July 24, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: WIC Approved Food List (05-17 version) - Missing Pages
SUBJECT 2: Microcuvette and Analyzer Response Requested
SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Website
SUBJECT 4: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses
SUBJECT 5: WIC Food Packages Final Report Webinar

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare

SUBJECT 1: WIC Approved Food List (05-17 version) - Missing Pages. The State Agency has been notified that some of the newly printed WIC Approved Food Lists (05-17 version) are missing pages 2, 3, 20, and 21. It is not suspected that this is a wide-spread issue, but it is recommended that local agencies open the food list and verify that the pages are included before giving it to a participant. If you have questions or have several WIC Approved Food Lists with missing pages, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 2: Microcuvette and Analyzer Response Required. It is time to order microcuvettes by completing the survey. Please follow the instructions below to ensure your agency receives an adequate supply of microcuvettes and/or analyzer:

  1. Microcuvette Survey: Please complete and return the attached survey via e-mail to WICOperations@health.mo.gov by Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This will ensure no interruption in the supply of microcuvettes.
  2. Microcuvette Order: The information from the survey will be used to identify the current supply on hand at each agency and to estimate the needs of each agency for the next six months. The microcuvette order will be shipped directly to your agency.
  3. Analyzers: Analyzers are also available to agencies by completing the request and justification. Tell us why you need the analyzer: replace current analyzer; expand services in another room/satellite site; more efficient work flow; other: explain.

Local Agency Confirmation: When you receive the order please do the following:

  1. Verify the number of microcuvettes received with the number listed on the packing slip.
  2. If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.
  3. Fax the packing slip to the WIC State Agency within one (1) week of receiving the shipment. The fax number is (573) 526-1470. Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the WIC State Agency to pay for the microcuvettes.

If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Beth Ott at 800-392-8209. Thank you for your cooperation.

SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Website. We are excited to announce the new eWIC webpage is live! The link for the eWIC page can be found on the main DHSS WIC website. This new page will provide information specific to eWIC and will give updates as we get closer to pilot and rollout. The eWIC webpages specific for Local Agencies, Retailers, and Participants will be added soon and can be found on the eWIC Homepage.

eWIC Link: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/

If you have any questions, please contact Stephannie Lute by email at Stephannie.Lute@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a statewide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies and programs. For example, funds may be used for locks on doors, privacy screens/partitions, comfortable chair, table or other flat surface to hold a breast pump, or signs. To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To apply, please complete the attached application and budget, and submit by September 1, 2017 to marcia.davis@health.mo.gov
Please call 573-522-2820 with any questions.

SUBJECT 5: WIC Food Packages Final Report Webinar. On July 25, 2017 at 1pm CDT, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine will host a public webinar on its scientific review of the WIC Food Packages. Kathleen Rasmussen and Shannon Whaley, chair and vice chair of the committee that wrote the report, will present highlights from the report and answer questions about its findings and recommendations. The announcement and link for registering for the public release webinar on the review of WIC Food Packages final report, Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice, is: http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Nutrition/ReviewWICFoodPackages/2017-JUL-25.aspx

SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics(AND)Practice Papers Offer Free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Opportunities
Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can read AND Practice Papers and complete a quiz to earn 1 free Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPEU). A practice paper is a critical analysis of the current research literature that addresses a practice topic to translate science to practice. It provides registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) with information to enhance critical reasoning and quality improvement in dietetics practice.

Autism and Feeding Disorders: An Overview of Treatment Approaches

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are five times more likely than their peers to develop a feeding problem, such as eating only a narrow variety of foods. This poor dietary diversity can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as well as diet-related diseases. In this day-long workshop, attendees can learn methods of assessing and treating feeding problems in children with ASD. This webinar is sponsored by the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism in Joplin, Missouri on August 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a registration cost of $75 associated with this training.

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.