Sunday, May 19th

Time

Function

Location

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration

Finger Lakes Foyer

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Moderator Information Meeting

Seneca

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Consumer Meet and Greet

Seneca

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Annual Membership Meeting

Hemlock

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Breastfeeding Coordinator Meet and Greet

Seneca

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Nutrition Coordinator Meet and Greet

Keuka

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Opening Reception with Exhibitors
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available.

Persian Terrace


Monday, May 20th

Time

Function

Location

6:30am – 7:30am

Morning Physical Activity
Reginald Thornton, President, Sweat-N-Go, LLC.

8:00am – 4:30pm

Registration

Finger Lakes Foyer

8:00am – 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Persian Terrace

8:00am – 8:45am

Breakfast

Finger Lakes Foyer

9:00am – 10:30am

Opening General Session: eWIC is Here, So Now What?
This general session will include a recap of the Statewide NYWIC Rollout and launch of eWIC and an update on the external factors that will influence WIC program services in the next decade. The New York State WIC Program Director will provide an overview of the status of the 2019 NYS WIC Program goals and objectives, and the vision for WIC in New York State. The presentation will emphasize how WIC can provide the highest quality services possible, using new technology, data and information, and the most valuable resource available: YOU. What is WIC doing to reach new families and retain families already served by WIC? What will it take to “make breastfeeding the norm”? How can WIC program staff provide WIC services in a way that treats families as the experts? What are the tools available to help WIC reach more people and have a greater impact? The presenter will provide information on the status of these program priorities and ask the audience to consider how the NYS WIC Program can take WIC services to the next level.

Speaker: April Hamilton, MBA, MSHA, NYS WIC Director, Bureau of Supplemental Food Programs, New York State Department of Health

Finger Lakes Ballroom

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break with Exhibitors

Persian Terrace

11:00am – 12:30pm
100 Workshop Series

Breastfeeding Track 101
Helping Mothers Reach Their Personal Breastfeeding Goals
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
This session will utilize research and science to assist WIC providers with helping families make informed feeding decisions. We will discuss strategies to help families reach their personal breastfeeding goals. This session is based on 25 years of research and clinical practice of the author working with breastfeeding families.
Speaker: Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing & Helen M. Shearer, Professor of Nutrition, Faculty Advisor to Student Nurses at PENN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Nurse Researcher & Manager of Lactation Program, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Clinical Coordinator of the CHOP’s Mothers’ Milk Bank


Nutrition Track 102
Nourishing Resilience: The Role of Nutrition in Trauma-Informed Care
Location: Canandaigua
Understanding the role of nutrition therapy in trauma-informed care is essential for WIC nutritionists and community health workers alike. This course intends to empower the participants to be ambassadors for New York State’s affected youth. Nearly fifty percent of America’s youth will suffer a trauma during childhood – called an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). This course will explain how ACEs affect the growth and brain development of a child well into adulthood, predisposing them to poor health outcomes and other socio-economic disparities. The purpose of this course is to understand how adverse childhood experiences and early life traumas affect health outcomes. Participants will learn how to identify ACEs amongst their clientele and will be provided with recommendations and resources to foster resilience.
Speaker: Carolyn DiMicco, MBA, RD, CDN, CNSC, Quality Systems Analyst, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center


103
Evidenced Based Strategies for Outreach Efforts
Location: Hemlock
With declining caseloads throughout the country, the importance of developing an outreach plan and evidenced based strategies is more important than ever.  This workshop will focus on three distinct strategies:  outreach to participants, outreach to medical providers and outreach to community-based organizations that serve similar populations.  In addition, participants will explore how to use local data to inform their approach.
Speaker: Michelle Gerka, BS, Vice President, Community Health

 

104
WIC in the 2020s: Next Steps for the Program
Location: Coneus
It has been nine years since WIC’s last authorization in Congress, and only one year remains until all states must transition to EBT. In a time of change for WIC agencies, policymakers in Washington are now considering opportunities to revise WIC’s statute and regulations. NWA policy staff will discuss legislative and regulatory opportunities to expand access to WIC, enhance the participant experience, and modernize the program in a post-EBT transition landscape.
Speaker: Brian Dittmeier, Esq., Senior Public Policy Counsel, National WIC Association

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunch 

Finger Lakes Foyer

1:45pm – 2:45pm

General Session: Understanding the Benefits of the National WIC Recruitment and Retention Campaign
In this session, you will learn about the strategies of the National WIC Association’s WIC recruitment and retention campaign.  You will learn about what has already happened in 2019 and what has to come in the next year. Representatives from the National WIC Association and Meredith will give an in-depth description of all components of this campaign. They will also give tips on how those in New York can best utilize the campaign and the features within the campaign. 
Speakers: Natalie Mulloy, Communications, Media and Marketing Coordinator, National WIC Association, Jen Powlison, Content Strategy Director, Foundry 360

Finger Lakes Ballroom

3:00pm – 4:30pm
200 Workshop Series

Breastfeeding Track 201
NYS WIC Peer Counselor Competencies
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
The utilization of peer counselors to support breastfeeding participants is one of the highlights of the WIC program.  Over the past year, CAI has worked with an expert panel of New York State WIC staff to develop a core set of competencies for the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.  This workshop will highlight the creation of these competencies, strategies for local agencies systems that support our peer counselors and an exciting assessment process that New York State is implementing.
Speakers: Meredith Jones, MPH, CPH, Research and Evaluation Analyst, CAI, Michelle Gerka, BS, Vice President, Community Health

 

Nutrition Track 202
So Much to Do and So Little Time: Motivational Interviewing in Brief Interactions
Location: Canandaigua
How often do you feel frustrated when talking with your clients about lifestyle choices? While research shows that very brief MI-based interactions can boost positive behavioral outcomes, it can seem particularly challenging in a brief conversation. The good news is that ongoing MI training, along with supervision and feedback, improves clinician proficiency, which is directly related to client outcomes. Attend this session to check-in and tune-up the MI skills you learned during prior WIC based training with examples related to target behaviors common to your clients.
Speaker: Mary Jane Rogan, MSN, CRNP, Member Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

 

203
Developing your 7th Sense Workplace Violence Prevention and Personal Safety
Location: Hemlock
The training Practical Consultants LLC offers is flexible, practical, and behavior based.  As people are increasingly “acting out” in inappropriate and many times violent, or potentially violent ways, we feel that the need for our training is vital.  We believe that the value of any training opportunity is retention by the participant and the knowledge of how to immediately put the knowledge into practice.
Speaker: Sandra King, President and Founder, Practical Consultants LLC

 

204
WIC in the 2020s: Next Steps for the Program
Location: Coneus
It has been nine years since WIC’s last authorization in Congress, and only one year remains until all states must transition to EBT. In a time of change for WIC agencies, policymakers in Washington are now considering opportunities to revise WIC’s statute and regulations. NWA policy staff will discuss legislative and regulatory opportunities to expand access to WIC, enhance the participant experience, and modernize the program in a post-EBT transition landscape.
Speaker: Brian Dittmeier, Esq., Senior Public Policy Counsel, National WIC Association


Tuesday, May 21st

Time

Function

Location

6:30am – 7:30am

Morning Physical Activity
Reginald Thornton, President, Sweat-N-Go, LLC.

8:00am – 4:30pm

Registration

Finger Lakes Foyer

8:00am – 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Persian Terrace

8:00am – 8:45am

Breakfast

Finger Lakes Foyer

9:00am – 10:00am

General Session: Introduction to Bridges
Bridges Out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful tool designed for social, health, and legal service professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s myth-shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with people in poverty. You’ll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to redesign programs to better serve the people you work with.
Speaker: Pru Pease, National Consultant Aha Process, Work United, Director Granite United Way

Finger Lakes Ballroom

10:00am – 10:30am

Morning Break with Exhibitors

Persian Terrace

10:30am – 12:00pm
300 Workshop Series

 

Breastfeeding Track 301
Babies Here, Babies There, Skin-to-Skin Babies Everywhere! Exploring the Instinctive Behavior of Newborns
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
Around the world, newborn babies go through the same instinctive behavior when placed skin-to-skin with mom. Explore these behaviors through video clips of babies in the US, Sweden, Romania, Uganda and Egypt as we learn about the incredible capabilities of newborns, and barriers that could impact this important time.
Speaker: Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC, Senior Ethnographic Researcher, Healthy Children Project

 

Nutrition Track 302
Maternal and Infant Mortality in Black Families
Location: Canandaigua
Despite developments and innovations in infant and maternal care over the decades, the rate of maternal mortality has been rising in the US, and the US has some of if not the highest maternal and infant mortality rates of all developed countries. Furthermore, racial disparities persist within maternal and infant mortality rates, even within New York State. Black mothers in NYS die in the year after childbirth at three times the rate of white mothers and the rate of death of Black babies in NYS in their first year is twice that of white babies. There is great work to do to change the tide if we want to achieve health equity. In this session, we’ll consider some of the factors that contribute to these persisting racial disparities including structural barriers, quality of care, and implicit bias, and we’ll discuss what we at WIC can do to address this disparity and better care for and support Black families in NYS.
Speaker: Adoja Tetteh, Project Director, Senior Trainer and Technical Assistance Specialist, CAI

 

303
Developing your 7th Sense Workplace Violence Prevention and Personal Safety
Location: Hemlock
The training Practical Consultants LLC offers is flexible, practical, and behavior based.  As people are increasingly “acting out” in inappropriate and many times violent, or potentially violent ways, we feel that the need for our training is vital.  We believe that the value of any training opportunity is retention by the participant and the knowledge of how to immediately put the knowledge into practice.
Speaker: Sandra King, President and Founder, Practical Consultants LLC

 

304
Continuation to Bridges
Location: Coneus
Let’s continue our Bridges Out of Poverty discussion and take a closer look at the elements of communication, hidden rules and resources that are central to understanding economic diversity.
Speaker: Pru Pease, National Consultant Aha Process, Work United, Director Granite United Way

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch 

Finger Lakes Foyer

1:00pm – 2:30p
400 Workshop Series  

Breastfeeding Track 401
Shifting Perspectives on Birth and Breastfeeding: An Exploration of Social Media, TV, Movies and Politics
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
Social media, television, movies, politics.... they have so much influence over our culture and our way of seeing the world. This interactive talk will explore how birth and breastfeeding are portrayed within these pervasive methods of communication, what that means, and what we can do about it!
Speaker: Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC, Senior Ethnographic Researcher, Healthy Children Project

 

Nutrition Track 402
Implementation of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet in Mom and Baby to Prevent Chronic Disease
Location: Canandaigua
This presentation will provide the audience with an in-depth discussion on how inflammation affects the health and disease onset of the mother and baby.  The presentation will provide an overview of how diet can impact inflammation.  Finally, anti- inflammatory foods will be explored as well as how the audience can encourage their clients to incorporate these foods into their diet.
Speaker: Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD, Director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance, Logan University

 

403
Engaging Parents in Monitoring their Children’s Early Development: Resources from CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program
Location: Hemlock
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program aims to improve developmental monitoring of all children so that children with developmental delays are referred to the early services and supports they may need to reach their full potential. CDC’s Katie Green will share the free tools and resources available to WIC staff to educate and engage parents in monitoring their children’s early development, to answer questions, and to know when to make a referral for a possible developmental concern.
Speaker: Katie Green, MPH, CHES, Health Communication Specialist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

404
Continuation to Bridges
Location: Coneus
Let’s continue our Bridges Out of Poverty discussion and take a closer look at the elements of communication, hidden rules and resources that are central to understanding economic diversity.
Speaker: Pru Pease, National Consultant Aha Process, Work United, Director Granite United Way

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

Persian Terrace

3:00pm – 4:30pm
500 Workshop Series

 

Breastfeeding Track 501
Increasing Breastfeeding Exclusivity and Duration Through Peer Counseling
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
When CAI’s Maria Dentino worked at the local agency level as a breastfeeding coordinator, her program improved their exclusive breastfeeding at 3+ months rate by 59% over 5 years, ranking third in NYS and double the state average. Join Maria and a panel of New York’s Loving Support Award of Excellence recipients for a session full of innovative tips and ideas on how to improve your agency’s breastfeeding rates through your peer counseling program.
Speaker: Maria Dentino, RD, CDN, CLC, Nutrition Training and Development Specialist, CAI

 

Nutrition Track 502
The Nutritional Implications of Breastfeeding During Pregnancy
Location: Canandaigua
This session will discuss the hormones, nutrients and cellular changes that happen during pregnancy, as well as the pros and cons of breastfeeding during pregnancy.
Speaker: Meghan Mueller, MS, RD, CD-N, IBCLC, LCCE, President, Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition

 

503
NYWIC Reports
Location: Hemlock
This session will be an overview of the top Admin and Clinic Reports in NYWIC. Attendees will become familiar where certain NYWIC Admin and Clinic reports can be accessed, the information that certain NYWIC Admin and Clinic reports provide and how the NYWIC Admin and Clinic reports can be used.
Speakers: Laurel L. Wilson, Health Program Administrator 1, New York State Department of Health Bureau of Supplemental Food Programs, Jay Saunders, Program Manager, 3 Sigma Software

 

504
Continuation to Bridges
Location: Coneus
Let’s continue our Bridges Out of Poverty discussion and take a closer look at the elements of communication, hidden rules and resources that are central to understanding economic diversity.
Speaker: Pru Pease, National Consultant Aha Process, Work United, Director Granite United Way

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Reception 

Persian Terrace


Wednesday, May 22nd

Time

FUNCTION

Location

6:30am – 7:30am

Morning Physical Activity
Reginald Thornton, President, Sweat-N-Go, LLC.

8:00am – 1:00pm

Registration

Finger Lakes Foyer

8:00am – 8:45am

Breakfast

Finger Lakes Foyer

9:00am – 10:30am
600 Workshop Series

 

Breastfeeding Track 601
Nutrition and Breastfeeding - Is Your Baby What You Eat? 
Location: Finger Lakes Ballroom
For more than a decade most lactation professions have been suggesting to families that diet matters very little in terms of human milk composition. We have told parents that they can essentially eat whatever they want, it does not matter to the bottom line. However, new studies imply that in fact, diet does matter in terms of the composition of fatty acids and essential nutrients available in milk that can potentially impact lifelong health. Human milk changes a baby's epigenome and micro biome which have tremendous influence not he health and development of the child. Studies also show that changes in diet can lead to gene methylation which impacts gene expression, as well changing the oligosaccharide profile which shapes the microbiome. This presentation takes you on a tour of some recent research finds to better understand how maternal diet (potentially prenatally through lactation) DOES play a role in human milk and how a parent’s diet can potentially influence a breastfeeding baby’s health.
Speaker: Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE, Lactation Consultant, Speaker, Author with MotherJourney and CAPPA Faculty

 

Nutrition Track 602
Children in Foster Care: What WIC Providers Need to Know
Location: Canandaigua
In 2016, almost 700,000 children spent time in the foster care system.  On any given day, there are more than 17,000 children in foster care in New York State.  Although children in foster care share many characteristics with other children living in poverty, they also have needs unique to their status in foster care.  Every WIC office in NYS will care for children in foster care. This session will explore the impact that placement in foster care has on children’s health and nutritional needs and what WIC Providers need to know in caring for these children.
Speaker: Steven Blatt, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Division of General Pediatrics, Medical Director, University Pediatrics and Adolescent Center, Upstate Medical University

 

603
Maximizing Clinic Flow
Location: Hemlock
This session will provide an overview of clinic flow and the related changes with the NYWIC system. The focus will be on exploring what affects clinic flow, and determining strategies and resources to maximize clinic operations and ensure quality of services provided.
Speakers: Jill Guerin, RDN, Public Health Nutritionist, Central New York Regional Office, New York State Department of Health, Stefanie Fresenius, RD, CDN, CLC. Public Health Nutritionist, New York State Department of Health

 

604
Shopping with eWIC
Location: Coneus
Attendees will learn about shopping with the eWIC card to include understanding benefit balances, types of transactions, WIC acceptable foods, stores that accept eWIC, the WIC2Go mobile app, and tips to make the shopping trip easier.

Speakers: Meghan Muller, MPH, RD, Public Health Nutritionist, New York State Department of Health, Gioacchino Taliercio, MS, RD, Public Health Nutritionist, New York State Department of Health

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break

Finger Lakes Foyer

11:00am – 12:00pm

Closing General Session: Work-Life Balan...HA I Can’t Even Type That Without Laughing
This talk is all about figuring out your own work/life integration - because we all know "balance" doesn't exist, especially for working parents, people building side hustles, people trying to also stay healthy, or pay off debt, or any other giant goal in addition to, you know, your 40 hour a week job! It's a lot!
Speaker: Kelsey Humphreys, Motivational Comedian & International Keynote Speaker

Finger Lakes Ballroom

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunch

Finger Lakes Foyer