August 27, 2018 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Consumer Reports: Heavy Metals Found in Baby Food
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures
SUBJECT 3: WIC Staff Updates
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner
JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA)
SUBJECT 1: Consumer Reports: Heavy Metals Found in Baby Food. Consumer Reports recently published results of testing they conducted in which they found levels of cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic in infant and toddler packaged foods. Snacks and products containing rice and/or sweet potatoes were of particular concern. Since heavy metals and arsenic are found in the soil, organic infant food products were not found to contain lesser amounts. If your agency receives a participant inquiry about this, please let them know, at this time, there have not been any product recalls from manufacturers or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also, remind participants if infant cereal containing rice is of concern, that barley, oatmeal, and whole wheat varieties are available. If the state agency is notified of any product recalls or receives guidance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), we will provide that information to local agencies as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or by phone (573) 526-4792.
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures. The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following dates and times:
- Monday, September 3 all day
- Tuesday, September 25 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 3: WIC Staff Updates.
Please join us in congratulating Gwen Sullentrup on her new job opportunity. Gwen has served as a local agency monitor and administrative technical assistant with the Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services. Her expertise as well as her dedication to the people we serve, will be missed. We are excited for Gwen and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
Administrative Technical Assistance Assignment map has been updated. The administrative technical assistant assigned to your local agency will be working with you on approving your FY19 LAPs as well as any other technical assistance needs.
Please join us in congratulating Nancy Keim on her new job opportunity. Nancy has done a wonderful job of coordinating the BFPC program for the Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services. She has provided countless hours of support, training, and technical assistance to peer counselors and coordinators. While we will miss Nancy, we are excited for her and wish her all the best!
Until this position is filled, BFPC monthly activity reports and questions will be handled by Lisa Schlientz, State Breastfeeding Coordinator, at email@example.com or (573) 751-6468.
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
Training Our Workforce: A New Guide for Training Public Health and Community Nutrition Professionals.
The Guide for Developing and Enhancing Skills in Public Health and Community Nutrition! will be launched through a free, live webinar on September 13, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (CST). The Guide is a comprehensive curriculum developed through the collaboration of the Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG) and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). It was designed for practitioners, program administrators, and educators to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills expected of nutrition professionals practicing in public health and community nutrition. Presenters will be Kathleen Cullinen, PhD, RDN, Public Health Program Evaluator, Rutgers University, and Associate Editor of the Guide; Alison Conneally, MS, RDN, CDN, Nutrition Program Manager, NY State Department of Health, ASPHN Liaison and Project Co-chair of the Guide; and Kay Sisk, MS, RDN, LD, Public Health Nutrition Programming Consultant, PHCNPG Liaison and Project Co-chair of the Guide. Tune in to learn about the importance of developing our present and future nutrition workforce, how and why the Guide was developed, and how to use and customize the Guide effectively to meet the needs of a variety of users. Online registration can be completed here. Please contact Kay Sisk at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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