National WIC Association

Education

We provide valuable educational content for all levels of WIC staff through professional development courses, webinars, and training resources.


Leadership Academy

The NWA Leadership Academy is a customized program designed to

  1. assist WIC organizations in developing leadership skills and attributes for selected new leaders, and
  2. update the skills of current leaders.

Additionally, the NWA Leadership Academy will enable WIC organizations to clarify, communicate and execute their vision, mission, goals and strategic initiatives.

WIC personnel completing the NWA Leadership Academy will possess the leadership skills and attributes necessary to

  • think and act strategically,
  • exhibit critical-thinking skills, and
  • manage results-oriented teams.

Apply here.


Webinars

We invite our members to explore our various WIC-related webinars through our Online Community. To access the online community, log-in to your account and click "Go To The Online Community".

We offer webinars most Thursdays at 3:00pm ET. and they last one hour. See below for a schedule of upcoming webinars. Webinar archives are available to NWA members only. If you are a member, please log-in to your NWA account on www.nwica.org > go to “My Account” > “Go to Online Community” > “Webinar Archives,” which be located on the left menu bar.

CEUs are available for most webinars.

NWA Webinars

  • 2018 Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference: Know Before You Go webinar on September 18th, at 3:00 pm ET. Shameka Jennings, NWA Director of Education & Events, will discuss the highlights of the Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference. The first 30 minutes will discuss the conference agenda and how you can make the most of your conference experience. The last 30 minutes of the webinar will discuss roles and responsibilities for volunteers and speakers, specifically.
  • Getting 5 year old WIC children ready for Kindergarten webinar on October 4th at 3:00 pm ET, sponsored by NWA’s Local Agency Section. 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!
  • The Role of Anemia in Maternal Mortality: A Call to Action webinar on October 9th, at 3:00 pm ET. Presented by Dr. Parminder Suchdev, by invitation of HemoCue. 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 and children, 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.
  • The Value of Collaborations between WIC and Academic Researchers: Insights and Experiences from the Field webinar on October 11th, at 3:00 pm ET. 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. The webinar will include perspectives from Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University and WIC staff from the NY State WIC Program and Massachusetts WIC Program.
  • Highlights of the NWA Spring 2018 NWA State, Local, and Individual Members Survey webinar on October 16th, at 3:00 pm ET. Join Emily Gilcher, NWA’s Manager, Membership Engagement in a review of the results of NWA’s Annual Spring 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.
  • Helping Mothers Achieve Personal Breastfeeding Goals webinar on October 18th, at 3:00 pm ET. 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 year since she received her PhD in 1995.

  • Helping WIC Families through the Opioid Crisis: Assessing, Supporting and Referring webinar on October 25th, at 3:00 pm ET. 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.
  • New Research Unveils What WIC Infant and Young Children are Eating: 2016 Feeding Infants and Toddler Study (FITS) webinar on November 13th, at 3:00 pm ET. 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.
  • Development of an Effective Post-Partum Weight Loss Program for Diverse Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women webinar on November 15th, at 3:00 pm ET, sponsored by NWA’s Local Agency Section. 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.

  • WIC Nutrition Assessment Practices webinar on December 11th at 3:00pm ET. 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.

To attend these NWA webinars, you must register in advance. The links below take you directly to registration. Upon completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don't see that email, please check your spam/junk mail folder. We strongly recommend you add sqldba@icohere.com to your email safe senders list to be sure you get your confirmation and other important emails about the webinar.

Have a webinar idea? Email us: webinars@nwica.org.