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...
This is a two-part training required for all new Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program Managers. The first part is offered via webinar and the second part of this required BFPC Program Managers’ Core Training is being offered in each perinatal region.
New WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers
Part 1: Webinar Objectives
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.
Webinar Date and Registration
• Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:00-4:00 PM; Online Registration
Part 2: Regional Training Objectives
The purpose of the Perinatal Region Training is to provide Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program Managers with knowledge and skills to implement a BFPC Program. At the end of the training, the participants will be able to:
- Complete with accuracy the following North Carolina WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program forms:
- Letter of Agreement
- Prenatal Contact
- Breastfeeding Contact
- Monthly Report
- Describe the purpose of the North Carolina WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Letter of Agreement.
Regional Training Dates and Locations
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Perinatal Region I – Asheville, NC
- Friday, May 2, 2014 in Perinatal Region II – Winston-Salem, NC
- Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Perinatal Region III – Charlotte, NC
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Perinatal Region IV – Raleigh, NC
- Friday, April 25, 2014 in Perinatal Region V – Wilmington, NC
- Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Perinatal Region VI – Greenville, NC
Regional Training Registration
Registration Form (PDF, 193 KB)
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
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 will be announced October 2014
Registration will be posted October 2014
DescriptionThis 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
- Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
Dates and Locations
- June 11, 12, 13, 26 and 27, 2014 in Perinatal Region V – Wilmington, NC
- July 10, 11, 23, 24 and 25, 2014 in Perinatal Region IV – Raleigh, NC
- August 13, 14 and September 10, 11 and 12, 2014 in Perinatal Region I – Asheville, NC
- August 25, 26 and September 4, 5, 8 and 9, 2014 in Perinatal Region III – Charlotte, NC
- September 24, 25 and October 1, 2 and 3, 2014 in Perinatal Region VI – Greenville, NC
- November 19, 20 and December 8, 9 and 10, 2014 in Perinatal Region V – Wilmington, NC
This training is a continuing education opportunity for WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.
- WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Managers
Dates and Locations
- Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Perinatal Region I – Asheville, NC
- Friday, May 16, 2014 in Perinatal Region II – Winston-Salem, NC
- Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Perinatal Region III – Charlotte, NC
- Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Perinatal Region IV – Raleigh, NC
- Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Perinatal Region V – Lumberton, NC
- Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Perinatal Region VI – Jacksonville, NC
- Registration Form (PDF, 192 KB)
DescriptionThis 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
- March 4, 5, 6 and May 28 and 29, 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC
- August 26, 27, 28 and December 3 and 4, 2014 in Winston-Salem, NC
DescriptionThe NC Division of Public Health has developed the NC Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation (NC BFMCD) 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.
ObjectivesBy the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Center Designation Program
- Summarize the benefits of participating in this voluntary program
- Describe the application process
- Identify where to get additional information on the program
- Maternity Center Administrators and Other Interested Parties
Date and Registration
Date and registration will be posted May 2014
General WIC Topics
This webinar is designed to instruct local health agency staff on how to successfully complete the WIC Program Local Agency Self-Assessment (LASA) Tool. Each Local Agency is encouraged to review the webinar before completing the LASA. The Nutrition Services Branch has made a recorded version of the FY 2014 webinar. PDFs of the recorded webinar and handouts will be sent on DVD with your Local Agency Self-Assessment (LASA) Tool. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the local agency WIC Program self-assessment policy and procedures
- Complete the WIC Program self-assessment tools
- Outline the components of a corrective action plan (CAP)
- For questions, please contact your Regional Nutrition Consultant.
This webinar is designed for Local WIC Agency IT support. The current State-managed technology solution (WIC ADP) is scheduled for a phased deployment upgrade starting May 2014, to a new platform known as Crossroads. IT is an essential part of supporting any technology solution for business. Information covered during this webinar will include a high-level overview of the WIC program followed by more concentrated discussion of the new Crossroads IT architecture. Technology requirements (hardware, software, peripherals) and IT support required by local agencies will also be discussed.
Local WIC Agency IT Support Staff
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Recognize key IT components of the new Crossroads application.
- Understand the IT requirements and support needed at Local WIC agencies for Crossroads.
- Understand the process to update MICR Printers for use with Crossroads.
- Identify and know how to access available technical resources and assistance
Dates and Times
Getting Ready for Crossroads videos address components of Crossroads specific to user roles. Viewing of these webinars is required prior to attending rollout training. To learn more about the videos and who is required to view them see the Crossroads Getting Ready Videos (PDF, 90 KB) file. All of the videos can be found on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services You Tube site > Crossroads Training Videos. The playlist should open allowing you to select the video you want to watch.
WIC Vendor Topics
This face-to-face training session is for all new local agency staff who oversee or conduct 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 new Crossroads computer system.
This training is for all new local agency staff members who conduct vendor management activities. For local agency staff members who have conducted vendor management activities for more than a year, the Vendor Unit has made a recorded version of the 2014 Local Agency WIC Vendor Training webinar. The recorded webinar, as well as a brief survey, will be sent on DVD to your local agency in June.
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
- Describe Federal and State violations and corresponding sanctions for non-compliance with WIC program guidelines.
- Explain inventory requirements for WIC approved foods.
- Describe the process for vendor application, maintaining vendor status, and vendor disqualification.
- Teach vendors how to properly transact cash-value vouchers and food instruments.
- Correctly guide local vendors in completing all required paperwork.
- Monitor vendors for compliance with program rules by using the Vendor Monitoring Report form (DHHS 2925).
- Correctly initiate and process the paperwork to replace food instruments and cash-value vouchers when requested.
- Use the vendor training modules to instruct vendors during annual training.
- Describe the vendor management component of the new Crossroads computer system
Dates, Location, Registration
Additional Nutrition Topics and Links
Maternal Nutrition and Wellness is a new 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.
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 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
- Offered May 26, 2014 – August 1, 2014
- Registration opens March 17, 2014
- MNW Course Registration
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 Conditions. Each module is offered separately, with continuing education credits available.
- 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 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 a three month period. 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 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. Module 3 has a rolling admission over a three month period and units can be taken individually, with each unit providing continuing education credit. Stand-alone units in Module 3 include:
- Unit 1: Inadequate Growth and Failure to Thrive
- Unit 2: Childhood Chronic Respiratory Conditions
- Unit 3: Disordered Eating in Adolescents
- Unit 4: Child and Adolescent Obesity
- Unit 5: Congenital Heart Disease
- Unit 6: Common GI 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 27, 2014 – April 4, 2014
- Registration closed
Module 2 - Basic Nutrition
- Offered April 7, 2014 – June 13, 2014
- Registration closed
Module 3 - Nutrition for Specific Conditions
Registration will open spring 2014.
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.
- 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
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.
The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness (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 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.