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.
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.
New WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers
Date and Registration
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.
WIC Directors, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program Managers
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
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.
The Winter 2017 offering of the BSCT will run from January 9 to April 7, 2017. The link to the orientation webinar will be made available after the BSCT participants for this offering have been selected.
Registration will be available until November 28, 2016. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
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
- September 21-23, 29-30, 2016 in Perinatal Region 1-Asheville, NC
- September 14-16, 29-30, 2016 in Perinatal Region V-Wilmington, NC
- October 10-11, 26-28, 2016 in Perinatal Region III-Charlotte, NC
- November 28-29, December 14-16, 2016 in Perinatal Region VI-Greenville, NC
- Registration Form (PDF, 274 KB)
This training is a continuing education opportunity for WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors.
- WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Managers
Dates and Locations
- Friday, November 4, 2016 in Perinatal Region II – Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC; 9am-3pm
- Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Perinatal Region VI – Craven County Health Department, New Bern, NC; 10am-3:30pm
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Perinatal Region V – Cumberland County Health Dept., Fayetteville, NC; 9:30-2:30pm
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Perinatal Region III – Mahon Pavilion, Freedom Park; Charlotte, NC; 9:30am-4:00pm
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Perinatal Region IV – Wake County Human Services, Raleigh, NC; 9am-3pm
- Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Perinatal Region I – Mountain Area Health Education Center, Asheville, NC; 10am-2:30pm
- Registration Form (PDF, 198 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
- Spring Course: February 27, 28, March,1, and May 31 and June 1, 2017 (plus two clinical days to be scheduled)
- Fall Course: August 29, 30, 31 and November 29 and 30, 2017 (plus two clinical days to be scheduled)
DescriptionThe 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.
ObjectivesBy 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
Maternity Center Administrators and Other Interested Parties
Date and Registration
- Spring 2017
Crossroads Training Videos (N.C. DHHS YouTube site)
General WIC Topics
This webinar will cover innovative strategies to increase in reach and outreach, caseload management, and introduce participants to new outreach pieces from the Nutrition Services Branch.
All Local Agency Staff
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Name one innovative outreach strategy
- Name one innovative in-reach strategy
- Describe one caseload management technique
- Recognize new outreach materials from NSB
Dates and Registration
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.
- 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
All Local Agency WIC Program supervisors, staff and volunteers
This webinar will provide information on required WIC Program notifications, the revised NC WIC Program Notice, and the NC WIC Program policy related to participant notices.
All Local Agency WIC staff except Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
- Recognize when an applicant or participant needs a notification
- List the types of notices available
- Explain how to generate the appropriate notification
- Understand how documentation of participant notices is maintained in Crossroads
Date(s) and Registration
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.
Newly hired NC WIC Program Staff employed with the NC WIC Program at least one month, but not greater than one year.
- 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
National WIC Association Webinars
The National WIC Association (NWA) recently partnered with approximately 45 states, including North Carolina, to support the development of a new National Recruitment and Retention Campaign. This campaign, first unveiled at NWA’s Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference in September, is a three-year, multi-platform effort designed to:
- Recruit new WIC participants,
- Retain current participants, and
- Improve the perception of the WIC program
NWA worked with marketing experts to conduct formative research with WIC families from several states. Based on these findings, a new national WIC brand identity was developed and shared, with supporting visuals and messaging. Here's a high level overview of timeline for the campaign:
- Digital ads will start mid-November 2016
- Print ads will start in January 2017
- Information will be available in maternity wards, OBGYN and pediatric offices starting in February 2017
- The campaign is currently planned to run through the end of 2018
All Local Agency Staff
Additional Nutrition Topics and Links
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).
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.
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.
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 April 18, 2016 - June 24, 2016
- Registration Closed
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.
- 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 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 Closed
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.
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.
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.