SUBJECT 1: Online Submission Form – Update
SUBJECT 2: Updated WIC-8 Resource Request Form
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Education Topic – Client Refused Nutrition Education
SUBJECT 4: September wichealth.org Newsletter
SUBJECT 5: Microcuvette Order
SUBJECT 6: WIC Invoicing/WIC24 Invoice

JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) – Family Care Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers
JOB POSTING: WIC Nutritionist – Taney County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian – City of St. Joseph Health Department
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Affinia Healthcare

 

SUBJECT 1: Online Submission Form – Update. Fantastic news: the Online Interest Form is popular with Missouri residents! 45 submissions were received in the first four days without any public announcement of the form’s presence. As of today, there are over 400 submissions! This is a great thing! Missourians are looking forward to connecting to one of our incredible local agencies! The Breakdown of Submissions Sent to WIC Local Agencies shows where these leads were sent - some agencies received abundant inquiries while some have received none at this time. To boost the Online Inquiry Form traffic in your area, please take advantage of the social media post sent by Cailee Rye on October 21.

Local agencies across Missouri have taken on this important and impactful new initiative with gusto and strong teamwork. The tracking is allowing state staff to collect critical data that is used to improve current outreach efforts as well as brainstorm new efforts that will help raise participation rates across all local agencies who have consistently experienced a decline.

Everyone’s time is in short supply right now and it is heartwarming to see how much WIC staff care about getting the word out and helping residents in need. Despite this year bringing record unemployment claims and food banks stretched too thin, WIC has experienced a consistent decline in participation rates. After deep diving into the reasons why, it was discovered that WIC outreach across all of Missouri is very minimal which has unfortunately led to WIC’s visibility being minimal. The FFY20 Quarterly Participation Rates displays the overall participation rates per local agency each quarter in FFY20. Participation rates increased at a small handful of agencies but declined in the vast majority of others.

We must work together, hand in hand, to change this tide. Throughout 2020, as time demands increased on all sides, WIC outreach became something to handle “in the future.” The future is here. While it isn’t easy or convenient for any of us to make extra time for these efforts, there are thousands of residents who continue to struggle at making ends meet, who worry about how to make the upcoming holiday season special for their families without adequate money. It is our responsibility to help these families in every way we can, and while the past six months have been hectic with ever-evolving changes, rules, waivers, schedule shifts, and continued uncertainty, we are far better equipped to handle what comes next.

The Online Interest Form provides residents an additional way to request help and proves to be highly valued. The form was developed to provide a convenient way for potential participants to reach out without being placed on hold or sent to voicemail for a game of phone tag. It also makes determining eligibility quicker and easier while collecting critical data. This data will help answer questions like: Do leads with more information provide better enrollment results? Where are leads being lost? Are residents returning phone calls or emails? What are the most successful methods to follow up with each lead?

The data collected from weekly updates and state outreach efforts will help answer these questions and more. Future data collection may be reduced as we discover answers to initial questions to make this initiative successful. Thank you for doing your part to help improve participation rates as well as the experience of our potential participants. Together we can help improve the lives of Missouri families! If you have any questions, please contact your district TA or email anne.strope@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 2: Updated WIC-8 Resource Request Form. The updated WIC-8 Resource Request form is approved and available on the website; please see attached form. All check resources were removed and replaced by eWIC resources. Please use this form for all future orders.

If you have any questions, please email WICresources@health.mo.gov
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SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Education Topic – Client Refused Nutrition Education. This is a reminder to document instances when a participant refuses to participate in nutrition education. Select the Client Refused radio button in the “add education topic window” in MOWINS.

  • Client Refused option is available when coding both individual and group nutrition education contacts.
  • Clicking on the radio button provides documentation that the participant refused the nutrition education contact, and is documented in the same way as all the other education contacts (see third screen shot on the attached).
  • Client Refused does not count as one of the two required nutrition education contacts in each six month period of a year-long certification.
  • Per policy 2.4.110, place the participant on a monthly cycle until the participant receives their second nutrition education contact in a six month time period.

Please see the screenshots attached. If you have any questions contact you district nutrition specialist for assistance.
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SUBJECT 4: September wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the September wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:

Prepare for Changes. New lesson versions will be available to add to lesson line-ups after the dates outlined in the table below. Once the new versions are in place, current versions will be “retired.” A few of the many benefits of updating these lessons include: all new internal, mobile friendly resources; intentional information targeting specific WIC participants; more interactive components that engage learners to think about their experiences and behaviors; stage-specific content addressing barriers and growth opportunities for learners; critical content intentionally delivered to ensure learners get the basics; and coordinated engaging designs.

October 25th 2020: November 22nd 2020: December 13th 2020
Solving Picky Eating
Current lesson title: Secrets to Feeding Picky Eaters
Making Mealtime A Family Time
Current lesson title: Make Mealtime A Family Time
Title to be determined:
Consolidation of current lessons titled: A Recipe For A Healthy Pregnancy, Preparing For A Healthy Pregnancy, and Food Safety For Moms-To-Be
Help Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Current lesson title: Help Your Child Make Good Eating Choices
A Guide To Food Safety
Consolidation of current lessons titled: Farm to Family: Keeping Food Safe, Keeping Food Safe, Keep Your Family Safe From E. Coli, and Food Safety for Moms-To-Be
Baby’s First Cup
Title did not change
Title to be determined
Current lesson title: Starting Your Infant On Solid Food
Building Healthy Bodies With Iron Foods
Current Lesson Title: Choose Iron-Rich Foods
Feeding Your 1-Year-Old
Current lesson title: Offering Your Baby the Right Foods As He Grows

The Making of a Lesson. wichealth.org has a lengthy process for lesson development. The feedback participants provide at the end-of-lesson surveys are reviewed and carefully analyzed to ensure that participants are afforded valuable and engaging lessons to support their behavior change. Please see the attached newsletter for more details about wichealth’s process for lesson development.

The wichealth Difference: 2020 Releases. You are invited register and join us November 4, 2020 12:30 -2:00 pm CST to view the latest updates and platform enhancements to help you provide innovative nutrition education to WIC participants. The registration link is available inside the attached newsletter!

Webinar Series. Register and join us in October and November as wichealth introduces this new lesson. The link is available inside the attached newsletter for the following webinar.

  • November 18th at 12:30PM CST – Title to be determined: New Pregnancy Lesson

Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.teeple@health.mo.gov if you have any questions or need to set-up a staff account.
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SUBJECT 5: Microcuvette Order. Missouri WIC requested the microcuvette orders be shipped to the local agencies, and some local agencies began receiving shipments on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Once the order is received, please verify that the number of microcuvettes received matches the number listed on the packing slip.

If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip. Please fax the signed packing slip to WIC Operations at 573-526-1470 or scan and email the signed packing slip to WICOperations@health.mo.gov within one week of receiving the shipment. Confirmation on the packing slip is required for the state agency to pay for the microcuvettes.

If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Jenna Rackers at 573-526-4622.
If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes you received and the date you received the shipment to WICOperations@health.mo.gov.

Thank you for your prompt cooperation.

SUBJECT 6: WIC Invoicing/WIC24 Invoice. When creating a Budget Adjustment or Invoice in the Online WIC Invoicing (WIC-24) application, please double check the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY). After October 1, the FFY for Budget Adjustments automatically defaults to 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Thompson at Laura.Thompson@health.mo.gov or 573-526-7901.

 

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: 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

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. 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 Date: November 6, 2020. For more information, how to apply, and for essential functions visit https://www.taneycohealth.org/news/employment-opportunities/

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian – City of St. Joseph Health Department. The City of St. Joseph Health Department has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. At a 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 application online at https://www.stjoemo.info/406/Employment

JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Affinia Healthcare. The Affinia Healthcare WIC Program has an immediate opening for a part time (24 hours per week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor position 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 hour phone calls and make home and hospital visits. Personal breastfeeding experience is a must. Selected candidate will work 24 hours/week.
Send resume to Kristen Gore at Affinia Healthcare 2220 Lemp Ave or email kgore@affiniahealthcare.org

Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.

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