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Canadian Public Health Association

Abstract Submissions

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday 7 November 2019 before 11:59 pm EST


NEW! – Program Showcase

Program Showcase Presentation

Each 90-minute session will be comprised of four 15-minute presentations grouped together by similar topic or type of program, with time provided for a question period at the end of the session. Through storytelling, presenters will illustrate the context and importance of the program to the community, reflect on the impact of the program and lessons learned to date. The story should reflect the authentic experiences of an individual, a team, or the community. The narrative should contain a beginning, middle, and end, characters, and themes that hold interest, like adversity and triumph. Presenters are welcome to use visual aids and/or props.

Tips for storytelling techniques:

Review criteria:

The following criteria will be used by reviewers to evaluate each program showcase submission:

  • Does the program address the needs of a specific population that was engaged in all stages of the program?
  • Is the program sufficiently established to have a story to tell?
  • Is the program’s approach clearly described including the service(s) being provided, activities undertaken, preliminary outcomes, implications for practice, and impact on the broader health system?
  • Were there specific challenge(s) overcome or success(es) achieved?
  • Could the program be adapted elsewhere?
  • Are the key lessons clearly identified?

Oral and Poster Presentations

Oral Presentation

Each session will have five presenters grouped together by similar presentation topic. An oral presentation is 12 minutes followed by a 3-minute discussion period. Presenting authors may use slides to accompany the presentation.

Poster Presentations

Presenters will engage with participants during a dedicated networking poster reception on Wednesday 29 April. Our aim is to promote the importance of posters as an opportunity to transfer knowledge in an interactive format. Accepted presenters will be asked to submit a PDF version of their poster to facilitate online viewing at electronic poster stations throughout the conference.

Review Criteria

The following criteria will be used by reviewers to evaluate each research submission:

  • Research addresses a gap in existing literature and evidence known to date.
  • The methodology supports the purpose of the study.
  • Validity of the conclusions based on the results.
  • Research is appropriate to the advancement of policy, practice or additional research.

The following criteria will be used by reviewers to evaluate each policy submission:

  • 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 supports the policy recommendation.
  • Policy recommendations are innovative and appropriate to the advancement of policy, practice or additional research.

The following criteria will be used by reviewers to evaluate each practice submission:

  • 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 demonstrates innovation and is appropriate to the advancement of practice or additional research.

Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions must meet the following criteria: 

  • Submissions MUST be completed using the templates provided and be submitted electronically.
  • Abstract templates can NOT be changed to include additional sections or author information.
  • The maximum word count is 300 words excluding section headings and abstract title.
  • Data and other information presented at another conference may be submitted. 
  • A maximum of two (2) abstract submissions per presenting author. Presenters are permitted to submit up to two (2) additional applications for symposiums and/or workshops. Email for additional information. 

Submissions that do not adhere to these criteria will not be accepted for peer review.

Use the most appropriate template for your submission:

Abstracts MUST be completed using the templates provided.
Download the most appropriate template for your submission.

Online Submission

As part of the online submission process, you will be prompted to:

  • If you have created an account for any of the two previous conferences, you can use it for this submissions. Otherwise, create a Public Health 2020 account. The account must be created in the name of the Presenting Author. Accounts from CPHA memberships are not transferred. 
  • Submit a short and precise title that will capture a reader's attention.
  • Select your preferred method of presentation (oral or poster). Final presentation format(s) will be determined upon acceptance.
  • In order of priority, select a minimum of one (1) up to a maximum of three (3) keywords that best relate to the content of your submission. You may enter one (1) alternate keyword.
  • Enter up to 15 co-authors. The submitting author certifies that all co-authors /co-presenters agree to the submission. 

Abstract Acceptance

  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and submitters will be notified of the selection by e-mail on or before Tuesday 31 December 2019.
  • Given the very high quality of abstracts that we receive, submissions will be scheduled in the most appropriate format (oral or poster presentation) by the Scientific Committee.  Accepted presenters will be notified of the presentation format in February 2020.
  • All presenters must be registered for at least one day of the conference by the close of Early Bird registration in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.
  • Program Showcase Presenters are not required to register for the conference if they do not plan to attend any other sessions. A special daily registration category will be available for Program Showcase Presenters who are interested in participating in the conference on the day of their presentation.

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