SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer Order - Response Required
SUBJECT 2: CLIA Certificate of Waiver
SUBJECT 3: eWIC Implementation Delay Update

JOB POSTING: Part Time Nutritionist - Joplin City WIC

SUBJECT 1: Microcuvette and Analyzer Order - 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:

  1. Microcuvette Survey: Please complete and return the attached survey via e-mail to WICOperations@health.mo.gov by August 9, 2019. This will ensure no interruption in the supply of microcuvettes. Please verify that you use the most recent survey.
  2. 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.
  3. Analyzers: Analyzers are also available to agencies by completing the request and justification.

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SUBJECT 2: CLIA Certificate of Waiver. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) is a federal program which establishes quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test results. The HemoCue analyzers used by WIC are CLIA waived, which means they require a Certificate of Waiver. DHSS-WIC has purchased a CLIA Certificate of Waiver for local agency (LA) sites in Missouri. This certificate expires August 18, 2021. This is a waiver for the operation of the HemoCue analyzer as part of the WIC certification process. The waiver was emailed to all LAs this week. The certificate should be displayed where the testing is conducted. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Roberts at 573-751-6204 or Jennifer.L.Roberts@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: eWIC Implementation Delay Update. Due to a project delay, the Missouri WIC program will be rescheduling the eWIC Implementation calls that were scheduled for the upcoming months to provide local agencies with implementation details prior to eWIC pilot and statewide rollout. The eWIC implementation calls will be rescheduled and updated invitations will be sent to appropriate local agency staff once a new schedule is determined. We hope to have the updated information to stakeholders by August 15; however, we wanted to provide you with this cancellation information as soon as possible so local agency staff and clinic schedules could be adjusted.

The Missouri WIC program appreciates the service that you provide to your families and communities. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to reschedule these calls; however, it is critical that all implementation components are successfully tested and approved before proceeding. Additional information will be shared with all stakeholders as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns by calling 573-751-6204 or by email at Angela.Oesterly@health.mo.gov

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Part Time Nutritionist - Joplin City WIC. This position is under general supervision, responsible for participating in the development and implementation of public health nutrition services and assuring that Women, Infants & Children (WIC) participants receive accurate nutrition assessments and appropriate nutrition education.
Some responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Determines health and nutritional risk factors for certification and recertification for WIC program eligibility.
  • Consults with physicians, participants, and appropriate WIC officials regarding special formula usage.
  • Assigns appropriate food and formula packages.
  • Prepares high risk care plans and provides follow-up counseling.
  • Refers participants to appropriate local resource agencies for additional social, health, and/or nutrition services.
  • Provides consultation to medical professionals regarding participants nutritional needs; provides one-on-one counseling with participants regarding health and nutritional needs; reviews and discusses nutrition assessments with participants and their families.
  • Develop annual program for nutrition, breastfeeding and activity oriented educational programs, seminars, and workshops for WIC and other community health programs.
  • Develops lesson plans for specific nutrition topics.
  • Teaches nutrition related classes, seminars, and workshops to groups, or one-on-one, to WIC participants and in other community health programs including promoting breastfeeding.
  • Prepares a variety of records and reports regarding nutritional needs of WIC and other community health program participants.
  • Documents nutrition education activities andprepares periodic reports for City, State, and Federal WIC and other healthprogram officials.

Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Nutrition, Foods, Human Ecology, or closely related field, supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in Foods and Nutrition with at least one (1) course in Diet Therapy and one (1) course in Community Nutrition; OR completion of an undergraduate curriculum accredited or approved by the American Dietetic Association (registration or current eligibility for registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration). RD must be licensed in the state of Missouri to engage in the practice of dietetics or medical nutrition therapy.

For more information, and to apply for this position, please go to https://www.joplinmo.org

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