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Submission Instructions for the

2020 Connecticut Public Health Association Annual Conference

The Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA) Program Planning Committee is accepting abstracts for presentations for CPHA’s 2020 Virtual Annual Conference.  Note that the call for student poster abstracts is a different form. The conference will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. This year’s theme is “Unity: Public Health in Divided Times”. Descriptions of the types of sessions available are below with submission form posted at the bottom of the webpage.

Guidelines/Rules for Submission:

  • Deadline: May 21, 2020.
  • All submissions must be completed electronically, following the link below or on webpage
  • 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 July 6, 2020 of status
  • Presentation topics can focus on public health practice, program implementation/evaluation, or research, and may include, but are not limited to:

o   Coalition building

o   Engaging non-traditional partners

o   Health equity

o   Public health successes and challenges

o   Future of public health in CT

o   Future public health Innovations

o   Recognized public health professionals & how they are making a difference

o   Current topics affecting our state and nation

o   Diversity in public health

o   Policy and public health

  • 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 choice of type of session. The Program Committee will review all submissions and will notify the selected abstracts presenters by email no later than July 6, 2020.  Once abstracts are submitted, the committee will determine the 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 abstract options:


1.     Oral Session

  • Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes
  •  Presentations will be grouped into 45 - 60 minute sessions
  • Presenter will provide handouts

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

3.     Panel Discussion

  • Each panel will consist of 3-5 panelists.  
  • Panel discussions are expected to last 1 hour. 

All abstracts must include three learning objectives.  Each objective must have only one action verb (e.g. Define, List, Describe, Discuss, Explain, Identify, Demonstrate, Differentiate, Compare, Design, Formulate, Evaluate, Assess, Name, Analyze). Do not use the terms learn or understand—they are not measurable. Learning outcomes must be written 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.



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