SUBEJCT 1: Upcoming State Holidays
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 3: Healthy Babies, Bright Futures: Heavy Metal in Baby Foods
SUBJECT 4: WIC-34 Impact Analysis
SUBJECT 5: October wichealth.org Newsletter

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist – Taney County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Community Dietitian – Family Care Health Centers

SUBJECT 1: Upcoming State Holidays. The WIC state agency will be closed, and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk coverage on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 28
  • Friday, November 29

SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order. The state agency has a limited amount of double pumping kits (Personal Accessory Sets), Hygeia EnHande manual breast pumps, Medela Single User Double Electric Pumps, and Hygeia tote bags to disburse to local agencies. The Hygeia personal accessory kit contains all the parts for both the Hygeia EnJoye and Lactina Select electric breast pumps. The state agency anticipates offering another order opportunity later in the fiscal year, which will include more products. Please order only the amount needed for your local agency.

A “single user” pump is not meant to be shared with other women. This pump can be given to mothers who meet the following criteria:

  • Mother must be separated from her infant at least 32 hours per week.
  • Mother must be planning to offer breast milk exclusively to her infant and committed to continued long-term exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Infant must be receiving no formula from WIC.
  • Pump cannot be provided to the mother before four (4) weeks postpartum. If a mother needs a pump before then, she may be loaned a multi-user electric breast pump.

For each participant that is provided this pump, the Single User Personal Electric Breast Pump Agreement/Questionnaire (attached) must be completed. It is important that WIC local agencies promote this pump to prenatal women and use it as an additional incentive to promote exclusive breastfeeding.

If you would like to request any of these items for your agency, please complete the attached order form and email to karen.moellenbeck@health.mo.gov by COB on Friday, November 29, 2019. You will receive a confirmation email stating that your order has been received. If you have any questions about the pumps, please contact the State Breastfeeding Coordinator, Lisa Schlientz, at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.
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SUBJECT 3: Healthy Baby, Bright Futures: Heavy Metal in Baby Foods. An advocacy group, Healthy Babies, Bright Futures (HBBF) released a report in mid-October on the presence of heavy metals in common baby foods. The group has appealed to the FDA to establish guidelines for manufacturers, while working with companies to decrease the presence of heavy metals through farming and manufacturing practices. The FDA is working towards recommendations for food manufacturers. No recalls of food or USDA guidance has been given at this time. The investigation did report an improvement of arsenic levels in rice and juice with a decrease of 37% and 63% in the past ten years. For concerned parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following to decrease exposure to metals: A variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, whole fruit instead of juice, seafood choices lower in mercury, breastfeeding when possible, checking water supply, and discontinue smoking. The following resources are available on Healthychildren.org: Metals in Baby Food and Tips to Reduce Arsenic in Baby's Diet.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Crossland at jill.crossland@health.mo.gov

SUBJECT 4: WIC-34 Impact Analysis. As a reminder, any time that a WIC local agency (LA) wants to change the days or hours of operation, a WIC-34 impact analysis form must be submitted to the LA’s technical assistance staff (TA) for approval at least 60 days in advance. There shall not be any changes of days or hours of operation made prior to WIC State Agency approval. Please refer to WOM policy 3.01500 and Scope of Work 7.4.1. Contact your TA staff with any questions.

SUBJECT 5: October wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the October 2019 wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Webinars-The final webinar of 2019 featuring the Vaccinate Your Family Lesson is November 13th, 2:00-3:00 PM EST.
  • New Lessons-Making Meal Plans and Maximizing Food Dollars to be added to the Lesson Library in November.
  • Health e-Kitchen Makeover-The all-new Health e-Kitchen is now live and it's more mobile-friendly than ever! Be watching for new recipes and the new Health e-Kitchen meal planner to be launched in the New Year. Featured recipes include Stuffed Sweet Potato and Oat and Zucchini Muffins.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Crossland at jill.crossland@health.mo.gov
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WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist – Taney County Health Department. The Taney County Health Department will be accepting resumes for a full time, 40 hour per week, non-exempt Nutritionist for the WIC Program. The selected candidate will provide nutrition and breastfeeding education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. A Certified Lactation Counselor or IBCLC is preferred, as well as previous WIC experience. Minimum requirements: The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economic, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. Experience is preferred but not required. Deadline is November 15, 2019. For more information, how to apply, and for essential functions visit https://www.taneycohealth.org/news/employment-opportunities/

JOB POSTING: Community Dietitian – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (32 hrs./week) Community Dietitian. Responsibilities include providing nutrition education and counseling to eligible WIC families, outpatient medical nutrition therapy, and community outreach. Qualifications: BS in Nutrition, RD or RD eligible; Licensed in Missouri.

To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Team Leader
acallico@fchcstl.org

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