April 3, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Breast Pump Order Opportunity
SUBJECT 2:Counseling for Postpartum Depression Training

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Taney County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - City of St. Joseph Health Department
JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Shannon County Health Center
JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier - Affinia Healthcare

SUBJECT 1: Breast Pump Order Opportunity. The Missouri WIC program participates on a multi-state breast pump contract that provides both Medela and Hygeia breast pump products. Due to the discontinuation of the Medela Lactina Select and pricing of the Hygeia breast pumps, the following changes will be taking place with this breast pump order:

  • The Hygeia Enjoye will be the new multi-user electric breast pump available to order as a loaner breast pump.
  • The Hygeia personal accessory kit contains all the parts for both the Hygeia Enjoye and Lactina Select electric breast pumps. The Medela double pumping kit will no longer be available to order.
  • The Hygeia Enjoye breast pump does not come with a carrying case, so a universal black tote will be purchased separately; these come 20 per case. When the participant returns the breast pump, they will keep the tote. The minimum order is one case per agency. If a local agency does not think they need an entire case, they can share with another agency.
  • The Hygeia EnHande manual breast pump will replace the Medela Harmony manual breast pump.
  • The Medela single-user personal double electric breast pump will continue to be given to participants that meet the following criteria:
  • Mother must be separated from her infant at least 32 hours per week.
  • Mother must be planning to offer breast milk exclusively to her infant and committed to continued long-term exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Infant must be receiving no formula from WIC.
  • Pump cannot be provided to the mother before 4 weeks postpartum. If a mother needs a pump before then, she may be loaned a multi-user electric breast pump.

For each participant that is provided this pump, the Single User Personal Electric Breast Pump Agreement/Questionnaire (attached) must be completed. It is important that local WIC agencies promote this pump to prenatal women and use it as an additional incentive to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

Local agencies will need to continue to use the Medela Lactina Select breast pumps that are in the local agency inventory until their end of life. As additional multi-user breast pumps are needed, the Hygeia Enjoye pump will need to be purchased. Both of these pumps have a three (3) year warranty.

For more information on the new pumps see the Hygeia training videos on their website. To place an order, please complete the attached order form and email to Jeannie.Phelps@health.mo.govby COB on Friday, April 28, 2017. If you have any questions about the pumps, please contact the State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Lisa Schlientz, at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.

SUBJECT 2: Counseling for Postpartum Depression Training. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Nutrition Training Institute (NTI) will present Counseling for Postpartum Depression Training with Sally Riley and Jane McKinney. The training is open to anyone including local WIC agency staff, home visiting nurses, and other healthcare providers. These live seminars will be held at 5 locations throughout Missouri from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on:

  • July 14th in Springfield at the Hammons Heart Institute (Mercy Hospital)
  • July 28th in Kansas City at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
  • August 2nd in Cape Girardeau at the Public Library
  • August 3rd in Berkeley at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health
  • August 4th in Columbia at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services

Please see the attached registration form for more information. Registration may be completed online by clicking here. Contact Michele Bailey at Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6481 with questions about the training.

SUBJECT 3: CEU Corner.
Smart Food Shopping- Helping Consumers Build a Healthy Diet
This activity is internet-based and provides an overview of nutrition education to guide counseling for patients to make more informed decisions during food purchases and preparing balanced meals at home. The faculty from the American Heart Association will discuss how to identify healthier choices and read food labels by using consumer resources such as the Nutrition Facts Panel, Facts Up Front, and the Heart-Check mark. They will also share tools and materials from the Simple Cooking with Heart program as resources for patients/clients to gain and maintain culinary skills through low-cost, nutritional meal preparation. Participation and successful completion of this Continuing Education activity includes a post-test and survey to claim your certificate.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Taney County Health Department. The Taney County Health Department will be accepting resumes for a full time non-exempt Nutritionist for the WIC Program. This position will be responsible for determining eligibility of WIC participants and providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling to WIC participants. IBCLC would be preferred. WIC experience preferred but not required. For the complete list of essential duties visit http://www.taneycohealth.org (Employment Opportunities).

Minimum Requirements: 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 one course in Diet Therapy I and II, and one course in Community Nutrition or Nutrition In Life Cycle/Life Cycle Nutrition.

TCHD provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid vacation, holidays, and sick time; LAGERS Retirement system, health and dental insurance.

Deadline Date: Open Until Filled

To apply please send Job Application, Letter of Interest, and Résumé to:
Taney County Health Department
320 Rinehart Rd
Branson, MO 65616
Attn: HR Department

Or, email to:

For essential duties and job application visit http://www.taneycohealth.org

The Taney County Health Department is an equal opportunity employer and will consider applicants without regard to age, color, race, sex, religion, national origin or disability as prescribed by federal and state laws.

JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - City of St. Joseph Health Department. The City of St. Joseph Health Department is currently accepting applications for a part-time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor position within the WIC Program. The selected candidate will give basic breastfeeding information, support, and encouragement to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, and serve as a role model for breastfeeding women. To apply, visit the City of St. Joseph website at www.stjoemo.org and go to the link for “Job Opportunities” listed in the left column.

The City of St. Joseph Health Department is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Shannon County Health Center. The Shannon County Health Center has an opening for a WIC Nutritionist. Applicant must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in public health nutrition, dietetics, nutrition, foods, home economics, or a closely related field-including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in food and nutrition, including diet therapy and community nutrition. Mail resumes to:

Shannon County Health Center
PO Box 788
Eminence, MO 65466

Or e-mail to kandra.counts@lpha.mo.gov


JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier - Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a part-time (24 hours per week) WIC Certifier in the WIC program, working Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The candidate will perform the duties required to issue WIC food instruments to eligible women, infants, and children participants; and obtain data such as demographics, anthropometrics, hemoglobin levels, oral assessment, nutritional assessment, and other medical and health information to certify WIC participants. The selected candidate will assess the WIC participants’ information for certification eligibility. Strong customer service skills required. Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; 1+ years WIC experience preferred.
Resumes will be accepted by email only to kgore@affiniahealthcare.org or aceys@affiniahealthcare.org

WIC is an equal opportunity employer.