August 8, 2016 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: FFY17 LA Contracts
SUBJECT 2: State Nutrition Coordinator
SUBJECT 3: Online Hemocue Training
SUBJECT 4: New Breastfeeding Handout
SUBJECT 5: WIC Cultural Competency 301 Training - Location Change
SUBJECT 6: Space Available at all Locations for the WIC Cultural Competency 301 Training

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


SUBJECT 1: FFY17 LA Contracts. The local agency (LA) contracts for FFY17 have been mailed to WIC Agency Administrators. If your agency does not receive the contract in the mail by August 11, please contact Laura Thompson at or 573-526-7901. If you have content questions about your contract, please contact your TA Team.

The FFY2017 Local Agency Nutrition Services Scope of Work and all attachments are located here on our website.

SUBJECT 2: State Nutrition Coordinator. We are pleased to announce that Kathy Mertzlufft, RD, LD, IBCLC, has accepted the position of State Nutrition Coordinator. Kathy has served as Interim Nutrition Coordinator since April. She has been with the State Agency for over 11 years as the State Breastfeeding Coordinator and previously the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program Coordinator. Kathy was a nutritionist at the Columbia/Boone County WIC program before coming to the state. Please join us in welcoming Kathy to this new position!

SUBJECT 3: Online Hemocue Training. A 10-minute online Hemocue training is now available at The web training does not replace training provided by the Hemocue trainer; however, it can be used as a refresher, as a corrective action plan, viewed prior to training, or on an as-needed basis. Refer to the attached instructions for navigating through the training and printing a certificate. You may contact Rita Arni at 573.751.8159 or or your assigned Technical Assistance (TA) Nutritionist with questions. If you have questions about your equipment or requests for equipment maintenance, please contact your assigned TA Nutritionist rather than the Hemocue company as mentioned in the training video. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 4: New Breastfeeding Handout. A new handout titled “Proper Storage and Handling of Breast Milk” is available in the DHSS warehouse. The handout is catalog # 653, is in English and Spanish, and comes in a pad of 50. To view or download the PDF of the handout go to the WIC Resource and Publication webpage. If you have any questions about breastfeeding literature, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at or by phone at 573-526-4792

SUBJECT 5: WIC Cultural Competency 301 Training - Location Change. The location for the training site in the St. Louis area has been changed from St. Charles Community College to Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at

SUBJECT 6: Space Available at all Locations for the WIC Cultural Competency 301 Training. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to feel comfortable working with culturally diverse families. We highly recommend these trainings for all WIC staff. If your agency staff is interested in attending, please click here to registerby August 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at


Staying Cool Under Fire: How Well Do You Communicate?
This pre-recorded webinar was sponsored by OnCourse Learning and the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness with speaker Maureen Habel, MA, RN. Working in the healthcare field requires outstanding communication skills. Communication, the transfer of understanding from one person to another, is essential for team building and for maintaining a satisfying work climate. As healthcare providers, we encounter distressed people daily and need to find ways to relate that can help relieve their distress without upsetting us. All health professionals must be prepared to deal with the negative emotions expressed by patients, family members and colleagues as well as with their own response to anger and distress. This webinar will identify three primary communication styles, discuss ways in which men and women differ in their communication style and stimuli for anger, and discuss strategies to communicate with people who are upset or angry.

Infant-Driven Feeding: A Practice Model to Optimize Long Term Growth & Development - Part 1
Speakers for this webinar are Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, President and Founder National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) and Co-Founder Infant-Driven Feeding, LLC and Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, NTMTC, President of Creative Therapy Consultants and Co-Founder, Infant-Driven Feeding, LLC. The sponsor is Abbott Nutrition Health Institute (ANHI). In this pre-recorded webinar the evidence related to cue-based feeding will be described, the issues associated with traditional NICU feeding practices will be discussed, the seven components of the Infant-Driven Feeding Model to promote effective oral feeding will be listed, and the four goals that optimize infant nutrition by supporting growth and development will be identified.


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, assigning of risk factors and provide 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

Online Hemocue Training Attachment