National WIC Association

2015 Annual Education and Networking Conference & Exhibits

May 16-May 20, 2015

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About the Conference

NWA 2016 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH, May 22 - May 25, 2016.

The theme of this year's conference is The Real Value of WIC: Reach Them, Teach Them, Keep Them.

This Conference will offer an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills and to network with an estimated 1,000 of your peers, colleagues and exhibitors who provide WIC related products and services for your participants. The conference will also offer an opportunity for attendees to hear from USDA officials and to dialogue on relevant updates and challenges that the program faces.

For the rest of the conference, you will have the opportunity to choose from 27 general and concurrent sessions that is sure to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase to equip you to face coming WIC challenges and to take advantage of current and future WIC opportunities.

Call For Abstracts

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2019 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits being held next year in Baltimore, MD, April 7-10, 2019.


The 2019 conference theme is: Passion. Purpose. Progress. Share your strategies and successes with us!


To submit an abstract, click on this link. You will be asked to set-up a profile. After setting up your profile, you will then be given a ‘To-Do’ list – to submit your abstract, click on ‘Submit a Paper’ and follow the directions. For more information on how to submit an abstract see this guide.


In the true spirit of this conference, below are the suggested educational tracks for oral and poster submissions:

  • Advocacy
  • Breastfeeding & Nutrition
  • Communication (Recruitment & Retention)
  • Community Engagement
  • Program Integrity & Technology
  • Research

The conference tracks may align with your content but is not required. All topics within a track’s purview are welcome. If your project does not fall within one of these topic areas, don’t worry -- please submit an abstract anyway!


All abstracts are due by Friday, November 2, 2018, and will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee.


The NWA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase to equip you to face coming WIC challenges and to take advantage of current and future WIC opportunities.

On behalf of the 2019 Conference Planning Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstract submission. Thank you in advance for your commitment to the excellence of next year’s meeting.


Proposal Guidelines

Authors will be prompted to provide the following information into the submission platform.


  • Suggested topical track and presentation title
  • Abstract (The recommended proposal length is 300 words)
  • Shortened Abstract for Marketing Use in Program Book (The recommended proposal length is 150 words)
  • Presenter information: name, institution, city, state, email address, bio
  • Co-Author(s) Information: name/s, institution/s, email address/es, bio

A maximum of four presenters may be listed on each proposal. The submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract proposal submission and are responsible for keeping co-authors up to date on the status of the submission. By submitting an abstract to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, you acknowledge that all presenting authors are responsible for their own registration, travel, and hotel costs.

Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes long. 

Poster Presentations will be during Breakfasts, Breaks, and Networking Opportunities.


Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this process or the conference in general, please contact Shameka Jennings at or 202-232-5492.


By submitting an abstract to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, you acknowledge that all presenting authors are responsible for their own registration, travel, and hotel costs.


Registration for the conference is now closed.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

It is NWA's policy to charge a processing fee for all cancelled registrations. To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via e-mail to or fax at 202-387-5281 no later than close of business on April 15, 2016.

Cancellations received before or on April 22, 2016 will be refunded, less a $75 processng fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after April 22, 2016. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

Conference Survey

Let us know what you thought of the conference! Take our conference evaluation survey.

The NWA Annual Education and Networking Conference & Exhibits was held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, April 2 - 5, 2017. 

Conference Survey Link:

Hotel & Transportation

NWA regrets to inform you that the hosting hotel room block is now closed. However, you can now make room reservations thru. May 5, 2016 at our alternate hotel, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel by clicking on the link below. The hotel is just a few steps away from the Millennium.

Custom Reservation Link:

The Hosting Hotel - SOLD OUT!!!
The Millennium Hotel Cincinnati
150 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2393
Main #: 513-352-2100
Res. #: 1-800-876-2100


Hotel Reservations

You can by calling 1-800-876-2100. Identify yourself as a National WIC Association 2016 Annual Conference attendee to receive the negotiated conference rate.

Hotel Room Rate

NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $135 per night plus a nightly room tax currently set at 17%. Note that this tax rate is subject to change without notice.

The cut-off date for these rates is Wednesday, April 27, 2016. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing rates.

We encourage you to make your room reservations early to ensure that you will be in the hosting hotel at the guaranteed rate. Upon checking in, each guest will be asked to provide a valid government issued ID along with proof to which the room reservation was made.

Method of Room Guarantee

The hotel requires a major credit card to guarantee your room reservation, and first night's deposit (including taxes) payable at the time the reservation is being made. Room cancellations must be received at leaset 24 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid being charged the first night's room rate and applicable taxes.

Hotel Check-In/Out Policy

Hotel check-in is 4:00pm and check-out is 11:00am. The hotel can arrange to have your bags stored depending on room availability. Late check-out may be requested upon arrival.

Guest Parking

The hotel offers on-site parking for all registered guests. NWA has negotiated a special parking rate of $25.00 per night for our conference attendees.

Airport/Hotel Transportation

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG, ICAO: KCVG) is a public international airport located in Hebron, Kentucky and serves the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. Visit Airport Cincinnati website.

Shuttle and taxi cab services are available at the airport.

Exhibitor Prospectus

We invite you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at our 2016 Annual Education and Networking Conference and Exhibits.




Why Exhibit?

If you are seeking to introduce your products and services or an alternative promotional strategy to a new or existing audience, this conference offers several affordable options to meet your marketing needs.

By exhibiting and/or sponsoring at this conference, you will:

  • Create new customer and client relationships with WIC decision makers from across the nation;
  • Strengthen and build upon existing customer and client relationships;
  • Increase visibility for your company/organization in a targeted market;
  • Promote and market your products and services;
  • Reach prime target market segments for your products and services; and
  • Demonstrate your commitment to promoting quality public health nutrition for women, infants and children.

Exhibit Dates/Hours:

Saturday, May 21, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ------ Registration Desk Open

Sunday, May 22, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm --- Exhibitor Move-in and Set-up
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm --- Exhibit Show Opens

Monday, May 23, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibits
10:30 am - 11:00 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ----- Lunch on your own
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm --- PM Break / Networking & Exhibits

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:30 am - 9:00 am --- Breakfast / Networking & Exhibbits
10:30 am - 11:00 am --- AM Break / Networking & Exhibits
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm --- Exhibitor Teardown & Move Out


Exhibit Booth Packages:
Platinum Level - $8,000
Gold Level -  $6,000
Silver Level -  $4,500
Bronze Level -  $3,500
Standard Commercial/For-Profit  - $2,500
Standard Non-Profit - $1,250

Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze Sponsors have first choice to all available exhibitor spaces.

For questions or to exhibit at this conference, please contact Dale Greenberg, the Association's Conference Manager, at 410-491-2654 or at

speaker presentation

If you don't see a presentation, we are either awaiting permission or the presenter did not give permission.

Sunday, May 17

  • Building Strong Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children - Quinney Harris
  • Next Two Steps in the Process of Completing a Community-Driven Health Project - Elisabet Eppes 

Monday, May 18

Tuesday, May 19

Wednesday, May 20