SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoicing/WIC 24 Invoice
SUBJECT 2: WIC Approved Food List Available in Other Languages
SUBJECT 3: wichealth.org Newsletters
SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Platte County Health Department WIC
JOB POSTING: Full Time WIC Nutritionist - Pettis County Health Center
JOB POSTING: Part Time Community Dietitian - Family Care Health Centers

SUBJECT 1: WIC Invoicing/WIC 24 Invoice. When creating a Budget Adjustment or Invoice in the Online WIC Invoicing (WIC 24) application, please double check the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). After October 1, the FFY for Budget Adjustments automatically defaults to 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 2: WIC Approved Food List Available in Other Languages. The WIC Approved Food List has been translated into other languages (Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hmong, Korean, Nepali, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese) and is available at the following link. Please share with participants who speak these languages. If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: wichealth.org Newsletters. Please see the attached August 2018 and September 2018 wichealth.org newsletters.

August Newsletter.
Highlights include:

  • Mobile Use on the Rise - wichealth.org is working to improve the mobile experience.
  • Client Registration Video Now Available - an instructional video was created to make the registration process easier for participants and can be accessed by clicking here https://vimeo.com/236439607
  • Health eKitchen - Health eKitchen added 15 new recipes.
  • Sneak Peek - wichealth.org has added an emotion slider to their lessons.

September Newsletter.
Highlights include:

  • Cranking Out Content - The Content Team has been working overtime! Check out what will be coming to you in the next few months!
  • Sneak Peek - New Resource! Check out this fun resource parents can use to engage with their children.
  • Health eKitchen Update - Since April of 2017, the HeK library has grown from 51 recipes to 238. Not only are there significantly more recipes to choose from, but the user experience has also been vastly improved.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Sipakati at rose.sipakati@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 4: CEU Corner.
Improving Our Approach: Better Conversations about Breastfeeding webinar on November 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST). Breastfeeding can significantly improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. But too few social supports, confusing messages in the media, cultural barriers, and many other challenges mean that too many moms and babies are missing out on potentially life-changing health benefits. Working with mothers to understand these challenges creates a foundation for change. This webinar will provide approaches and strategies health professionals can use to help mothers open up about the challenges they face when breastfeeding. This webinar, sponsored by the National Institute for Children’s Health Equality, benefits all maternal health professionals working to increase overall breastfeeding rates and address disparities in breastfeeding.

Using Technology to Incentivize Behavior Change in WIC webinar on November 8, at 2:00 p.m. (CST). Research has proven that rewards can improve outcomes when seeking changes in behavior by providing feedback and motivation. Until recently, the WIC program was limited by the number of participant contacts and allowable forms of incentives. However, with the introduction of EBT, the WIC program has gained a powerful connection to participants through their smartphones and the use of WIC shopping mobile apps. Gamification, the application of elements of game playing (e.g., points, competition, etc.) to non-gaming areas of activity, is becoming a popular method of encouraging desired behaviors and outcomes in WIC.

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.

Engaging the Media Around Public Charge and WIC webinar on Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. (CST). As the comment period for the public charge rule continues, news coverage has increasingly focused on the intersection between immigration and public benefit programs like WIC. Engagement with the media can be a powerful tool to raise awareness, reach eligible participants, and mobilize your community around WIC. In this webinar, the NWA Communications Team will go over some strategies for how to pitch stories to the media and engage on social media, and how these strategies can be employed to reassure concerned participants, educate the public, and advocate on public charge. Using the sample op-ed from NWA as a starting point for engaging with the media will also be covered.

Development of an Effective Post-Partum Weight Loss Program for Diverse Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women webinar on November 15 at 2:00 p.m. (CST), sponsored by NWA’s Local Agency Section. This webinar will describe systematic strategies to develop culturally- and literacy-sensitive programs to promote behavior change. It will focus on strategies used to develop a post-partum weight loss program for WIC clients.

Plant Forward Family Meals. There’s no denying the benefits of a plant-based diet, though research shows you don’t have to be fully vegetarian or vegan to reap the benefits. This FREE webinar by Alex Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, on Wednesday, November 28, at 1:00 p.m. (CST), will provide RDNs with strategies for bridging plant-forward eating and family meals; highlighting simple ways for patients and clients to add more plants to favorite recipes along with innovative ways to increase plant-based eating for all ages. This complimentary 1-credit continuing education webinar is brought to you with support thorough Simple Mills and Today’s Dietitian’s Learning Library.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist - Platte County Health Department WIC. Seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) nutritionist to provide individual assessment, counseling, and support for breastfeeding, pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. Duties also include individual and group education and being accountable for daily clinic functions. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition including 15 credit hours of food and nutrition. WIC experience is preferred. The applicant must be reliable and able to work in a team environment. Excellent customer service skills and professional demeanor is expected at all times. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Please forward cover letter and resume to:
Heidi Loecke
WIC Coordinator
Fax: 816.587.6028
Email: Heidi.loecke@plattehealth.com

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

JOB POSTING: Full Time WIC Nutritionist - Pettis County Health Center. The Pettis County Health Center is accepting applications for a full time nutritionist in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. This position is responsible for providing nutrition and breastfeeding education and support to eligible families. Applicants must have 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 at a minimum; included or supplemented by at least 15 hrs. 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 life cycle nutrition.

Please submit a resume to the WIC office at the Pettis County Health Center, 911 East 16th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301 or by email to micah.waddle@lpha.mo.gov
For more information call 660-827-4599 or 660-827-1130.
WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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