April 26, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: WIC Administrative Staff Update
SUBJECT 2: Nationally-Declared Public Health Emergency Extended; WIC Waivers Extended
SUBJECT 3: Clarification on WIC Income Exclusions Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021
SUBJECT 4: Updated WIC Developmental Milestones Program Webpage
SUBJECT 5: National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)
SUBJECT 6: Reminder – Pediasure Formula Name Changed to Pediasure Grow and Gain
SUBJECT 7: National Infant Immunization Week
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian – City of St. Joseph Health Department
JOB POSTING: Dietitian/Nutritionist – Joplin City WIC
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist – Ozark County Health Department
SUBJECT 1: WIC Administrative Staff Update – The WIC state agency has experienced some recent staffing changes that we’d like to share with you. Cailee Rye (Outreach), Lisa Ivy (Assistant Bureau Chief over Administrative Monitoring), and Michelle Johnson (Administrative Monitoring Supervisor) are no longer working with the WIC program. For requests or questions previously sent to Cailee Rye, please direct those to Anne.Strope@health.mo.gov.
If your agency needs assistance that would have been provided by Lisa Ivy or Michelle Johnson in the past, please contact Angie Brenner Angie.Brenner@health.mo.gov or Jennifer Roberts Jennifer.L.Roberts@health.mo.gov in the interim. Of course, your Administrative TA staff is also still available to assist you! It is our intent to provide seamless support to you during this transition. We’re here for you! Thank you for all you do for the WIC program and the service you provide to Missouri WIC participants.
SUBJECT 2: Nationally-declared Public Health Emergency Extended; WIC Waivers Extended. The COVID-19 nationally-declared public health emergency has been extended. As noted in the January 19, 2021 WIC COVID-19 WAIVERS EXTENDED WIC Update and in the Missouri WIC Disaster Plan, WIC waivers will remain in place until 30 days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency, per WIC Policy Memorandum #2020-6: Extensions for Certain USDA FNSApproved COVID-19 Waivers. The status of the COVID-19 public health emergency will be re-evaluated approximately every three months at the federal level. Once the COVID-19 public health emergency has been discontinued, WIC programs will have 30 days to transition to operations without waivers. The next evaluation of the public health emergency will be approximately July 19, 2021, making the waivers effective through approximately August 18, 2021; however, if the nationally-declared public health emergency is extended, the WIC waivers will be extended as well. The state agency will provide additional information on waiver end dates after the nationally-declared public health emergency has been discontinued. Please contact your TA staff with any questions.
SUBJECT 3: Clarification on WIC Income Exclusions Under American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Pub. L. No. 117-2 (the Act). The Act included recovery rebates for individuals and child tax credits for qualifying households. Below is a summary of each provision and how it applies to determining eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The following rebates and changes are only applicable for the calendar year 2021 and are excluded from consideration as household income for the purpose of determining WIC eligibility
- Section 9601 – 2021 Recovery Rebates to Individuals. $1400 rebate payments to eligible individuals, including children, similar to those authorized under the CARES Act section 2201 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, sections 272 and 273. Pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6409,
- Section 9611 – Child Tax Credit Improvements for 2021, whether received as an annual credit or in the form of advance payments. Section 9611(a) of the Act makes the Child Tax Credit fully refundable so that it is available in full to children in families with low or no earnings, increases the maximum credit to $3,000 per child or $3,600 for children under the age of six, and extends the credit to 17-year-olds.
If you have any questions, please contact your Administrative TA staff. The full USDA policy memo is attached.
SUBJECT 4: Updated WIC Developmental Milestones Program Webpage. The WIC Developmental Milestones Program webpage has been updated and includes the following information:
- Brief promotional video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Missouri map of the counties with at least one participating WIC local agency
- Program enrollment instructions
- WIC-5 form for ordering program materials
If your local agency would like to enroll in the WIC Developmental Milestones Program, please complete the application form located on the webpage. For questions, contact D’Anne Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-526-0209.
SUBJECT 5: National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN). The 22nd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) will be held virtually on July 27-29, 2021. This free event will offer an exceptional opportunity to connect and learn about nationwide efforts to shift the focus of the child welfare system to primary prevention—creating conditions where children are free from child abuse and neglect. This year's conference theme is Thriving Children and Families: Prevention with Purpose. The virtual conference will be presented over three shorter days to ensure that content is delivered in digestible segments. As conference details are confirmed, updates will be provided via the NCCAN listserv and the NCCAN website. If interested, please subscribe to the listserv.
SUBJECT 6: Pediasure Formula Name Changed to Pediasure Grow and Gain. In 2015, Abbott added the phrase “Grow and Gain” to Pediasure and Pediasure with Fiber titles. All Pediasure Grow and Gain flavors, as well as Pediasure Grow and Gain with Fiber in strawberry and vanilla flavors, are Missouri WIC-approved formulas. The descriptions in MOWINS will remain the same due to character limits. The MO WIC-Approved Formulas and WIC-Eligible Nutritionals health care provider listing and rows 40 and 41 in the current Food and Formula Reference Guide (FFRG): Formula Listing will be updated to reflect the name change. These changes will not affect item numbers, UPCs, price, or ounces per unit. Please contact your TA nutritionist or call 1-800-392-8209 and ask to speak to the nutritionist on duty for any questions.
SUBJECT 7: National Infant Immunization Week National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) highlights the importance of protecting infants and young children from vaccine-preventable diseases. NIIW is April 24-May 1, 2021. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccination as a result of families staying at home. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations even during the pandemic. WIC’s mission is to be a partner with other services that are important to childhood and family well-being, such as immunizations. As an adjunct to services that provide immunizations, the WIC Program’s role is to identify a child’s need for immunizations and share referral information where a child can be immunized. Immunizing children against certain diseases is one important way to help them stay healthy. CDC has created promotional materials which can be access through their website. WIC specific resources can be found here. For any questions, please contact your Admin or Nutritionist TA.
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 May 5th, 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.