August 22, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week
SUBJECT 2: Immunization Webinar: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
SUBJECT 3: REMINDER - MOWINS Release 2.29 on September 1
SUBJECT 4: Food to Grow On Handout
SUBJECT 5: Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Crescent Clinic WIC


SUBJECT 1: Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week. The 5th annual Black Breastfeeding Week will take place from August 25th - 31st. This year’s theme is “Bet on Black”, referring to how black families and those that love and support them keep showing up and shining. Five reasons why Black Breastfeeding Week is necessary are listed below:

  1. The high black infant mortality rate - black infants die at more than twice the rate of white infants
  2. High rates of diet-related disease - breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma, SIDS, childhood obesity and upper respiratory infections, as well as affecting illnesses developed later in life
  3. Lack of diversity in the lactation field - representation and strong role models are important for mothers to succeed
  4. Unique cultural barriers among black women - due to historical and cultural concerns, the black community has more than typical barriers to breastfeeding
  • Desert-like conditions in black communities - limited access to lactation rooms in public places, inaccessible breastfeeding support groups, and minimal social acceptance are a few of the barriers that have been identified

To learn more about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit their website. The site includes information about Black Breastfeeding Week, ideas for celebrating, and logos for use in social media messages. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Schlientz at or by phone at 573-751-6468.

SUBJECT 2: Immunization Webinar: Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Please join Every Child By Two - Carter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization (ECBT), the USDA, the National WIC Association (NWA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the 2017 Immunization Webinar developed specifically for WIC staff. See the attachment for further details.

Webinar Title: 2017 Immunization Webinar for WIC Staff
Host: Every Child By Two
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 29, 2017; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CST)
Registration Link:

Following your online registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Every Child By Two with a link to join the webinar, the optional toll-free phone number with participant passcode, and additional webinar details. Please contact Jennifer Zavolinsky at with any questions.

SUBJECT 3: REMINDER - MOWINS Release 2.29 on September 1. Agencies having clinic on Friday will be able to download the update any time after 10:00 am on Friday, September 1. Agencies that are planning to do the update on Friday are requested to watch their email account for notification on when they can access MOWINS, should it become available before 10:00 am. Only agencies that have Friday clinics are asked to download Friday morning. The following Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Agencies with Tuesday clinics may choose to download on Friday afternoon or later. We are requesting agencies that do not have clinics on Tuesday to wait until at least Tuesday afternoon, or later in the week, to log in/download.

If you have machines that are not being used, they do not need to be updated on Tuesday, September 5. Please wait until later in the week to update any machines that are not being used, however we request that all computers be updated by no later than September 15.

Instructions for download: Log into MOWINS, allow the download, log back in when prompted, close the clinic window, do the reset/update, and then log out of MOWINS. You may then log back in and resume MOWINS operations.

Before doing a reset/update, close the clinic application window. The “W” must still be open in the lower icon tray. When the clinic window is open, it locks the data files on the workstation which doesn’t always allow the necessary updates to occur.

Should you need any assistance, please contact the MOWINS Help Desk at 800-554-2544.

SUBJECT 4: Food to Grow On Handout. The Food to Grow On (Birth to 12 Months) #618 handout has been revised and is now available at the DHSS warehouse. The following changes were made to the handout based on new guidance from the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

  • In the past, it was recommended to delay highly allergenic foods for infants, such as eggs, nut butters, dairy, wheat, and fish. New evidence has determined that there is no reason to delay the introduction of highly allergenic foods beyond 6 months of age. In fact, delaying the introduction of these foods may increase an infant’s risk of developing allergies. Any mention of restricting these foods has been removed from the handout. Of course, choking hazards are still a concern and education needs to be provided on proper consistency of foods given to infants to prevent choking.
  • The AAP has recently advised that fruit juice should not be provided to children younger than 1 year of age unless medically indicated for the management of constipation. If juice is recommended by a physician, it should be 100% fruit juice and given in small amounts. Juice is listed on the 6 to 12 month side of the handout, but with the new recommendations.

Participants should be encouraged to discuss any allergy or feeding concerns with their infant’s health care provider. The Nutrition Training Manual (NTM) is in the process of being revised to reflect the new guidance and will be available at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact your district nutritionist.

SUBJECT 5: Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic. The state agency would like to congratulate the following local agencies for receiving the designation of “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic” for FFY 2018:

Affinia Healthcare
Andrew County
Audrain County
Barry County
Barton County
Bollinger County
Butler County
Callaway County
Carroll County
Carter County
Cole County
Columbia/Boone County
Cooper County
Dade County
Douglas County
Dunklin County
Family Care Health Centers
Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corporation
Joplin/Jasper County
Laclede County
Livingston County
Madison County
             Newton County
Northeast Community Action
Pettis County
Pike County
Polk County
Pulaski County
Randolph County
Saline County
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Scott County
Springfield/Greene County
St. Francois County
St. Louis County
St. Joseph/Buchanan County
Ste. Genevieve County
Swope Health Services
Taney County
Truman Medical Center
Vernon County
Washington County
Wayne County
Webster County

The purpose of this statewide effort is to implement evidence-based breastfeeding strategies to encourage and recognize local agencies that offer an optimal level of breastfeeding support. Local agencies must implement the strategies prior to being awarded the “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic” designation. The success at these model agencies is being observed through increased breastfeeding rates.

If your agency needs guidance on ways to implement the Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Criteria, please contact Lisa Schlientz at or by phone at 573-751-6468.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Nutrition/Dietitian - Crescent Clinic WIC. Crescent Clinic WIC has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economics, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility.
Resumes will be accepted by email to

WIC is an equal opportunity employer.