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Live Webinars

WIC uses interactive, participant-centered webinars to enhance your learning experience. Our webinars feature presentations from expert health and social service consultants and provide top-of-the-line learning opportunities that transcend distance. The webinar technology includes fully integrated audio and streaming options, which makes it easy for you to join the webinar and contribute, regardless of technical capabilities.

Registration Process:

Per the instruction of central office we will now have a new webinar process for registering and receiving certificates. As we know many agencies have multiple staff members view a live webinar together on the same computer. To accommodate this and allow each person to get a certificate, we’ve created the following registration plan:

  1. Each staff member intending to view the webinar must register individually through GoToWebinar. 
    1. (please be sure to carefully enter your e-mail address when registering, as that is the address that the link to join the webinar will be sent to)
  2. Staff can view the webinar as a group on the same computer or individually on their own device.
  3. Following the live webinar CAI will send an e-mail to every person who registered through GoToWebinar, with a link to the evaluations and certificates.
  4. Each staff who viewed the webinar will complete the evaluation, individually, then be taken to a screen to print their certificate.
    1. (please be sure to carefully enter your first and last name when printing your certificate)
  5. For staff who may have missed a live webinar, please note all webinars will be archived on our website under the On-Demand page, which can be found here    

1.) Building a Community of Support: Black Women and Breastfeeding
July 20, 2021        |         9:30 AM - 11:30 AM             |              Click here to register


Programs that provide services and support to pregnant and parenting women often review the data on breastfeeding rates and highlight the lower breastfeeding rates among black women and wonder why. This webinar will help WIC staff think about this issue in a thoughtful and comprehensive way by first looking at the history of black women and breastfeeding. Then we’ll review the most recent research regarding this issue and most importantly, discuss concrete strategies a WIC Local Agency can embrace in order to support black breastfeeding participants.

Presenter: Maisha Drayton and Michelle Gerka

Target Audience: NYS DOH Staff, WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Designated Breastfeeding Experts, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Nutrition Assistants, Clerical/Support Staff, Peer Counselors

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Examine the history of Black Women and Breastfeeding
• Explore their own feelings and reactions to the history
• Describe some of the key factors that influence the success of breastfeeding and black women
• Identify key areas where the WIC Local Agency can implement improvements

2.) How to Be a Current Inclusive Provider for the LGBTQ+ Community 
August 3, 2021        |             2:00PM-4:00PM         |          Click here to register

This webinar will be presented in three sections. The information presented will be practical, evidence based, and current. The first course objective will be to understand the history of healthcare within the LGBTQ+ community and why it’s important to meet this community’s unique needs. The present disparities and needs cannot be fully understood without the context of some history within the community. The next objective will be to learn the current language used by the LGBTQ+ community, especially amongst families, and understand how to use their language in a respectful and appropriate way. The learner will expand their knowledge of terms that can be used in the human lactation field that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals and/or families and understand how those terms may look in practice. Finally, participants will discover tools and resources to use in their everyday practice as breastfeeding experts and supporters to make sure LGBTQ+ families recognize themselves in outreach and are fully seen and supported.

Presenter: Stephanie Wagner, BSN, RN, CLE, IBCLC, RLC

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Nutrition Assistants, Clerical/Support Staff, NYS DOH Staff, Peer Counselors

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
● Explain relevant history of the LGBTQ+ Community in the context of healthcare and why meeting the unique needs of the communities we serve is a lifeline for individuals and families
● Discuss and provide statistics of the current health disparities for the LGBTQ+ community and why that is pertinent information
● Assemble and identify current language that the LGBTQ+ community uses and understand the meaning of significant terms that can be used in the human lactation field that are inclusive and fitting for any LGBTQ+ person and/or family
● Discover tools and give examples of various resources to use to make sure each participant ends the webinar feeling confident in the breastfeeding/chestfeeding/bodyfeeding care they are providing to any LGBTQ+ person and ways to continue inclusive outreach going forward

3.) Breastfeeding and Hormonal Reasons for Low Milk Supply
August 11, 2021           |               9:30-11:30AM            |            Click here to register

The amount of products available to mothers that promise to increase milk supply is staggering. But how many really work? With every product that does not increase milk supply as promised, a mother may become discouraged and her confidence shaken. In this presentation, we take a look at the different stages of milk production and then explore the hormonal reasons that milk supply may be affected. The presentation addresses endocrine issues to approach low milk supply in a manner which delivers results.

Presenter: Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA, Designated Breastfeeding Experts, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand the role of hormones in the production and regulation of human milk
• Explore which disorders may impact milk supply
• Develop a plan for support and referrals for the treatment of milk supply issues due to hormonal issues

4.) No Family Left Behind: Addressing Implicit Bias and Racism to Better Serve WIC Populations
August 12, 2021          |          9:30-11:30AM            |        Click here to register

Racism and implicit bias continue to impact maternal and infant health and nutrition outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) families at large. This presentation will identify strategies for identifying bias in participant interactions, analyze bias mitigation strategies for BIPOC individuals and families, and discuss communication strategies for effective community engagement and direct engagement with BIPOC families.

Presenter: Kimberly Seals Allers, B.A. M.S.

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, Outreach Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA, Designated Breastfeeding Experts, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Nutrition Assistants, Clerical/Support Staff, VMA Staff

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Increase self-awareness by reflecting on the results of an implicit bias self-assessment.
• Understand the historical and cultural context of common stereotypes about BIPOC communities.
• Understand the deleterious effect of implicit bias on maternal health, infant and young child nutrition and well-being.
• Explain how to improve communication styles, including the tone of voice and body language to mitigate experiences of bias.

5.) Hypertensive Disorders and Diabetes in Pregnancy
August 27, 2021            |        2:00PM to 4:00 PM EST      |        Click here to register

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are responsible for approximately 17% of patient mortality due to pregnancy-related causes in the US. These disorders are also one of the leading contributors to premature birth, leading to significant neonatal morbidity and mortality. Gestational diabetes complicates 7% of pregnancies in the US, and places patients at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This webinar will explore the spectrum of hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy and during the early postpartum period. Risk factors, diagnostic criteria, and associated maternal and fetal risks will be reviewed, allowing for early identification and appropriate treatment. Information will be both practical and evidence-based. Strategies for effective counseling of WIC participants about prevention and management will be discussed.

Presenter: Noreen Singh, MD

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, CPA+s, Qualified Nutritionists, CPAs, Designated Breastfeeding Experts, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Identify the risk factors for hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy
• Examine the short-term and long-term impact of hypertensive disorders and diabetes in pregnancy on maternal and fetal outcomes
• Explain the importance of blood pressure and glycemic control during the preconception period, pregnancy, and postpartum to WIC participants
• Provide support to WIC participants affected by hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy

*We record all of our webinars, so if you are unable attend or who wish to view it again, you can stream the recording directly from our website. Visit our On Demand Webinar Library to view our selection of on demand webinars. On-Demand webinars can be found here.

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