February 22, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Breastfeeding Conference – March 5, 2021
SUBJECT 2: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Waiver Notification
SUBJECT 3: Change to MOWINS Formula Default Food Prescription
SUBJECT 4: Nutrition Program and Policy Update Recording with Q&A Document
SUBJECT 5: New WIC Certification Forms (Backup) and Discontinuation of the Proof of Eligibility Form (WIC-30-M)
SUBJECT 6: January wichealth.org Newsletter
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist – Butler County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Nutritionist – St. Louis County Department of Public Health
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Affinia Healthcare
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Certifier – Affinia Healthcare
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Affinia Healthcare
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Community Dietitian – Family Care Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Nutritionist – Ray County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Clerk/Health Professional Assistant (HPA) – Family Care Health Centers
SUBJECT 1: Breastfeeding Conference – March 5, 2021. The Greater Ozarks Regional Breastfeeding Coalition along with CoxHealth will be hosting a one-day virtual conference on breastfeeding, “Refocus on Breastfeeding with 2020 Vision,” on Friday, March 5. Guest speakers include Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC and Dr. Thomas Hale RPH, PHD. Catherine Watson Genna will be presenting information on preventing failure to thrive in breastfeeding infants, giving updates on tongue ties, and discussing latching challenges. Dr. Thomas Hale will be presenting on Substance Use and Breastfeeding (emphasis on opiates and marijuana). A local provider, Stephanie Gerlek, will present on Mental Health and Breastfeeding as well. Registration is $50 (plus a $4.67 processing fee). MSD nursing credits and/or L-CERPS will be awarded. The conference will be held virtually with Microsoft Teams. Registration is open until February 28th on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refocus-on-breastfeeding-with-2020-vision-tickets-88841048969
SUBJECT 2: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Waiver Notification: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA, P.L. 116-127) allowed the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to grant certain programmatic waivers to state agencies that administer the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
The FFCRA requires state agencies to fulfill certain reporting requirements for all local agencies that used the physical presence waiver. The physical presence waiver allows WIC local agencies and clinic sites to provide certification appointments remotely. The waiver also includes the ability to defer anthropometric and bloodwork requirements necessary to determine nutritional risk for the period the physical presence waiver is in effect.
In order to streamline the reporting process and minimize burden, FNS has developed a survey for all local agencies to complete to fulfill these reporting requirements. All local agencies must complete this survey. If you believe your local agency did not use this waiver, please indicate this while completing the survey. The survey should take 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete and should be completed by the local agency WIC coordinator.
On March 1, 2021, you will receive a separate email from “WIC Waiver Reporting” (firstname.lastname@example.org) with instructions and your unique link to access the survey. To fulfill your local agency reporting requirements, you will need to complete this survey by no later than March 19, 2021.
FNS has contracted with Insight Policy Research (Insight) to carry out this survey and you may receive follow up reminders by phone and email from Insight until you complete the survey. If you have any questions about these requirements or the survey itself, please contact the Insight team (WICWaivers@insightpolicyresearch.com). Your FNS points of contact for this are Alex Bush (Alexander.Bush@usda.gov) and Hunjin Lee (Hunjin.Lee@usda.gov).
We look forward to working with you to fulfill these requirements. We believe this will provide state agencies and FNS with valuable insights on how our WIC local agencies and clinic sites used this waiver to serve WIC families remotely. The survey also provides you an opportunity to share information on promising practices that may help improve the WIC program moving forward!
SUBJECT 3: Change to MOWINS Formula Default Food Prescription. In MOWINS, the default food prescription of formula for non-breastfed infants, ages 9 through 11 months of age, has been changed from one can to the maximum monthly allowance. This change includes all contract and exempt infant formulas and supports recommendations for fully, formula-fed infants to continue formula until they turn 12 months of age. Please reference the FFRG Formula Listing for maximum monthly allowances for individual formulas. For questions, please call the state agency at (800) 392-8209 and ask for the nutritionist on formula duty or your TA nutritionist.
SUBJECT 4: Nutrition Program and Policy Update Recording with Q & A Document. A big thank you to those who attended the Nutrition Policy and Program Update calls held on January 7th and 12th. We appreciated the feedback and we have attached a document addressing some of the questions asked during the calls. For those who were unable to attend, you can access the recording of the call held on January 12th at 1:00 pm here. If you have any questions regarding the presentation or the Q and A document, please contact Jill Crossland at email@example.com.
SUBJECT 5: New WIC Certification Forms (Backup) and Discontinuation of the Proof of Eligibility Form (WIC-30-M). The WIC-1 and WIC-2 backup forms were revised and include criteria to determine proof of eligibility. Each new form has four pages instead of one page. The Proof of Eligibility form (WIC-30-M) has been discontinued. The new forms were developed to assist local agencies when they are not able to perform certifications in MOWINS and also can be utilized by local agencies to educate employees about the MOWINS certification process. Both forms should be kept on hand at each local agency and satellite clinic. The forms are located under Backup Forms on the webpage. All WIC local agencies will receive the requested quantity of the new forms by March 3, 2021. If your agency needs additional forms, please order using the WIC Resource Request form (WIC-8). If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBJECT 6: January wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the January wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:
Fiscal Year Hindsight in 2020. Here at wichealth we were fortunate to create silver linings, and now we can celebrate all that we were able to accomplish despite the challenges of this past year. Our wichealth content team created 10 lessons, 200 algorithm pages, 237 educational resources, 92 action plans including 39 downloadable versions, 29 videos, and 90 Health eKitchen recipes. Visit the attached newsletter to reflect on these accomplishments:
- October 2019-February 2020: Every lesson and resource was reviewed to make sure content was relevant and mobile-friendly.
- March 2020: The pandemic arrived and one (1) week later we had COVID-related information for WIC participants up on the dashboard available for all states who chose to offer them. Additionally, a feature to pause and finish later and a more interactive card sort summary experience was added.
- April 2020-September 2020: Nine (9) new lessons were developed.
Lesson Spotlight: Eat Well for a Healthy Pregnancy. Information from three (3), now retired lessons: Food Safety for Moms-to-Be, A Recipe for a Healthy Pregnancy, and Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy. We’ve combined key points from each of these lessons into one learning experience. No matter where a woman is in her pregnancy journey this lesson will allow her to make progress toward a nutritious and healthy eating pattern. It is available now in the New and Expecting Parents category at wichealth.org.
Health eKitchen: Featured Recipes. If you haven’t browsed our recipes lately, you are missing out. Check out this month’s featured recipes inside the attached newsletter!
- Roasted Herb Potatoes
- Smoky Chickpea Veggie Soup
- Oatmeal Bake
- Cuban Black Beans and Rice
- Easy Chicken and Vegetables
- Southwestern Stuffed Potatoes
Behavioral Impact Questionnaire: Measuring Participant Behavior Change. wichealth has created the Behavioral Impact Questionnaire (Behavioral IQ) to demonstrate a relationship between using wichealth and positive behavior change. The first set of Behavioral IQ’s launched January 18th for every lesson within the Meal Planning category. In a few months, we should have enough data to begin analyzing, and shortly after, we’ll share those finding with all of our partners. Check out more details about the Behavioral IQ inside the attached newsletter!
Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.Teeple@health.mo.gov if you have any questions or need to set-up a staff account.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Dietitian/Nutritionist – Butler County Health Department. The Butler County Health Department WIC Program has an opening for a full-time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Primary responsibility of this position will be assuring the WIC participants receive accurate nutrition assessments and appropriate nutrition education. The ideal candidate must be dependable, highly self-motivated, and work well in a team atmosphere. 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:
Butler County Health Department
Attn: WIC Coordinator
1619 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Or email to:
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Nutritionist – St. Louis County Department of Public Health. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for 2 full-time WIC Nutritionist positions (posted as Nutrition Technician positions). 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 15 semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. The St. Louis County DPH offers a generous benefit package which includes affordable health insurance, dental and vision coverage, 4 weeks of PTO the first year, 10 paid holidays, deferred benefit retirement plan, paid life insurance, as well as, short and long term disability. Please apply on line at www.stlouisco.com
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. 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. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Resumes will be accepted by email only to email@example.com
JOB POSTING: Full-Time WIC Certifier – Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare Affinia Healthcare has an immediate open for the position of WIC Certifier in the WIC Program. This position is full-time and is responsible for assisting clients in the program by collecting and entering data needed for the certification. Duties will also include assisting with nutrition education, issuing food prescriptions, and assessing risk factors. A high school diploma/GED is required; an Associate Degree in a related field is preferred. Excellent communication, computer, organizational and attention to detail skills are required, while two years of related experience is preferred. Resumes will be accepted by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Affinia Healthcare. Affinia Healthcare 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. Resumes will be accepted by email only to email@example.com
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Community Dietitian – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (28 hr./week) Community Dietitian. Responsibilities include providing nutrition education and counseling to eligible WIC families, outpatient medical nutrition therapy, and community outreach. Qualifications: BS in Nutrition, RD or RD eligible; Licensed in Missouri.
To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Team Leader
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Nutritionist – Ray County Health Department. The Ray County Health Department has an opening for a part-time WIC Nutritionist. This position is responsible for participating in the development and implementation of public health nutrition services and assuring that WIC participants receive accurate nutrition assessments and appropriate nutrition education. This position will report to the WIC Coordinator. For more information about this position, please call 816-776-5413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist/Dietitian – Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center. Samuel U Rodgers has an immediate full time opening for a Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. At 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. This position could be part time or full time for the right candidate. Please submit your application online at samrodgers.org.
JOB POSTING: Full-Time 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
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.