October 16, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Workplace Violence
SUBJECT 2: Loving Support Award of Excellence
SUBJECT 3: MO WIC Conference Planning Committee


SUBEJCT 1: Workplace Violence. Recently there have been a few incidents where local agency (LA) WIC staff has been threatened both verbally and physically by WIC participants or proxies. Refer to WOM Policy ER#1.06200 regarding actions that may be taken against an offender in abusive or threatening situations. While the WIC state agency (SA) does not require an individual agency policy regarding workplace violence, it is encouraged that LAs consider an internal policy regarding workplace violence prevention and response for the safety of LA staff, participants, and proxies.

The following documents come from the USDA and other federal agencies and can be used as resources when developing or revising internal policies regarding workplace violence prevention and response:

If you have questions, please contact your administrative technical assistant.

SUBJECT 2: Loving Support Award of Excellence. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced that the Loving Support Award of Excellence application period is now open. The Loving Support Award of Excellence was developed to recognize and celebrate WIC local agencies that provide exemplary breastfeeding programs and support services. Over the last three years the award has been given, Missouri has had 18 local agencies that have met the criteria and were recognized.

Three levels of excellence will be recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. The award is valid for a four-year period; however an agency may apply for an award of higher achievement the following year after receiving an award.

The main qualification to apply is for the local agency to have a Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program that meets all of the required core components of the FNS Loving Support© Model for a successful peer counseling program for at least one year. All of Missouri’s “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinics” should, at a minimum, meet the Gold level and are all encouraged to apply.

For the application, instructions, and FAQ please go to https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/loving-support-award-excellence-program

Attached is a PowerPoint presentation (in PDF format) with additional information on how to apply. FNS is hosting a live webinar on how to complete the Loving Support Award Application that will be offered at two different times:

First Webinar - Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (Central Time)
Meeting ID: WNCRF9
Attendee Entry Code: W\26#nNMS
Phone Number: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 6104414

Second Webinar - Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time)
Meeting ID: 5PB6KP
Attendee Entry Code:4t,Mw%2Tw
Phone Number: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 6104414

The 2018 application period closes on December 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz at 573-751-6468 or email her at lisa.schlientz@health.mo.gov or contact Nancy Keim at 573-290-5819 or email her at nancy.keim@health.mo.gov

SUBEJCT 3: MO WIC Conference Planning Committee. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) is looking for five (5) local agency (LA) staff members to be on the conference planning committee for the 2018 WIC Conference scheduled October 3-5, 2018 in Branson. Meetings will be held monthly by conference call. Committee members will also be needed on site before the conference to help with set up and coordination. 

Some of the tasks completed by the committee include:

  • Providing input on the agenda for the conference - determining topics, researching possible speakers, and developing speaker contracts
  • Applying for continuing education for nutrition and breastfeeding sessions - ensure certificates are available for conference attendees
  • Coordinating exhibitors and vendors
  • Introducing speakers or being a room monitor the day of the conference
  • Coordinating the sale of t-shirts for MWA
  • Coordinating conference attendance gifts and end of conference raffle
  • Working the registration desk

If you are interested in being on the committee or have questions, please contact Colleen Balducci by email at cbalducci@fchcstl.org