SUBJECT 1: Upcoming State Holiday
SUBJECT 2: Local Agency Purchasing Requests Reminder
SUBJECT 3: Missouri WIC Conference Update
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Facebook Page
SUBJECT 5: Missouri WIC Association Position Openings
SUBJECT 6: May wichealth.org Update
SUBJECT 7: wichealth-Specific Secondary Contact Descriptions Deleted as of June 21, 2021

JOB POSTING: Part-Time Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist – Osage County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Nutritionist – Platte County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers

 

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: Local Agency Purchasing Requests Reminder. As the 3rd quarter of the federal fiscal year comes to a close on June 30, 2021, please check the administrative cost report (ACR) to determine if spending is on track. By the end of the third quarter, at least 70% of the total budget should be spent.

Please review your LAP for any items not yet purchased that require USDA approval. Purchase requests for these items should include detailed information and be submitted to administrative and nutrition TA staff as soon as possible. Additional purchase requests for items that are not approved in the LAP may be sent to administrative and nutrition TA staff for approval prior to purchasing. Provide details including item description, cost, quantity, whether it is a new item or replaces a current item, and a justification for the purchase. Provide three quotes for anthropometric equipment, furniture, or general equipment. Contact your TA staff with any questions about the process for making purchases prior to the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30, 2021.

SUBJECT 3: Missouri WIC Conference Update. The Missouri WIC Association is pleased to announce that registration for the upcoming WIC Conference is open. The conference will take place October 13th through October 15th, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO (2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203). It is required that a registration form be completed by EACH attendee. Please click here to complete registration no later than July 9th, 2021. A late fee will be charged for any registrations after July 9th. Cutoff for late Registration is August 31, 2021.

Exceptions can be made on an individual basis due to staff changes or unforeseen life events. Please contact Debra.Cullum@lpha.mo.gov for changes to reservations.

Unfortunately, Holiday Inn is unable to accommodate all of the WIC Conference attendees. MWA has blocked off rooms in multiple hotels; we understand this is not the most convenient, but it is the best that can be done given the situation. Please know that attendees can request single occupancy, if desired. Double occupancy is still available for those who would like to room with a co-worker. Hotel options and booking links can be found in the attachment. Please contact Joan.Brundage@lpha.mo.gov for hotel questions.

The tentative conference agenda can be found as an attachment as well. Please know that speakers and topics are subject to change and titles of presentations are not final.
For general conference questions, please email Cate.Reando@sfchealth.org
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SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Facebook Page. Starting June 21, 2021, the Missouri WIC Facebook page will begin a three-week rotation of two scheduled posts each week. In addition to the rotation, there will be posts on national holidays, each day during breastfeeding week and nutrition week, contests to promote interactions with the page, promotion of outreach events, and ASAP posts as needed. Feel free to share any of these posts on your agency’s page and use the hashtags for your own posts! If you have questions or suggestions for posts, please contact Anne Strope at anne.strope@health.mo.gov.

Week One: #MilestoneMonday – Posts focusing on developmental milestones and the app. Thursday posts – No specific hashtag will be used as these posts will vary. Topics will include: sharing posts from partnering sites, sharing information about other programs that align with WIC (i.e., safe to sleep), WIC through the years, celebrate milestones of different programs (i.e., MyPlate celebrating 10 years), information about national awareness months/days (i.e., September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month).
Week Two: #BreastfeedingTuesday – Posts focusing on breastfeeding.
#FridayFoodie – Posts focusing on nutrition and recipes.
Week Three: #WICNewsWednesday – Posts focusing on general outreach (to generate new participants and inform the general public about all WIC has to offer).
#SaturdayShopper – Posts focusing on the WICShopper app and retailers.

SUBJECT 5: 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.
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SUBJECT 6: May wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the May wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:

A Word From Dr. Robert Bensley, wichealth Director. A review of usage patterns by state partners demonstrated that, like other industries, the pandemic impacted wichealth very differently across our partner states. Some states saw an initial impact of reduced wichealth usage and others saw increased usage throughout the pandemic. We will continue to untangle how the pandemic impacted WIC participant’s use and access to wichealth as a method for completing secondary nutrition education. The trends our data reveal will determine the basis of how we prepare for the future. As a result of recent challenges, wichealth will be better prepared to be a vital tool for any future disrupting events like what we have been enduring for the past year and a half.

Lesson Spotlight – Two Minutes Two Times A Day For A Healthy Smile. This month we’re featuring a brand new refresh on one of our all-time most popular lessons! Check out Two Minutes Two Times a Day for a Healthy Smile to discover helpful ideas and resources that help parents brush their child’s teeth two (2) minutes in the morning and two (2) minutes before bed and learn ways to overcome common toothbrush challenges. The lesson is available now in the Children Ages 1-5 category at wichealth.org. For tooth brushing advice from real WIC parents, check out these recent posts on wichealthblog.org.

Coffee Talk with the wichealth Team – Last Friday of Every Month. Our second Coffee Talk was another great success! We took a little behind the scenes tour of our wichealth Help Desk. Thank you for joining us. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the recording. Coffee Talk allows local staff to ask questions and share ideas. It also allows the wichealth team to highlight the many resources we offer! Mark your calendars and register here today for this month’s Coffee Talk scheduled for Friday, June 25th, 2021 at 10:00 -10:30 AM CST.

Use Our Social Media Freely! Weekly social media posts are available for your use without copyright concerns. These are designed specifically for agencies and clinics to use on their Facebook. We invite you to use these designs freely to capture the attention of your participants. The focus of these posts will vary from our lessons, Health eKitchen, and blog. If your LA allows, bookmark this Google Folder to gain access to all of wichealth’s previous and future posts. You are welcome to pick and choose to fit the occasion you desire!

Lesson Webinar – Happy, Healthy, Active Children. Please register here now and join us on June 24th, 2021 at 1:00-1:30 PM CST for details about this fully updated lesson!

Save The Date – Upcoming wichealth Webinars. The following webinars will be held on the corresponding dates below and will all be scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM CST.

  • July 14th CDC Milestones Series
  • August 25th Custom Photography
  • September 15th Inclusive Language and Anti-Fat Shaming
  • October 13th Grab-n-Go (Print and Text Materials)

From Our Recipe Box to Yours – Health eKitchen. Recent user data shows that participants who access Health eKitchen before completing a lesson are more likely to engage with the lesson they complete. Check out this quick three (3) minute video that will help you become familiar with Health eKitchen so you can confidently help guide your participants to begin exploring all the things Health eKitchen has to offer and get your participants more engaged with online nutriton education!

Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.Teeple@health.mo.gov if you have any questions or need to set-up a staff account.
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SUBJECT 7: wichealth-Specific Secondary Contact Descriptions Deleted as of June 21, 2021. The wichealth.org (WHO) topic descriptions in MOWINS have been deleted. Please complete a manual reset/update in MOWINS as soon as possible. For entering wichealth.org lessons in MOWINS going forward, choose WEB-BASED NUTRITION EDUCATION (see attachment) and document the specific lesson title in a General or SOAP note. The Lesson Recommendation Guides in English and Spanish (2 attachments) are a great resource that you can use to recommend lessons to your participants and a reference for all of wichealth’s current lesson titles.
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Teeple at 573-526-7961 or Kelly.Teeple@health.mo.gov
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WIC Positions

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:
Email: Elisha.Rogers@lpha.mo.gov
Fax: 573-897-4915
Mail: PO Box 533, Linn MO 65051

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:
Heidi Loecke
WIC Coordinator
Fax: 816.587.6028
Email: Heidi.loecke@plattehealth.com

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
acallico@fchcstl.org

Missouri WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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