July 10, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Reminder - Mandatory Revision 15 Nutrition Risk Factors Training - Save the Date
SUBJECT 2: Missouri Breastfeeding Month
SUBJECT 3: Enrollment Now Open for the WIC Developmental Milestones Program

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare

SUBJECT 1: Reminder - Mandatory Revision 15 Nutrition Risk Factors Training - Save the Date. This training via conference call will provide attendees with an overview of the USDA Risk Factor changes that will be implemented September 1, 2017. A CPA/nutritionist from each agency is required to participate in at least one session. Other certifying staff is encouraged to attend.  The purpose of this training is to cover the following topics:

  • Risk Factor 135 Slowed/Faltering Growth Pattern (formerly known as Inadequate Growth)
  • Risk Factor 352a Infectious Diseases: Acute
  • Risk Factor 352b Infectious Diseases: Chronic
  • Risk Factor 359 Recent Major Surgery, Physical Trauma, Burns
  • Risk Factor 411 Inappropriate Nutrition Practices for Infants

Training dates and times are listed below. Registration is not required to participate in the training. The conference call number will be posted in the WIC Updates at a later date.

Dates Week Day Session 1 Session 2
August 24th Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm
August 30th Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 am 1:30 - 2:30 pm

If you have questions, contact D’Anne Ward at Danne.Ward@health.mo.gov or 573-526-0209.

SUBJECT 2: Missouri Breastfeeding Month. August 1-7 is designated each year as World Breastfeeding Week by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the entire month of August is designated Missouri Breastfeeding Month. The theme for this year is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.” The purpose of the 2017 theme is to develop new and purposeful partnerships to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. This theme is part of an effort by the WABA to link breastfeeding to each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are specific goals adopted by multiple countries to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. This year, set goals to forge new partnerships in your community, attract political support and media attention, and widen our pool of celebrants and supporters. For more information and to download the 2017 World Breastfeeding Week poster and Action Folder go to their website at worldbreastfeedingweek.org

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also developed an ad campaign focused on breastfeeding support that will be promoted through social media. For ideas for your local agency or community, please see the attached Missouri Breastfeeding Month action ideas list and sample proclamation. For more information on state breastfeeding initiatives go here. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz by email at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.

SUBJECT 3: Enrollment Now Open for the WIC Developmental Milestones Program. Local agencies can now participate at no cost in the WIC Developmental Milestones Program. The online application, introductory and training videos, and other information are available at the WIC Developmental Milestones Website.

The program uses a set of checklists and family-friendly wall and floor graphics to increase parents’ awareness of developmental milestones and to promote the early identification of potential developmental delay. If a checklist shows that a child is not meeting his or her developmental milestones, the child is referred to the doctor for follow-up, in keeping with WIC’s referral practices. The staff training video explains how the checklist program can be used with nutrition education and developing a participant-centered goal.

The WIC Developmental Milestones Program was piloted by WIC staff at eight local agencies in Missouri who made sure the program fits easily into the clinic flow. Data from the pilot showed that the program positively impacted families and children, with staff reporting that the program was easy to implement, often adding less than two minutes to a certification or mid-certification appointment.

Thanks to funding from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is now available to local agencies across the state. For questions and technical assistance please contact Bridgette Delgman-Yawberry by email at Bridgette.Delgman-Yawberry@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 314-877-0205.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare 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 only to kgore@affiniahealthcare.org or aceys@affiniahealthcare.org
WIC is an equal opportunity employer.