April 9, 2018 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Help Desk Closures
SUBJECT 2: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course
SUBJECT 3: CEU Corner
SUBJECT 4: Screening for Postpartum Depression in WIC Training Slides
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor - City of St. Joseph Health Department
JOB POSTING: Health Educator - Columbia/Boone WIC Program
SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Help Desk Closures: The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following dates and times for the month of April.
April 12th all day
April 26th from 3-4 p.m.
The MOWINS Help Desk will check email and voicemail frequently during the closure times and will respond as soon as possible.
SUBJECT 2: Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course. The WIC state 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 Kansas City on July 10-12, 2018 and St. Louis on July 17-19, 2018. Please register online by clicking here. If you have questions, please contact Jamie Larson by email at Jamie.Larson@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-526-5270.
SUBJECT 3: CEU Corner.
Eating Beyond the Headlines: Sorting Evidence from Emotion
Alarming food and nutrition headlines not only confuse consumers but may also result in the exclusion of nutrient-rich foods from the diet. Nutrition and health recommendations should be based on the scientific evidence and not the results of a single study heralded in the media. This can be challenging, especially for topics that evoke strongly held and emotional beliefs that often defy scientific reality. This presentation examined some of the current popular nutrition topics in the news and the real scientific facts behind them. It was presented by Neva Cochran on March 7, 2018, and sponsored by Today’s Dietitian Learning Library.
Family Meals Matter: Barriers, Benefits, and Strategies for Eating Together
Eating family meals together is the best recipe for encouraging good eating habits, healthy body weight in children and adolescents, and reduced risk for eating disorders. Kids who break bread with their families also get better grades in school, eat more fruits and vegetables, and consume fewer soft drinks. Despite the benefits to both body and soul, just 30% of families eat dinner together every night. This session explores the benefits of, barriers to (some of them may surprise you), and creative and doable strategies for nurturing family mealtime. This session was presented by Liz Weiss on February 21, 2018, and sponsored by Today’s Dietitian Learning Library.
SUBJECT 4: Screening for Postpartum Depression in WIC Training Slides. The PowerPoint slides, with speaker notes and handouts, for the Screening for Postpartum Depression in WIC training that was provided during 2017 are now posted here as an e-Learning training in the WIC Training Portal under “Professional Development.” Also, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) recently provided a brief titled “Supporting Maternal Mental Health in Public Health Nutrition Practice”. Please contact your district nutritionist if you have questions.
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 www.stjoemo.org and go to the line for “Job Opportunities” listed in the left column. Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2018. The City of St. Joseph Health Department is an equal opportunity employer.
JOB POSTING: Health Educator - Columbia/Boone WIC Program. Under general direction of the WIC Program Coordinator the WIC Program Health Educator teaches group nutrition education at our WIC Program location at 1005 W. Worley Columbia, MO 65203.
The WIC Program Health Educator performs a wide range of functions such as teaching program curricula to groups using presentation and counseling skills, adapting education messages to audience, and handling equipment needed for presentations. The position is currently scheduled for 25 hours per month on varied days and times.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate rapport building by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with WIC participants, WIC team members and other health and social services personnel.
- Maintains a courteous and respectful attitude toward all participants in the WIC Program.
- Basic computer skills and literacy in using Windows.
Must meet one of the following qualifications:
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in dietetics, public health nutrition, human nutrition, nutritional sciences, nutrition and fitness, sports nutrition, restaurant and food service management, foods, family and consumer sciences, human environmental sciences, or home economics; including or supplemented by at least 15 semester hours in foods and nutrition from a 4-year program including at least one (1) course in diet therapy or medical nutrition therapy I & II and one (1) course in community nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle/life cycle nutrition; or
- A master's degree in public health nutrition, human nutrition, nutrition education, or dietetics from an accredited college or university; including or supplemented by at least 15 graduate or undergraduate semester hours in foods and nutrition from a 4-year program including at least one (1) course in diet therapy or medical nutrition therapy I & II and one (1) course in community nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle/life cycle nutrition.
Contact Erin Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and the link to the application.