National WIC Association

2021 VIRTUAL Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits

October 5 - 7, 2021




About the Conference

 

Registration Now Open!

The National WIC Association (NWA) will host its 2021 virtual Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits, October 5 - 7, 2021.

This year's Conference Will be Virtual!

The Conference Sessions will be available for viewing until January 14, 2022.

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. 

We are expecting over 1000 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:

  • 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.

Please note the Conference is virtual.

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

Call for Papers (Abstracts)

All abstracts are due by Friday, August 20th, 2021 (deadline extended), and will be reviewed by the Technology Conference Program Planning Committee.

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2021 Virtual  Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits, being held October 5 - 7, 2021.

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.

This biennial Conference is an important forum for sharing new ideas and learning from each other about technological and program integrity innovations, EBT, online shopping and directions for WIC’s future. We are seeking proposals surrounding the below topics:

  • Clinic Operations

               - Texting

               - Online scheduling

               -  Streamlining certifications

  • Nutrition Education and BF Support

               - Telehealth – effectiveness and implementation

               - Mobile Apps

               - Social Media

  • Retail setting

               - Shopping Apps

  • Online Shopping – what would it take?
  • Participant Facing Technology

               - Getting WIC Staff Buy-In

               - Developing Participant Facing Technology

 

  • Building Community Through Technology

                - Story Telling

 

  • EBT – what’s next?

                - Using EBT data to inform decision making

                - EBT videos – promising practices

                - Measuring the impact of EBT on shopping behavior

              

Additional topics surrounding the conference theme of technology are welcome and encouraged.

 

All abstracts are due by Friday, August 20th, 2021 (deadline extended), and will be reviewed by the Technology Conference Program Planning Committee.

Proposal Guidelines

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

Sections:

  • Suggested topical track and presentation title
  • Abstract (The recommended proposal length is 400 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 five 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.

Deadlines

Please, remember the following important dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: August 13th, 2021* extended until September 6th, 2021*
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: September 10th, 2021*
  • Speaker Packet Submission Deadline: September 24th, 2021*
  • PPT Submission deadline: October 1st, 2021*
  • Conference Dates: October 5th - 7th, 2021*

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this process or the conference in general, please contact Chandra M. Champion s at cchampion@nwica.org or (202) 265-7531

We look forward to receiving your proposals for the conference!

(*) By 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) Zone 

Registration

REGISTRATION open until September 24, 2021

Early Bird Rate extended until September 3, 2021

General Registration Fees:

Registration Type Early Bird Rates - ENDS September 3 Regular Rates - BEGINS September 4

Member

$285.00

$385.00

Non-Member

$385.00 $485.00

Student

$100.00 $100.00

Speaker (includes Poster Presenters)

$185.00 $185.00

FNS Staff

$260.00

$260.00

 


Group Registration Fees*:

Group Member Increments Early Bird Rates - ENDS September 3 Regular Rates - BEGINS Setpember 4

5 - 10 Group Members

$260.00

$360.00

11+ Group Members

$235.00

$335.00

*In order to receive the Group Rate, please enter "GROUP" in the Promo Code Box and the system will automatically apply the discount. 

*All Groups MUST be registered in ONE Group in order to recieve the discount!


Cancellation & Refund Policy

To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via email to ConfSupport@nwica.org or fax to (202) 387-5281 no later than the close of business on September 10, 2021.

Cancellations received before or on September 10, 2021. will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on September 11, 2021.

  • NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for no-shows. 
  • If you DO NOT CANCEL you are STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT! 
  • If registration fee is not paid, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from accessing your NWA Membership Benefits.

Online Registration

Online registrations are processed via our web-based system. Each registrant must have or create a profile (account) in order to register online. See instructions on creating a profile and logging in.

Please Make Sure Your Email Address Is Correct Before Registering!

Registration will close on Friday, September 24 at 11:59 pm ET.

Registrants using a Purchase Order (PO) or check, must select the "Bill Me Later" option from the online registration system when registering. Credit card payments will be processed via our secured Stripe site. The system will automatically email a registration confirmation to the email provided. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Registration Department at (202) 232-5492 or ConfSupport@nwica.org.

Please note that Registrants who have paid with Purchase Orders will not be allowed access to the Virtual Conference Platform until the purchase order is received by the Registration Manager, with a copy of the registration invoice.

Mail Payments to:
National WIC Association
Attn: 2021 Virtual Tech Conference Registration
2001 S Street, NW Ste. 580
Washington, DC 20009

NWA’s federal tax ID is 8399-0160210-001


All Payment Methods

We must receive your credit card payment, check payment in full, or completed PO with invoice reference by Friday, Setpember 24, 2021.  If we have not received payment in full by the above date, you will not be able to access the NWA 2021 Tech Conference platform.

Mail Payments to:
National WIC Association
Attn: 2021 Virtual Tech Conference Registration
2001 S Street, NW Ste. 580
Washington, DC 20009

To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via email to ConfSupport@nwica.org or fax to (202) 387-5281 no later than the close of business on September 10, 2021 to received a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on September 11, 2021. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for no-shows.

If you DO NOT CANCEL YOU WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT! 

NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for "no-shows."

Cancellations received before or on September 10, 2021 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on September 11, 2021. NWA regrets that refunds will not be granted for no-shows.

For questions regarding payment methods, please contact the Registration Manager at (202) 232-5492 or ConfSupport@nwica.org for more information.


Accessing NWICA.org

You may print invoices, receipts, event confirmations, and view other personalized NWA information and activities by logging into your My NWICA account.

To log in:

  1. visit www.nwica.org and click "Log in" in the top right corner of the homepage. 
  2. Then enter your username (your email) and password. 
  3. Click on the Purchase Tab and you will be able to view/print copies of your invoices and receipts. 

For additional information on accessing your NWICA Account or creating an Account. Click HERE


Questions?

Contact the Registration Department with any questions at (202) 232-5492 or ConfSupport@nwica.org

Agenda

Click here to download a copy of the tentative agenda.

Agenda is subject to change.

Letter of Support from USDA FNS:

Dana Rasmussen, the Director of Supplemental Food Programs Division, sent a letter to all state agency WIC directors supporting the 2021 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Conference. This letter confirmed that WIC Program funds may be used to fund travel expenses and registration fees for this conference.

Exhibitor Prospectus

We invite you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at our 2021 Technology and Pogram Integrity Conference and Exhibits.

VIEW EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS


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.

For questions or to exhibit at this conference, please contact Dale Greenberg, the Association's Conference Manager, at 410-491-2654 or at dale.greenberg@conferencedirect.com