October 17, 2016 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Loving Support Award of Excellence

JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier/Clerk - Northeast Community Action Corporation (NECAC)
JOB POSTING: WIC Coordinator - Crescent Clinic WIC
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - Crescent Clinic WIC
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Family Care Health Centers


SUBJECT 1: Loving Support Award of Excellence. Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced that the Loving Support Award of Excellence application period is now open. The Loving Support Award of Excellence was developed to recognize and celebrate local WIC agencies that provide exemplary breastfeeding programs and support services. Over the last two years the award has been given, Missouri has had 12 local WIC agencies that have met the criteria and were recognized.

Three levels of excellence will be recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. The award is valid for a 4 year period; however an agency may apply for an award of higher achievement the following year after receiving an award.

The main qualification to apply is for the local WIC agency to have a Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program that meets all of the required core components of the FNS Loving Support© Model for a successful peer counseling program for at least a year. All of Missouri’s “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinics” should, at a minimum, meet the Gold level and are all encouraged to apply.

For the application, instructions and FAQ please go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/breastfeeding-promotion-and-support-wic. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at 573-526-4792 or email her at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or contact Nancy Keim at 573-290-5819 or email her at Nancy.Keim@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 2: CEU Corner.
Youth Wellness Interventions from Home to School
This live webinar will be held on November 7th from 3:00-4:00 pm. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Dr. Katie Wilson, will be joined by a child nutrition specialist to address how environmental and developmental factors influence children’s food preferences. Dr. Wilson will also examine school nutrition intervention programs and strategies that work well in the school environment.

Recognizing Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and the Important Role of Dietary Management

There is a general lack of awareness about FPIES, which has led to this condition being frequently misdiagnosed. This recorded webinar presented by Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, FAAP (Allergist) and Marion Groetch, MS, RDN (Registered Dietitian) will help participants learn how to identify and successfully manage the pediatric patient with FPIES. This is an ideal educational opportunity for those looking to enhance their knowledge and skills on FPIES management.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier/Clerk - Northeastern Community Action Corporation (NECAC). NECAC - a 12-county-area not-for-profit social service, community health, public housing and community action agency - seeks a full-time WIC Clerk/Certifier for the Family Planning and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at the St. Charles County Service Center in O’Fallon, MO. Candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED, along with excellent people skills, hands-on computer experience, and a working knowledge of Excel and Word software programs.

To apply, MAIL cover letter and resume to:
NECAC Personnel Officer
P.O. Box 470
Bowling Green, MO, 63334
EMAIL to dpage@necac.org
Or FAX to 573-324-3960.

Because most correspondence is done by email, a valid email address must be on your application or resume. You may obtain an application at any NECAC Service Center.
For further information, call 1-800-748-7636 or visit our website, www.necac.org

JOB POSTING: WIC Coordinator - Crescent Clinic WIC. Crescent Clinic WIC has a full-time job opening for a WIC Coordinator. WIC Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and coordinating WIC activities, overseeing staff to ensure goals are met, and that the agency operates within program guidelines and rules
  • Assures appropriate local WIC policies and procedures are established and enforced in compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Has the ability to develop plans, implements action plan(s), and evaluate effectiveness
  • Monitors fiscal accountability and assures submission of timely and accurate reimbursement requests
  • Performs supervisory & management duties, including but not limited to handling participant complaints, staffing and payroll
  • Develops, coordinates, and documents implementation of ongoing outreach activities in the community

This position may require some travel throughout the Kansas City area for WIC promotion.

This position requires knowledge of current developments in public health and application to the WIC program, working knowledge of effective management techniques, the ability to gather, interpret, evaluate and use statistical data, as well as the ability to work well with people of diverse socioeconomic/cultural backgrounds.

Ideal Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in health care administration, public, personnel or business administration, the biological or social sciences, or education. Bachelor of Science in Dietetics/Nutrition preferred but not required.

Minimum Qualifications/Education and Experiences: High school graduation plus four years of experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Professional or technical experience in public health, counseling, community organization, research and data collection, public, business or health care administration, interviewing, or closely related fields
  • Experience in WIC

Please fax resume and cover letter to 816-763-1488 or email to Basima.Bayazid@lpha.mo.gov
Applicant may also apply in person. This position is open until filled. WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - Crescent Clinic WIC. Crescent Clinic WIC has an opening for a Nutritionist/Dietitian for the WIC program 36 hours per week. This position will be responsible for determining eligibility of WIC participants and providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling to WIC participants. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, Foods and Nutrition, Home Economics, or closely related field, with at least 15 semester hours in Human Nutrition including courses in Diet Therapy and Community Nutrition. WIC experience preferred but not required. Certification as a Registered Dietitian is not required. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
Please fax resume and cover letter to 816-763-1488 or email to Christine.Wright@lpha.mo.gov
May also apply in person. WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (10 hrs./week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required. For additional information, please contact Amy Callico at 314-353-5190 ext. 3043, or acallico@fchcstl.org