206084 Development and use of nutrition assessment competencies in WIC for individual professional development, online course development and organizational training plans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 9:30 AM

Dawn Gentsch, MPH, CHES , College of Public Health; Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa, Des Moines, IA
Brenda L. Dobson, MS, RD, LD , Iowa Department of Public Health, 321 East 12th, Des Moines, IA
Tanya Uden-Holman, PhD , College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Maria Scott, MPH , Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Ames, IA
The performance of the local WIC workforce who conduct nutrition assessments with WIC families is dependent upon a system that supports well-trained staff and provides the necessary services and activities to keep the population healthy. The Nutrition Assessment for WIC competency model was developed in Iowa, through the collaborative effort of staff at the Iowa Department of Public Health Iowa WIC Program, local WIC agencies in Iowa and across the nation, and the University of Iowa College of Public Health Institute for Public Health Practice. This competency model is a tool for personal self-assessment of competencies that measure the skill level necessary to perform nutrition assessments with WIC clients. Based on the aggregate assessment results, online courses are being developed to meet specific training and education needs in order to improve the competence of the workforce. Individual WIC personnel can tailor their personal training and education. Local WIC agencies can utilize this information to create organizational training plans, improve nutrition services, and aid them in addressing the WIC assessment process performance standards. This project is funded, in part, by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Administrators in any public or health care setting can benefit from this session as the model and processes can be applied to other disciplines and topical health prevention and promotion areas.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss developmental history of the nutrition assessment for WIC competency model. 2) Identify practical applications for the use of these competencies to support individual professional development and organizational workforce capacity for local WIC agencies. 3) Discuss the utilization of competency self assessment results to develop individual and organizational training and education plans. 4) Describe the process of creating specific online courses to meet the WIC workforce training and education needs in relation to nutrition assessment.

Keywords: Competency, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project staff person from UI CPH responsible for this project. I led the process for the development and validation of the competency model and am under contract by the Iowa Department of Public Health to carry out all goals and activities of this special project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.