National WIC Association

2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits

September 25 - 28, 2017

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About the Conference

2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits

September 25-28, 2017 | Memphis, TN

The National WIC Association (NWA) will host its 2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits. The conference will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Sheraton Memphis Downtown hotel located in downtown Memphis, TN. Details for this conference are pending and will be posted on this site as they are made available.


This biennial Conference is an opportunity for you to network, share and learn about technological and program integrity innovations, EBT  and directions for WIC’s future.

This Conference will provide options for improving WIC’s service delivery, and consumer and partner base at the state and local levels, enhancing Management Information Systems (MIS), addressing the importance and value of quality data collection, as well as systems and information security.  The Conference will give WIC agencies knowledge of the latest in MIS and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) technologies and help equip agencies to meet WIC’s Congressionally mandated EBT implementation deadline of 2020!

The Conference will also focus on all aspects of Program Integrity including fraud, waste, and abuse. The Conference will discuss the imperative of MIS/EBT implementation as a “real time” tools for managing WIC Program Integrity, the latest in best practices, and innovations.

We are expecting over 450 attendees this year. Among them will be key decision makers representing the USDA/FNS, State, ITO, and Local WIC agencies, as well as vendors who participate in WIC and who provide WIC technology and program integrity services to the WIC Community.

Don’t Miss this Exciting Opportunity to:

  • Become a partner to advance WIC to EBT by 2020;
  • Learn the latest information and technological advances to improve the daily service delivery to our clients;
  • Gain knowledge to successfully implement technologies that best suit your Agency;
  • Collaborate with WIC colleagues, IT and other vendors from across the nation;
  • Learn what’s new in federal requirements, now and in the future;
  • Discover Best Practices ready to implement in your State or Local Agency.

Call for Abstracts and Registration will be posted to this Conference site in the coming weeks. 


If you wish to speak to someone in our office, you may contact us on 202-232-5492. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this upcoming Conference.


NWA looks forward to seeing you at this year’s Conference and Exhibits.

Call for Abstracts

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits, being held September 25-28, 2017 in Memphis, TN. This biennial Conference is an important forum for sharing new ideas and learning from each other about technological and program integrity innovations, EBT, and directions for WIC’s future. In the true spirit of this conference, the educational tracks will be as followed:

  • Technology
  • Program Integrity
  • Vendor Management

The conference tracks may align with your content but is not required. All topics within a track’s purview are welcome. Topics can include, but are not limited to: EBT/MIS implementation; social media integration; video conferencing; telehealth; clinic, vendor, participant program integrity; data & evaluation; fraud & abuse; inventory audits; reaching millennials & beyond; eWIC; high risk indicators for vendor management; mobile apps; etc. 

All abstracts are due by Friday, April 14, 2017, and will be reviewed by the Technology Conference Program Planning Committee.

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.

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).
  • Need (a statement on the importance of the presentation)
  • Presenter information: name, institution, city, state, phone number, email address
  • Co-Author(s) Information: name/s, institution/s, email address/es, phone number/s, email address/es

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. Presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel, and hotel costs.

Contact Information

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

We look forward to receiving your proposals for the conference!

Hotel Information

The Hosting Hotel

The Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel

250 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Hotel Reservations: 1-866-716-8134 
Phone: 901-527-7300

Hotel Reservations
You can make your hotel room reservations by calling 1-866-716-8134 or call the hotel directly at 901-527-7300. Identify yourself as a NWA 2017 Technology Conference attendee to receive the negotiated hotel room rate

Please note that any personal or special request must be made at the time your room reservation is being made or at the time of checking in.

Hotel Room Rate
NWA has negotiated a special room rate of $106 per night for a single/double plus a nightly room tax currently set at 17.75% and a $2 flat fee per occupied room, per night. This tax rate is subject to change without notice.

The cut-off date for these rates is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. After this date, reservations will be subject to the hotel’s prevailing room rates.

NWA 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. Please note that this is the hotel’s policy and is non-negotiable. Cancellations must be received by the hotel three days prior to your actual arrival date to avoid having the first night's room and applicable taxes charged to your credit card.
Hotel Check-In/Out Policy
Hotel check-in is 4:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm. Should you arrive before the scheduled check-in time, the hotel may arrange to have your bags stored until a room becomes available. Late check-out can be requested upon arrival.
Guest Parking
The hotel offers on-site parking for all registered guests. NWA has negotiated a special parking rate of $26.00 per night for our conference attendees.
Airport/Hotel Transportation
Memphis International Airport is located approximately 12 miles (a 20 minute drive) from the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel and is serviced by several major airlines within the U.S. For more information about Memphis International Airport and local transportation options visit their site at

Shuttle and taxi cab services are available at the airport.


Fees & Registration

Regular Registration Rates - before August 15, 2017
Member Rate: $325
Non-member Rate: $400

Late Registration Rates - on or after August 15, 2017
Member Rate: $350
Non-member Rate: $450

Single Day Registration Rates
Member Rate: $185
Non-member Rate: $245

NOTE: On-site registration = Late Rate + a $75 Processing Fee

All payments are due before or on the first day of the Conference. Payments must be received to gain access to and participate in all conference activities and sessions.
POs will not be accepted on-site.
How to Register

Registration for the Conference will open in early Spring 2017.

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 August 15, 2017.

Cancellations received before or on August 15, 2017 will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after August 15, 2017. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."