National WIC Association

2022 *Virtual Option* Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference and Exhibits

September 6-September 9, 2022




About the Conference


We are pleased to announce that the 2022 NWA Biennial Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Conference will also be held virtually September 6 - 9, 2022.

This conference is the most popular gathering of the WIC nutrition and breastfeeding professionals in the US, attracting more than 1,200 attendees from USDA, state, and local WIC agencies, and vendors who provide services to the WIC community.

Education sessions (14 Concurent Sessions + 4 General Sessions) will cover current and emerging nutrition and breastfeeding science, research, policy, and best practices. Poster Sessions and special forums will offer additional learning and networking opportunities.More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest on WIC-related products, technology, and services. More information about this conference will be posted soon

Letter of Support from USDA FNS - Click HERE

CEUs - Soon to come!

 

Call for Abstracts

The National WIC Association invites members and partners to submit presentation and poster proposals for the 2022 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference & Exhibits being held in Orlando, Florida September 6 - 9, 2022.

The Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional skills and knowledgebase in current and emerging nutrition and breastfeeding science, research, policy and best practices. Share your strategies and successes with us! On behalf of the 2022 Conference Planning Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstract submission. Thank you in advance for your commitment to the excellence of this year's meeting!

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:

 

  • Breastfeeding (General)
  • Breastfeeding Promotion
  • Addressing Allergens as it relates to the WIC Food Package
  • Effects of Substance Use as it relates to Breastfeeding 
  • Effects of COVID on Breastfeeding support and Nutrition Services
  • Elevating Equitable Infant Feeding in the WIC Practice
  • Engagement/Collaboration of non-traditional Partners in the Promotion of WIC Nutrition and Breastfeeding
  • Health Disparities in Breastfeeding
  • Increasing Breastfeeding Duration
  • Innovations in Nutrition Education
  • Making the WIC Food Package more culturally inclusive
  • Nutrition (General)
  • Research, Data, & Evaluation
  • Workplace Issues & Breastfeeding
  • Workforce and Leadership Development

 

The conference tracks may align with your content but is not required. All topics within a track’s purview are welcome. NWA staff are always happy to provide feedback on your idea for an abstract; we’re here to help!  All abstracts are due by Friday, May 27, 2022 and will be reviewed by the Nutrition Services Section, Breastfeeding Committee, and the Conference Planning Committee.   For more information, contact Chandra Champion (NWA’s Director of Education and Events) at cchampion@nwica.org. If your project does not fall within one of these topic areas, don’t worry -- please submit an abstract anyway!

 

Please note, Commercial Entities are only allowed to present with WIC Agencies (State or Local). The WIC Agency must be the lead on the Abstract Submission (meaning they must be the submitter and author of the submission).

 

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 400 words)
  • Shortened Abstract for Marketing Use in Program Book (The recommended proposal length is 150 words)
  • Corresponding Author information: name, institution, city, state, email address, bio, 
  • Co-Author(s) Information: name/s, institution/s, email address/es, bio, resumes

Concurrent sessions are 60 minutes long. 

Poster Presentations will be during Breakfasts, Breaks, and Networking Opportunities.

A maximum of three 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/presenters up to date on the status of the submission as well any information shared regarding presenting at the Conference.

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.

All abstracts are due by Friday, May 27, 2022 and will be reviewed by the Nutrition Services Section, Breastfeeding Committee, and the Conference Planning Committee.

Please note, Commercial Entities are only allowed to present with WIC Agencies (State or Local). The WIC Agency must be the lead on the Abstract Submission (meaning they must be the submitter and author of the submission).

 

Deadlines

Please, remember the following important dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 27th, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: June 17th, 2022
  • Speaker Packet Submission Deadline: July 1st, 2022
  • Registration deadline for authors: August 22nd, 2022
  • PPT Submission deadline: August 31st, 2022
  • Conference Dates: September 6th - 9th, 2022

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the conference in general, please contact our Conference Support Team at confsupport@nwica.org 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.

* Please note, all attendees will be required to upload their vaccination card in advance before being allowed into 2022 NWA Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference. Please make sure you include your cell phone number during the registration process. You will not be allowed to enter the Conference with just a Negative COVID-19 Test. All attendees must be vaccinated. A COVID-19 booster shot is strongly encouraged as extra protection. As we get closer to the Date of the Conference, other COVID-19 Protocols may be added and enforced.

Registration

Virtual Conference Registration Fees:

Registration Type

    Early Bird Rates -

             ENDS June 30                

   Regular Rates -

                 BEGINS July 1                 

                          Member                  

                  $285.00

                   $385.00

                     Non-Member

                  $385.00

                   $485.00

                           Student*

                  $175.00

                  $175.00

                           Speaker

            (includes Poster Presenters)  

                  $200.00

                  $200.00

                         FNS Staff

                   $250.00

                  $250.00

       WIC Florida Special Host Rate**         

                   $175.00

                  $175.00

 

Registration payment must be received at our offices no later than Friday, August 26, 2022.

**The WIC Florida Special Host Rate is ONLY for individuals that reside in Florida and are WIC State, Local and Clinical Employees. This rate is NOT eligible for a Group Discount.


Cancellation & Refund Policy

To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via email to ConfSupport@nwica.org no later than the close of business on August 1, 2022.

Cancellations received before or on June 30, 2022, will receive a 100% refund, cancellations received between July 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on August 1, 2022.

  • 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 and Phone/Cell Number Is Correct Before Registering!

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 Conference until the purchase order is received by the Registration Manager, with a copy of the registration invoice.

Registration payment must be received at our offices no later than Friday, August 26, 2022.

Make Checks Payable to the National WIC Association

Mail Payments to:
National WIC Association
Attn: 2022 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference Registration
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 580
Washington, DC 20009

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

Registration payment must be received at our offices no later than Friday, August 26, 2022


All Payment Methods

We must receive your credit card payment, check payment in full, or completed PO with invoice reference by Friday, August 26, 2022.  If we have not received payment in full by the above date, you will not be able to access the NWA 2022 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference. 

Make Checks Payable to the National WIC Association

Mail Payments to:
National WIC Association
Attn: 2022 Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference Registration
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 580
Washington, DC 20009

To cancel your registration, a written request MUST be received by NWA via email to ConfSupport@nwica.org no later than the close of business on August 1, 2022.

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 June 30, 2022, will receive a 100% refund, cancellations received between July 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted on or after 12:00 AM ET on August 1, 2022.

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

NWA Policies

Privacy Policy

Your data privacy and security are important to us. When you register for this event, NWA will process your data in accordance with our legitimate interests for hosting an industry event and for being a community-based organization. Please review our privacy policy, including how to exercise your rights under the GDPR.

Liability Waiver

I understand that travel and gathering involves risk of sickness, including sickness from COVID-19. I (and on behalf of my guest(s)) waive and release NWA and its sponsors and exhibitors, and their employees and agents, from and against claims, liabilities and expenses arising from injury, sickness or death from contraction or spread of COVID-19 or other communicable disease due to travel to or attendance at an event sponsored by NWA.

I will take necessary precautions while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask in public areas when not consuming food or beverage, minimizing face touching, frequently washing hands and avoiding risky environments such as overcrowded bars or restaurants. I agree to not attend any NWA event if I feel ill or had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case.

This waiver and release is binding on me and my heirs and successors.

Code of Conduct

NWA is a listening organization focused on its participants. The Conference is designed to increase interaction, engagement, collaboration, connectivity and community, in a fun and safe environment.

We value the participation of each member of the community and endeavor to deliver an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Conference participants are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, courtesy and respect for others and maintain the highest level of professionalism at all conference programs and events, whether officially sponsored by NWA or not. All attendees, guests, speakers, organizers, volunteers, partners, vendors and staff at any NWA event are required to observe the following Code of Conduct.

NWA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for the conference.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or defame participants. Harassment in any form, sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not condoned at NWA Events.

Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the sole discretion of NWA. Thank for helping to make this a welcoming event for all.

Media Disclaimer 

NWA intend to take photographs and video of this event for use in NWA news and promotional material, in print, electronic and other media, including the NWA websites. By participating in this event, I grant NWA the right to use any image, photograph, voice or likeness, without limitation, in its promotional materials and publicity efforts without compensation. All media becomes the property of NWA. Media may be displayed, distributed or used by NWA for any purpose.

* Please note, all attendees will be required to upload their vaccination card in advance before being allowed into 2022 NWA Nutrition Education and Breastfeeding Promotion Conference. Please make sure you include your cell phone number during the registration process. You will not be allowed to enter the Conference with just a Negative COVID-19 Test. All attendees must be vaccinated. A COVID-19 booster shot is strongly encouraged as extra protection. As we get closer to the Date of the Conference, other COVID-19 Protocols may be added or enforced.