August 3, 2020 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: WIC Cloth Face Coverings Shipped
SUBJECT 2: FY 2020 Revised Nutrition Risk Criteria and New Risk Factors – Implementation Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Video on the Website
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionists/Dietitians – Samuel U. Rodgers WIC Program
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant – Family Care Health Centers
SUBJECT 1: WIC Cloth Face Coverings Shipped. The state agency purchase washable, dual-layer cloth face coverings for distribution to WIC local agencies. These face coverings may be distributed to WIC staff and participants, ages 2 and up, for increased protection from the spread of COVID-19. These are not promotional items to be provided to non-WIC participants. Local agencies providing on-site services should refer to the COVID-19 Best Practices document, which provides additional tips for protecting the health and safety of WIC staff and participants in the WIC clinic.
The cloth face coverings were shipped during the week of July 27, 2020 to all agencies, except those agencies specifically stating the masks were not needed. Please ensure that your WIC local agency staff are in receipt of the cloth face coverings by early next week. The state agency has placed an order for additional face coverings in the same quantities. Upon receipt at the state agency, the additional face coverings will be packaged and shipped to local agencies in similar quantities as before. Please remind staff and participants that these masks are washable and reusable. Face coverings are machine washable and may be placed in a dryer on a low setting or may be hung to dry.
If you have questions, or do not receive your initial shipment by Wednesday, August 5, please reach out to your technical assistance staff, who will follow up on your agency’s shipment.
SUBJECT 2: FY20 Revised Nutrition Risk Criteria and New Risk Factors – Implementation Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has announced the revised nutrition risk criteria for FY 2020. The changes in the USDA definitions/cut-off values and justifications do not impact the system assignment of risk factors in MOWINS. Since the changes are minor, there will be no webinar training or conference call before the implementation date. Please see a summary of the risk factors affected and changes to the USDA definitions/cut-off values and justifications below.
- 304 History of Preeclampsia: The Justification, Clarification and Reference sections were expanded and updated. The Implications for WIC Nutrition Services section was added to the write-up.
- 338 Pregnant Woman Currently Breastfeeding: The Justification, Clarification and Reference sections were expanded and updated. The Implications for WIC Nutrition Services section was added to the write-up.
- 345 Hypertension and Prehypertension: The Definition/Cut-Off Value was revised to include the terms used for hypertension: chronic hypertension during pregnancy, preeclampsia, eclampsia, chronic hypertension with superimposed preeclampsia, and gestational hypertension. The Justification, Clarification and Reference sections were expanded and updated. The Implications for WIC Nutrition Services section was added to the write-up
- 357 Drug and Nutrient Interactions: The Definition, Justification and Reference sections were expanded and updated. The Implications for WIC Nutrition Services section was also added to the write-up.
- 382 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Previously titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The Definition/Cut-Off Value was revised to list the conditions that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy, to include: fetal alcohol syndrome, partial fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol-related birth defects, alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder, and neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. The Justification, Clarification and Reference sections were expanded and updated. The Implications for WIC Nutrition Services section was added to the write-up.
NEW RISK FACTORS: These two risk factors will be added to the Missouri Risk Factor Summary and Priority Sheet for FY 2020.
- 382 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy.
- 903 Foster Care: Entering the foster care system during the previous six months or moving from one foster care home to another foster care home during the previous six months.
The USDA definitions and justifications will be posted on the WIC website on September 1st 2020. If you have any questions, please contact your district nutrition specialist.
SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Video on the Website. A new video How to Use Your eWIC Card at the Register is now available to on the website. This video is intended to be used as a resource to show participants when they receive their eWIC card. The video explains how to use the eWIC card at the register and points out times where errors can occur if the card is not used correctly.
The video is located at two locations on the website: https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/families/resourcesrecipes/ and https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/families/ewic/ under the Informational Materials tab. The video is not available on DVD, but can be downloaded and saved from the eWIC Families page. Please let Anne Strope know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionists/Dietitians – Samuel U. Rodgers WIC Program. Samuel U Rodgers WIC Program has immediate openings for 2 full time Nutritionist/Dietitians. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economics, 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.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a full time WIC Clerk / Health Professional Assistant (HPA). Responsibilities include determining eligibility of WIC applicants, collecting and documenting height, weight, blood work data, and providing clerical support. Strong customer service skills required. Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED; 1+ years WIC experience preferred.
To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Team Leader
Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190 x3043
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.