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2017 CPHA Annual Conference

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From Patient to Population Health - Disparities Matter

Plans for the CPHA 2017 Conference are underway! This year's theme is "From Patient to Population Health - Disparities Matter" and will be at The Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT on October 30, 2017.

If you are interested in joining the Program Planning Committee and helping with the planning,  please send email to and Laura King or Riddhi Doshi (co-chairs) will add you to the distribution list. Meetings are primarily via conference call -occasionally will meet live.

Committee members bring a variety of public health experiences and perspectives and ideas for a successful conference. If you are interested in joining the Committee and assisting with the conference preparations, please contact program committee chairs, Laura King  or Riddhi Doshi via email:

Stay tuned for information regarding the conference speakers and the various sessions. If you have some ideas, please email


Call for Abstracts

The Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA) Program Planning Committee is accepting abstracts for presentations for CPHA’s 2017 Centennial Conference.  The centennial conference will be held on October 30, 2017 at The Aqua Turf in Southington, CT with the theme "From Patient to Population Health - Disparities Matter.” 


Guidelines/Rules for Submission:

· Deadline: June 1, 2017 for Oral, Roundtable breakout sessions, rapid fire/ignite presentations or panel discussion.

· All submissions must be done electronically, either via the online form below or by submitting the 2017 Conference Abstract Form to

· All components of the submission form must be completed in their entirety

· Abstracts must include at least 3 learning objectives

· Presenters will be notified by June 17, 2017 of status and the committee member who will be coordinating the session

· Presentation topics should be pertinent to the theme



· Current topics affecting our state and nation

· Navigating the changing healthcare landscape making it work for patients and populations

· Clinical/population health successes and challenges

· Public Health Innovations

· Public Health 3.0 – multi-sector collaboration

· Workforce development to address diverse populations

· Policy and public health

· Engaging non-health partners in addressing social determinants for better health outcomes

· Collaborative State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Action Team strategies

·  Public Health Diversity

· Do not include trade or brand names in your abstract

General Information:

· Presenters will be responsible for bringing oral presentation audiovisuals on a personal flash drive, handouts and anything necessary for the presentation.

· Presenters do not have to be a member of CPHA to submit an abstract.  However, if the abstract is accepted for a presentation, the presenting author(s) must register for the annual meeting by the pre-registration deadline.


Preparing the Abstract: 

All abstracts need to follow the online format details, including the word limit for each session.  This will help the planning committee better understand the purpose and value of the discussions being proposed.  On the submission form, presenters will need to indicate their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice of type of session.  The Program Committee will review all submissions and will notify the selected abstracts presenters by email no later than  June 17, 2017.  Once abstracts are submitted, the committee will determine session schedule for the day.  


All components of the abstract submission form must be completed.  Any presenting author may not present more than two accepted abstracts.  Co-authors and co-presenters need to be listed, when applicable.  There are 3 options for breakout sessions:


1. Oral Session

· Each session will be 45 - 60 minutes

· Presenter will provide handouts

·Submit an abstract online or fill-out and email the 2017 Conference Abstract Form to

2. Roundtable Breakout Sessions

· Each session will be 30 minutes

· Present on topic for approximately 10 minutes, then 20 minutes of discussion

· Presenter will provide handouts at your discussion

· Submit an abstract online or fill-out and email the 2017 Conference Abstract Form to

3. Panel Discussion

· Each panel will consist of 3-5 panelists.  The topic will be relevant to the theme of the conference.

· Panel discussions are expected to last 1 hour.

· Submit an abstract online or fill-out and email the 2017 Conference Abstract Form to

4. Rapid Fire/Ignite General Information

· A series of speedy presentations

· Each presenter presents no more than 20 slides

· Each slide will automatically advance every 15 seconds

· Presentation will be no more than 5 minutes

· As usual, avoid slides with excessive text.  Try to sum up the message of each slide to 3 main bullet points. Use fonts of at least 16 points for the main text, and at least 24 points for slide titles

· Use high-resolution graphs (images and plots)

· Please be advised that presentations exceeding the 5 min time limit will be cut off by the moderators in the interest of time

· You must submit your presentation to the program committee 5 days prior to the conference in order to perform a rapid fire/ignite presentation

· Submit an abstract online or fill-out and email the 2017 Conference Abstract Form to


All abstracts must describe at least three learning objectives and be from the learner’s perspective.  Qualification statements must be specific to the abstract and describe how the presenter is qualified to present on the topic or issue.


Abstract Submission Form


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