North Carolina WIC - Women, Infants & Children

Conferences, Training, and Workshops

Welcome to the Nutrition Services Branch Conferences and Trainings page. Please see the links below for information on trainings, conferences and continuing education.

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Breastfeeding Topics

 Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers’ Core Training

Description

The purpose of the 2018 webinar is to follow up with the August, 2017 face-to-face training with the most current revision of the Peer Counselor Managers’ Manual from Loving Support. At the end of this training, the participants will be able to:

  • List two reasons why peer counseling makes a difference to WIC families.
  • Describe two ways peer counselors should be supported in their job.
  • Develop local agency specific strategies to implement and provide continued support to the peer counseling program and strategies to identify the peer counselors scope of practice.
  • Understand the role of the WIC Director and the role of the Local Agency BF Coordinator in mentoring the peer counselor program and hiring of new peer counselors.
  • Discuss two ways to retain peer counselors.
  • Name two key elements in the mentoring and training of peer counselors.

Target Audience

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers            

Dates and Locations

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Perinatal Region VI; EAHEC Conference Center; Greenville, NC
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Perinatal Region II; Forsyth Medical Center; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Friday, August 11, 2017 in Perinatal Region IV; Wake County Human Services; Raleigh, NC
  • Friday, August 11, 2017 in Perinatal Region I; MAHEC; Asheville, NC
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Perinatal Region III; Mahon Pavilion, Freedom Park; Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017; Pender County, Hampstead Annex; Hampstead, NC

Registration

TBA

 Breastfeeding Policy Review

Description

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

Target Audience

WIC Directors and Breastfeeding Coordinators

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
  • Explain the requirements for the inventory, issuance and tracking of breastfeeding supplies
  • Identify the written breastfeeding polices that are required for Local Agencies.

Dates and Registration

  • TBD

 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 winter 2018 offering of the BSCT will run from January 8 to April 6, 2018. An orientation webinar will be scheduled during the week of January 8, 2018. The exact time of the webinar will be provided after the BSCT participants for this offering have been selected.

Registration

Registration - The deadline for registration will be December 1, 2017. No late registrations will be accepted.

 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 9-11, 23-25, 2018 in Perinatal Region IV; Raleigh, NC
  • March 5-7, 26, 27, 2018 in Perinatal Region VI; Greenville, NC
  • March 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 2018 in Perinatal Region I; MAHEC, Asheville, NC
  • April 4-6, 12-13, 2018 in Perinatal Region III; Charlotte, NC
  • June 13-15, 26, 27, 2018 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 and their managers.

Target Audience

  • For Peer Counselors and their Managers

Dates and Locations

  • Friday, February 16, 2018 in Perinatal Region I; Asheville, NC 
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Perinatal Region III; Charlotte, NC
  • Friday, March 9, 2018 in Perinatal Region II; Winston-Salem, NC 
  • The 2018 February Quarterly Training for Regions IV, V, and VI have been cancelled

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: February 27, 28, March 1, and May 22 and 23, 2018
  • Fall Course: August 28, 29, 30 and November 28 and 29, 2018

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

  • Spring 2018

Crossroads Trainings

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

Vendor Topics

No webinars are currently scheduled.

General WIC Topics

NEW!  2018 WIC Program Civil Rights Training

Description

The purpose of the WIC Program Civil Rights Training is to provide guidance on Civil Rights compliance requirements for the NC WIC Program. This training reviews the regulations and policies that are enforced to ensure that WIC services are provided with equal opportunity and without discrimination in accordance with State and Federal laws. It also meets the annual Civil Rights Training requirement for Local Agencies. Please maintain the attendance record on file at your local agency.

Objectives

  • Collect ethnic and racial data about applicants
  • Apply the public notification policy
  • Follow procedures for accepting complaints
  • Describe the monitoring process for compliance with civil rights policies, including compliance reviews and resolution of noncompliance
  • Uphold the responsibility for accommodation of people with disabilities
  • Apply the policy to provide language assistance to limited English proficient persons (LEP)
  • Recognize and practice good customer service
  • Recognize and practice good conflict resolution
  • Describe the protections provided for Faith Based Organizations

Target Audience

All local agency staff and volunteers that interact with WIC program participants.

Recorded Webinar

Handouts

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

  • TBD

Additional Nutrition Topics and Links

Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight’s Change Talk: Childhood ObesityTM

Description

Change Talk is a simulation where you learn motivational interviewing (MI) techniques and then practice them in simulated conversations with virtual parents and children. In these conversations, you play the role of a healthcare professional and explore ways to build motivation for change around topics relating to childhood obesity, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, breastfeeding and picky eaters.

CDC Learning Connection

The CDC Learning Connection is your source for information about public health training developed by CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies. Through website features, social media, and an e-newsletter, the CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about training opportunities, including many that offer free continuing education (CE).

CDC Learning Connection

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

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

Will not be offered in 2018

 

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.

The MCH Navigator is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health of women, children, adolescents, and families.

National WIC Association Webinars

 Find Your WIC Voice! Advocacy Webinar Series

Description

Participants of this free six-part series will learn:

  • Why it is important to advocate for WIC
  • How to advocate for WIC
  • What the difference is between advocacy and lobbying
  • How to create advocacy messages
  • How to effectively use data

Webinars and Dates/Times

  • Advocacy: Why Should You Care? Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 2:30 pm ET
  • Advocacy: What Is It? Tuesday, January 23, 2018; 2:30 pm ET
  • Advocacy: It’s So Much More than Lobbying? Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 2:30 pm ET
  • Advocacy: Developing Your Messages; Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 2:30 pm ET
  • Being an Informed Advocate: Putting Data to Work for You; Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 2:30 pm ET
  • Putting it All Together: WIC Advocacy in Action; Tuesday, April 3, 2018; 2:30 pm ET

Registration

Online Registration

 Mind the Gap: Why is This Food Out of Stock?

Description

There are a variety of reasons for a client to miss out on the nutrition provided by the WIC food package, and many of them fit into one of two categories: She couldn't find the food, or she didn't want the food. In this session, industry representatives from Kellogg's and Kroger will tackle barriers to access by revealing how manufacturers and retailers work together to get foods on shelf while also providing examples of communication missteps that result in WIC foods becoming unavailable to clients.

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 13, 2018; 3:00 pm ET

Registration

Online Registration

 Social Media Webinar Series

 Groundwork: Why Does WIC Need to be Engaged on Social Media?

Description

Did you know the internet is the top source of breastfeeding information for moms? Join us for a discussion about social media, how moms engage online, and the importance of WIC having a strong digital presence.

Date and Time

Thursday, January 4, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Groundwork: Barriers, Solutions and Policies for Social Media Engagement in WIC?

Description

Learn from other WIC agencies about what has worked to overcome barriers to using social media. We’ll discuss how to turn those barriers into opportunities and how to write strong social media policies for your agency.

Date and Time

Thursday, January 18, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Deep Dive: Facebook Part 1, the Basics

Description

Many of us use Facebook in our personal lives, in this webinar we'll talk about using Facebook as WIC. What are some things to keep in mind? How do you start a page? What do you need to keep in mind when writing posts? This webinar will be accessible for people with Facebook experience and to those without.

Date and Time

Thursday, February 1, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Deep Dive: Facebook Part 2, Getting the Most Out of Facebook

Description

This webinar will be a continuation of the Basics session. After completing both of the Facebook Deep Dives, you should be armed with the tools to write several effective posts and be prepared to take on most of what Facebook may throw at you.

Date and Time

Thursday, February 15, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Deep Dive: Pinterest

Description

Many agencies have had a lot of luck using Pinterest as an extension of nutrition education, sharing tips for healthy living and to promote events. Are you interested in exploring Pinterest with your agency?

Date and Time

Thursday, March 1, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Taking it to the Next Level: Using Analytics

Description

Now that you’re set up, what comes next? Learn about how to use insights and analytics to make your social media work even more effective.

Date and Time

Thursday, March 15, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 Time Management and Time Savers

Description

Doing social media right takes time. There are a lot of tools and tricks to save you time and make your social strategy more effective.

Date and Time

Thursday, March 29, 2018; 3:00 PM

Online Registration

 WIC and NFP: Building a Collaboration

Description

This presentation will review the referral system created in a large urban area between WIC and a Nurse-Family Partnership agency. The value of the partnership for clients and staff at both agencies will be discussed. Challenges and barriers will be addressed as well as lessons learned.

Date and Time

Thursday, February 22, 2018; 3:00 pm ET

Registration

Online Registration

 Improving Performance: How to be a Data Savvy WIC

Description

Thomas Innis from The Ripples Group will discuss how they have helped WIC programs improve their Local Agency, State Office, and contractor performance. In this webinar, they will share case studies of how to use data to develop partnerships in performance, share tips and tools to get started, along with some tips on how to get others engaged in the process.

Date and Time

Friday, March 2, 2018; 2:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Developing Your Employees for Performance and Retention

Description

Mike Dunphy from Walsh University will provide participants with very specific skills based on situational leadership to help any leader or manager become more effective at developing people in multiple situations relevant to their work.

Date and Time

Friday, March 16, 2018; 2:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 WIC, Snap, and Farmers’ Market: Better Together

Description

Denise Gee, PHFE WIC, will discuss how the relationship between PHFE WIC and their local county Department of Public Social Services increased SNAP applications, FMNP participation, and more.

Date and Time

Friday, April 6, 2018; 2:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Way-to-WIC Collaborative

Description

The Way-To-WIC Collaborative is comprised of 25 members from state and local agencies in the Southeast Region and USDA/FNS, who were charged with developing a toolkit of effective strategies for child participation and retention in the WIC program. Join us for this webinar to hear about the culmination of two years of work in the areas of partnerships, marketing and advertising, the clinic environment, and food packages.

Date and Time

Thursday, May 24, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Streamlining WIC Certifications

Description

Learn about concrete steps WIC agencies have taken to make certification simpler for applicants and staff. Over the last year, eight state and local WIC agencies have implemented action plans to streamline WIC certifications, with technical assistance from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Altarum Institute. Hear their experiences with making changes such as encouraging applicants to provide electronic documents or completing certification steps before the appointment.

Date and Time

Tuesday, September 11, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices

Description

Nutrition Assessment in WIC is a delicate balancing act of sometimes competing priorities. Staff are often instructed to be thorough but build rapport, collect accurate data but use conversational assessment, provide education but only after a complete assessment and identify all applicable risk factors but don't overwhelm the participant with nutrition education. It can get complicated! Join this webinar for an interactive opportunity to explore pitfalls and best practices in WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices.

Date and Time

Tuesday, December 11, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health Training Website

Description

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) Training Website was developed to offer public health professionals and other interested persons immediate access to short, high quality trainings on a variety of public health topics. Trainings address core public health and epidemiology competencies, as well as public health preparedness capabilities.

These trainings are designed to address the most basic level of cognitive learning. They are short knowledge-level trainings that are designed to be completed on-the-job with very little time commitment.

 Pediatric Nutrition Courses - Modules 1-2

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 two individual modules: Module 1: Nutrition Assessment, Module 2: Basic Nutrition. 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

Dates and Registration

Module 1 - Nutrition Assessment

  • Offered March 26 - June 1, 2018
  • Registration closed February 19, 2018

Module 2 - Basic Nutrition

  • Offered June 18 - September 7, 2018
  • Registration opens March 2018

Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0: Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations

Description

The series will focus on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of maternal and pediatric obesity and will emphasize the Maternal and Child Heath Life Course Framework as a way to explain the interconnectedness between maternal and pediatric obesity.

Date and Time

Friday, March 23, 2018; 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration

Register Online

UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

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

WIC Works, WIC Learning Online

WIC Learning Online is a series of online courses designed to train all levels of staff working in the WIC program. Select WIC Learning Online courses are approved for CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

 

 


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