April 19, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Expired HemoCue Microcuvettes
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order
SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Materials
SUBJECT 4: Cash Value Benefit Increase
SUBJECT 5: March wichealth.org Newsletter
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: Expired HemoCue Microcuvettes. WIC local agencies may have HemoCue microcuvettes on hand that will expire due to decreased testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should a local agency have expired microcuvettes, please email WICOperations@health.mo.gov stating the number of bottles that expired, the expiration date, and the local agency name. Once reported to WIC Operations, dispose of the expired unused microcuvettes by opening and emptying the bottle into an appropriate disposal container.
SUBJECT 2: Breast Pump Order. McKesson started shipping breast pumps and pump accessories from the December order 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.
SUBJECT 3: New eWIC Materials. The state agency (SA) has created two new materials to assist local agencies (LA) with household changes. The new materials are called “EBT Household Change Guided Script Guidance” and “EBT Household Change Flow Chart,” and can be found on the MOWINS Training Sessions page of the MO WIC website. These materials are to assist LA staff on when and how to complete a household change. The scenarios and reminders listed in the documents will assist the LA in determining what actions to take during the change. Please contact the MOWINS Help Desk at 800-554-2544 or WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov if you have any questions or need assistance in a household change.
SUBJECT 4: Cash Value Benefit Increase. A WIC Update went out March 29, 2021 stating Missouri WIC plans to participate in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and increase the Cash Value Benefits for fruit and vegetable purchases to $35 per month for eligible women and children participants from June – September 2021. In preparation for this temporary increase, a new food item was built in MOWINS. After completion of a manual reset/update on Monday, April 19, the $35 CVB will be available in MOWINS.
- Conduct a MOWINS reset/update on Monday, April 19.
- The $35 CVB benefit will be issued as one food item.
- Participants who have already been issued standard CVB benefits for June or after, must return to the clinic to have their card updated to reflect the $35 in CVB benefits. We encourage local agency staff to contact these participants to provide an option for them to come to the local agency to have their card updated prior to June 1. The CVB Issuance and Redemption Crystal Report can be found under the Local Agency-Food/Formula Tab and identifies participants who were issued CVB Benefits for a particular month.
- Remember, once any food benefits have been redeemed for a specific month, that month’s food package cannot be updated, so the increased CVB cannot be added to a food package if any of that month’s benefits have been redeemed.
- Participants who have not been issued food benefits for June or after, will be issued a food package containing the $35 CVB amount.
Detailed instructions for issuing benefits to participants for the increased CVB amount and instructions for reissuing a food package to include the additional CVB amount are provided in the attached document.
Please contact the MOWINS Help Desk at WICHelpDesk@health.mo.gov or 1-800-554-2544, if you have questions or are in need of additional assistance.
SUBJECT 5: March wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the March wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:
- Health eKitchen Updates – Meeting New Nutrition Guidelines. Wichealth is in the process of reviewing all Health eKitchen recipes and adapting as needed to ensure they meet the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. The design of Health eKitchen encourages and helps parents plan and prepare healthy, easy meals that center around WIC-approved foods. Wichealth uses set guidelines to ensure that the recipes we offer in Health eKitchen are appropriate for our participants. Visit this month’s attached newsletter to find out how wichealth is ensuring all Health eKitchen recipes meet the new guidelines!
- Lesson Spotlight – Feeding Your Infant Solid Foods. This lesson offers WIC participants a guide through the exciting and messy landscape of solid foods. It provides a practical plan of which foods to offer and how to offer them safely. This recently redesigned lesson presents recommended guidance to WIC participants in a fun, easy-to-understand format. It includes the 5 signs baby is ready for solid foods, a guide to the first smooth foods to offer, solid food safety tips and much more. Check out Feeding Your Infant Solid Foods today at wichealth in the Infants category!
- From Our Recipe Box to Yours – Health eKitchen. Did you know you can make fresh ricotta cheese in your kitchen with only 3 ingredients? With this homemade cheese recipe you can create Slow Cooker Lasagna, Ricotta Strawberry Bagels, Ricotta Banana Bread and more! For full recipes, visit Health eKitchen.
- Lesson Completion Certificates – Two Ways to Easy Gain Access. Besides logging in to our support site and plugging in a participants ID, did you know there is another way to gain this information? You can also designate a central clinic email so that our system can automatically send any completion certificates for your clinic to the address when a participant completes a lesson. That means all certificates will come straight to your designated inbox!
- Join Us Friday April 30th 10:00-10:30 AM CST – Coffee Talk with the Wichealth Team. On the first Friday of every month, we will be hosting a 30-minute Q & A session to help engage local agency staff. The ideas we discuss will range from sharing processes, answering questions about how to use various support site resources, and sharing what others are doing at the agency and clinic level. Register here today!
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)
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.