April 20, 2015 WIC Update



SUBJECT 1: BREAST PUMP ORDER. Medela is in the process of shipping the breast pump order. Please remember that the following procedure must be followed in order to verify receipt of shipment for payment and to send the required WIC tags:

  • Immediately upon receipt of shipment, please locate the packing slip and verify that your agency received the products and quantities stated.
  • Sign the packing slip to verify the order is correct.
  • Fax the signed packing slip to the state WIC office at 573-526-1470. WIC tags will be mailed upon receipt of your packing slip.
  • If your agency did not receive what was stated on the packing slip, please contact the state WIC office immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-526-4792

SUBJECT 2: NEW FOODKEEPER APP FROM USDA. Download this new free app (Android and iPhone) from USDA at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings/feeds-and-subscriptions/apps
Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.
The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more.
Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month

SUBJECT 3: UPCOMING HOLIDAYS. The State WIC Office will be closed and there will be no WIC help desk coverage on Truman Day, May 8, 2015; Memorial Day, May 25, 2015; and Independence Day, observed July 3, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209

SUBJECT 4: WIC RESOURCE ITEM UPDATES. The attached is the updated WIC resource shipping plan. Please share it with your staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 5: CEU CORNER. This section will have Continuing Education Opportunities posted for WIC staff:

  • Arizona and Oregon WIC will present the live webinar “Hitting the Mark: Putting VENA into Action” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Connect by computer.

You must also connect by phone at 1-800-857-2848. When prompted, enter the participant pass code: 6793450#. If you are asked for a Meeting ID and Entry Code, the Meeting ID is: 2N8N9R. Please leave Entry Code blank (not required). Please plan to connect to both the LiveMeeting and phone line 15 minutes early to ensure you are connected on time. The meeting will begin promptly at 1:00PM.

  • Join the free webinar “How to Help families Build a Better Diet” on April 28th from 1 to 2 pm. The live webinar will provide 1 CEU for registered dietitians and is open to WIC nutritionists and CPAs as well. The webinar will enable participants to: 1. Create a food philosophy about food, eating, and health. 2. Learn the three steps to offering a similar nutrition program on mindful eating for families. 3. State how the Discover, Explore, Play and Challenge format can be used to guide families in understanding nutrition and healthy eating. 4. List two handouts that may be helpful in promoting more mindful food and eating choices for families.

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1409509401279662082.

If you can't join the live version, you may register anyway and the link to access the on-demand version will be sent when it's ready.


WIC Positions

JOB OPENING: Nutritionist - City of St. Joseph Health Department. This position assists with administering the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program while following the policies and procedures established by the federal and state government and participates in the development and implementation of nutritional counseling and education for the local WIC Nutrition Program. No supervisory responsibilities, limited budgetary responsibilities, and coordinates nutrition and breastfeeding services provided to participants in the WIC Program. Minimum qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in a nutrition related field with at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition; including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition. College/university program must be American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved. For more information, click here; and to apply on-line visit our website at www.stjoemo.info. Transcript, Cover Letter, and Resume must be submitted with the application. The City of St. Joseph Health Department is an equal opportunity employer

JOB OPENING: WIC Nutritionist - Butler County Health Department. Primary responsibility of this position will be to conduct nutrition assessments, assign risk factors and provide appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding education to all participants according to the state WIC program policies and procedures. The ideal candidate must be dependable, highly self-motivated, and work well in a team atmosphere. This position is 32 to 40 hours per week. Position starts June 15, 2015.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in dietetics, public health nutrition, human nutrition, nutritional sciences, nutrition and fitness, sports nutrition, restaurant and food management, foods, family and consumer sciences, human environmental sciences, or home economics; including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition from a 4-year program, including at least one course in Diet Therapy I & II and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in life cycle/life cycle nutrition.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Applications available at www.ButlerCountyHealth.org

Submit résumé or application to: Butler County Health Department, Attention: Human Resources Coordinator, 1619 North Main, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

Submission Deadline: May 12, 2015
An equal opportunity employer. Service provided on a nondiscriminatory basis