National WIC Association

2021 Virtual Annual Conference

June 15-June 17, 2021




About

We are pleased to announce the 2021 virtual NWA Annual Education and Training Conference and Exhibits will take place June 15 – 17, 2021. Please note the conference will take place virtually (completely online).

2020 was a year of unrest and uncertainty filled with change, innovation, and transformation. Recovery is coming in 2021.This year’s conference theme is “ENGAGE, CONNECT, & INSPIRE: Bolstering Health Equity in WIC”.

NWA hopes each Conference Attendee will:

  • ENGAGE with the 1,500+ attendees scheduled to attend the Conference;
  • CONNECT on important topics around breastfeeding, nutrition, leadership, diversity and inclusion, workforce development, and technology;
  • Take the knowledge they’ve learned and INSPIRE and strengthen their Communities.

As always, the Conference will offer an excellent opportunity to acquire new skills. Attendees will network with peers and colleagues along with exhibitors who provide WIC-related products and services for WIC participants. The conference will also offer an opportunity for attendees to hear from USDA officials and to dialogue on relevant updates and challenges the program faces. The Conference sessions will be sure to get you thinking and asking questions!

 

This virtual conference will include pre-recorded and live presentations in the form of webinars via our virtual conference platform. Attendees will be able to access various sessions, expand their professional skills, and increase their knowledgebase – all from the comfort of their own homes! You will have access to the conference platform 24 hours/7 days a week. All sessions will be recored and available for viewing within 1 hour of the live session. The virtual conference platform will close on August 17, 2021. That's 3 ENTIRE months to enjoy, learn and network with your Colleagues!

 

One of NWA’s main priorities for this Conference will center on Diversity and Inclusion. We plan to weave this topic throughout the conference, as this is an important issue that affects all of us and is often overlooked in the WIC Community. We as practitioners owe it to our clients to make sure they are receiving equitable access to nutritious foods and breastfeeding support. To do this, we must acknowledge and remove obstacles to families’ short- and long-term health and wellbeing including poverty, discrimination, institutional racism, and other forms of bias expressed through housing, healthcare, education, labor, and other public policies.

 

We’d like for each attendee to leave the conference feeling ENGAGED, CONNECTED and INSPIRED!

 

The conference will formally begin with the Opening General Session on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:30am ET and will end at 5:00pm ET on Thursday, June 17 with the Closing General Session. The NWA Board Meetings, Section Meetings, and Business Meetings will occur on Monday, June 14. Additional details on the Monday, June 14 meetings will be shared closer to the date of the meeting.

 

Registration will open on February 22, 2021.

 

For questions, please contact NWA National Office at confsupport@nwica.org. We'll be happy to assist.

 

Call for Abstracts

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference.

To submit an abstract, click HERE. 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 & Marketing
  • Community Partnership & Outreach
  • Health Equity
  • Leadership & Management
  • Research, Data, & Evaluation
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Workforce Development

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 the new closing date of Monday, March 1st, 2021 and will be reviewed by the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

The NWA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase in current and WIC topics, science, research, policy and best practices.

On behalf of the 2021 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.

Sections:

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

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.

Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes long. 

Deadlines

Please, remember the following important dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2021* (new closing Date)
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: March 22nd, 2021*
  • Speaker Packet Submission Deadline: April 16th, 2021*
  • Registration deadline for authors: May 17th, 2021*
  • PPT Submission deadline: June 11th, 2021*
  • Conference Dates: June 15th-17th, 2021

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

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.

Contact Information

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

Conference Committee Sign Up

Want to get more involved in NWA? Learn about the ins and outs of bringing virtual education to your colleagues nationwide? Looking for an opportunity to gain leadership experience and curriculum development? This is your chance! NWA is looking for members who can:

  • Review submitted education abstracts and proposals.
  • Develop conference agendas.
  • Participate in monthly meetings as well as monthly sub-committee meetings.
  • Promote the conference to peers and colleagues.
  • Commit for one year, up to three hours per month.
  • During the dates of the conference, committee members must be available for the entirety of the conference (up to 3 days).

To apply for this great opportunity, please click on the links below.

2021 Annual Education & Training Conference Planning Committee
Conference Dates June 15-17, 2021

If you'd like more information, NWA will be holding an interest meeting where you can hear past committee members share their experiences. Details coming soon. For questions, please contact Chandra M. Champion, NWA's Senior Events and Conference Manager at cchampion@nwica.org

Fees and Registrations

REGISTRATION CLOSES on FRIDAY, JUNE 4th at 11:59 pm ET

General Registration Fees:

Registration Type Early Bird Rates - ENDS May 14 Regular Rates - BEGINS May 15
Member
$285.00
$385.00
Non-Member
$385.00
$485.00
Student
$100.00
$100.00
Speaker (includes Poster Presenters)
$185.00
$185.00

Group Registration Fees*:

Group Member Increments Early Bird Rates - ENDS May 14 Regular Rates - BEGINS May 15
10-20 Group Members
$260.00
$360.00
21-40 Group Members
$245.00
$345.00
41+ Group Members
$230.00
$330.00
*In order to receive the Group Rate, please enter "BULK" 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!

 

Registration will close on Friday, June 4 at 11:59 pm ET.

All payments are due by Friday, June 11. Payments must be received to gain access to and participate in Conference activities and sessions. 


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 May 31, 2020.

Cancellations received before or on May 31, 2021 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on June 1, 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, June 4th 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 Annual 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, June 11, 2021.  If we have not received payment in full by the above date, you will not be able to access the NWA 2021 Virtual Conference platform.

Mail Payments to:
National WIC Association
Attn: 2021 Virtual Annual 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 May 31, 2020.

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 May 31, 2021 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on June 1, 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

Important Dates

Event

Date*

Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

May 14 at 11:59pm 

Regular Registration Rate Begins

May 15 at  12:00am 

Last Day for 50% Refund Registration Cancelation

May 31 at 11:59pm

No Refunds will be provided after

  • There are NO REFUNDS for No-Shows.
  • You are still responsible for the Registration Fee, if you do not show up.
  • If not paid, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from accessing your NWA Membership Benefits.

June 1 at 12:00am

Registration Closes

June 4 at 11:59pm 

Conference Platform Opens

June 10 at 11:00am 

Attendee Know Before You Go Virtual

June 10 at 12:00pm 

All Registration Fees are Due

June 11 at 11:59pm

Conference Platform will Close

August 17 at 11:59pm 

* Times are denoted in Eastern Time (ET)

Contact Us

 

Registration and General Information

NWA National Office
202.232.5492
confsupport@nwica.org

 

Speakers

Chandra Champion
Senior Conference and Events Manager
cchampion@nwica.org 

 

Exhibits

Dale Greenberg
Exhibits Manager
Dale.greenberg@conferencedirect.com 

 

Marketing and Press

Whitney Dawn Carlson
Marketing Communications Manager
wcarlson@nwica.org

 

Privacy Policies

  • Meeting Privacy Policy: The 2021 Annual Virtual Conference provides attendee lists to our exhibitors and sponsors as a benefit of their support. The following information is provided to them for a one-time usage in a spreadsheet format: name, title, company, and mailing address. Email and phone numbers are never shared. 

 

  • NWA Privacy Policy: As a 2021 Annual Virtual Conference attendee, you have been asked to provide your name and other contact information so that we can send you updates on this meeting. NWA may also send you emails and/or mailings in the future to share information regarding NWA membership or upcoming NWA events