October 26, 2015 WIC Update



SUBJECT 1: WIC Participant’s Rights & Responsibilities (WIC 10) - Effective November 1, 2015. The attached WIC 10 forms in English and Spanish are effective November 1, 2015. Please share the new WIC 10 with your staff. The forms are also available to download through the DHSS WIC website - Administrative Forms. The laminated sheets and 1-2 pads of the WIC 10 (back-up form) will be shipped to all WIC providers as soon as they become available. If you have any questions about the updated WIC 10, please feel free to contact Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

SUBJECT 2: WIC Invoicing Application/WIC-24 Invoice: When creating a Budget Adjustment or Invoice in the online WIC Invoicing (WIC 24) Application, double check the FFY. After October 1 the FFY for Budget Adjustments automatically defaults to 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 3: New Format - WIC Invoices. Due to changes that were implemented by OMB for Indirect Costs the WIC 24 Invoicing System will be updated on October 31, 2015. When entering invoices or budget adjustments you will now need to enter Contract Services, Administrative Office, Facilities Costs, Equipment Purchases, Indirect (if selected on LAP) and Computer Hardware/Software by selecting the corresponding TAB at the top of your screen. This is true for both the 2015 and the 2016 Invoicing Application. You will no longer be able to directly enter them on the Invoice A TAB. There is a step by step guide for both invoicing and budget adjustments on the Main Page in the invoicing system. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 4: PDI Closure: After careful consideration and discussion, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) will be closing its Dietetic Internship program at the completion of the 2015/2016 academic year. The reasons for this decision include the following issues and challenges:

  • Since the PDI began in 1999, there has been an increase in the number of dietetic internship programs in the state.
  • Dietetics students who graduate from an accredited Dietetics program may now also create their own internships through distance learning and Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathways (ISPP).
  • MDHSS PDI has experienced difficulty securing affiliate sites, especially clinical sites, for the intern.
  • Dietetic Internships are beginning to pay preceptor/affiliate sites to provide supervised practice experiences for their interns/students. MDHSS-PDI cannot financially compete.
  • Finally, the PDI goal was to provide an internship for local WIC provider (LWP) nutritionists to become registered dietitians and to remain in public health after graduation and passing the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. Currently, only 32% of all PDI graduates are working in a Missouri LWP or Missouri State WIC position.

The four (4) interns who are currently enrolled in the DHSS PDI will not be affected by this change. The effective date of closure is August 15, 2016. If an intern does not complete the program by August 15, 2016 they will not be considered a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program or eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.  We will no longer be accepting applications for the internship program. The State WIC Office will continue to facilitate public health/community nutrition rotations for dietetic students and interns from other dietetic education and internship programs. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at 573-751-6204 or vicki.strickland@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 5: CEU Corner. Get answers and solutions to help encourage healthy choices and healthy habits:

  • “From Potato Chips to Mini-meals: Optimizing Nutrient Quality of Snacks” With snacking on the rise across all ages and demographics, it’s time we take our mini meals seriously. The average American consumes about one-quarter of their daily calories from snacks, and the most common snacks are calorie-rich and nutrient-poor. This webinar outlines reality-based solutions to help health professionals teach and motivate their clients to use snacking as an opportunity to fill nutrient gaps, optimize health and achieve their nutrition goals”...
  • “Eat Play Love - Raising Healthy Eaters” Get answers to the following questions:
  • What do children actually need to be healthy?
  • What is “division of responsibility” and why is it important for parents and children?
  • Why should the focus be both on the “what” and the “how” of feeding kids?
  • What is a feeding strategy, and why should parents develop one for their children?
  • What happens when your feeding strategy fails? How do you handle picky eaters?”...
  • Check out these and others webinars at the Dairy Council of California http://www.healthyeating.org/Health-Wellness-Providers/Professional-Development/Webinars.aspx