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Canadian Public Health Association

Cannabis and Public Health Forum 2021

The Cannabis and Public Health Forum will be held virtually 16-17 June 2021. The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies that support a public health approach to cannabis in Canada.

The virtual program will deliver a scientific program featuring plenary, oral abstract and symposium sessions each day from 11:00–16:00 (EST). 

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Forum objectives
Program-at-a-glance
Call for submissions
Submission acceptance
Registration

IMPORTANT DATES 

  • Call for submission deadline: Thursday 25 March
  • Notification of results: Tuesday 6 May
  • Forum program launch: Thursday 11 May
  • Cannabis and Public Health Forum: Wednesday 16 June - Thursday 17 June 2021

FORUM OBJECTIVES

The Cannabis and Public Health Forum will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • Articulate the current status of research, policy and practice related to cannabis;
  • Identify public health challenges and related solutions, trends, emerging issues and gaps;
  • Utilize effective evidence-based public health programs, practices, structures and systems; and
  • Identify strategies for knowledge translation and exchange.

program-at-a-glance

This Forum will be presented in English only. No simultaneous interpretation will be available.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Wednesday 16 June

11:00 - 12:00 Plenary I
12:00 - 12:15 Stretch Break
12:15 - 13:15 Concurrent Sessions
13:15 - 13:45 Networking Break
13:45 - 14:45 Concurrent Sessions
14:45 - 15:00 Stretch Break
15:00 - 16:00 Plenary II

Thursday 17 June

11:00 - 12:00 Plenary III
12:00 - 12:15 Stretch Break
12:15 - 13:15 Concurrent Sessions
13:15 - 13:45 Networking Break
13:45 - 14:45 Concurrent Sessions
14:45 - 15:00 Stretch Break
15:00 - 16:00 Plenary IV

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submission deadline: Thursday 25 March

The Steering Committee invites oral and poster abstracts and symposia submissions for the 2021 Cannabis and Public Health Forum. 

Proposals may be submitted in either English or French and will be peer-reviewed according to the language of submission. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided and French submitters must be comfortable presenting in English.  

Oral and Poster Abstracts

Oral Presentations

Each session is 60 minutes and includes six presenters. Accepted abstracts that share a common topic or complementary theme, are grouped together and scheduled to present on a specific date and time. 

Accepted presenters are required to submit two unique presentations in advance of the Forum: 

  1. A 10-minute pre-recorded presentation: Available in the Presentation Gallery to registered participants for one-year. 
  2. A 5-minute pre-recorded summary presentation: Played during the live session. 
  • The six 5-minute pre-recorded presentations are played in succession. During the remaining session time (approximately 25 minutes), presenters take part in a moderated Q&A. 
  • As presentation time is limited, one presenter per abstract can answer questions.
  • In advance of the session, Forum presenters can participate in a rehearsal to become familiar with the virtual presentation platform.

Poster Presentations

Digital posters are available in the Presentation Gallery and registered participants are encouraged to view the posters and connect with presenters during and after the Forum. There is no set presentation time and resources are available to registered participants for one year.  

Accepted presenters can submit two unique presentations in advance of the Forum.  

  • A PDF Digital Poster (required).  
  • 10-minute pre-recorded presentation (optional). 

Review Criteria

The following criteria evaluate each abstract:

Research abstracts

  • Research addresses a gap in existing literature and evidence known to date.
  • Problem addressed by the research is clearly articulated.
  • The methodology supports the purpose of the study.
  • Validity of the conclusions based on the results.
  • Research supports a public health approach to cannabis in Canada.

Policy abstracts

  • Definition of the problem demonstrates the need for a change in policy.
  • Research methodology is clear and transparent and appropriate stakeholders were engaged.
  • Results and analysis support the policy recommendation.
  • Policy supports a public health approach to cannabis in Canada.

Practice abstracts

  • Program need and objectives address an important issue.
  • Program methods and activities address the issue and includes evaluation.
  • Results and outcomes used indicators that are valid and reliable.
  • Program supports a public health approach to cannabis in Canada.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission deadline: Tuesday 16 February

Abstracts must meet the following criteria to be eligible for peer review: 

  • Download and complete the appropriate MS Word template. Other file types are not accepted.  
  • Abstracts must be uploaded using the online portal. E-mail submissions are not accepted.   
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding title and section headings).  
  • A Presenting Author may submit a maximum of two abstracts.
  • The Presenting Author certifies that all co-authors agree to the submission.
  • Data and other research presented at other conferences may be submitted. 

Symposiums

Each session is 60 minutes and speakers offer a coordinated exchange on a common topic or complimentary theme. Submissions should highlight how participants can apply the information learned in the session to their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting. 

Strategies such as audience polling or short quizzes to engage participants are encouraged.

Industry-led applications will not be accepted. Applications may include one (1) speaker from industry; that person cannot be the session chair or moderator.

All submissions must include up to three (3) learning objectives. Learning objectives should be concise, specific and identify the outcomes or actions that participants can expect to demonstrate as a result of attending the session.

Total presentation time should not exceed 35-40 minutes. During the remaining session time (20-25 minutes), presenters take part in a moderated Q&A with the co-presenters. A recording of the symposium will be available to registered participants for one year.

Review Criteria

The following criteria evaluate each symposium: 

  • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the symposium.
  • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting.
  • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on the public health approach to cannabis in Canada. 
  • Proposed speakers will present diverse perspectives that will enrich the discussion.
  • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate as a result of attending the symposium.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission deadline: Thursday 25 March

Symposium submissions must meet the following criteria to be eligible for peer review: 

  • Download and complete the appropriate MS Word template. Other file types are not accepted.  
  • Submissions must be uploaded using the online portal. E-mail submissions are not accepted.  
  • Submissions must not exceed two pages.
  • The submitting author certifies that the proposed speakers and session moderator are aware the submission.
  • Symposiums presented at other conferences may be submitted. 

TEMPLATES

All submission must use the appropriate MS Word template, other file types are not accepted. Download the most appropriate template to support your submission.

Submit your proposal

SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE

  • Each submission is reviewed and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
  • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
  • Submitters will be notified of the result and the date and time of your presentation on or before Tuesday 6 May.
  • All presenters must register for at least one day of the Forum to be included in the program. 
  • Pre-recorded presentations and session recordings will be available registered participants for one year. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.

REGISTRATION

Registration is now open.

The Cannabis and Public Health Forum will provide a dynamic environment to share the latest research and information, promote policies and develop best practices to prevent, reduce, and control the spread of COVID-19.

Only registered participants will have access to the virtual platform, post-forum recordings, and the presentation gallery. The only equipment necessary for participants is an electronic device with an internet connection. The virtual platform works on computers, tablets and smartphones. 

Industry Involvement
Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry are welcome to register for the Forum; however, a cap of 10% of the total delegate registration has been established for such individuals. Individuals with commercial interests in the cannabis industry should complete the registration process, and their acceptance as delegates will be confirmed on Tuesday 8 June 2021

Pricing is per person. The sharing of registration links is not permitted.

Member Rates

 

Fee

 

Participant $150

 

Student/Retiree $75

Non-member Rates

 

 

 

Participant $175

      

Student/Retiree $85

Proof of full-time student status required.

Member Registration Non-Member Registration

Payment Options

Payment by Visa or MasterCard is required to complete an online registration. To request an invoice payable by cheque or credit card, contact conference@cpha.ca

Community Rate

Supporting knowledge exchange among public health professionals and others working in our communities is vital to CPHA’s commitment to health equity, social justice and evidence-informed decision-making.

We encourage the participation of diverse communities and understand that funding for professional development/conference attendance can be difficult to obtain. To support your participation in the Cannabis and Public Health Forum, a special registration rate has been established for participants who:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • Work or volunteer for a First Nations, Inuit or Métis community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds; or
  • Work or volunteer for a community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds.
Community Rate: $75

Access to these special registration rates is based on the honour system; we ask that you respect the criteria established for each rate. If you have any questions, please contact conference@cpha.ca.

Community Rate Registration

Group Registration

We are pleased to offer a discount to organizations registering five (5) or more employees. Contact conference@cpha.ca to begin the registration process. 

Group rate: $100 per person

The following conditions will apply:

  • One invoice will be issued per group registration, payable by cheque or credit card.
  • If an invoice exceeds $1,500 and an organization wishes to pay by credit card, a 2.5% surcharge will be applied to recoup the service fees charged to process the transaction.   
  • Individual registrations must be completed for each participant.

Substitution and Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellations received by e-mail on or before Monday 14 June 2021 will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No cancellations will be granted after Monday 14 June 2021.

If you are unable to attend the forum, you may designate someone to attend in your place. Requests must be made by the person registered and received by e-mail on or before Monday 14 June. No substitutions will be granted thereafter.

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