be available for the LAP. The programs will be offline because the WIC Invoice system will receive several much-needed upgrades. Thank you for sending suggestions about how to improve the invoice system. Many of them were incorporated into this system upgrade.

    Updates include: By popular demand, the LWP’s can now submit the Invoice with just one keystroke.  Currently, LWPs are required to click “Yes” Form Complete, and then click “SAVE”.  After the Upgrade, just one click of the newly created “SUBMIT INVOICE” button will submit the Invoice by changing the status from Draft to Pending.  This button will be located at both the top and bottom of the Invoice A page.  The Personnel B page will have a new “Totals” row located below the last employee in the Personnel Expense table that displays total hours, salary, benefits, etc.  The In-Kind C page will include the blue “remaining budget” boxes at the bottom of the page.  This will be helpful to determine the remaining In-Kind balance in each line item.  All unused fields will be removed from the In-Kind C page.  If you have any questions, contact Laura.Weiler@health.mo.gov or call Laura Weiler at 573/526-7901.
  2. WIC Help Desk Meeting:  This is a reminder that there will be no WIC Help Desk coverage on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.  Although staff will not be available during these hours, feel free to leave a message and all calls will be returned as soon as possible.  The purpose of these meetings is to review processes and procedures in order to provide the highest quality customer service to local agencies and WIC participants.

    In our ongoing efforts to better our customer service please remember to complete the WIC Help Desk Customer Service Survey regarding your experience after contacting the WIC Help Desk.  The survey can be located here and should take approximately 3 minutes to complete.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

    If you have questions, please contact Melissa Seaver at 800-554-2544 or Melissa.Seaver@health.mo.gov.
  3. MOWINS Scheduled Maintenance:  New food rule changes will be made in MOWINS during the evening of Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  Because these changes must be made during the week, the MOWINS database will be shut down for all clinic activity at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  We will run a process that will kick all users off the system promptly at 5:00 pm.  Please plan your clinics accordingly.  MOWINS will be available again at 6:00 am the morning of Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  This is not a release so the download time should be minimal for each computer.  You will need to do a reset/update on each computer once you have logged in on October 1.

    If you have questions, please contact Melissa Seaver at melissa.seaver@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6489.
  4. Missouri Breastfeeding Month: August 1-7 is designated each year as World Breastfeeding Week by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the entire month of August is designated Missouri Breastfeeding Month. The theme for this year is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - For Life!” The focus of the theme is on goals, emphasizing the individual breastfeeding goals of mothers and the importance of support to help them succeed.

    A new 8 x 10 poster is being developed and will be in the MO DHSS warehouse at a later date.  The State WIC office has also developed an ad campaign focused on breastfeeding support that will be promoted through social media. For ideas for your local agency or community, please see the attached “Missouri Breastfeeding Month Action Ideas List”. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft by email at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-4792. (ONE ATTACHMENT)
  5. Suggestions to the Welcome to WIC Brochure: The State WIC office is updating the Welcome to WIC brochure and would like to receive suggestions from local WIC providers.  This brochure is important as it is one of the required items to be used for the initial visit.  On June 17, all local WIC coordinators will receive a link to submit suggestions.  Please submit your suggestions through the link by July 7, 2014.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  6. Ethics Requirement for RD and DTR Recertification: On May 9, 2011, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) voted to require that RDs and DTRs complete a minimum of 1 CPEU in Ethics (Learning Need Code 1050) during each 5-year recertification cycle. This requirement started with the 5-year recertification cycle which began June 1, 2012 and ends on May 31, 2017. The CDR notification is found at the following link: http://cdrnet.org/news/ethics-requirements-for-recertification. The following ethics webinar is available at no cost.

    Ethics for All: Applying ethics principles across the dietetics profession
    Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM CDT
    Approved for CPE Level 2 & 1 CPE credit hour by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Learner Educational Objectives
    • Identify guiding principles (fundamentals) used to resolve ethical dilemmas in dietetics
    • Identify common situations across the full spectrum of dietetics profession that have ethical implications
    • Apply Academy professional resources in considering ethical implications of traditional practice issues as well as new frontiers such as genetics and social media

    Esther F. Myers, PhD, RDN, FADA
    Diane Polly, JD, RDN
    Register now at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/1yn9feqxt6ud.
    If you have questions, please contact your District TA Nutritionist.

WIC Positions

Job Opportunity Nutritionist - Stone County Health Department
The Stone County Health Department is accepting applications for a Nutritionist to work full-time in the WIC program at both the Branson West and Galena offices. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, foods, 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. Hours of work would be Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Send resume to Maria Wells at the Stone County Health Department, 109 East 4th Street, Galena, MO 65656, or e-mail to wellsm@lpha.mopublic.org by June 20. Stone County Health Department is An Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Nutritionist/Dietitian-Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program.  The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economic, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition.  The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Send resume to Acey J. Staples, at Grace Hill Health Centers, 1717 Biddle Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63106 or e-mail to AceyS@gracehill.org  WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

BF Month Action Ideas 2014