SUBJECT 1: Updated Technical Assistance Staff Assignments
SUBJECT 2: WIC State Agency Nutrition Job Opportunities
SUBJECT 3: Missouri WIC Association Election Information
SUBJECT 4: Adobe Reader
SUBJECT 5: Registration Open: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Exam Preparation Course

SUBJECT 1: Updated Technical Assistance Staff Assignments. Attached is an updated technical assistance (TA) map for FFY 2020 that reflects new state technical assistance staff assignments. Changes due to eWIC, requiring additional ongoing retailer support resulted in some administrative staff being reassigned to provide technical assistance and monitoring to retailers only. When new technical assistance assignments were determined, consideration was given to assigning a similar number of local agencies to all technical assistance staff. Roadways and natural barriers were also considered, as were agencies that should logically be kept together (e.g., Phelps/Maries and Region G).

Local Agency Plans (LAPs) will be reviewed and approved by state agency staff according to the new technical assistance assignment map. Local agency staff may decide what format, location, and schedule to use for district meetings, as is currently the practice. State agency staff will continue to be available to assist with the district meetings.

Current technical assistance staff will continue to work with the same agencies until approximately August 1, 2019, to complete the FFY 2019 monitoring schedule. Nutrition and Administrative technical assistance staff is looking forward to meeting local agency staff. Please do not hesitate to contact your TA staff with any questions you may have.
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SUBJECT 2: WIC State Agency Nutrition Job Opportunities. The Missouri WIC state agency is seeking highly motivated Missouri licensed Registered Dietitians to join the Missouri WIC team! Both positions have an application close date of Friday, July 12, 2019.

Nutrition Services Manager: The Missouri WIC program is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Nutrition Services Manager in Jefferson City. This highly responsible supervisory position oversees the nutritional aspects of Missouri WIC and the Missouri Breastfeeding Program. This position is ideal for an organized, motivated team builder with a passion for promoting nutrition and breastfeeding among Missouri's women, infants, and children. A Missouri Registered Dietitian license is required. View more details and application instructions at https://mocareers.mo.gov.

Nutritionist III: The Missouri WIC program is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Nutritionist III in Jefferson City. This position is ideal for applicants with strong communication skills and the ability to apply in-depth knowledge of nutrition in pregnancy, infancy, and childhood. Excellent customer service, ability to work as a team member, prioritization, initiative, and confidentiality skills are essential. A Missouri Registered Dietitian license is required. View more details and application instructions at https://mocareers.mo.gov

SUBJECT 3: Missouri WIC Association Election Information. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) is seeking applications for the positions of President Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Central District Board Member, Northeast District Board Member, and Northwest District Board Member.

The purpose of MWA is to link local WIC 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 July 12, 2019.
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SUBJECT 4: Adobe Reader. WIC invites local agency staff with state-assigned computers to install Adobe Reader software. Adobe Reader can be installed at no cost to the local agency and will allow you to view, edit, sign, and annotate PDF documents. Local agency staff can request Adobe Reader software by using the ITSD Service Portal or by calling the ITSD Help Desk at 800-347-0887.

SUBJECT 5: Registration Open: International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Exam Preparation Course. The WIC state agency is hosting an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Exam Preparation course on August 19-23, 2019 in St. Charles, MO. This course will meet 45 hours of the lactation- specific education needed to be an exam candidate by the International Board Lactation Consultants Examiners (IBLCE). Registration for this course is open, please register here. The state agency expects to host a 45-hour course once per year, for the next four years, in regional locations around the state. Due to this scheduling plan, preference for seating for this course will be given to those near the St. Louis region, those sitting for the IBLCE exam in 2019-2020, and WIC staff meeting the requirement for the Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic. This course is open to a wide variety of hospital staff, midwives, doulas, WIC staff, La Leche League leaders, and community lactation supporters working in Missouri. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz at 573-751-6468 or by email at lisa.schlientz@health.mo.gov

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