January 10, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Risk Factor Policy Changes

JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant - Family Care Health Centers


SUBJECT 1: Risk Factor Policy Changes. ER# 2.04270 Risk Factor 334 Lack of or Inadequate Prenatal Care, and ER# 2.04280 Risk Factor 372 Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use were recently revised to include additional criteria that may be used when assessing for the risk factor. These changes go into effect immediately and the policies can be viewed by accessing the WIC Operations Manual (WOM). Please note that a resource manual titled "Substance Use Prevention: Screening, Education and Referral Resource Guide for Local WIC Agencies" is available on the USDA WIC Works Resource System site at https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/topics-z/substance-abuse-guide and may be helpful when screening, educating, and providing referrals for WIC participants on the subject of substance use prevention. Please contact your assigned district nutritionist if you have any questions.

SUBJECT 2: CEU Corner.
Steps to Eating the Mediterranean Way: Swap Your Fats and Snack on Nuts
This live webinar will be held on January 27th at 11:00 a.m. and is presented by Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk on many chronic diseases. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including nuts, olive oil, olives, and whole grains, become an everyday part of your diet. This webinar mini-series will demonstrate simple steps to eating the Mediterranean way by making easy changes to the foods you eat and will be presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University.

Understanding the Science Between Diet and Cancer Risk: Assessing the “Meat” Behind the Evidence
Cancer is a complex disease, and media headlines promote new causes or cures for it nearly every day. Clearly, cancer is a major public health concern, and diet is believed to play an important role in mediating cancer risk. As a health professional, you are in a position to offer valuable insights on diet and nutrition, including providing perspective to the public that helps them weigh the risks and benefits of their individual food choices for improving their overall health. This pre-recorded webinar is presented by Roger Clemens, DrPH, Kevin Maki, PhD, and Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE and sponsored by the Beef Checkoff.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant - Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a full time WIC Clerk / Health Professional Assistant (HPA). Responsibilities include determining eligibility of WIC applicants, collecting and documenting height, weight, hgb data, and providing clerical support. Strong customer service skills required. Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; 1+ years WIC experience preferred.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Coordinator
Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190 x3043