National WIC Association

2018 Using Technology to Improve the WIC Participant Experience - Virtual Conference

December 4-December 6, 2018



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Overview

Over the past few years, the role of technology in WIC has been a growing area of program focus. Innovations in technology including smartphone applications, online educational and administrative platforms, and electronic benefits have enabled many WIC agencies to consider how new technology can improve the WIC participant experience, increase program participation, and support more efficient program management.

 

To facilitate the sharing of best practices, lessons learned, innovations and research, the National WIC Association is offering a virtual conference December 4-6, 2018 on Using Technology to Improve the WIC Participant Experience. This virtual conference will comprise of eight pre-recorded presentations and four live presentations in the form of webinars over the course of three days. Virtual Conference attendees will be able to access the sessions from the comfort of their own computer between December 4-6, 2018. The conference will feature voices from WIC agencies themselves as well as researchers, and other partners who have insights to share with regard to the use of technology in WIC.

 

A Virtual Conference is a conference that allows remote attendees to access live sessions and events from their computers. The conference is hosted entirely over the Internet. Attendees participate through a conference website designed specifically for the virtual experience. The conference site is where you will watch conference sessions live via streaming video, and participate in sessions by chatting in questions and comments and participating in session activities in real time.

 

Additional details forthcoming. 

Call for Abstracts

We invite members and partners who have experience with technology in WIC to submit presentation proposals for our first virtual conference using this  Google Form.

Below are the suggested educational tracks for the virtual sessions:

  • Participant-Facing Technology. Participant-facing technologies include apps, text-messaging platforms, online nutrition education, etc. Sessions on this topic could focus on: Best practices regarding the use of participant-facing technologies; lessons learned from participant-facing technology pilots; how to choose the best technology vendor; evaluation of participant-facing technologies and impact on participant satisfaction; impact of participant-facing technologies on recruitment and retention of WIC participants; etc.
  • Technology Access/Literacy and WIC Participants. Sessions on this topic could focus on: Important considerations regarding access to technology; innovative ways to ensure that technology solutions are accessible to all participants; etc.
  • Using EBT Data for Research and Program Management/Evaluation. The shift to EBT/e-WIC offers new opportunities to study nationwide food redemption patterns of WIC families. Sessions on this topic could focus on: How to use EBT data for research and evaluation; what we’ve already learned from the EBT data that is available and has been analyzed; how this new data source has the potential to shape the WIC program in the future to best meet the needs of WIC participants; etc.
  • Implementing and Maintaining EBT- Lessons Learned. Sessions on this topic could focus on: Successes, challenges, unexpected outcomes, and lessons learned from EBT implementation and/or maintenance; impact of EBT transition on participant satisfaction and recruitment and retention of WIC participants.

 

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, June 17, 2018.

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 300 words)
  • Implications on WIC policy and practice
  • At least 2 learning objectives
  • Presenter information: name, institution, city, state, email address, bio
  • Co-Author(s) Information: name/s, institution/s, email address/es, bio

 

Note: 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.

Virtual sessions will range from 20 - 60 minutes.

Submissions are due midnight, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this process or the conference in general, please contact Shameka Jennings at sjennings@nwica.org or 202-232-5492.

How Virtual Conferences Work

The Virtual Conference is a hybrid conference that allows remote attendees to access live sessions and events from their computers. The conference is hosted entirely over the Internet. Attendees participate through a conference website designed specifically for the virtual experience. The conference site is where you will watch conference sessions live via streaming video, and participate in sessions by chatting in questions and comments and participating in session activities in real time.

 

In addition to the live events, the Virtual Conference includes discussion forums, networking opportunities, a conference resource center, the ability to search for and chat with other conference attendees, and other features specifically designed to give virtual attendees the same opportunity to learn and engage with the presenters.

 

You're bound to love the benefits of attending a virtual conference! 

  • Convenient. Listen to sessions whenever and wherever, as often as you want! Even get your team together to watch a session or two (note: only registered attendees have access to all of the other meeting tools).
  • Comprehensive. Get relevant, timely information and techniques. The short, 1-hour sessions will easily fit in your schedule!
  • Effortless. Sit back, listen to the presentations, participate in live Q&As and discussion threads, connect with other meeting attendees, and earn CEs.

Plus, you'll have access to all of this without the hassle and expense of travel. All you need is a device with Internet access.

This online conference includes:

  • Live presentations. Each day of the conference, a new live session will take place. Unlike in-person conferences with concurrent sessions, you can "attend" all of them! All live presentations will be recorded, so don't stress if you miss one!
  • Live Q&A during live presentations. At the end of each presentation, you can interact directly with presenters during the live Q&A.
  • Recorded lectures —available on demand while the conference is in session. Unlike in-person conferences with concurrent sessions, you can "attend" all the lectures!
  • Discussion thread related to each session. Post your comments and questions, and get reactions from other conference participants and presenters.
  • Handouts and other resources. Download and print or save handouts from all the sessions, as well as related resource documents.
  • Networking opportunities. Post a professional profile and find others with similar professional interests and specialties.