August 20, 2018 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: 2018 WIC Conference and Registration Information
SUBJECT 2: Basket Raffle Fundraiser for the Missouri 2018 WIC Conference
SUBJECT 3: Local Agency Bulletin Board Contest for the Missouri 2018 WIC Conference
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner
JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA)
SUBJECT 1: 2018 WIC Conference and Registration Information. The 2018 WIC Conference will be October 3-5, 2018 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center. The conference offers opportunities to network with WIC colleagues, keep up to date on nutrition and breastfeeding trends, and visit with participating WIC exhibitors. The conference registration fee is $240 per person. The state agency (SA) will pay the registration fees for a limited number of staff from each local agency (LA) based on caseload. The number of staff that the SA will fund is listed on the chart below. The SA will pay for all breastfeeding peer counselors to attend.
|FFY 2018 Monthly Caseload||State Paid Registrations For WIC Staff Up To:|
|Less than 500||2||Plus Breastfeeding
|More than 3,001||6|
LAs that wish to send more staff than what the SA is funding are responsible for paying the extra registrations. All LA staff planning to attend the conference MUST register online with the Missouri WIC Association (MWA) in order to attend! The SA is paying the registration fees directly to the MWA. LAs will receive an invoice following registration with instructions for payment for staff that exceeds the number the SA will fund. Registration is not final until payment has been received. Confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment.
The SA has also allocated funding for lodging, travel, and meals for the number of staff listed above, billable through FFY 2019 Special Funding 5. Lodging allocations are based on double occupancy. Travel allowance is based on two persons per vehicle at the state rate of .37 cents/mile and an overnight parking fee of $13 per night. Meal allowance is calculated using the state per diem of $28.00 per day ($10.00 lunch, $18.00 dinner).
To register for the conference, complete the online registration by August 31, 2018. Funding left from LAs not attending may be reallocated to other LAs to cover the registration fee for additional staff. If your LA needs assistance in covering registration cost to send staff that exceeds the number the SA is paying for or you have other questions about registration, please contact Deb Cullum at Debra.Cullum@lpha.mo.gov
Each agency is responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The hotels at the conference center no longer have rooms available. Below are three nearby hotels that still have rooms available:
- Hampton Inn Branson- Branson Hills
200 South Payne Stewart Dr., Branson, MO
- Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites
403 W Main St., Branson, MO
- La Quinta Inn & Suites
291 Financial Dr., Hollister, MO
Please see the attached WIC Conference draft agenda. If you have questions, please contact Colleen Balducci at CBalducci@fchcstl.org
SUBJECT 2: Basket Raffle Fundraiser for the Missouri 2018 WIC Conference. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) will sponsor the basket raffle fundraiser again this year at the 2018 Missouri WIC Conference held October 3-5, 2018 in Branson. The MWA would like to invite staff at the local agencies to donate a basket and we hope to have a great selection as we have had in past years, so be creative in selecting the theme of your basket. If you are donating a basket for the raffle fundraiser, please bring it to the registration desk at the conference. For more information, please contact Heidi Loecke at Heidi.Loecke@plattehealth.com or (816) 587-5998.
SUBJECT 3: Local Agency Bulletin Board Contest for the Missouri 2018 WIC Conference. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) will host a bulletin board contest this year at the 2018 Missouri WIC Conference held October 3-5, 2018 in Branson. Local agencies are invited and encouraged to participate in a bulletin board contest to showcase staff creativity in designing displays that reflect a variety of WIC themes. Entries in each Thematic Category will be evaluated based on Creativity, Artistic Design, and Overall Impact. Contest entries will be displayed in one of the plenary sessions during the conference so local agencies can gain ideas to create their own displays. Begin designing your bulletin board now to ensure your entry is submitted by September 21, 2018! Thematic Categories and Guidelines for Submission are listed below. Please contact LaKeisha Davis at 816-599-5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions prior to submitting your entry. All entries should be sent to the email address in the Guidelines for Submission, below.
- Physical Activity
Guidelines for Submission:
- Entries limited to 3 per local agency
- Take a photo of the bulletin board and save as .jpg file
- Identify the Theme Category for your entry
- Email the .jpg file, Theme Category, and local agency name to MOWICbulletinboards@gmail.com
Entry Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
- Promising Practices to Improve Caseload and Retention webinar
The Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a diverse, mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care and social services delivered to vulnerable populations worldwide. In this webinar to be held on September 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. CST, CAI will describe its work with local agencies to understand and address issues related to caseload and retention and discuss key improvement strategies or promising practices identified through this process.
- The Role of Anemia in Maternal Mortality: A Call to Action webinar
A recent global study confirmed the role anemia plays in maternal outcomes and mortality risks. Understanding the differences in screening methods, as well as how anemia affects pregnant women, is vital to WIC's core mission. This webinar to be held on October 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. CST will also discuss various screening methods for anemia and how these differ.
JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) - Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a full time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA).
Responsibilities include determining eligibility of WIC applicants, collecting and documenting height, weight, blood work data, and providing clerical support. Strong customer service skills required.
Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; 1+ years WIC experience preferred.
To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Coordinator
Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190 x3043