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 (unless otherwise noted) 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 Outreach and Retention Survey Highlights webinar on February 21st, at 3:00 pm ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the findings from NWA's 2017 Outreach and Retention Survey report. The Outreach and Retention Survey report describes the outreach and retention activities used by local and state agencies across the country, which activities are most and least popular, and innovative activities that could be replicated in other agencies. Although the report does not describe the effectiveness of various activities, NWA hopes that it will provide our members with new outreach and retention ideas to try out.
- Engaging Families and Supporting Whole Child Development Using Free Resources from CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program webinar on March 14th, at 3:00 pm ET. Did you know there is one thing your clients can do to raise healthier, safer, and more successful children? Eating a home cooked meal as a family at least three times a week! It’s easy. Or is it? Family Meals Month is a national Food Marketing Institute Foundation Campaign that equips industry and community partners with the tools needed to help families overcome common barriers to eating more meals together. Learn how Michigan and California local agencies collaborated with a manufacturer, retailers, and non-profit organizations to reach over 85,000 WIC households with Family Meals Month messaging that encouraged the consumption of WIC foods that often go unused.
- Building Caseload Through Strategic Outreach: Using Data, Leveraging Staff, and Finding Partnerships webinar on March 21st, at 3:00 pm ET. Local agencies should use available data to plan, implement, and evaluate outreach strategies to build caseload. A strategic plan can improve efficiency, effectiveness, build buy-in among staff to conduct outreach activities, and result in both strengthened community partnerships and improved caseload. This webinar will explore various direct (i.e., to eligible individuals) and in-direct (i.e., establishing relationships with medical providers) strategies for conducting outreach and guide participants on how to develop a plan within their own local agencies.
- How to Motivate and Counsel Pregnant Smokers webinar on May 9th, at 3:00 pm ET. Pregnancy is a life stage when women are motivated to attempt new health behaviors. Pregnant smokers may look to WIC staff for help with their smoking quit attempt. They rely upon WIC educators and staff to teach them how to set a quit date, fight cravings and break habits, and quit for good. This session will describe how some WIC clinics have successfully implemented the evidence-based Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT) program. SCRIPT is a brief, effective intervention that provides techniques and tools to pregnant smokers who wish to quit. The SCRIPT program components include counseling, a patient workbook and the use of "Commit To Quit," a DVD/digital download. SCRIPT builds upon the framework of 5As tobacco counseling: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.
- eWIC in the Community: Innovative WIC and Headstart Collaboration webinar on May 16th, at 3:00 pm ET. This webinar will highlight an innovative collaboration between WIC and Headstart to increase and improve retention of children over the age of one on WIC; provide information on the planning, implementation and evaluation of this collaborative effort; and provide information on the benefits of collaborating with community partners.
- Do Incentives Aid WIC Retention? Three Minnesota Pilot Studies webinar on May 30th, at 3:00 pm ET. Many children in WIC drop off between 12-24 months. To increase retention, Hunger Impact Partners funded three WIC pilot sites to provide incentives. Participation data were compared with same-aged children at the same agency within a selected period. Lessons learned included: 1) incentives in the form of diapers and gift cards may be useful at retaining participants after one year but were not effective in preventing drop off at 12 months; 2) gift cards are easier to dispense than diapers and are well accepted; and 3) WIC foods are valued more than incentives or services.
- Workplace Breastfeeding - A Policy, System, Environmental (PSE) Change Approach and Impacts on State Employees webinar on June 6th, at 3:00 pm ET. Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants and can reduce risk for some health conditions for mother and child. In this, mothers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force and workplace breastfeeding should be a priority among employers. State and federal laws advocate the importance of breastfeeding and rights of mothers to breastfeed. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) updated its workplace breastfeeding program through a policy, system, environmental change approach beginning 2013, collecting data from annual health climate surveys and on-going user participation and satisfaction surveys administered through Qualtics/Survey Monkey, respectively, to gather data on duration of exclusively breastfed babies (EBF) of mothers participating, total duration of use of environmental supports, satisfaction of use, perceived organizational support and employee awareness and utilization of a workplace breastfeeding policy. With efforts created around PSE changes participants have received both tangible and intangible benefits.
- Let’s Dig It: How WIC Gardens Turn The Participant Experience Inside Out Transforming Nutrition Education, Building Communities, And Reclaiming Healthy Behaviors webinar on October 10th, at 3:00 pm ET. Looking to engage participants in nutrition education? Want to attract new WIC clients and build community? How can participants access more fresh fruits and vegetables? The answer is: garden, garden, garden! While WIC and fresh fruit and vegetable gardens are a natural pairing sometimes the process to start a garden is not clear and sometimes hard to sustain. This session will provide tools to agencies considering starting and sustaining a garden and discuss benefits of WIC gardens. We will examine existing gardens that are recently started, well-established, or somewhere in between from across the U.S. as real live WIC garden case studies. So get ready to 'dig in!'
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