April 12, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Proof of Identity Options in MOWINS
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS eWIC Trainings
SUBJECT 3: Dierbergs Pharmacy Changes
SUBJECT 4: Removal of Human Milk Fortifier from Missouri WIC Approved Formulas
SUBJECT 5: WIC Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Application
SUBJECT 6: Invitation for the FFY 2022 Breastfeeding Peer Counseling (BFPC) Program
SUBJECT 7: ASAP Information for Completing BFPC and WIC Breastfeeding Friendly Clinic Applications
SUBJECT 8: National WIC Association Monday Update
SUBJECT 9: Breast Pump Order
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – City of St. Joseph Health Department
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – Joplin City WIC
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – Lawrence County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist – Ozark County Health Department
SUBJECT 1: Proof of Identity Options in MOWINS. The proof of identity dropdown options in MOWINS have been updated to be consistent with policy. Be sure to complete a manual Reset/Update to see the change reflected in MOWINS on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Refer to WOM policy 8.1.210 for accepted proofs of identity. Please contact your administrative TA staff if you have questions.
SUBJECT 2: MOWINS eWIC Trainings. The MOWINS eWIC trainings can now be accessed from the “MOWINS Training Sessions” page or by a link on the “Local Agency Staff” page. The link on the “Local Agency Staff” page, is located under the “eLearning” header and that will direct users to the “MOWINS Training Sessions” page. Please contact the MOWINS Help Desk at WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov or 800-554-2544, if you have questions or are in need of additional assistance.
SUBJECT 3: Dierbergs Pharmacy Changes. Effective April 17th, 2021, Dierbergs Markets will sell their pharmacies to Mercy. Mercy is currently NOT a WIC-approved pharmacy in Missouri. Pharmacies within Dierbergs will not be able to order exempt infant formula or WIC-eligible nutritionals and will not accept eWIC cards at the pharmacy counter. Please direct participants to other local WIC-approved pharmacies to order formula. Contact Jill Crossland at 573-522-2831 if you have questions or need assistance finding a WIC-approved pharmacy.
SUBJECT 4: Removal of Human Milk Fortifier from Missouri WIC Approved Formulas. Enfamil Human Milk Fortifier (HMF) is no longer an approved Missouri WIC formula as of April 12th, 2021. There will not be a replacement for this formula as it is rarely indicated for use outside of acute care settings and often times results in formula waste. This formula is not currently listed in the Food and Formula Reference Guide (FFRG): Formula Listing Effective Jan. 1, 2021; however, the guidance regarding issuance of HMF in the FFRG: Guidelines Effective Sept. 1, 2019 on page 7 will be removed in the next revision. The Missouri WIC Approved Formulas and WIC-Eligible Nutritionals listing for health care providers will also be updated to reflect this change. For questions, please call the state agency at (800) 392-8209 and ask for the nutritionist on duty or your TA nutritionist.
SUBJECT 5: WIC Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Application. The purpose of this statewide effort is to implement evidence-based breastfeeding strategies and to encourage and recognize local agencies that offer an optimal level of breastfeeding support. The WIC Breastfeeding Task Force worked with the state agency to develop specific criteria that must be met to be recognized as a “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic.” These criteria are available here.
If your agency would like to apply for “Breastfeeding Friendly” status for FFY 2022, complete the online application. If you completed an ASAP request for the BFPC application, you will also have access to this application. Once it is determined that your agency meets all the criteria, your agency will be recognized as a “Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic” for FFY 2022 and will receive a framed certificate to hang in your clinic and additional funding. The deadline for completing the application is COB on Friday, May 14, 2021. We understand that local agencies are in different stages of COVID-19 response and want to work with your agency to address any barriers that might exist in submitting the “Breastfeeding Friendly” application as requested.
If you experience challenges or have questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by phone at 573-751-6468.
SUBJECT 6: Invitation for the FFY 2022 Breastfeeding Peer Counseling (BFPC) Program. If your agency is interested in participating in the FFY 2022 BFPC program, please see the attached letter. To apply, please complete the online application and attach your BFPC agency plan. For those who have access, your user ID and password will be the same as the one used for the LAP and WIC online invoice. If you have not completed an ASAP to request access, please see this week’s WIC Update with title “ASAP Information for Completing BFPC and WIC Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Applications.” If you previously requested and received access to these applications, you will NOT need to do it again this year. If you had prior access, and cannot log in, you may need to call the ITSD Help Desk at 800-347-0887 and ask to have your SERVEMO account reset. An application must be completed each year, even if your agency is currently participating in the BFPC program. The application deadline is COB on Friday, May 14, 2022. We understand that local agencies are in different stages of COVID-19 response and want to work with your agency to address any barriers that might exist in submitting the BFPC Program application as requested. If you have any questions or are experiencing challenges, please contact Stephanie Pruess at Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-840-9572.
SUBJECT 7: ASAP Information for Completing BFPC and WIC Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic Applications. The applications for the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program and the Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic designation are only available to be completed online. To access the online application, you must complete an ASAP request. WIC Online Invoice and LAP access does not provide you access to this application. If you previously requested and received access to these applications, you will NOT need to do it again this year. If you had prior access, and cannot log in, you may need to call the ITSD Help Desk at 800-347-0887 and ask to have your SERVEMO account reset. Below are the values that need to be selected when completing the ASAP form:
Area Type: HEALTH APPLICATIONS
Health Area Type: WIC BF APPLICATION
Request Type: ADD ACCESS
Role: WIC BF APPLICANT
Other Role/Report Type: Choose appropriate local agency
Effective Date: Current date
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or 573-751-6468.
SUBJECT 8: National WIC Association Monday Update. The Missouri State WIC office pays for a National WIC Association (NWA) membership for all local agencies in Missouri. As a result, all local agency staff are National WIC Association members and may receive the NWA Monday Update each week. Each individual staff member will need to create an account on the NWA website, https://www.nwica.org/auth/register. Once your account is created, email email@example.com and request to be linked to your agency’s profile. Once linked to your agency’s profile, you will automatically be added to the NWA mailing list and will receive Monday Reports, Washington Updates, and more.
For staff who have been long time subscribers, you will notice some recent changes. NWA is using a new email platform for member communications. As of Monday, March 29, 2021, newsletters will come from a different email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and could potentially be marked as spam. Be sure to include email@example.com in your trusted list, and label NWA emails as a “safe sender” and “not spam.” If you do not receive your Monday Update, please check your spam folder. The newsletter name has also changed from Monday Morning Report (MMR), to Monday Update.
State office staff encourages all local agency staff to take full advantage of and enjoy the privileges of your NWA membership. One benefit of the Monday Updates is that they contain registration information for weekly NWA webinars that may be used toward fulfilling continuing education requirements. Contact your assigned administrative or nutrition TA if you have questions.
SUBJECT 9: Breast Pump Order. McKesson will start shipping breast pumps and pump accessories from the December order in the week starting April 12th, from both Medela and Hygeia. You may not receive all of your order at the same time because supplies are coming from multiple manufacturers. Also, McKesson has limited supplies of the Medela Personal User Double-Electric Pump in the cases of three (3), so they will be shipping personal pumps in individual boxes. Please be sure to check the boxes you receive to make sure that the items you receive are what you ordered. Please remember that the following procedure must be followed in order to verify receipt of shipment for payment:
- Immediately upon receipt of shipment, please locate the packing slip and verify that your agency received the products and quantities stated, or the correct amount of a replacement product.
- Sign the packing slip to verify the order is correct.
- Fax the signed packing slip to the state agency at 573-526-1470.
- If your agency did not receive what was stated on the packing slip, please check to see if any items are marked as backordered. If they are not backordered, contact Lisa Schlientz for further steps.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schlientz by email at Lisa.Schlientz@health.mo.gov or by telephone at 573-751-6468.
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 St. Joseph, MO - Official Website (governmentjobs.com) by April 21, 2021.
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – Joplin City WIC. The Joplin City Health Department WIC Program has an opening for a full-time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Under general supervision, 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. Reports to WIC Coordinator. Must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in Foods and Nutrition, including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in life cycle; or Registration or current eligibility for registration as a Registered Dietitian by the commission of Dietetic Registration.
To apply, mail resume to:
City of Joplin
602 S Main St.
Joplin, MO. 64801
Or email to:
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – Lawrence County Health Department. The Lawrence County Health Department WIC Program is currently accepting resumes for a part-time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (3 days a week/21 hours). Responsibilities include assuring the WIC participants receive accurate nutrition assessments and appropriate nutrition education. Must be dependable, and work well in a team. Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in Foods and Nutrition, including at least one course in diet therapy and one course in community nutrition or nutrition in life cycle. Benefits include retirement, pro- rated Holidays and leave time. For more information call 417-466-2201.
Email resume to: Janella.Spencer@Lpha.mo.gov or fax to 417-466-7485.
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist – Ozark County Health Department. The Ozark County Health Department is currently accepting applications for a WIC Nutritionist position. Minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Public Health Nutrition; Dietetics: 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 email Rhonda.Suter@lpha.mo.gov.
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.