SUBJECT 1: Nutrition Assessment and Goal Setting Webinar
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures
SUBJECT 3: May wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 4: The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) Elections
SUBJECT 5: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northeast District Health Office
SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner

JOB POSTING: WIC Health Education Supervisor - St. Louis County Department of Public Health
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - McDonald County Health Department

 

SUBEJCT 1: 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 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures. The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 21 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

The MOWINS Help Desk will check email and voicemail frequently during the closure times and will respond as soon as possible.

SUBJECT 3: May wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the attachedMay’s wichealth.org newsletter which is also available on their website under resources.

Highlights in the May newsletter include:

  1. The evolution of wichealth.org
  2. New card sort feature
  3. Results of recent lesson survey
  4. Two new meal types in Health eKitchen
  5. Helpdesk statistics and satisfaction rating

If you have questions please contact Rose.Sipakati@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 4: The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) Elections. MWA is seeking applications for the positions of President Elect, Treasurer, Eastern District Representative, Southeast District Representative, and Southwest District Representative.

The purpose of MWA is to link WIC local agencies in the statewide forum to act collectively on behalf of the WIC program. Specifically, MWA provides peer support and opportunities to exchange information, works toward quality community nutrition by influencing public health and nutrition services at the state and national levels, enhances professional knowledge by providing workshops, promotes legislative awareness, and participates in the planning and implementation of the Biennial WIC Conference. All local agencies are members of MWA. Actively participating in MWA is a great way to learn more about what is happening across the state and improve communication and practices within your district and agency.

Specific information about the positions up for election can be found on the application forms (attached). Interested candidates should send a completed application form to Heidi Loecke, MWA Vice President, at Heidi.loecke@plattehealth.com by June 29, 2018.
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SUBJECT 5: Nutritionist III - DHSS Northeast District Health Office. The Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services has an opening for a Nutritionist III in the Northeast District Health Office in Macon. Optionally, this position may be located in Jefferson City. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to local agencies, monitoring, reviewing and revising policy, approving special formula requests, and applying health data in program planning. Excellent customer service, written and verbal communication, teamwork, confidentiality, and prioritization are required skills. A registered dietitian, licensed in Missouri, is preferred. The selected candidate must be eligible for the job classification of Nutritionist III within the Missouri Merit System. Submit cover letter, resume, DHSS application, and copies of official college transcripts to Dora.Crawford@health.mo.gov by July 1, 2018 or call 573-751-6265.

SUBJECT 6: CEU Corner.
UPCOMING National WIC Association (NWA) WEBINARS
To participate in these NWA 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 get a confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail folder.

  • Addressing Perinatal Depression and Anxiety webinar on Tuesday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Moms’ Mental Health Matters (MMHM), an initiative of the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), aims to raise awareness of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, the signs of these conditions, and the importance of getting help. MMHM was shaped by the latest research on perinatal depression and anxiety and by candid discussions with moms and partners who have experienced these conditions around pregnancy.
  • Evaluation of DC’s Pilot BfedDC Text Messaging Program on Breastfeeding Behavior webinar on August 2 at 2:00 p.m. CST. To address the lower than average breastfeeding (BF) rates among DC WIC recipients, DC WIC implemented a mobile-health, text-messaging program with 2-way texting capacity, BfedDC. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the pilot BfedDC program on breastfeeding. Join this webinar to hear how DC implemented and evaluated the program. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to define the components of a text messaging peer counselor program (BfedDC) to promote breastfeeding among WIC mothers and the implications of timing of enrollment; explain the possible pathways by which confounders, including demographics and location of birth, may impact BF outcomes and displace the effect of BfedDC; and describe the importance of using rigorous evaluation methods to understand the impact of the program and to improve program outcomes.
  • Streamlining WIC Certifications webinar on September 11 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Learn about concrete steps WIC agencies have taken to make certification simpler for applicants and staff. Over the last year, eight state and local agencies have implemented action plans to streamline WIC certifications, with technical assistance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Altarum Institute. Hear their experiences with making changes such as encouraging applicants to provide electronic documents or completing certification steps before the appointment.
  • Impact of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in Maryland on Selected WIC Agency Breastfeeding Rates and Maternal Experiences of Breastfeeding Support webinar on September 13 at 2:00 p.m. CST. As of 2010, no hospitals in Maryland were designated as Baby Friendly Hospitals (BFH). Being designated as a BFH confirms that a hospital has implemented the UNICEF/WHO Ten Steps. Three hospitals in Maryland received Baby Friendly Certification in 2017. Each of these hospitals have a local WIC agency whose participants primarily deliver at that hospital. This study examines the impact of BFH status on mothers’ experiences with hospital infant feeding practices and postpartum breastfeeding support using a brief postpartum telephone survey with WIC participants (1-3 months postpartum) recruited from the three local agencies delivering at a BFH hospital and three local agencies delivering at a non-BFH hospital. We will compare reports of receipt of breastfeeding supportive steps by WIC mothers in both settings. The results from this study will inform service provision and policy to address breastfeeding inequities.
  • Getting 5 year old WIC children ready for Kindergarten webinar on October 4 at 2:00 p.m. CST. WIC is an ideal place to engage young parents to optimize the development and school readiness of young children. It is clear from current research that significant differences exist in children’s exposure to language-rich environments. Children born into poverty hear 30 million fewer words before they reach kindergarten than those who come from middle and higher income families. Because of this gap, children born into poorer families tend to test lower on school readiness scores than their higher income counterparts. This disparity develops before kids are even five years old and the gap continues throughout life. By pairing school readiness messages with WIC services from pregnancy through early childhood, children can graduate from WIC at age 5 ready for Kindergarten. This webinar will discuss the Little by Little Program, and the impact it is making on our WIC children!
  • New Research Unveils What WIC Infant and Young Children are Eating: 2016 Feeding Infants and Toddler Study (FITS) webinar on November 13 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Some noteworthy success has been achieved in dietary patterns since 2008; however, additional progress is needed to ensure infants and young children are receiving optimal nutrition for growth and development. This new FITS data offers unique evidence on the impact of the revised WIC food packages and is particularly relevant for the WIC Staff who are on the front line engaging and inspiring families to make healthy eating choices.
  • WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices webinar on December 11 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Nutrition Assessment in WIC is a delicate balancing act of sometimes competing priorities. Staff are often instructed to be thorough but build rapport, collect accurate data but use conversational assessment, provide education but only after a complete assessment, and identify all applicable risk factors but don't overwhelm the participant with nutrition education. It can get complicated! Join this webinar for an interactive opportunity to explore pitfalls and best practices in WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Health Education Supervisor - St. Louis County Department of Public Health. St. Louis County Department of Public Health has an opening for a WIC Health Education Supervisor (Registered Dietitian). This is a full time, WIC grant funded Registered Dietitian position that supervises the WIC offices at John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley and at Mayfair Plaza in Florissant. The WIC Supervisor requires 2 years of Registered Dietitian experience preferably in WIC along with supervisory experience. For additional information or to apply online, visit www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - McDonald County Health Department. The McDonald County Health Department (MCHD) is seeking candidates for a Nutritionist. The Nutritionist position is a contract position for one year and is an ideal position for recent graduates seeking work experience. If interested, please contact Roberto Correa, Nutritionist, at 417-223-4351 or submit resume to the McDonald County Health Department, 500 Olin Street, Pineville, MO 64856 or Fax to 417-223-4109. MCHD is an equal opportunity employer.

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