September 14, 2020 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Infants Issued a Child’s Food Package
SUBJECT 2: Statewide COVID-19 Job Impact Survey Request – DUE September 30
SUBJECT 3: Zoom Licenses
SUBJECT 4: August wichealth.org Newsletter
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – St. Charles County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Samuel U. Rodgers WIC Program
SUBJECT 1: Infants Issued a Child’s Food Package. A new report, Infants Issued a Child’s Food Package, is now available in the Food/Formula folder as a crystal or excel report. According to the report, there were over 2000 infants in the last two years (reporting timeframe) who have been issued a child’s food package before their first birthday. The report uses whole milk as the marker for infants who received the child’s food package. Duplicates appear on the report if the infant received whole milk AND whole evaporated milk or any other whole milk substitute.
This is a violation of policy and may happen in MOWINS when:
- Future food prescriptions are not deleted and the infant remains on the same food package (fully breastfeeding or same formula) for the entire year, or
- An infant is added to the program after 6 months of age where there is no MCA, and no food package changes during that time.
All WIC staff issuing benefits need to be aware that the child’s package may only be issued on or after the child’s first birthday. The local agency goal should be to achieve a blank report for Infants Issued a Child’s Food Package and not be in violation of policy. Please contact your district nutrition specialist if you have any questions.
SUBJECT 2: Statewide COVID-19 Job Impact Survey Request – DUE September 30. The state of Missouri is conducting a survey on how COVID-19 impacts your job. We need this information so we can try to provide help to local communities. Please take the time to complete this as we need local information to help people.
Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobImpactSurvey
The information will be used to determine economic changes by zip code, and guide state conversations on potential assistance and outreach efforts. Please make sure to continuously share as you see new clients or make new connections. The more responses we have the better the data will be for making decisions.
The online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JobImpactSurvey will be active through September 30, 2020. The data will be reviewed as it is received. On October 1, 2020, the survey will close and data will be analyzed. The results of the survey will be shared with interested parties.
Please complete and share our Job Impact Survey by September 30, 2020.
Contact Justin Logan, Justin.C.Logan@dss.mo.gov or 573-526-3607 if you have any questions.
SUBJECT 3: Zoom Licenses. Due to security concerns, Missouri ITSD will no longer allow the purchase of licenses or installation of Zoom on state issued devices. Local agencies will not be blocked from participating in a Zoom conference, but a license is required in order for a conference to be created. Zoom will no longer be supported by Missouri ITSD and any issues related to the use of the product will have be to be handled by the party setting up the meeting.
SUBJECT 4: August wichealth.org Newsletter. Highlights include:
- New Digital Tools for WIC Clients: A Request for Proposals (RFP) Checklist. In 2019, The Center on Budget Policy Priorities, Social Interest Solutions, and the National WIC Association partners created a toolkit to provide “an overview of recent efforts to modernize and use technology to streamline WIC benefit and service delivery and improve participants’ experience.” The group included a “detailed checklist of consideration for soliciting strong proposals” when acquiring new digital tools for WIC participants. The RFP Checklist is intended to be used as a document to help inform prospective partners about how our online nutrition education platform meets the items for consideration included in the checklist. To download the document, select the image inside the attached newsletter or visit: https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/launching-new-digital-tools-for-wic-participants
- Lesson Spotlight: Making a Meal Plan. Studies show that “the average American family throws out 25 percent of the food they purchase. For a family of four, that means throwing away between $1,365 and $2,275 every year.” The good news is that when we take the time to meal plan and create a clear grocery list, we stretch dollars, reduce food waste, and avoid mealtime frustration. This lesson provides easy, valuable tools that both beginners and experienced meal planners can quickly learn to use. Explore two of the lesson’s most popular resources.
- Webinar Series. Join us in September and October as we introduce four of our newest lessons. Register for the following webinars using the links listed in attached newsletter!
- September 9th at 12:30PM CST – Solving Picky Eating and Help Your Child Develop Healthy Eating
- September 23rd at 12:30PM CST – Baby’s First Cup and Building Healthy Bodies with Iron Foods
- October 7th at 12:30PM CST – Making Mealtime a Family Time and Guide To Food Safety
- October 21st at 12:30PM CST – Feeding Your 6 to 12 Month Old and Feeding Your 12 to 24 Month Old
- Health eKitchen Featured Recipes. With summer drawing to a close, Health eKitchen shifts from cool, healthy smoothies to the freedom and ease of slow cooking. A few minutes of morning meal prep, and any one of these delicious recipes below could be waiting for you at the end of the day!
- Cinnamon Apple Slow Cooker Pork
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast
- Crockpot Creamy Chicken
- Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken
- Slow Cooker Lasagna
- Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork
- Homemade Yogurt
- Slow Cooker Pork and Bean Tacos
- New Flyers: Instructions to Add Wichealth to Your Home Screen. Did you know that you can save a website to the home screen of your phone? With just a few simple steps, you can find a wichealth icon on either an Apple or Android device allowing wichealth to work similarly to an app. To download the new flyers in English or Spanish for both Apple and Android devices, please visit the attached newsletter and choose the link appropriate for your personal device.
Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.email@example.com with questions or to set-up a staff account.
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – St. Charles County Health Department. The Saint Charles County (SCC) Health Department is currently accepting applications for Breastfeeding Peer Counselor position within the WIC Program. The selected candidate will give basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and help mothers achieve their own breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is a must. For detailed job description please visit SCC Human Resources Employment Opportunities website: https://hr.sccmo.org/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx
All applications must be submitted only through the Saint Charles County Self-Service Website at http://hr.sccmo.org/hr
Faxed, e-mailed, or printed applications will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Eva Obirek at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers. People’s Health Centers WIC Program has an immediate opening for a full time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, must have breastfed at least one baby. The selected candidate will provide breastfeeding information and support to WIC eligible participants.
Resumes will be accepted by online application to https://peoplesfamilystl.org/careers/
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers. People’s Health Centers WIC Program has an immediate opening for a part time (20-30 hours per week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, must have breastfed at least one baby. The selected candidate will provide breastfeeding information and support to WIC eligible participants.
Resumes will be accepted by online application to https://peoplesfamilystl.org/careers/
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Samuel U. Rodgers WIC Program. Samuel U Rodgers WIC Program has immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian. 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 at our Northland clinic (2 days per week) and downtown site (3 days per week). There is flexibility with this position to be part-time.
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.