Conferences, Events, & Training Opportunities

CWA provides this chronological list of in-person workshops, online education, screenings, and conferences addressing a wide range of topics that promote healthy living and support the professional development of WIC employees and other public health professionals. We invite you to email CWA to submit information about training opportunities appropriate for the WIC Community, to be added to this list.

2020 CALIFORNIA BREASTFEEDING SUMMIT – 10th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit and Simply the Best Legacy Gala @ Doubletree by Hilton
Jan 21 – Jan 23 all-day

The California Breastfeeding Summit is a unique statewide forum that convenes over 500 diverse people and organizations to:

  • Evaluate our current state of breastfeeding
  • Explore best practice, acquire new skills
  • Share resources and tools
  • Network and establish new relationships
  • Inspire and motivate action

The Summit is a catalyst for change to remove barriers and increase breastfeeding rates among all populations in California. The presentations and discussions at the summit support the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, the California Department of Public Health’s Vision for Breastfeeding 2035 and hot topic issues related to breastfeeding.

The Goal of the 2020 California Breastfeeding Summit is to cultivate and sustain a collaborative community of advocates in California to achieve health equity and continuity of care for breastfeeding families.

Finger Feeding: Lactation Consultants Magic Wand – Webinar @ Webinar
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Sara-Chana Silverstein, BFA, IBCLC, RH (AHG)

By the end of the webinar, the participate will be able to: 

  1. Encourage and teach mother and baby to succeed at breastfeeding
  2. How to communicate with the mother who is struggling to feed her baby
  3. Help babies achieve proper weight gain for age appropriate development. 4
  4. Know the tools involved in finger feeding
  5. Understand which deficits can be helped with finger feeding
  6. Know what results to expect with finger feeding
State of Obesity 2019: Better Policies for a Healthier America – Webinar
Jan 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on January 29 as public health leaders discuss the national obesity crisis, its health impacts, and how advocates are working at the national and local levels to address this ongoing epidemic. This web forum explores findings of TFAH’s 2019 State of Obesity report:

The report found that about 1 in 3 Americans of all ages—more than 100 million people—have obesity. The epidemic is estimated to increase national healthcare spending by $149 billion annually, about half of which is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Moreover, the rates of U.S. obesity continue to climb, and racial, ethnic, income and geographic disparities persist. For the first time, nine U.S. states (AL, AK, IA, KY, LA, MS, MO, ND and WV) had adult obesity rates at or above 35% in 2018, up from zero states as recently as 2012.

Speakers will cover the latest national and state obesity rates and trends, highlight promising approaches localities have undertaken to ensure healthy communities, and offer national policy recommendations that incorporate innovative approaches that prioritize helping all Americans lead healthier lives. The web forum session will include time for audience Q&A.

This free event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, school health, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, transportation and planning, hospitals, health systems, insurers, and local and state health officials. Live captioning is available for all attendees.

Register here.

Beyond Lecture: Teaching Breastfeeding Through Examples, Manipulatives, and Games – Webinar @ Webinar
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC

By the end of the webinar, the participate will be able to: 

  1. Understand why interactive learning is critical for retention.
  2. Take away 3-4 concrete examples of interactive teaching.
  3. Know where to find examples of interactive teaching ideas.
Supporting Induced Lactation: Addressing Common Challenges Facing the Lactation Professional – Webinar @ Webinar
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am


Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

By the end of the webinar, the participate will be able to: 

  1. Have some strategies for clients inducing lactation with complicated health profiles.
  2. Give clients realistic expectations regarding milk production.
  3. Address legal and ethical issues around domperidone.
  4. Suggest alternatives to the Newman-Goldfarb protocols.
  5. Have strategies for managing inducing lactation for clients with a short, unknown or no lead time before baby’s arrival.
  6. Support parents to successfully supplement with a feeding tube at the breast or chest.
Feisty or Calm: Understanding How Temperament Impacts Breastfeeding – Webinar @ Webinar
Mar 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Andrea Herron, RN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC

By the end of the webinar, the participate will be able to: 

  1. Define nine infant temperament traits.
  2. Describe goodness of fit and it’s impact on the growing baby’s/child’s emotional well being.
  3. Explain ways parents can adapt to difficult temperament traits.
  4. Relate the importance of understanding temperament to successful breastfeeding.

Other Continuing Education Resources:

For Vaccine information see: Pregnancy & Vaccinations, Weaving a Safety Net (training video in partnership with UC San Diego and CDPH) and the PPT presentation for this training; Recommended websites for science-based vaccine information; Flu Shot Facts in English and Spanish.

For Breastfeeding Education Events throughout California, see California Breastfeeding Coalition’s Events Calendar

Pre-Recorded and Live Webinars: UC Davis Human Lactation Center

Culturally Proficient Professional, Reflective Supervision, and other Strengthening Families Training: Strategies 2.0

Lactation Conferences & Courses: Berkeley. Evergreen Perinatal Education

Lactation Educator Counselor & other courses: UC San Diego Extension

Racial Equity Webinar Series: US Breastfeeding Committee