North Carolina WIC - Women, Infants & Children

Conferences, Training, and Workshops

Welcome to the Conference section of the Nutrition Services Branch. The next few months are busy for nutrition professionals as the Nutrition Services Branch collaborates with other agencies to bring you the best in nutrition information. Here are a few dates worth remembering...

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Breastfeeding Topics

 Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers’ Core Training

Description

The purpose of the webinar is to provide Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program Managers with knowledge and skills to implement a BFPC Program. At the end of the webinar, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify three factors integral to the success of implementing a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program.
  • Describe two ways peer counseling programs can influence breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the WIC population.
  • Explain North Carolina WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program services to WIC participants.
  • List two qualifications to seek in recruiting and hiring peer counselors.
  • Describe two ways peer counselors should be supported in their job.
  • Develop local agency specific strategies to implement a comprehensive peer counselor program.
  • Complete with accuracy the North Carolina WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program forms.
  • Describe the purpose of the North Carolina WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Letter of Agreement.

Target Audience

New WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers

Date and Registration

 Breastfeeding Policy Review

Description

This webinar discusses policies and procedures related to the management of breastfeeding promotion and support activities within the WIC program and within the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program.

Target Audience

WIC Directors, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers

Objectives

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements for a breastfeeding-friendly WIC environment
  • Describe the requirements for staff training in breastfeeding promotion and support
  • Define the qualifications and responsibilities of the breastfeeding coordinator and the peer counselor program manager
  • Define the responsibilities of the breastfeeding peer counselor
  • Describe required contacts for the breastfeeding peer counselor
  • Describe the requirements for the inventory, issuance and tracking of breastfeeding supplies

Dates and Registration

 Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training

Description

The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) has been developed to assure that North Carolina WIC staff who issue breastfeeding supplies to enrolled participants are knowledgeable about these supplies and capable of issuing them. The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training (BSCT) has two parts:

  • The first part is an online, faculty guided, self-paced course that helps learners understand how to assemble, use and clean breastfeeding supplies and the situations when the supplies should and should not be used. In addition, they are reminded of their responsibilities under the World Health Organization (WHO) Code, the WIC policies regarding breastfeeding supplies and important topics to teach WIC participants about breastfeeding supplies.
  • The second part offers the learners the opportunity to work with their Regional Breastfeeding Coordinators to learn about breastfeeding supplies and practice issuance.

The BSCT has seven units which focus on general information about breastfeeding supplies and each of the types of breastfeeding supplies offered by the North Carolina WIC Program:

  • Unit 1: Issuing Breastfeeding Supplies to WIC Participants (general information related to issuing breastfeeding supplies)
  • Unit 2: Single-User Manual Breast Pumps
  • Unit 3: Single-User Electric Breast Pumps
  • Unit 4: Multi-User Breast Pumps
  • Unit 5: Breast Pads and Breast Shells
  • Unit 6: Nipple Shields
  • Unit 7: Supplemental Feeding Devices

Target Audience

WIC staff who issue breastfeeding supplies. There will be space in each offering of the BSCT for at least six (6) WIC staff members from each Perinatal Region.

Dates

The summer 2016 offering of the BSCT will run from May 16, 2016 - August 12, 2016. The link to the orientation webinar will be made available after the BSCT participants for this offering have been selected.

Registration

Registration is closed.

 Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Core Training

Description

This five-day or six-day core training session is required for all new Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. At the end of the sessions, participants will be able to:
  • Know their two primary roles in the WIC program
  • Identify three ways breastfeeding benefits infants, mothers and society
  • Name two common breastfeeding myths
  • List two exceptions to breastfeeding
  • Identify two ways to communicate effectively with WIC mothers by telephone
  • Demonstrate the ability to use open-ended questions and affirmation appropriately in counseling mothers about breastfeeding
  • Identify three components necessary for a breastfeeding mother to make a healthy milk supply
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for positioning the baby at the breast
  • List three ways to know a baby is taking in a sufficient amount of breast milk
  • Identify situations in which the peer counselor should refer
  • List three causes of and three ways to manage sore nipples, breast refusal and slow weight gain in infants
  • Name two common consequences of unresolved breastfeeding issues
  • Formulate an open-ended question to ask a mother at each of the three trimesters of her pregnancy
  • Name at least two breast changes that help prepare a mother for breastfeeding
  • List four things new mothers commonly deal with when breastfeeding during the first two weeks that may lead to early weaning
  • Describe typical growth for babies during the first six months
  • List three causes of low milk supply and three management techniques to remedy this difficulty
  • List two ways to know a baby is ready to begin solid foods
  • List two ways to assist mothers through the weaning process
  • Name two common issues that arise when nursing an older baby
  • Name two ways to help a mother continue breastfeeding during separation from baby
  • Name three ways to help a mother maintain milk supply when separated from her baby
  • Identify how long breast milk can be stored
  • Explain why it is important to keep a mother’s information confidential
  • List two strategies for dealing with misinformation given to WIC mothers
  • Complete the peer counselor contact forms correctly

Target Audience

  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Dates and Locations

  • January 13,14,15,27,28, and 29, 2016 in Perinatal Region IV – Raleigh, NC
  • March 8-11, 2016 in Perinatal Region VI – Greenville, NC
  • March 7,8,9,31, and April 1, 2016 in Perinatal Region I – MAHEC, Asheville, NC
  • April 18-22, 2016 in Perinatal Region III – Charlotte, NC (will be notified if dates change)
  • May 2-3, 18-20, 2016 in Perinatal Region V – Wilmington, NC

Registration

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Quarterly Continuing Education

Description

This training is a continuing education opportunity for WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.

Target Audience

  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Managers

Dates and Locations

  • Monday, May 2, 2016 in Perinatal Region VI – Manteo, NC, 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Perinatal Region IV is conjunction with the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance – Andrews Center, 3024 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 7:45am-4:10pm
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Perinatal Region III – Mecklenburg County Health Department, Charlotte NC, 10am-3pm 
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Perinatal Region  II – Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 9am-3pm
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Perinatal Region I – MAHEC, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC, 9am-3pm
  • Tuesday May 24, 2016 in Perinatal Region V – Sampson, NC, 9:45am-2:15pm

Registration

 The NC Lactation Educator Training Program

Description

This course focuses on skills needed for providing basic breastfeeding management and support - including prenatal and postpartum counseling and management of common concerns and clinical problems. The training includes five days of didactic instruction, two days of clinical rotations in hospital and public health settings, and an independent study assignment.

Dates and Location

  • Spring Course: March 1,2,3 and June 1 and 2, 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC (plus two clinical days to be scheduled)
  • Fall Course: August 30, 31, September 1 and November 30 and December 1, 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC (plus two clinical days to be scheduled)

Registration

Online Registration

- North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Webinars

Description

The NC Division of Public Health has developed the NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation (NC MCBFD) program to recognize those maternity centers that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organization. A five star system has been developed. A star is awarded for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Baby Friendly USA. The North Carolina program encourages maternity centers across the state to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time.

Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program
  • Summarize the benefits of participating in this voluntary program
  • Describe the application process
  • Identify where to get additional information on the program

Target Audience

Maternity Center Administrators and Other Interested Parties

Date and Registration

  • Fall 2016

Crossroads Trainings

Crossroads Training Videos (N.C. DHHS YouTube site)

General WIC Topics

Crossroads Reports Training

Description

The purpose of this training is to provide information and resources necessary to access, interpret, and utilize key Crossroads reports for use in management of local agency WIC Programs.

Target Audience

WIC Directors and other staff involved in local agency WIC management.

Objectives

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how to access key reports from the Crossroads information management system.
  • Interpret the meaning of various data contained in key reports.
  • Utilize data contained in reports to manage certain aspects of the local agency WIC Program.

Dates and Registration

WIC Basic Training

Description

The purpose of WIC Basic Training is to provide an overview of the North Carolina WIC Program for newly hired Local Agency Staff. This training will not be a substitute for Crossroads training and attendees are expected to have a working knowledge of the NC WIC Crossroads Computer System.

Target Audience

Newly hired NC WIC Program Staff employed with the NC WIC Program at least one month, but not greater than one year.

Objectives

  • Describe the WIC Program
  • Summarize the benefits of participating in the WIC Program
  • Understand the role each employee plays in administering the WIC Program

Dates and Registration

  • May 10-12, 2016
    The Solution Center
    101 Slater Road
    Durham, NC 27703
  • Registration Form (PDF, 261 KB)
  • Agenda (PDF, 291 KB)

Vendor Trainings

Local Agency Vendor Training

Description

Vendor management is an essential component of the WIC program established to provide oversight of WIC authorized vendors. This is accomplished by instructing vendors regarding WIC vendor regulations, policies and procedures and subsequently, ensuring compliance. This face-to-face training session is for all local agency staff that oversees or conducts vendor management activities. Workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of vendor management policies and procedures, which govern vendor activities. Participants will also learn about renewal requirements, replacement of food instruments and cash-value vouchers for vendors as well as the vendor management component of the Crossroads computer system.

Objectives

By the end of this training, Local WIC Agency staff will be able to successfully:

  • Describe Federal and State violations and corresponding sanctions for non-compliance with WIC program guidelines.
  • Explain minimum inventory requirements for WIC approved foods.
  • Describe the process for vendor application, maintaining vendor status, and vendor disqualification.
  • Teach vendors how to properly transact food instruments and cash-value vouchers.
  • Guide local vendors in completing all renewal requirements.
  • Explain how to conduct the following vendor management activities using Crossroads:
    • Complete the WIC vendor authorization checklist to facilitate maintenance of vendor authorization
    • Manage vendor training
    • Manage vendor-related complaints
    • Manage vendor alerts and tasks
    • Navigate the Crossroads Vendor Portal
  • Explain the vendor replacement process.
  • Use the vendor training modules to instruct vendor applicants.

Target Audience

All local agency staff that conduct vendor management activities.

Location

Crossroads Training Center
Dorothea Dix Campus
Raleigh, NC

Dates

  • June 6-7, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday)
  • June 13-14, 2016 (Monday- Tuesday)
  • June 16-17, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)
  • June 20-21, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday)
  • June 23-24, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)

Time and Agenda

  • Day 1: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Day 2: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • Agenda (PDF, 212 KB)

Registration

Registration Form (PDF, 197 KB)

Vendor Monitoring Follow-Up Webinars

Description

The purpose of this training is to provide follow-up guidance to Local Agency staff regarding the WIC Vendor component of Local Agency Vendor Training.

Objectives

By the end of this training, Local WIC Agency staff will be able to successfully:

  • Describe WIC vendor monitoring procedures, including changes to procedures due to the implementation of the Crossroads system.
  • Document results of WIC vendor monitoring visits in the Crossroads system.

Dates and Registration

Additional Nutrition Topics and Links

Applying the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in Public Health Practice Webinar, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Description

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from HHS and USDA policy officials and writers of the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans! Join us as nutrition policy experts discuss the new Dietary Guidelines and tools for applying the recommendations in public health.

Online Registration

CDC Learning Connection

VENA, Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment

Description

In honor of National Nutrition Month, CDC Learning Connection is featuring USDA’s Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) e-learning course. VENA is part of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) initiative to revitalize nutrition services – expanding the purpose of nutrition assessment to include nutrition education in addition to eligibility determination. Take the course and learn how to encourage your clients to make healthier food choices.

This course, intended for WIC staff, consists of three modules:

  1. Introduction to VENA
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. A Health Outcome-Based Assessment

Information and Registration

Online Registration

CDC Online Training Course: Using the WHO Growth Charts to Assess Growth in the United States Among Children Ages Birth to 2 Years

Description

The purpose of the online training is to provide health care providers and public health professionals in the United States with expertise on using and interpreting the growth charts. There are seven sections in this course including the following:

  • Recommendations and Rationale for Using the WHO Growth Charts in the United States.
  • Creating the WHO Growth Standard for Infants and Young Children.
  • Comparing Methodologies Used to Develop WHO and CDC Growth Charts for Children Birth to 2 Years of Age.
  • Breastfeeding as the Norm for Infant Feeding.
  • Using the WHO Growth Standard Charts.
  • Summary.
  • Case Examples.

Self-assessment questions are included in each section, and five case studies provide scenarios to guide interpretation of the growth charts. The course can be completed in 45 minutes.

CDC's Online Course external link

The Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation

Description

The Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) provides public health professionals with on-going training opportunities in nutrition, physical activity, and disease prevention. The center offers in-person trainings, as well as web-based trainings and webinars. Housed in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center TRT works to enhance the public impact of their programs to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases.

Maternal Nutrition and Wellness Course: Modules 1- 3

Overall Description

Maternal Nutrition and Wellness is a self-paced, faculty guided, online course offered by the Nutrition Services Branch in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that provides an opportunity for North Carolina Public Health Nutritionists to explore women’s health during preconception, pregnancy and lactation. It is a Commission on Dietetic Registration CPE Level 1 Course with goals to improve nutrition assessment and counseling skills in maternal health, enhance core knowledge in basic nutrition and management of specific conditions, provide updated resource lists and tools to connect clients with community resources, and improve nutrition status of communities served by course participants.

The ten week course consists of three modules: Module 1: Preventing Barriers to a Healthy Pregnancy, Module 2: Healthy Pregnancy and Lactation, and Module 3: Managing Diseases and Conditions During and After Pregnancy.  Each Module includes presentations that can be viewed online in various formats, handouts and activities to reinforce course material, and resources and references for further information.

Target Audience

Public health nutritionists and other dietetic professionals working in Local Health Agencies throughout North Carolina; New employees in public health nutrition, nutritionists who are new to maternal health and wellness, and those who want to broaden their maternal health and wellness knowledge base.

Module Descriptions

Module 1: Preventing Barriers to a Healthy Pregnancy

Module 1 focuses on the care of a woman before she becomes pregnant as well as any health disparities that may influence pregnancy outcomes.  Module 1 consists of the following two units:

  • Unit 1: Nutrition Considerations in Preconception
  • Unit 2: Social and Psychological Determinants of Maternal Health

Module 2: Healthy Pregnancy and Lactation

Module 2 covers general nutrition care and specific nutrition concerns during pregnancy, as well as lactation.  Module 2 consists of the following three units:

  • Unit 1: Expectations and Nutrition during Pregnancy
  • Unit 2: Special Health and Nutrition Considerations
  • Unit 3: Health and Nutrition Considerations during Lactation

Module 3: Managing Diseases and Conditions During and After Pregnancy

Module 3 focuses on management of weight status, diabetes, and pregnant and lactating women with food allergies and celiac disease. Module 3 consists of the following three units:

  • Unit 1: The Impact of Weight in Pregnancy
  • Unit 2: Diabetes
  • Unit 3: Adverse Food Reactions in Maternal Health

Date(s), Registration

  • Offered April 18, 2016 - June 24, 2016
  • Registration Closed

MCH Navigator

Description

The MCH Navigator project was launched by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in early 2010 to address the professional development needs of the field. As budget reductions are shrinking funding for training-related time, cost, and travel, online resources are an effective alternative for continuing education.

The MCH Navigator is a centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in maternal and child health and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways, locating:

  • Where they are now – whether a student or an established professional
  • Where they want to be – identifying the skills and competencies necessary for organizational and personal goals
  • The best route to get there – linking to targeted and effective learning resources.

While the complete MCH Navigator learning management system is still being developed, MCHB has launched a website to describe the larger project and make learning opportunities available to MCH professionals as early as possible.

 Pediatric Nutrition Courses - Modules 1-3

Overall Description

The Pediatric Nutrition Course provides a unique opportunity for those interested in expanding pediatric nutrition knowledge and skills in a self-paced, faculty guided, online format. The course consists of three individual modules: Module 1: Nutrition Assessment, Module 2: Basic Nutrition, and Module 3: Nutrition for Specific Disease Conditions. Each module is offered separately, with continuing education credits available.

Target Audience

  • Public health nutritionists and other dietetic professionals working in Local Health Agencies throughout North Carolina.
  • New employees in public health nutrition, nutritionists who are new to pediatrics, and those who want to broaden their pediatric knowledge base.

Module Descriptions

Module 1: Nutrition Assessment

Module 1 is a CPE Level 1 training from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and designed to improve skills in the area of nutrition assessment by building competence in obtaining and evaluating indicators of nutritional status within the pediatric population. This Module is offered over ten weeks. Module 1 consists of the following six units:

  • Unit 1: Anthropometrics
  • Unit 2: Biochemical
  • Unit 3: Clinical
  • Unit 4: Food and Nutrition History
  • Unit 5: Ecosocial Factors
  • Unit 6: Psychosocial Factors

Module 2: Basic Nutrition

Module 2 is a CPE Level 1 training from the Commission of Dietetic Registration and designed to reinforce the fundamentals of nutrition assessment and nutrition monitoring/evaluation, and to build competence in using the nutrition care process within the pediatric population. This Module is offered over eleven weeks. Module 2 consists of the following 9 units:

  • Unit 1: Nutrition Education
  • Unit 2: Infant and Toddler Nutrition
  • Unit 3: Child Nutrition
  • Unit 4: Adolescent nutrition
  • Unit 5: Formulas
  • Unit 6: Anemia
  • Unit 7: Physical Activity
  • Unit 8: Elevated Blood Lead
  • Unit 9: Sports Nutrition

Module 3: Nutrition for Specific Disease Conditions

Module 3 is a CPE Level 2 training from the Commission of Dietetic Registration with an emphasis on pediatric nutrition care for those children diagnosed with a chronic disease or condition. Units can be taken individually, with each unit providing continuing education credit. All units enrolled in must be completed by the end of the ten week course. Stand-alone units in Module 3 include:

  • Unit 1: Inadequate Growth
  • Unit 2: Childhood Chronic Respiratory Conditions
  • Unit 3: Disordered Eating in Adolescents
  • Unit 4: Child and Adolescent Obesity
  • Unit 5: Congenital Conditions
  • Unit 6: Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Unit 7: Food Allergies
  • Unit 8: Type 1 Diabetes
  • Unit 9: Type 2 Diabetes
  • Unit 10: Children with Special Needs
  • Unit 11: Dyslipidemia

Date(s), Location(s), Registration

Module 1 - Nutrition Assessment

  • Offered January 19, 2016 - March 28, 2016
  • Registration Closed

Module 2 - Basic Nutrition

  • Offered March 28, 2016 - June 10, 2016
  • Registration Closed

Module 3 - Nutrition for Specific Disease Conditions

  • Offered July 11, 2016 - September 16, 2016
  • Registration opens late Spring 2016

Shape NC: Healthy Starts in Early Care Education: Continuing Education Credits

Description

The Shape NC: Healthy Starts in Early Care and Education Professional Development CEU Series is designed to provide early childhood professionals with the latest information, research, policies and best practices to address the crisis of childhood obesity and support young children in getting off to a healthy start.

Date

March 15, 2016

Registration

Online

The University of Tennessee Healthy Weight Colloquium: Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0

Description

The University of Tennessee Healthy Weight Colloquium offers insight and up-to-date information about infant feeding as it relates to promoting a healthy weight. This will be part 1 of a 2 part series to focus on infant feeding. There will be onsite and online viewing available for those who wish to participate. Additionally, CEUs will be offered for this event, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Date and Registration

  • Fall 2016

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness

Description

The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness external link (CPHP) is dedicated to improving the capacity of public health agencies and their staff through research, educational programs, and technical assistance. The UNC CPHP training website offers free, short, internet-based training developed by CPHP on public health preparedness topics.

Of particular interest to WIC staff may be the Introduction to Cultural Competency and Title VI external link training. This on-line module discusses the issue of cultural competency and the impact of cultural competency requirements and national Title VI legislation on the delivery of public health and healthcare services in the United States. Given the ever-increasing diversity of the United States population, it is critical that public health practitioners consider the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors impacting the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of public health services.

UNC-SPH Department of Nutrition Continuing Education

Description

A new continuing education program in the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health’s Department of Nutrition is being designed to support dietitians and health-care practitioners throughout their careers. Click the link below for more information.

Department of Nutrition Continuing Education

 

 


Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina Public Health