WIC Conferences and Trainings

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 Webinar

Description

The purpose of this webinar to provide new Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (BFPC) Program Managers 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.
  • Discuss two ways to retain peer counselors.
  • Name two key elements in the mentoring and training of peer counselors.

Dates 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.

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

 Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training

Description

The Breastfeeding Supplies Competency Training provides an opportunity for NC WIC Program staff to learn about the breastfeeding supplies they issue to WIC Program participants. The BSCT has two parts:

  • An online, faculty guided, self-paced course that helps them understand how to assemble, use and clean breastfeeding supplies. In addition, they learn about the situations when breastfeeding supplies should and should not be used, their responsibilities under the World Health Organization (WHO) Code, the NC WIC Program policies regarding breastfeeding supplies, and the important topics to teach WIC Program participants about each type of breastfeeding supply they issue.
  • A face-to-face demonstration of issuance for each type of supply in coordination with their Regional Breastfeeding Coordinator to assess issuance skills.

The BSCT has seven units: 

  • Unit 1: Issuing Breastfeeding Supplies to WIC Program Participants focuses on general information about issuing breastfeeding supplies to North Carolina WIC Program Participants. All learners must pass Unit 1 before completing any additional units.
  • Units 2 through 7 focus on each of the types of breastfeeding supplies offered by the North Carolina WIC Program:
    • 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

All local agency staff who issue breastfeeding supplies to NC WIC Program participants should participate in the BSCT. Each staff’s level of participation will depend on her or his job description.

  • Local agency Breastfeeding Coordinators must complete all of the units.
  • Staff who are not the Breastfeeding Coordinator should complete Unit 1 and whichever of Units 2-7 apply to the types of breastfeeding supplies they issue to NC WIC Program participants.
  • Breastfeeding Peer Counselors need only complete Units 1 through 4 unless they also issue breast pads. If they issue breast pads, they should complete Unit 5, but will not demonstrate issuance of breast shells.

Dates

The Winter 2019 offering will run from January 7 to April 5, 2019.

Registration

  • Register online and obtain more information about the BSCT course.
  • Registration ends November 30, 2018 and *LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED*.
  • Registrants should assume that they are enrolled unless otherwise notified.  In the unlikely event that enrollment must be limited; preference will be given to local agency Breastfeeding Coordinators.

 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

  • October 16-18, and November 6-7, 2018 in Perinatal Region VI, EAHEC, Greenville
  • November 28-30 and December 10-11, 2018 in Perinatal Region V, New Hanover Health Department, Wilmington

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

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Perinatal Region IV; Wake County Human Services, Raleigh
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Perinatal Region II; Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Perinatal Region V; Cumberland County Health Department, Fayetteville
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Perinatal Region I; Mountain AHEC, Asheville
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Perinatal Region VI; EAHEC, Greenville
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Perinatal Region III; Hornets' Nest Park, Charlotte (hold date, subject to change)

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

Crossroads Trainings

Crossroads Training Videos (NCDHHS YouTube site)

Vendor Topics

 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 webinar is for all local agency staff that oversees or conducts vendor management activities. Webinar participants will learn the fundamentals of vendor management policies and procedures, which govern vendor activities.

Objectives

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

  • Describe the process for vendor authorization, maintaining vendor status, and vendor disqualification.
  • Correctly guide local vendors in completing all required forms for reauthorization.
  • Describe Federal and State violations and corresponding sanctions for non-compliance with WIC Program guidelines.
  • Explain inventory requirements for WIC-approved foods.
  • Explain NC eWIC-related policies and procedures for vendors.
  • Use the vendor training modules to instruct vendors during annual vendor training.

Target Audience

All local agency staff that conduct vendor management activities.

Dates and Registration

General WIC Topics

 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

National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) Policy Review

Description

This webinar reviews important aspects of the National Voter Registration Act and its requirements related to the NC WIC Program.

Target Audience

WIC Directors, Lead Support Staff, and Support Staff

Objectives

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

  • Discuss the significance of the NVRA
  • Outline the requirements of the NVRA in the NC WIC Program
  • Apply NVRA Requirements to their job role
  • Identify the forms needed to meet NVRA requirements

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

  • TBD

WIC Update Webinar

Description

This webinar will provide important WIC Program updates for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, including information on contract formula change, FNS focus areas and upcoming policy changes.

Target Audience

All WIC Staff

Dates and Registration

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

 March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign Webinar Series

Description

Participate in six free webinars focused on improving the health of women and men of childbearing age with the goal of improving birth outcomes. Webinar Series Brochure (PDF, 470 KB)

Target Audience

Nutritionists, Medical Assistants, Nurses, Physicians, Mid-level Providers, Social Workers, Outreach Workers, etc.

Dates and Registration

September 2018 - March 2019

 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

National WIC Association Webinars

 Getting 5-Year Old WIC Children Ready for Kindergarten

Description

WIC is an ideal place to engage young parents to optimize the development and school readiness of young children. It is clear from current research that significant differences exist in children’s exposure to language-rich environments. Children born into poverty hear 30 million fewer words before they reach kindergarten than those who come from middle and higher income families. Because of this gap, children born into poorer families tend to test lower on school readiness scores than their higher income counterparts. This disparity develops before kids are even five years old and the gap continues throughout life. By pairing school readiness messages with WIC services from pregnancy through early childhood, children can graduate from WIC at age 5 ready for Kindergarten. This webinar will discuss the Little by Little Program, and the impact it is making on our WIC children!

Date and Time

Thursday, October 4, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 The Role of Anemia in Maternal Mortality: A Call to Action

Description

A recent global study confirmed the role anemia plays in maternal outcomes and mortality risks. Understanding the differences in screening methods as well as how anemia affects pregnant women is vital to WIC's core mission. The results of the 2018 Daru, et al study will be explained and discussed from a WIC perspective. The webinar will also discuss various screening methods for anemia and how these differ.

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 The Value of Collaborations between WIC and Academic Researchers: Insights and Experiences from the Field

Description

Collaborations between WIC and academic researchers are valuable and can expand the capacity of WIC programs to conduct rigorous research and evaluation. This webinar will provide insights from a collaboration between academic researchers and the Massachusetts and New York State WIC programs. Specifically, these collaborations supported evaluation and analysis of a comprehensive, multi-level, multi-setting intervention to prevent and reduce childhood obesity among low-income children.

Date and Time

Thursday, October 11, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Highlights of the Spring 2018 NWA State, Local, and Individual Members Survey

Description

Join Emily Gilcher, NWA’s Manager, Membership Engagement, in a review of the results of NWA’s Annual State, Local, and Individual Membership Survey. Hear highlights of the survey, including benefits and advocacy priorities, and share your feedback on improving the association’s work and survey in the coming years.

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 16, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Helping Mothers Achieve Personal Breastfeeding Goals

Description

This webinar will provide attendees with evidence-based strategies to help women reach their personal breastfeeding goals. Dr. Spatz will share her research and clinical experience of the past 23 years since she received her PhD in 1995.

Date and Time

Thursday, October 18, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online

 Helping WIC Families through the Opioid Crisis: Assessing, Supporting and Referring

Description

Join us for this webinar, sponsored by NWA’s Local Agency Section, to inform you about the national opioid crisis and give practical tools to help you respond to clinical situations. Gain skills in screening, referral and resources for individuals and families in the WIC program struggling with opioid misuse. Ask questions and share experiences on the impact of the issue in your local setting.

Date and Time

Thursday, October 25, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 New Research Unveils What WIC Infant and Young Children are Eating: 2016 Feeding Infants and Toddler Study (FITS)

Description

Some noteworthy success has been achieved in dietary patterns since 2008; however, additional progress is needed to ensure infants and young children are receiving optimal nutrition for growth and development. This new FITS data offers unique evidence on the impact of the revised WIC food packages and is particularly relevant for the WIC Staff who are on the front line engaging and inspiring families to make healthy eating choices.

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 13, 2018; 3:00 pm

Registration

Online Registration

 Development of an Effective Post-Partum Weight Loss Program for Diverse Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women

Description

This webinar will describe systematic strategies to develop culturally- and literacy-sensitive programs to promote behavior change. It will focus on strategies used to develop a post-partum weight loss program for WIC clients.

Date and Time

Thursday, November 15, 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

Module 2 - Basic Nutrition

  • Offered April 29 - July 12, 2019
  • Registration opens January 2019

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

Using Technology to Improve the WIC Participant Experience

Description

Over the past few years, the role of technology in WIC has been a growing area of program focus. Innovations in technology including smartphone applications, online educational and administrative platforms, and electronic benefits have enabled many WIC agencies to consider how new technology can improve the WIC participant experience, increase program participation, and support more efficient program management.

To facilitate the sharing of best practices, lessons learned, innovations and research, the National WIC Association is offering a virtual conference December 4-6, 2018 on Using Technology to Improve the WIC Participant Experience. This virtual conference will comprise of eight pre-recorded presentations and four live presentations in the form of webinars over the course of three days. Virtual Conference attendees will be able to access the sessions from the comfort of their own computer between December 4-6, 2018. The conference will feature voices from WIC agencies themselves as well as researchers, and other partners who have insights to share with regard to the use of technology in WIC.

A Virtual Conference is a conference that allows remote attendees to access live sessions and events from their computers. The conference is hosted entirely over the Internet. Attendees participate through a conference website designed specifically for the virtual experience. The conference site is where you will watch conference sessions live via streaming video, and participate in sessions by chatting in questions and comments and participating in session activities in real time.

Agenda

Date/Time

December 4-6, 2018

Registration

Registration Information

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.

 

 

 

Last Modified: October 17, 2018