January 19, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Release 2.39.01
SUBJECT 2: WIC COVID-19 Waivers Extended
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Webinar Opportunity for Local Agency Staff
SUBJECT 4: Breastfeeding Conference – Registration Open!
SUBJECT 5: Updated MOWINS Referral Tab for Developmental Milestones
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Affinia Healthcare
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Columbia/Boone County WIC
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Cass County Health Department
SUBJECT 1: MOWINS Release 2.39.01. On Saturday, January 23rd, all local agency staff must be logged out of MOWINS by 2:00 p.m. for the MOWINS Help Desk team to apply Release 2.39.01 to the MOWINS database. MOWINS will be unavailable starting at 2:00 p.m. Local agencies that have clinic appointments on Monday are encouraged to download the update on Sunday, January 24th. MOWINS Help Desk requests that agencies stagger their download times based on the clinic day chart below to avoid overloading MOWINS.
|Clinic Day||Download Times|
|Monday||Sunday or Monday Morning|
|Tuesday||Sunday, Monday Afternoon, or Tuesday Morning|
|Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday||Sunday, Tuesday Afternoon, or Later|
As a reminder, after updating MOWINS, users should still complete a Reset and Update to the application. Once Release 2.39.01 is applied the new version number will be 2.39.20296.1657. The updates to MOWINS are very minor and staff will most likely not notice any changes. A majority of the updates are related to process with end of day activities.
If you have machines that are not being used, they do not need to be updated until later in the week. However, we request that all computers be updated no later than February 1st. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the MOWINS Help Desk at 800-554-2544.
SUBJECT 2: WIC COVID-19 Waivers Extended. WIC waivers have been extended until 30 days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency. This is great news, as WIC local agencies can continue to operate remotely, as needed. Please note, we have been informed that the status of the COVID-19 public health emergency will likely be re-evaluated approximately every three months at the federal level. The last review was in January and the COVID-19 public health emergency was left in place. This would put the next evaluation likely to be in April, and will depend on the COVID-19 situation across the nation. Once we have received information that the COVID-19 public health emergency has been discontinued, WIC programs will have 30 days to transition to operations without waivers. Please contact your TA staff with any questions.
SUBJECT 3: Nutrition Webinar Opportunity for Local Agency Staff. The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is offering a free webinar titled, The Risk of Homemade Infant Formulas: Emerging Issues for Public Health Nutritionists on January 21, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm CST. This webinar will explore Homemade Infant Formula (HIF) risk and the connection between HIF use, the US food system, food security, structural racism, health disparities, healthism, and misinformation. The presentation shares preliminary findings for an invited practice paper submitted to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Speakers include Farryl Bertman, PhD, RDN, Shela Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, RDN, Caroline Dunn, PhD, RDN, and Elizabeth Racine, DrPH, RDN. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/599148893. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3112: 599-148-893. Contact Sandy Perkins at Sandy@ASPHN.org if you need any special accommodations to participate in this webinar.
SUBJECT 4: Breastfeeding Conference – Registration Open! Refocus on Breastfeeding with 2020 Vision (Virtual Conference). The Greater Ozarks Regional Breastfeeding Coalition, along with CoxHealth, will be hosting a one-day breastfeeding conference on March 5, 2021 with guest speaker Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC. She will be presenting information on preventing failure to thrive in breastfeeding infants, giving updates on tongue ties, and discussing latching challenges. There will also be two local providers speaking on “Mental Health and Breastfeeding” and “Substance Use and Breastfeeding.” The registration fee is $50 which includes education credits for nursing and lactation. The conference will be held virtually with Microsoft Teams. Registration is now open here. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
SUBJECT 5: Updated MOWINS Referral Tab for Developmental Milestones. The state agency (SA) is asking local agencies participating in the WIC Developmental Milestones program to help collect referral and follow-up data on developmental monitoring of participants. Referral and follow-up options have been added in the MOWINS Referral Tab. When a developmental concern has been identified through screening, the local agency staff will refer the participant to either a health care provider (HCP) or to ParentLink for further screening. One of the following options should be selected:
- Developmental Concern Referral: HCP
- Developmental Concern Referral: ParentLink
The local agency will then follow-up with the participant at the next visit to determine if they received services from the referral. See the table below to determine which referral outcome to choose:
|Follow-Up Option in MOWINS||Choose if:|
|F/U: Connected with ParentLink – DM||Participant has contacted ParentLink but no additional screening or referrals were provided for developmental concerns.|
|F/U: Received Early Intervention (HCP)||Participant was screened by a health care provider (HCP) and provided referrals to address developmental concerns, if needed.|
|F/U: Received Early Intervention (ParentLink)||Participant was screened by ParentLink and provided referrals to address developmental concerns, if needed.|
See the attached screenshot for the location of the new options in the MOWINS Referral Tab. Please contact D’Anne Ward at Danne.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
JOB POSTING: Part-Time WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator – Affinia Healthcare. The Affinia Healthcare WIC Program 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.
Send resume to Kristen Gore at Affinia Healthcare 2220 Lemp Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63104 or email email@example.com
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Columbia/Boone County WIC. Columbia/Boone County WIC has an immediate opening for a full-time Nutritionist to conduct nutrition assessments, assign nutrition/health risk factors, provide nutrition and breastfeeding counseling, set nutrition/health goals, prescribe food packages to WIC participants based on medical/nutritional needs, and coordinate/implement WIC program outreach activities for the purpose of improving the health of families in Boone County and promoting the program to health care professionals/social service agencies to refer families to apply for WIC services.
Please apply at https://www.gocomojobs.com/postings/23195
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. The Cass County Health Department is accepting applications for a part-time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor 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. The candidate must be willing to accept after-hours phone calls. Personal breastfeeding experience is required.
Please send resumes to:
Cass County WIC
103. South Oriole Street
Harrisonville, MO 64701
Call 816-380-8430 for further information.
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.