June 14, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Upcoming State Holiday
SUBJECT 2: Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal Voluntarily Recalled
SUBJECT 3: Microcuvette Order
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Association Position Openings
SUBJECT 5: Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy Webinar
SUBJECT 6: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and MyPlate Digital Tools and Resources
SUBJECT 7: National WIC Association Participants Videos
SUBJECT 8: Safe Sleep Missouri Website is LIVE!
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Platte County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist – Osage County Health Department
SUBJECT 1: Upcoming State Holiday. The WIC state agency will be closed, and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk support, on Monday, July 5.
SUBJECT 2: Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal Voluntarily Recalled. On June 8th, 2021, Beech-Nut Nutrition announced they are voluntarily recalling the Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal (8 oz.) item (UPC Code# 52200034705) with expiration date of 01MAY2022 and product codes: 103470XXXX and 093470XXXX. No illnesses related to these product codes have been reported to date, and no other production dates or Beech-Nut products are affected by this recall. The expiration date and product numbers can be found at the bottom of the canister (see attachment).
Retailers have been notified and are removing the recalled product from their shelves. Participants who have purchased any recalled product should discard it. For further information regarding exchanges, participants may go to www.beechnut.com/ricecereal, or call 1-866-272-9417, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SUBJECT 3: Microcuvette Order. Missouri WIC requested the microcuvette orders be shipped to the local agencies, and some local agencies began receiving shipments on Friday, May 14, 2021. Once the order is received, please verify that the number of microcuvettes received matches the number listed on the packing slip.
If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip. Please fax the signed packing slip to WIC Operations at 573-526-1470 or scan and email the signed packing slip to WICOperations@health.mo.gov within one week of receiving the shipment. Confirmation on the packing slip is required for the state agency to pay for the microcuvettes.
If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Jenna Rackers at 573-526-4622.
If you are unable to locate your packing slip, please send an email stating how many boxes you received and the date you received the shipment to WICOperations@health.mo.gov
Thank you for your prompt cooperation.
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Association Position Openings. The Missouri WIC Association (MWA) is seeking applications for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Central District Board Members (2 openings) (Audrain, Columbia/Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Dent, Gasconade, Howard, Laclede, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps and Pulaski), Eastern District Board Member (1 opening) (Crawford, Lincoln, NECAC, Washington, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson-Franklin, Family Care, Affinia Healthcare, Peoples Health Centers and St. Louis County), Northeast District Board Members (2 openings) (Adair, Chariton, Clark, Grundy, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan), Northwest District Board Member (1 opening) (Andrew, Atchison, City of St. Joe, Nodaway, Caldwell, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Harrison, Johnson, Holt, Tri-County, Cass, Clay, Platte, Ray, Lafayette, Truman Medical Centers, Swope Health Services, Crescent, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and St. Luke’s Hospital) and (1)Southwest District Board Member (1 opening) (Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Springfield-Greene, Henry, Hickory, Joplin City, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Vernon and Webster).
The purpose of MWA is to link local WIC agencies in the statewide forum to act collectively on behalf of the WIC program. Specifically, MWA provides peer support and opportunities to exchange information, works toward quality community nutrition by influencing public health and nutrition services at the state and national levels, enhances professional knowledge by providing workshops, promotes legislative awareness, and participates in the planning and implementation of the Biennial WIC Conference. All local agencies are members of MWA. Actively participating in MWA is a great way to learn more about what is happening across the state and improve communication and practices within your district and agency.
Specific information about the positions up for election can be found on the application forms (attached). Interested candidates should send a completed application form to Heidi Loecke, MWA Vice President, at Heidi.Loecke@plattehealth.com by June 25, 2021.
SUBJECT 5: Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy Webinar. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) and the Office of Regional Operations (ORO) is offering a free Zoom webinar on Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy on June 22, 2021 at 11:00 am (CST). The covered topics for the online webinar are listed below:
- HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Maternal and fetal effects of substance use during pregnancy
- Signs of substance use during pregnancy
- Treatments for substance use during pregnancy
- Referrals for pregnant women with substance use issues
Register here. Completion of this webinar counts towards WIC Nutritionist and CPA continuing professional education program requirement.
SUBJECT 6: New Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and MyPlate Digital Tools and Resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 edition. The Dietary Guidelines provide the nation’s leading nutrition advice to help Americans lead healthier lives. The 2020-2025 edition is the first to provide guidance by life stage, from birth through older adulthood, including pregnant and lactating women. Along with the new guidelines comes an updated MyPlate webpage, hosting many new digital tools and resources to help families put these recommendations into action and make every bite count! Some tools and resources WIC participants might find interesting include:
- Healthy, budget-friendly recipes on MyPlate Kitchen. This resource provides detailed nutrition and food group information to help choose recipes to fit a family’s needs.
- Healthy Eating on a Budget provides tips on saving money at the store by making a shopping plan, shopping smart, and preparing healthy meals to stretch food dollars.
- The Start Simple with MyPlate app emphasizes that small changes matter while supporting users as they pick goals, see real-time progress, and earn badges to celebrate successes.
SUBJECT 7: National WIC Association Participants Videos. The National WIC Association (NWA) is looking for participants who are willing to record themselves and talk about their WIC experience! The NWA will provide the participant a $50 gift card incentive. Participants interested in providing a video should contact NWA at email@example.com
SUBJECT 8: Safe Sleep Missouri Website is LIVE! This website was developed by the Missouri’s Safe Sleep Coalition and is a one-stop shop for everything related to safe sleep in Missouri. All known statewide resources, training, outreach materials, informational videos, information about our strategic plan, safety tips, etc. will be housed on this site. The site will be useful in the coalition’s mission to ensure consistent messaging and educational resources related to Safe Sleep are provided. We are excited about this development and hope you will all assist us in SPREADING THE WORD!If you have questions please contact Tara Goins at Tara.Goins@dss.mo.gov
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Platte County Health Department. The Platte County Health Department is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) nutritionist to provide individual assessment, counseling, and support for breastfeeding, pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. Duties also include individual and group education and being accountable for daily clinic functions. At minimum, the candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, 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. WIC experience is preferred. The applicant must be reliable and able to work in a team environment. Excellent customer service skills and professional demeanor is expected at all times. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.
Please forward cover letter and resume to:
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (24 hrs./week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required.
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
For more information, please contact Amy Callico at:
(314) 353-5190 x3043
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist – Osage County Health Department. The Osage County Health Department Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program is accepting applications for a part time Registered Dietitian/Qualified Nutritionist. To qualify for this position, the person must be a Registered Dietitian or Qualified Nutritionist. The person in this position would be responsible for providing nutrition education, program certification/eligibility for participants, and assist in breastfeeding education support. WIC experience and training preferred. This position would be two Wednesdays per month.
For more information, please contact Elisha Rodgers, WIC Coordinator at (573) 897-3103.
Position will remain open until filled.
Resumes can be sent to the following:
Mail: PO Box 533, Linn MO. 65051.
Missouri WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.