September 16, 2019 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: New “And Justice for All” Civil Rights Poster (July 2019 Version)
SUBJECT 2: Toothbrush Order
SUBJECT 3: Dry Beans, Canned Beans, and Peanut Butter Options for Food Packages V and VII
SUBJECT 4: MWA Election Results
SUBJECT 5: wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 6: Loving Support Award of Excellence
SUBJECT 7: Breastfeeding Rates
SUBJECT 8: Continuing Education – CLC Training Sponsored by Local Agency
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Certifier – NECAC WIC
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Affinia Healthcare
SUBJECT 1: New “And Justice for All” Civil Rights Poster (July 2019 Version). The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights has instructed all USDA agencies to halt distribution of the “And Justice for All” posters featuring the Statue of Liberty. New posters have been developed and are being printed. Please share the following information with your staff and take action as needed:
- All local agencies will receive the new posters (2019 version) from the state agency as soon as they become available.
- Do not remove the current poster (2015 version) until you receive the new poster (2019 version).
- Replace the current poster on your agency’s websites, training presentations, and any resource materials with the new poster (PDF).
- The new poster contains a slightly revised USDA full Nondiscrimination Statement; however, the Nondiscrimination Statement should NOT be updated in other documents. The current Nondiscrimination Statement is still effective.
The state agency will share more information related to this change as it becomes available.
If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov
SUBJECT 2: Toothbrush Order. The state agency has placed an order for infant and child toothbrushes. A WIC Update will be sent out once a shipping date has been established. Please remember that the toothbrush order placed by the WIC state agency will be the only toothbrushes that will be provided to WIC local agencies, as we have purchased the toothbrushes in bulk to distribute to local agencies to receive more competitive pricing. These toothbrushes should only be used for WIC participants and outreach to potential WIC-eligible infants and children. If you have questions, please send them to WICOperations@health.mo.gov
SUBJECT 3: Dry Beans, Canned Beans, and Peanut Butter Options for Food Packages V and VII.The Food and Formula Reference Guide: Guidelines (FFRG) has been reposted on the website to show all six (6) options on food packages V and VII with picture illustrations. The food description in MOWINS remains the same. Please see the attachment.
SUBJECT 4: MWA Election Results. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) welcomes the following board members:
President-Elect – Joan Brundage (Schuyler County Health Department)
Vice President – Heidi Loecke (Platte County Health Department)
Secretary – Suzanne Ball (Barry County Health Department)
Northeast District Representative – Stacy Corbin (Macon County Health Department)
Northwest District Representative – Anita Perry (Livingston County Health Center)
The purpose of MWA is to link WIC local 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 towards 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 Missouri State WIC Association’s State 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. For information on how to get involved, contact current MWA President-Elect, Lakeisha Davis at Ldavis@swopehealth.org
SUBJECT 5: wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the attached August 2019 wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:
We are in the dog days of summer. Preparing food has lost its appeal while our appetites are lacking because of the heat. Health eKitchen has perfect recipes for eating lighter or merely snacking. Think salads or easy prep snacks your kids will love! Check them out to help ease into the cooler days ahead when comfort food brings joy back into the kitchen. Here are a couple of our late summertime favorites: White Bean and Grape Salad and Super Fruit and Veggie Popsicles
“Guide to Newborns for Expecting Parents” series was released to our state in August. Lessons include:
- Preparing to Meet Your Newborn
- In the Hospital - The First 48 Hours
- Feeding Your Newborn
- Understanding Your Newborn: Sleeping, Crying, and Cues
- Getting the Support You Need for Your Baby's First Few Weeks
- Returning to Work or School
WIC Photography Now Available
In January, wichealth partnered with California WIC and Nissa Brehmer, an incredible photographer who specializes in breastfeeding photography, to conduct photoshoots in WIC clinics. The images were created to capture the early days of breastfeeding. As a partner of wichealth you now have access to these images. To access custom photography go to www.wichealth.smugmug.com and use the password: Wich3alth2019. PLEASE NOTE: you will need Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Edge to open this site. The login for the photo service can be found on wichealthsupport.org under resources. Crediting isn't required, but is appreciated and allows wichealth to gain exposure (Example: Photo source: wichealth.org.).
If you have any questions, please contact Rose Sipakati at Rose.Sipakati@health.mo.gov
SUBJECT 6: Loving Support Award of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded seven WIC local agencies in Missouri the Loving Support Award of Excellence. The award program was established to recognize local agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. Three levels of excellence were recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. Only local agencies that have operated a peer counseling program for at least one year, and met all of the required core components of the FNS Loving Support© Model PDF Document for a successful peer counseling program, were eligible.
Of the 100 WIC local agencies recognized across the country, twenty-six are located in the Mountain Plains Region. The five local agencies in Missouri that were awarded the Gold level are:
- Butler County
- Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation
- Samuel U Rodgers Health Center
- Wayne County Health Center
- Truman Medical Centers
Two WIC local agencies in Missouri received the Gold Premiere award. They are:
- City of Joplin
- Springfield-Greene County
Congratulations for this achievement and thank you to all our local agencies for all the work you do in supporting breastfeeding. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Schlientz at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.
SUBJECT 7: Breastfeeding Rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the 2016 National Immunization Survey (NIS) breastfeeding data. The NIS survey measures breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates, as well as the rate of formula supplementation for infants. As you look at Missouri’s state-specific rates, and compare them to rates from previous years, keep in mind that state sample sizes are small, so state data confidence intervals are wide. While some changes at the state level appear to be large, up, or down, none of the changes from last year are statistically significant. Also, keep in mind that these are rates for babies born in 2016, so more recent work in improving support for breastfeeding will not be reflected in these new estimates.
The WIC Breastfeeding Report for the period 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019 is also available in BI Portal (Crystal Reports). The Missouri WIC program has seen an increase in both breastfeeding initiation and duration, with a state initiation rate of 71.7%. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our local agencies for their success in improving breastfeeding rates and to thank you for all the work you do in helping our moms reach their breastfeeding goals!
If you have any questions about breastfeeding rates, please contact Lisa Schlientz at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.
SUBJECT 8: Continuing Education – CLC Training Sponsored by Local Agency. St. Francois County Health Center WIC is sponsoring a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) training in Park Hills, MO on October 28-November 1, 2019. Please see the attached program registration form for pricing and information. The tuition and textbook expenses for this course are WIC allowable costs for some staff. The application and exam fees are not WIC allowable costs. This training may be beneficial for some agencies located in the eastern or southeastern portion of the state, as the cost for attending the course may be less of a financial burden than the cost of travel expenses to attend a state sponsored IBCLC Exam Preparation Course.
Job Posting: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Certifier – NECAC WIC. The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) seeks a full-time WIC Clerk/Certifier for the Women, Infants and Children program at its St. Charles County Service Center in O’Fallon. Will work predominantly in St. Charles County, but may work in Warrenton to supplement the workforce when required. Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also obtain an application at any NECAC Service Center.
For further information, call 1-800-748-7636 or visit our website, www.necac.org
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. 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. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Resumes will be accepted by email only to email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity employer.