National WIC Association

2019 Annual Education and Training Conference & Exhibits

April 7-April 10, 2019

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About the Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference and Exhibits will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 7 – 10, 2019. The venue will be the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, located in Baltimore’s beautiful Harbor East neighborhood. Surrounded by monuments, museums, and historic and charming neighborhoods, Baltimore is brimming with cultural, culinary, entertaining and historical attractions and activities to experience.

This Conference will offer an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills and to network with an estimated 1,000 of your peers, and colleagues along with 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 30 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.

Registration will be on Saturday, April 6th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm The conference will formally begin at 9:30 am on Sunday, April 7th. There will be meet and greet events for local agency staff and state agency staff Sunday morning before the conference starts. The conference will end at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10th.

For questions, please contact the NWA National Office at 202-232-5492. We'll be happy to assist.

Check back for future announcements about joining the conference planning committee, submitting an abstract to present an oral or poster presentation, and registering to attend the conference.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities from NWA's Member Benefit Fund

National WIC Association's Member Benefit Fund is to provide unique opportunities for learning and enrichment to enhance individual knowledge and allow for the development of collaborative projects. These funds will be administered on a local or regional level to improve the nutritional status and health outcomes for women, infants and children. This reinvestment in individuals and communities will allow for new and creative solutions and ideas to be shared with members of NWA.

Apply for a scholarship to the 2019 Annual Education and Training Conference and Exhibits by downloading this formDeadline: December 10th, 2018.

Questions? Please email

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!

NWA staff are always happy to provide feedback on your idea for an abstract; we’re here to help! For more information, contact Shameka Jennings (NWA’s Director of Education and Events) at For additional information on how to write a strong abstract, check out this helpful resource.

All abstracts are due by Friday, November 30, 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 Fees


Fees between now and March 3, 2019
Regular Member Rate: $385
Regular Non-member Rate: $485

Fees after March 3, 2018
Late Member Rate: $410
Late Non-member Rate: $535

Member Rate: $185
Non-Member Rate: $245

All payments are due before or on the first day of the Conference. Payments must be received to gain access to and participate in Conference activities and sessions. No PO will be accepted on-site.

Registration for this conference will add your contact information to our conference attendee list available to all conference attendees, including exhibitors.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

It is the policy of NWA's to access 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 to 1-202-387-5281 no later than close of business on Tuesday, March 3, 2019.

Cancellations received before or on March 3, 2019 will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. No refund will be granted for cancellations received after March 3, 2019. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "No-shows."

Online Registration

Online registrations are processed via our web-based system. Each registrants must have or create a profile (account) in order to register online.

Registrants using a Purchase Order (PO) or check, must select the "Bill Me" option from the online registration system when registering. Credit card paments will be processed via our secured Stripe site. The system will automatically e-mail a registration confirmation to the e-mail provided. If you do not received a confirmation, please call our office.

Registration via Mail, Fax or Email

To register by mail, fax or e-mail, download the Conference Registration form, complete, and submit it via e-mail to or fax it to 202-387-5281. Registration forms may also be mailed to:

National WIC Association
2001 S Street, NW Ste. 580
Washington, DC 20009

To obtain our Federal Identification Number, please call our office at 202-232-5492.