March 27, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Clinic Shortcut
SUBJECT 2: Changes to WIC Approved Foods
SUBJECT 3: Updated Income Guidelines
SUBJECT 4: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course
SUBJECT 5:Maximizing Nutrition during the WIC Lifecycle Training

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
JOB POSTING: WIC Office Specialist - Columbia-Boone Dept. of Public Health and Human Services


SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Clinic Shortcut. MOWINS Help Desk staff request all local agencies verify the MOWINS icon path on all WIC desktop computers and laptops.  We have learned that if this path is not set up correctly, MOWINS may not update as it should and this could cause errors; to check the path, right-click on the MOWINS icon and select properties.  If the computer shows the ‘Start In’ path to be:  C:\users\public\CSC\WIC\bin\ the computer/laptop is set up correctly.  If the path is anything else, contact the Help Desk at 1-800-554-2544 to get this corrected.

We request that local agencies check all WIC desktop computers and laptops by Friday, April 28, 2017.

SUBJECT 2: Changes to WIC Approved Foods. Please share the following changes and attached flyer with your participants:

  • Gerber infant cereals (rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat) will be available in a newly designed container.
  • Tippy Toes infant foods (fruits & vegetables) in a 2-pack of 4 oz. containers have been approved and will be available for WIC participants to purchase where stocked.
  • Beech-Nut infant cereals with new names will be available in a plastic container:
Old Name (8 oz. Box) New Name (8 oz. Plastic Container)


Complete Multigrain


Complete Oatmeal


Complete Rice

For any questions regarding changes above, please contact Takako Tagami at (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 3: Updated Income Guidelines. The income guidelines that will go into effect on Saturday, April 1, 2017 are attached. MOWINS will be updated late on March 31 to reflect the new guidelines. Remember to Update and Reset Local Reference Data the next time you log onto MOWINS after March 31 to ensure the updated guidelines are included.

The laminated cards will be printed and sent out within the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact Keri Burk at or 573-751-6498 or 800-392-8209.

SUBJECT 4: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course. The state WIC agency is hosting the “Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course” at two locations in the state. This training is for nutritionists, nurses, and peer counselors who need a comprehensive course to prepare them to assist breastfeeding mothers with normal lactation and common breastfeeding challenges. Dates and training sites are scheduled for Springfield (June 14-16, 2017) and Columbia (June 26-28, 2017). Please register online by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz at 573-751-6468 or by email at

SUBJECT 5: Maximizing Nutrition during the WIC Lifecycle Training. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Nutrition Training Institute (NTI) will present Maximizing Nutrition during the WIC Lifecycle training with Jennifer Bean from the University of Missouri. WIC nurses, nutritionists, and registered dietitians are encouraged to attend. Trainings will be held at 3 locations throughout Missouri from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on:

  • July 19th in Springfield at the Library Center
  • July 20th in Berkeley at the St. Louis County Department of Public Health
  • July 21st in Independence at the Northwestern District Health Office

Attendees will learn how changes in anatomy, physiology, and body composition affect nutrient needs during infancy, early childhood, and pregnancy. They will also recognize areas, for each of these stages, where population-based nutrient intake is inappropriate compared to estimated nutrient need, along with viewing of a food intake pattern that would accommodate appropriate nutrient intake for each of those life stages.

Please click here to complete the online registration. See the attached flyer for more information on the training or contact Michele Bailey at

Meditation for Dietitians: Applications in Science and Life
This live webinar will be presented by Today’s Dietitian’s Learning Library and Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN on March 28th from 1:00-2:00 pm. She will review the current research on meditation in physical and psychological health. Meditation for dietitians will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the benefits for the dietitian personally, professionally in the delivery of nutrition care, and for our nutrition clients.

The Mediterranean Diet
A growing body of research is connecting the old ways of eating, such as traditional Mediterranean diets, with a large spectrum of health benefits. Experts generally agree that a beneficial diet has a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthful fats and is low in highly processed junk food. This recorded webinar, presented by Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN, explores the key characteristics of the Mediterranean diet, provides a research update on the health benefits of the diet, and indicates how the Mediterranean diet fits into an existing healthy lifestyle.

WIC Positions

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 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


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 or

WIC is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier/HPA - Columbia-Boone Dept. of Public Health and Human Services. The Columbia-Boone Dept. of Public Health and Human Services is currently accepting applications for a WIC Certifier/HPA. Some of the duties include:

  • Perform intake and check demographic information, identifications, and proof of residence for members of households applying to WIC program.
  • Assess eligibility of women, infants, and children for the WIC program by determining household income and obtaining heights, weights, and hemoglobin levels for active participants.
  • Discuss risk and eligibility factors for WIC with applicants/participants.
  • Explain the program, food packages, and use of WIC to participants.
  • Print WIC checks for participant use.
  • Perform clerical duties: answer phones, schedule appointments, scan paperwork into computer, and order medical supplies for the program.

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum two (2) years general office experience, preferably in a health care or social service setting (an equivalent combination of education and experience necessary to perform essential job functions is acceptable). The applicant must maintain a valid driver’s license and must maintain CPR certification. For more information or to apply for this position, please click here.

The City of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer.