May 7, 2012 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Educational Opportunity
SUBJECT 2: Crystal Reports
SUBJECT 3: May WIC Invoices
SUBJECT 4: Toddlers, Smoke and Allergies
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Peer Counselor-Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Certifier-Clay County Public Health Center

  1. Educational Opportunity: Announcement of Dr. Cathy Breedon’s Webinars - The InterHab's Division of Professional Developmentand the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Nutrition Training Institute (NTI) will present two of Dr. Cathy Breedon’s Webinars from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Wild Birch Conference Room, 930 Wildwood Drive, in Jefferson City.

    • On June 12th, Nutrition Issues in Breastfeeding will be presented.
    • On July 10th, Making Sense out of All Those Baby Formulas will be presented.

    Please see the attached registration forms for details on each webinar and forward this to anyone you think would benefit from these 2 hour webinars. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Michele Bailey at 800-392-8209 or email (TWO ATTACHMENTS)

    Space is limited to 25 attendees, so it is important that you register early.

    2. Crystal Reports: As you may already know, we have been producing reports from MOWINS data for the last couple of years and make them available through Crystal Reports. A Table of Contents (TOC) has been placed on the Data & Statistical Reports website so local agency staff can view the available reports.

    Periodically, updates will be made to existing reports and/or new reports will be posted. When this happens in the future, an article will be placed in the WIC Updates advising that a revised TOC is now available. The TOC will indicate any updated, new or deleted reports.

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Nienhuis by phone at 800-392-8209 or by email at

    3. May WIC Invoices: WIC Invoices for May 2012, and prior months, submitted for payment in the month of June must be submitted through the Online WIC Invoicing System by close of business on Friday, June 8, 2012. Invoices submitted after that date will be held and paid in July, 2012. This change in schedule complies with the close of State Fiscal Year 2012 payment processing deadlines. If you have questions please contact Laura Weiler at or 573-526-7901.

    4. Toddlers, Smoke and Allergies: Attached is an article from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A study finds that 2-year-olds who were around secondhand smoke are more likely to have less lung function at 7 years of age. And researchers say some have more risk than others. See the full article in the attachment. This is even a greater reason why WIC should continue promoting tobacco use cessation or secondhand smoke exposure reduction with participants and all local agency staff. If you have any questions, please contact your TA Nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

WIC Positions

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Peer Counselor-Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
8 hours per week; flexible days and times
The Peer Counselor will work with WIC team members to encourage and support breastfeeding among WIC participants. This position will counsel pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers by telephone and in the WIC office at scheduled intervals; teach prenatal and breastfeeding classes with approved lesson plan provided by the health center. Current or previous enrollment in WIC preferred. Applicant must be able to speak Somali. Position requires three days of training to become a peer counselor. Send resume to fax (816) 889-1839 or email resume to

JOB OPPORTUNITY: WIC Certifier-Clay County Public Health Center
The Clay County Public Health Center will be accepting applications and resumes until May 18, 2012 for a WIC certifier. The position will be temporary from June 1 to approximately July 15, 2012 and will be paid on a PRN basis while working up to 24 hours per week. Experience in WIC and current MOWINS applications is a must. Interested parties may apply online at or send a resume and cover letter to Clay County Public Health Center, 800 Haines Dr., Liberty, MO 64068.

Part 1 Nutrition Issues in Breastfeeding Webinar registration
Part 2 Making Sense of Baby Formulas Webinar registration form
HHS HealthBeat (April 26, 2012) Toddlers, smoke and allergies