SUBJECT 1: FFY 2020 End-of-Year Invoices Due December 10, 2020
SUBJECT 2: Loving Support Award of Excellence
SUBJECT 3: New Infant Contract Formula Resources
SUBJECT 4: New! Charges for Scale Inspections and Survey Link
SUBJECT 5: October wichealth.org Newsletter

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Joplin City Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Pettis County Health Center
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Osage County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) – Family Care Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers

 

SUBJECT 1: FFY 2020 End-of-Year Invoices Due December 10, 2020. The deadline for submission of FFY (federal fiscal year) 2020 end-of-year invoices is Thursday, December 10, 2020. Expenses must have been incurred prior to October 1, 2020 to qualify for the FFY 2020 funding year. Supplemental invoices are due December 10, 2020 - ABSOLUTE DEADLINE. Payments beyond this date are not possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

SUBJECT 2: Loving Support Award of Excellence. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced that the Loving Support Award of Excellence application period is now open. The Loving Support Award of Excellence was developed to recognize and celebrate WIC local agencies that provide exemplary breastfeeding programs and support services. Over the last six years the award has been given, Missouri has had 23 local agencies that have met the criteria and were recognized.

Three levels of excellence will be recognized and awarded: Gold, Gold Premiere, and Gold Elite. The award is valid for a four-year period; however an agency may apply for an award of higher achievement the following year after receiving an award. Agencies awarded prior to 2018 should reapply for 2021. The 2021 application period closes on January 15, 2021.
The main qualification to apply is for the local agency to have a Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program that meets all of the required core components of the FNS WIC Breastfeeding Model for Peer Counseling for a successful peer counseling program for at least one year. All of Missouri’s “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinics” should, at a minimum, meet the Gold level and are all encouraged to apply.

Click here for the application, instructions, and FAQs. There is also a PowerPoint presentation available (attached) with guidance for local agencies who wish to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz by email at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-751-6468. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

SUBJECT 3: New Infant Contract Formula Resources.
Infant Contract Formula Change Letters of Notification - The change to Similac products is fast approaching. Please use the attached letters to communicate this change to participants utilizing WIC infant formula and local health care providers. These letters may be hand-delivered, mailed, or emailed. Abbott Nutrition has already began distributing the Health Care Provider Letter to hospitals statewide and health care providers with a membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics in Missouri. Thank you for your help in sharing the news!

General Guidance for New Contract Formula Transition-Most infants will transition from Enfamil products to Similac products without issues; however, in some cases, there is not an exact equivalent or there are multiple options to consider. The same clinical skills in selecting an Enfamil product will be the same skills used when selecting a Similac product. The following table provides the basic indications for our new contract formulas:

  Formula Formulation Indicated for:

Similac Advance with Iron

Similac Advance with Iron
20 cal/fl oz

Milk-based formula with prebiotics

Normal tolerance
Note: Has the same stooling profile as Enfamil Reguline when used to manage constipation.

Similac Sensitive

Similac Sensitive
20 cal/fl oz

Low lactose

Fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity

Similac Total Comfort

Similac Total Comfort
20 cal/fl oz

Low lactose and partially hydrolyzed proteins

Fussiness and gas due to lactose sensitivity

Similac for Spit-Up

Similac for Spit-Up
20 cal/fl oz

Added rice starch

Increased occurrence of spit-up

Similac Soy Isomil

Similac Soy Isomil
20 cal/fl oz

Soy-based protein

Fussiness or gas while on milk-based formula

For more detailed information on formula selection, review Chapter 4 of the USDA Infant Nutrition and Feeding Guide.
Please contact Jill Crossland at Jill.Crossland@health.mo.gov if you have any questions. (2 ATTACHMENTS).

SUBJECT 4: New! Charges for Scale Inspections and Survey Link. Missouri Department of Agriculture, Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division will no longer provide scale inspections free of charge (see attachment) for Missouri WIC local agencies (LAs). Due to this recent change, LAs will not be monitored for the annual scale inspection in FY21. In order to assist the state agency in planning for scale inspections moving forward, please complete the survey at this link by December 14th 2020.
Contact Rita Arni at Rita.Arni@health.mo.gov if you have any questions. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

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

  1. The wichealth Difference: 2020 Releases have been POSTPONED until January 13, 2021 at 12:30PM CST. Please save the new date of January 13, 2021 at 12:30PM CST. wichealth was very busy with lesson development this year and nine (9) lessons have been launched or will be launched in November. Several lessons will be retired or replaced too. It is important to keep up with the changes so you can share these new developments with your participants!
  2. Pre-Launch Communication Plan. Communication is key! If you are new to wichealth and would like to increase your usage, we recently developed a simple plan that includes recommended communication channels and various resources to help you get the word out about wichealth.org. To access the Pre-Launch Plan, log in to wichealthsupport.org with your staff account, and select “resources” to find email examples, newsletter content, and promotional materials all designed to help you communicate the benefits of wichealth to your staff and participants.
  3. Health eKitchen. Celebrate the splendors of fall with these harvest favorites! October’s featured recipes are:
    • Sweet Potato and Squash Soup
    • Homemade Applesauce
    • Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese
    • Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples
    • Banana Ricotta Dip and Apple Wedges
    • Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats
    • Fruit and Veggie Muffins
    • Oatmeal Baked Apples

Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.Teeple@health.mo.gov if you have any questions or need to set-up a staff account. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

 

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Joplin City Health Department. The Joplin City Health Department is accepting applications for a full-time nutritionist within the WIC program. The nutritionist, under general supervision, is 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. Responsibilities also include determining health and nutritional risk factors for certification and recertification for WIC program eligibility, assigning appropriate food and formula packages, and teaching nutrition related classes, seminars, and workshops to groups, or one-on-one, to W.I.C. participants and in other community health programs including promoting breastfeeding. Please click here for more information and to apply online.

JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Pettis County Health Center. The Pettis County Health Center is accepting applications for a full-time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor within the WIC Program. The selected candidate will give basic breastfeeding information, support, and encouragement to new mothers and help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals. Candidate must be willing to accept after-hours phone calls and make home and hospital visits. Personal breastfeeding experience and Spanish-speaking skills are preferred. This position may also provide clerical duties including determining eligibility of WIC participants, collecting and documenting height, weight, blood work data, and providing clerical support. Position available until filled.

Please submit a resume to the WIC office at the Pettis County Health Center, 911 East 16th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301 or by email to micah.waddle@lpha.mo.gov
For more information call 660-827-4599 or 660-827-1130.

JOB POSTING: Part-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Osage County Health Department. The Osage County Health Department has an immediate opening for a part-time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. This person will be expected to work two WIC days (Wednesdays) per month with the possibility of up to 4 days per month as needed. At minimum, 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.
Please submit your resume via email to osagecountyhealthdepartment@gmail.com
This position is open until filled.

JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) – 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 
acallico@fchcstl.org

JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (24 hrs/week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required.

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 
acallico@fchcstl.org

Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.

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