June 7, 2021 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: EnfaCare NeuroPro Can Size Changing From 12.8 oz. to 13.6 oz.
SUBJECT 2: Unused Local Agency Computer Equipment
SUBJECT 3: WIC Developmental Milestones Online Training
SUBJECT 4: Missouri WIC Association Open Positions
SUBJECT 5: Local Agency Purchasing Requests Reminder
SUBJECT 6: New File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Site
SUBJECT 7: Online Interest Form
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: EnfaCare NeuroPro Can Size Changing from 12.8 oz. to 13.6 oz. EnfaCare NeuroPro powder, currently row #11 in the Food and Formula Reference Guide: Formula Listing (Effective Jan. 1, 2021), is transitioning to a larger can size. The larger can size does not impact the maximum monthly allowance (MMA) for infants, but it does decrease the MMA for children from 11 to 10 cans. The 12.8 OZ ENFACARE NEUROPRO PWD will be deactivated in MOWINS June 30, 2021. Please complete a manual reset/update in MOWINS on June 7th, 2021. To avoid an error message, a new food prescription must be entered in MOWINS to issue the new 13.6 OZ ENFACARE NEUROPRO PWD for July and future benefits. The error message will tell you that the 12.8 oz. can size is expired and future month benefits will not be loaded to the eWIC card. Participants already issued benefits with the 12.8 oz. cans on their eWIC card will not need to return to the clinic to have benefits switched. Participants are allowed to purchase either can size or a combination of the two sizes to total the full quantity issued if store availability is mixed. The UPC code for both can sizes is the same. The description on the Shopping List/Account Balance, store receipts, and WICShopper will temporarily note the two sizes (ENFACARE NEUROPRO 12.8/13.6 OZ PWD). If participants have issues purchasing this formula at the store, please fill out the Troubleshooting eWIC Card Issues form and call the MOWINS Help Desk at 1-800-554-2544. For questions regarding this transition, please call the state agency at 573-751-6204 to speak to the state nutritionist on duty.
SUBJECT 2: Unused Local Agency Computer Equipment. If a local agency has any computer equipment that is no longer being used or doesn’t work, please contact Jason Seehusen and he will arrange disposal for you.
Examples of computer equipment include:
- Printers (MICR, color, monochrome)
- Battery Back-Up Surge Protectors
- Signature Pads
- eWIC Card Reader/Writers
Jason will work with ITSD to have these items surplussed and removed from local agency clinics.
If you have any questions or would like Jason to surplus equipment, please email him at Jason.Seehusen@health.mo.gov
SUBJECT 3: WIC Developmental Milestones Online Training. The Association of State Public Health Nutritionist (ASPHN) hosted Maureen Black, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, University of Maryland to present a webinar entitled, Nutrition and Child Development. The learning objectives for this online training are listed below:
- How are nutrition and child development related in young children?
- How can WIC incorporate principles of child development into nutrition counseling?
- How can WIC address parents’ concerns about child development and nutrition?
Completion of this training counts for one (1) hour of continuing professional education. See the attached Certificate of Completion. This training supports the WIC Developmental Milestones initiative. 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 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: 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 6: New File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Site. The Missouri WIC state agency recently created a Secure File Transfer Server site (i.e., File Transfer Protocol, or MO FTP site) to be utilized by state and local agency staff to allow staff to transfer documents without using email. The FTP site can be accessed at the following link:
Local agency access has been given to all WIC Coordinators and Nutrition Coordinators. Access was also granted to administrators and local agency staff who previously requested access. Instructions for using the MO FTP site, including instructions for logging on, are attached. Instructions will also be emailed to all local agency staff with site access. If you have questions about the MO FTP site, please contact your TA staff.
SUBJECT 7: Online Interest Form. Thank you for making the first 7 months of the online interest form (OIF) very successful! With over 3,000 submissions, the form has been popular with Missourians as a method to express interest in WIC. With the OIF process successfully part of our weekly routine, it is time to remove the requirement of submitting the tracking spreadsheets on a weekly and monthly basis. Please submit your May tracking spreadsheet as usual. Please continue to track your received OIF submissions, contacts, attempts, and outcomes. This will be used to problem solve any issues when there are multiple submissions from the same person or when the state office receives a complaint about not being contacted.
For those submissions where there is no response to your emails or phone calls, consider sending a personalized letter or postcard to the given address informing the individual they need to contact you to apply for the program. If you need help or have any questions please contact Rhonda at WICOIF@health.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.