SUBJECT 1: April wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures
SUBJECT 3: WIC State Agency Direct Ship Formula Cost Reduction and Efficiency Project Update
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner

JOB POSTING: WIC Health Education Supervisor - St. Louis County Department of Public Health
JOB POSTING: WIC Coordinator - Hickory County Health Department

SUBJECT 1: April wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the attached April wichealth.org newsletter. If you have a wichealth.org account, it can also be found at https://www.wichealth.org/support under resources.

Highlights in the April newsletter include:

  • Creating Engaging Content in the Face of Readability Formulas article
  • Update on new lessons
  • All wichealth.org websites will be unavailable on May 19, 2018 from 3:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. (CT), due to a software update
  • Upcoming nutrition education review opportunities

If you have questions, please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 2: MOWINS Help Desk Closures. The MOWINS Help Desk will be closed on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday May 17th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday May 24th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Monday May 28th all day

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

SUBJECT 3: WIC State Agency Direct Ship Formula Cost Reduction and Efficiency Project Update. The Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services’ Nutrition and Retailer Units implemented internal procedures to reduce the number of special formulas shipped directly to WIC local agencies for participants with a medical need. This process enables more participants to acquire special formula from their local WIC authorized retailers. This effort began in May 2016 when 40-50 shipments were made per month. This has been drastically reduced to only eight (8) shipments in April 2018, the lowest number per month since the new procedures began. This effort has reduced costs, improved efficiency, and increased participant access to medically necessary formula.

SUBJECT 4: 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 see that email, please check your spam or junk mail folder.

  • Working Together to Better Serve Families: Collaboration across FNS Programs webinar on May 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. This webinar, hosted in partnership with Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, will be led by Lisa Mays who will be discussing: food insecurity and nutrition-related health condition statistics; multiple FNS nutrition programs; the collective impact as a model for addressing health; and lessons learned to partnership building within their own communities.
  • Way-to-WIC Collaborative webinar on May 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The Way-To-WIC Collaborative is comprised of 25 members from state and local agencies in the Southeast Region and USDA/FNS, who were charged with developing a toolkit of effective strategies for improving customer service and achieving self-sufficiency. Join us for this webinar to hear about the culmination of two years of work in the areas of partnerships, marketing and advertising, the clinic environment, and food packages.
  • Streamlining WIC Certifications webinar on September 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 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.
  • WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices webinar on December 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. 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. 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 by Friday May 18th visit www.stlouisco.com/personnel/jobsearch

JOB POSTING: WIC Coordinator - Hickory County Health Department. Hickory County Health Department has a full-time job opening for a WIC Coordinator. WIC Coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and coordinating WIC activities, overseeing staff to ensure goals are met, and that the agency operates within program guidelines and rules
  • Assures appropriate local WIC policies and procedures are established and enforced in compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Has the ability to develop plans, implements action plan(s), and evaluate effectiveness
  • Performs supervisory & management duties, including but not limited to handling participant complaints, and staffing
  • Develops, coordinates, and documents implementation of ongoing outreach activities in the community

This position requires knowledge of current developments in public health and application to the WIC program, working knowledge of effective management techniques, the ability to gather, interpret, evaluate and use statistical data, as well as the ability to work well with people of diverse socioeconomic/cultural backgrounds.

Ideal Qualifications: Registered Nurse, BSBN
Resumes can be hand-delivered to 24885 State Highway 254 South, Hermitage, MO 65668
Or mailed to PO Box 21; Hermitage, MO 65668

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