July 16, 2018 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer - Response Required
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desktop Closure
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Assessment and Goal Setting Webinar
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner
JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier/HPA - St. Charles County Health Department
JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Johnson County Community Health Services
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare
SUBEJCT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer - Response Required. It’s time to order microcuvettes by completing the survey. Please follow the instructions below to ensure your agency receives an adequate supply of microcuvettes and/or analyzers:
- Microcuvette Survey: Please complete and return the attached survey via e-mail to WICOperations@health.mo.gov by Aug 3, 2018. This will ensure no interruption in the supply of microcuvettes. Please verify that you use the most recent survey.
- Microcuvette Order: The information from the survey will be used to identify the current supply on hand at each agency and to estimate the needs of each agency for the next six months. The microcuvette order will be shipped directly to your agency.
- Analyzers: Analyzers are also available to agencies by completing the request and justification. Tell us why you need the analyzer: to replace current analyzer; expand services in another room/satellite site; more efficient work flow; other: explain.
Local Agency Confirmation: When you receive the order please do the following:
- Verify the number of microcuvettes received with the number listed on the packing slip.
- If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as listed on the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.
- Fax the packing slip to the WIC state agency (SA) within one (1) week of receiving the shipment. The fax number is (573) 526-1470. Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the SA to pay for the microcuvettes.
If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Jason Seehusen at 800-392-8209. Thank you for your cooperation.
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closure. The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, July 26, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Assessment and Goal Setting Webinar. The Altarum Institute is providing two one-hour live webinars to support local agency staff in their mission to provide WIC families with participant-centered nutrition education and counseling. The webinars are required for all CPAs, dietitians, and nutritionists. Other staff are welcome to view the webinar. Two different webinars will be provided, with each webinar offered on two separate dates to provide a morning and afternoon session.
- Participant-Centered Nutrition Assessment: August 14 at 9:00 a.m. or August 16 at 3:00 p.m.
- Effective Goal Setting and Information Sharing in WIC: September 12 at 9:00 a.m. or September 18th at 3:00 p.m.
Please click here to register for the webinars. Your agency is welcome to watch the webinars as a group, but each person needs to complete the registration so they will receive credit for attending. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mertzlufft at Kathy.Mertzlufft@health.mo.gov or 573-573-526-4792.
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
To participate in these National WIC Association’s webinars, you must register in advance. The links below take you directly to registration. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don't see that email, please check your spam/junk mail folder.
- WIC's Role in Combating Lead Poisoning webinar on July 19 at 2:00 PM CST. This webinar will provide an update on the issue of lead exposure and lead poisoning among children in the US including a description of regions most affected by this epidemic. The webinar will then touch on the regulations in WIC regarding lead screening of participants and will include examples of WIC agencies who have gone beyond lead screening to actually test for lead. For agencies that have experimented with blood lead testing, the webinar will explore what circumstances led the agencies to make that decision, what process the agency used to launch and/or maintain blood lead testing, and what the outcomes were. Panelists will include: The Branch Chief of the Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Health Tracking Branch at CDC; WIC agency representatives; and members of NWA’s national staff.
- Engaging Families in Healthy Active Living webinar on July 26 at 2:00 PM CST. Early childhood settings such as child care and Head Start support healthy habits in centers, however, many staff and professionals struggle to engage families to continue healthy habits at home. This webinar will provide an overview of target healthy behaviors for children birth to 5 and strategies for encouraging families to incorporate healthy eating and nutrition habits at home.
- What's Normal in Breastfeeding: What We Can Learn from Research webinar on August 9 at 2:00 PM CST. Highlighting the research from the University of Western Australia, the focus of this webinar is to provide an overview of normal breastfeeding behaviors. The published findings of Dr. Jacqueline Kent describing behavior such as feeding frequencies, day time versus night time feeding patterns, differences between male and female infant feeding patterns, feeding volumes, length of feeding sessions, twenty-four hour milk production volumes, and extended breastfeeding.
- Within and Outside the WIC Clinic: Collaboration to Promote Breastfeeding-Friendly Environments webinar on August 16 at 2:00 PM CST. This webinar will discuss the importance of breastfeeding initiatives on the individual and policies, systems and environmental levels; describe ways in which Minnesota WIC supports and promotes breastfeeding for participants and staff; describe community partnerships which can improve support for breastfeeding outside the WIC environment; and discuss how mentoring of students can strengthen breastfeeding support efforts within and outside of WIC.
- Improving Nurse Breastfeeding Knowledge with a Hands-On Learning Intervention webinar on August 23 at 2:00 PM CST. The webinar will discuss the results of a study created to evaluate the effectiveness of hands-on learning to improve nurse breastfeeding knowledge. The intervention was adapted from a WIC training platform that consisted of six participatory breastfeeding stations taught by nurse peers. Nurses completed a pretest assessment of breastfeeding knowledge before the training, and the same post-test assessment after the training. Differences in pretest and post test scores differed significantly, reflecting an improvement in nurse breastfeeding knowledge. Attendees will be able to describe the efficacy of learners doing rather than just hearing and identify at least two new interactive teaching tools to utilize with staff for breastfeeding training purposes.
- Workplace Breastfeeding Laws & WIC’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Employees webinar on August 30 at 2:00 PM CST. Returning to work is challenging for breastfeeding mothers, often resulting in earlier than intended weaning. Workplace support is critical for the success of breastfeeding employees. This session will cover the changing landscape of workplace laws for breastfeeding employees, including recent legal rulings broadening the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to include lactation. State laws will also be addressed. We will explore WIC’s role in advocating for breastfeeding mothers who may be experiencing difficulties receiving the accommodations they are entitled to. Kansas WIC partnered with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) to provide education to WIC staff about how to advocate for breastfeeding employees. A referral system was created to provide a warm hand-off to the KBC for challenging cases. The Kansas WIC education and referral system can be easily replicated in other states with state programs with the capacity to assist with workplace advocacy efforts.
JOB POSTING: WIC Certifier/HPA - St. Charles County Health Department. The St. Charles County Health Department is currently accepting applications for Certifier/HPA position within the WIC Program. Minimum qualifications include graduation from a general or technical high school or equivalent. Requires two years responsible clerical experience performing customer service, record keeping. Knowledge of WIC policies and procedures as set by federal and state programs is desired (not required). All applications must be submitted through the Saint Charles County Self-Service Website at http://hr.sccmo.org/hr
Faxed, e-mailed or printed applications will not be accepted.
For questions, please contact Eva Obirek at email@example.com
JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Johnson County Community Health Services.
Johnson County Community Health Services (JCCHS) has an immediate opening for a full time 32 hour per week Nutritionist in the WIC Program. This position will be responsible for determining eligibility as well as providing nutrition and breastfeeding counseling. WIC experience preferred. Applicants must have graduated 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.
We offer an excellent benefit package which includes health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, sick time and retirement.
This position will be open until filled.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Rhonda Breitenbecher, WIC Coordinator
Johnson County Community Health Services is an equal opportunity employer.
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian - Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economics, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Resumes will be accepted by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org
WIC is an equal opportunity employer.