National WIC Association

2021 Annual Conference

June 15-June 17, 2021

Important Dates & Notices
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We are pleased to announce that the 2021 NWA Annual Education and Training Conference and Exhibits will be held June 15 – 17, 2021.


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!


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 1, 2021.


For questions, please contact NWA National Office at 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 Sunday, January 31, 2021  new closing date of Sunday, February 14 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.


  • 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. 


Please, remember the following important dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2021* February 14th, 2021*
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: March 1st, 2021*
  • Speaker Packet Submission Deadline: March 19th, 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 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

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Contact Us


Registration and General Information

NWA National Office



Chandra Champion
Senior Conference and Events Manager 



Dale Greenberg
Exhibits Manager 


Marketing and Press

Whitney Dawn Carlson
Marketing Communications Manager


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