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Fundamentals of Breastfeeding: An 18 Hour Course

Healthy Smiles from the Start Training

Healthy Smiles from the Start training was a coordinated effort of the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Oral Health Program/Missouri WIC Program to provide pre- and post-natal dental health care education program for use in your oral health education efforts. Upon completion of the Oral Health training the WIC state office is authorizing 1-CEU to all CPA/Nutritionist. To access the training click here. Implementation November 16, 2015.

2016 VENA Refresher Training

Presented by: Missouri's WIC and Nutrition Services and the Nutrition Training Institute

This all-day continuing education program focuses on the basic understanding of the key VENA concepts (open-ended questions, rapport building, affirming statements and critical thinking), demonstrating how to use VENA concepts throughout the participant's WIC experience. It is a refresher training to the VENA trainings provided in 2006 and 2007. At least one counseling staff from each agency is required to attend. All other counseling staff are encouraged to attend. This training is not for WIC Certifiers.

Registration will begin at 8:30am and the training will conclude at 4:00pm.

There is no charge for this training, but you must be registered in order to attend. Click here to Register.

Accreditation:
Participants attending this program are eligible for up to 5 contact hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE)\ Continuing Nutrition Education (CNE).

Please direct questions regarding this training to Michele Bailey at 573-751-6481 or by email at Michele.Bailey@health.mo.gov.

FFY 2017 Local Agency Plan (LAP) Development

The WIC Local Agency Plan (LAP) is similar to a grant application and is an annual requirement for each Local WIC Provider (LWP). Once approved, it is the working operations document and budget for the contract between the state and the LWP. This one-day training will review each step of the application process, discuss revisions to the LAP online application, and allow you to network with LWP staff. Anyone involved with submitting the LAP is encouraged to attend, but it is strongly recommended for new users. It is appropriate for administrative (budget) and nutrition-related planning and development.

The training will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

There is no charge for this training, but you must be registered in order to attend. Please register by June 6, 2016. Click here to Register.

Please direct questions regarding this training to Cheryl West at 573-526-7706 or by email at Cheryl.Lynn.West@health.mo.gov.

Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years

Two great nutrition training opportunities. Nutrition for Infants, Children, and Women thru the Childbearing Years will be offered again this year. In addition, an advanced training that covers some of the same topics in more depth, as well as additional topics, will be provided. 6 CEU hours are tentatively approved for this training. Dates and locations for the trainings are listed below.

The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is on your own.

There is no charge for this training, but you must be registered in order to attend. Click here to Register.

Please direct questions regarding this training to Mark Wright at (660) 385-2633 or by email at mark.wright@health.mo.gov.

Cultural Competency 301

The goal of this program is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to feel comfortable working with culturally diverse WIC families.

By the end of the training, participants will:
  • Know concepts of cultural competence and the CLAS standards as they apply to limited-English proficient populations
  • Know communication skills and resources to use when working with refugee populations and limited-English populations
  • Understand the Missouri Refugee Settlement Program: who is a refugee, what health issues affect refugee populations, what populations are resettled in Missouri
  • Know how to work with interpreters: in person, and over the phone interpreting services
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in specific cases
This is training is open to all WIC staff. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and program will go from 8:30 to 3:30.

Participants attending this program are eligible for up to 4.5 contact hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Nutrition Education (CNE).

There is no charge for this training, but you must be registered in order to attend. Please register by July 30, 2016. Click here to Register.

Please direct questions regarding this training to Takako Tagami at 573-751-6180 or by email at takako.tagami@health.mo.gov.