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.)Enhancing Your Income Assessment Skills          September 29, 2020              9:30AM - 11:30 AM EST

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Support staff play a pivotal role in the WIC certification process and one primary responsibility is conducting a face-to-face income assessment. In order to conduct an effective income assessment, certain communication skills are necessary to achieve this goal. Support staff will learn essential skills to conduct a successful and effective income assessment. This 2-hour webinar will focus on engaging a participant, rapport building, framing, asking open-ended questions, and conflict resolution. Additional discussions regarding respect, privacy, delivering unwelcoming news, diffusing anger all in a participant-centered manner will also be reviewed.

Presenters: Barbara McGinnis

Target Audience: WIC Local Agency Staff (WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, Qualified Nutritionists, CPA+, CPA, Nutrition Assistants, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Clerical/Support Staff)

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Develop enhanced communication skills to support the income assessment process
  • Receive helpful techniques to use when presented with challenging situations
  • Understand when personal biases play a role when conducting an income assessment

2.) I’ve got my eWIC Card! Now what do I do?              October 6, 2020                  2:00PM-4:00PM EST

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One of the benefits of the WIC program is for participants to access healthy foods to enhance their overall well-being. The main goal of this webinar is to improve upon strategies for preparing WIC participants for a successful shopping experience. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to consider how participants are “prepared” to grocery shop, discuss missed opportunities, revisit the New York State Resources that have been created and receive updated information on policy issues that impact the shopping experience. Staff from Local Agencies at all levels, as well as, the Vendor Management Teams will find this webinar helpful in improving the overall shopping experience.

Presenters: Michelle Gerka, Lonnie Reaves (VMA), Rudy Sicari (VMA), Jack Taliercio (NYS DOH)

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

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Discuss strategies and best practices for preparing WIC participants to grocery shop
• Review key resources created in NYS including the WIC app
• Utilize the on-line resources/website created in New York State
• List some of the key policy issues related to grocery shopping
• Review data related to the initial certification and average length of this appointment

 3.) WIC Welcomes You                 October 9, 2020                 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

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The New York State Department of Health has implemented policy changes to the WIC program to remove barriers when applying for and participating in the WIC program. The "WIC Welcomes You" initiative ensures that NYS DOH policy complies with federal requirements when applying for WIC and local agencies are responsible for ensuring these policies are implemented to support consistent enrollment practices around the state. This webinar will highlight some of these policy changes including easing certification and immigration status requirements, offering temporary 30-day certifications when appropriate, effective communication skills, and offering interpreter services.

Presenters: Barbara McGinnis, Michelle Gerka, Local Agency Coordinators: TBD

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinators, Qualified Nutritionists, CPA+, CPA, Nutrition Assistants, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Clerical/Support Staff

Continuing Education: • 2 CPEUs • 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, the participants will be able to:
• Develop a greater understanding of the WIC Welcomes You Initiative
• Apply updated enrollment and certification policies to their work in their Local Agency
• Analyze how to communicate these policies to participants and community partners
• Examine staff attitudes and how they may become barriers to implementing these policies
• Utilize "promising practices" from Local Agencies regarding training and sustainability of WIC welcomes You

4.) Revitalizing Participant Centered Services: 2019-2020 Learning Community Outcomes
                            October 27, 2020           9:30-11:30AM

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This live webinar is intended to summarize the rationale, methodologies, investigative endeavors, final takeaways and experiences of eleven NYS WIC Local Agencies who participated in the 2019-2020 Learning Community. Discussion will consist of a review of the domains in which the opportunity to provide high quality Participant Centered Services (PCS) are most critical, including overall time spent with the nutritionist and cycle time/scheduling within the local agency, as well as staff attitudes and buy-in, branding and special considerations for a trauma informed clinic environment. Additionally, overall outcomes, the innovative spirit of the LC implementation teams, and thought-provoking questions uncovered over the course of the learning community will be explored.

Presenters: Sabrina Baumgartner, Michelle Gerka, Erica Underwood, 1-2 Local Agency Teams

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

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the goal and objectives of the 2019-2020 learning community
• Establish rationale for the positive impact of PCS on health outcomes
• Understand the journey, background and methodology utilized by the LC team to investigate the areas identified as critical to the provision of high-quality PCS
• Review action plans and implementation team successes and barriers during LC
• Summarize outcomes and lessons learned from the experiences of the 2019-2020 LC

5.) "Express Yourself: The Latest and Greatest on Hand Expression and Pumping"

                November 10, 2020             2:00-4:00PM, EST

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The goal of this webinar is to increase knowledge for health care professionals around guiding lactating parents to properly and safely hand/mechanically express human milk; find the best pump for individual need; increase the amount of milk expressed; and advise families on how to access a breast pump.This presentation provides the latest evidence on how and why to express to maximize output and meet parental goals for providing human milk via expression.

Presenter: Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CCCE, CLC, CLD, CLE

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

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Identify at least one barrier to expression that parents face today.
• Identify the best type of expression (hand or mechanical/pump) for different stages of lactation.
• List two reasons hand expression may be more beneficial for expression than mechanical expression.

6.) Vegetarian Diets                    December 9, 2020              2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Vegetarian and near vegetarian diets are becoming increasing popular in the United States and are recognized as healthy eating patterns. This webinar will explore nutritional needs of vegetarians during pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, and early childhood. Sources of key nutrients will be identified with consideration given to economic factors. Information will be both practical and evidence-based. Strategies for effective counseling of WIC participants about benefits of meatless meals and about nutrient needs of vegetarians will be discussed.

Presenter: Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

Target Audience: WIC Coordinators, Nutrition Coordinator, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA+, CPA, Breastfeeding Coordinators, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinators, Nutrition Assistants

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Explain terms related to vegetarian diets such as lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and lacto vegetarian
• Describe key nutrients for vegetarians at various stages of the life-cycle (pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, and early childhood).
• Identify acceptable sources of these key nutrients including those found in foods available through the WIC program.
• Illustrate ways to maximize the nutritional benefits for vegetarians of the WIC program through food choices
• Develop strategies for educating WIC participants about benefits of meatless meals and about nutrient needs of vegetarians

SAVE THE DATE!

1.) Oral Health

December 17, 2020  9:30-11:30AM

Presenter: Emily J. Norrix, MPH

2.) Outreach to Foster Care Parents

January 14, 2021  9:30-11:30AM

Presenter: Steven David Blatt, MD

3.) Breastfeeding and Hormonal Conditions

February 16, 2021     2:00-4:00PM

Presenter: Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

*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.

 

Revitalizing Participant Centered Services: 2019-2020 Learning Community Outcomes

October 27, 2020

9:30-11:30AM

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This live webinar is intended to summarize the rationale, methodologies, investigative endeavors, final takeaways and experiences of eleven NYS WIC Local Agencies who participated in the 2019-2020 Learning Community. Discussion will consist of a review of the domains in which the opportunity to provide high quality Participant Centered Services (PCS) are most critical, including overall time spent with the nutritionist and cycle time/scheduling within the local agency, as well as staff attitudes and buy-in, branding and special considerations for a trauma informed clinic environment. Additionally, overall outcomes, the innovative spirit of the LC implementation teams, and thought-provoking questions uncovered over the course of the learning community will be explored.

Presenters: Sabrina Baumgartner, Michelle Gerka, Erica Underwood, 1-2 Local Agency Teams

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

Continuing Education: 2 CPEUs, 2 CEUs

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the goal and objectives of the 2019-2020 learning community
  • Establish rationale for the positive impact of PCS on health outcomes
  • Understand the journey, background and methodology utilized by the LC team to investigate the areas identified as critical to the provision of high-quality PCS
  • Review action plans and implementation team successes and barriers during LC

Summarize outcomes and lessons learned from the experiences of the 2019-2020 LC

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