August 15, 2016 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Impact Analysis Reminder
SUBJECT 2: Missouri Voter Registration Cards
SUBJECT 3: Upcoming State Holidays
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Agencies Featured at National Conferences
SUBJECT 5: REMINDER - University of Minnesota National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Online Self-Paced Seminars
SUBJECT 6: Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs Available for RDs
SUBJECT 7: Changes in the Nutrition Facts Label
SUBJECT 8: Flavors of Formula

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Registered Dietitian - Clay County Public Health Center


SUBJECT 1: Impact Analysis Reminder. Any changes regarding the Local Agency’s location (main or satellite office), hours of operation, or days of operation for the WIC program must be submitted to the State Agency for approval. To submit these changes, please use the Impact Analysis Template (WIC-34) form located here under Administrative Forms. Submit the Impact Analysis Template to your Technical Assistance (TA) team. Please note that this form should be submitted at least 60 days prior to the change.

SUBJECT 2: Missouri Voter Registration Cards. DHSS works closely with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) in promoting Voter Registration in Missouri. Currently, voter registration cards are handed out by the Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs). WIC client cards have the following version number in the bottom-left corner of the card: MO 231-0167 (WIC/MVR-1). The SOS office would like to remind agencies that the version number for non-WIC applicants is MO 231-0169 (VR-1). This card has been revised for the current voting year; please see the chart below for more information:

Missouri Voter Registration Application Forms

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Who Uses...

Important Note


WIC Participants

  • This card does not have election dates printed on the back and won’t be updated.
  • Keep using the cards you have at the local agency.


All other
Missouri citizens

  • Discard cards with old election dates.
  • Order cards with election dates for 2015-2016 from the DHSS Warehouse.

If you have cards with past years on the back, please discard them and order new ones with the 2015-2016 dates. Agencies are able to order postcards to make available to all visitors of their agency. Both versions of the voter application cards can be requested the same way. The form used to order the postcards (WIC 8) is located here, in the Resource Order Forms tab/drop-down menu. These postcards will need to be filled out by the applicant and forwarded to the County Clerk’s office for the county in which the applicant resides no later than five (5) business days from the date of completion. The deadline for voter registration for this year’s November elections is October 12, 2016.

Please fax your order request to the DHSS Warehouse at 573-751-1574. If you have any questions regarding the voter registration cards, please contact Takako Tagami at

SUBJECT 3: Upcoming State Holidays. The State WIC Office will be closed and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk coverage on Labor Day, September 5, 2016 and Columbus Day, October 10, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Agencies Featured at National Conferences. An innovative program implemented by four Eastern District agencies has been showcased at two national conferences this year. The WIC Developmental Milestone Program, developed through a partnership between Missouri WIC and the University of Missouri, focuses on referring children with possible developmental delays to their doctors for earlier screening.

The WIC clinics in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties helped shape the program and implemented it with families for 12 months. They also helped conduct three studies that focused on changes in parental awareness, knowledge, and behavior; impact on children; and staff feedback. As a result of WIC staff input, the program fits seamlessly into certification appointments and is well accepted by parents.
The WIC Developmental Milestone Program was featured in a panel discussion at the national Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference held in Washington, DC, in April and at the National WIC Association Conference held in Cincinnati in May. The program was piloted by the WIC agencies in St. Louis City and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, please contact Dr. Janet Farmer at

SUBJECT 5: REMINDER - University of Minnesota Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Online Self-Paced Seminars. REMINDER - Nutrition Education Opportunity: WIC Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and Public Health Nurses who serve pre-conceptual, pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women in Missouri’s Local Agencies will want to take advantage of this self-paced University of Minnesota online National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course training.

Overall Course Objectives:

  • Describe ways that appropriate nutrition services can improve pregnancy outcomes.
  • Describe the effect of maternal eating behaviors on birth outcomes and infant health status and development.
  • Identify characteristics of model programs and counseling approaches for maternal and infant nutritional health.

This year's continuing education program focuses on Breast Feeding and the Substance Exposed Dyad; Perinatal Marijuana Use and Lactation; Providing Support for Families of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; Effects of Depression on Nutrition and Weight in Low-income, Non-pregnant Women; Nutrition as an Integral Part of Preconception and Interconception Care for Women; Influencing Eating Behaviors of Parents and Children: Marketing and Labeling Policy, Influencing Eating Behaviors of Parents and Children: Behavioral Economics Strategies; Determinants of the Infant Microbiome and Childhood Obesity: Mom Matters; Development of Taste and Flavor Preferences: The Roles of Basic Biology and Early Experience; Improving Nutrition in the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Revised Nutrition Standards; and Maternal Weight — Before, During and Beyond Pregnancy.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services will pay the $20 registration fee for WIC Staff, however registration space is limited and you must use the MDHSS Group Number: G000084 to register with the University of Minnesota. You may begin your registration here following instructions on the attachment. If you receive a message that registration is full, please contact Michele Bailey at 573-751-6481.

For questions specific to the course, please contact Chris Carlstrom (, 612-624-3029) at the University of Minnesota. For other questions, contact Michele Bailey ( at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 6: Upcoming Certificate of Training Programs Available for RDs.
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program
September 22-24, 2016 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 13-15, 2016 FNCE® - Boston, Massachusetts
November 10-12, 2016 - Long Beach, California
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:

Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Program
September 8-10, 2016 - St. Paul, Minnesota
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:

Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program
October 13-15, 2016 FNCE® - Boston, Massachusetts
November 10-12, 2016 - Long Beach, California
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:
If you are unable to attend an on-site program, you may wish to consider one of the self-study modules

Adult Weight Management Self-Study Module

Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Self-Study Module

Level 2 Adult Weight Management Self-Study Module

SUBJECT 7: Changes in the Nutrition Facts Label. The FDA has finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods (see sample below). These changes will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Some of the new label changes include:

  • Larger and bolder font size for the “Calories” on the label.
  • Added a line for “added sugars” listed in grams and as % Daily Value. The DV was set at 50 grams (10% of total daily calories in a 2000 calorie diet).
  • Added vitamin D and potassium as nutrients required to be displayed. Vitamin C is no longer required but can be included voluntarily.
  • Updated serving sizes to more closely reflect the amount of food people actually eat.

original vs. new nutrition format

Food companies were allowed to revise their labels starting July 26, 2016. All companies must be in compliance by July 26, 2018 or July 26, 2019, depending on total sales of the company. Read more at or contact your assigned technical assistance nutritionist for additional information.

SUBJECT 8: Flavors of Formula. Over time, flavors of infant and pediatric formulas change, new flavors are added and some are discontinued. To reduce the number of times description changes need to be completed in MOWINS, on September 1, 2016, “ALL FLAVORS” will be used for formulas that have more than one flavor. For example, 14.1 OZ (400 GMS) NEOCATE JR (UNFLAVORED/CHOCOLATE/TROPICAL) will be listed as 14.1 OZ (400 GMS) NEOCATE JR. (ALL FLAVORS). The participant will be able to receive any available flavor for the particular product that the retailer has access to order. Information about this description change was shared with retailers during Annual WIC Retailer training in July and August. If you have any questions, please contact your district nutritionist.

SUBJECT 9: CEU Corner.
Conversations with Phil Lempert from SupermarketGuru, A 3-Part Series
These pre-recorded webinars discuss aspects related to community nutrition. Part 1: Trends in the Supermarketlooks at changing tendencies in grocery stores. Part 2: The School Lunch Programdiscusses pending legislation and how to get kids to eat healthier. Part 3: What to Watch Out for at the Deli Counterchats about cautions that could be found at your local deli counter.

Iron Screening and Supplementation of Iron-replete Pregnant Women and Young Children
This live VideoCast can be accessed on September 28-29th and participants can register here. It is sponsored by the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health and will provide a focus for iron screening and supplementation in the U.S. and developed countries. The VideoCast will also specify data gaps and research needs by exploring current understanding of iron homeostasis in pregnant women and in young children (6-24 months), identifying the challenges associated with measuring iron status and with screening practices, and considering emerging issues associated with routine supplementation of iron-replete individuals.


WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Registered Dietitian - Clay County Public Health Center. Clay County Public Health Center seeks candidates for the position of full-time Registered Dietitian. The Registered Dietitian is a professional who provides accurate nutrition assessments, assigns risk factors and provides appropriate nutrition and breastfeeding education to all participants according to the state WIC Program policies and procedures.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, food science, home economics or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition including one or more courses in diet therapy and community nutrition; or completion of an undergraduate curriculum approved by the American Dietetic Association OR a Master's degree and supplemental course work as identified above. Registration or current eligibility for registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration may be accepted in lieu of other specified qualifications
  • Excellent communication and computer skills are required
  • Must have a current driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Must be able to work with computer software as required by the state of Missouri for the input of client information and the processing of client vouchers
  • Successful completion of the state required training within the time designated by state WIC office and any mandatory retraining

CCPHC offers a competitive total compensation package including medical, dental & vision coverage options, pension plan, paid and optional life insurance, optional flexible spending accounts, paid leave, paid holidays, and optional 457(b) deferred compensation plan.

TO APPLY: A completed job application is required. Apply online at