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Canadian Public Health Association

Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: Thursday 12 January

We are now accepting submissions for presentation at Public Health 2023. Our goal is to present an integrated scientific program of research, policy and practice perspectives that encourages delegates and presenters to connect, share and learn from each other.

Public health has a broad understanding of the issues that are relevant to the health of individuals and communities. As such, public health researchers, policy-makers and practitioners represent an equally broad range of disciplines and subject matter expertise. 

Submission formats include oral research abstracts, 60-minute interactive sessions, and a new format this year to feature public health community policies and programs. The ‘Present, Discuss, Connect’ format is an opportunity to highlight your innovative public health policies or programs that demonstrate a tangible benefit the communities where people live, learn, work and play. 

Data, other research, and sessions presented at other conferences and in research journals are eligible for submission. 

Submissions can be uploaded in either English or French, will be peer-reviewed in the language of the abstract. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided, and French-speaking submitters must be comfortable presenting in English.  

Conflict of Interest

We support the Canadian Medical Association's Policy on Guidelines for Physicians in Interactions with Industry. A conflict of interest may exist if a presenter is affiliated with, or has financial interest in a commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect interest in the subject matter of his/her topic presentation. This policy is not intended to prevent a presentation and the information you disclose will not influence the review of your abstract.  

Presentation Formats

Oral Research Abstract Presentations

Oral abstracts should highlight innovative research that addresses our increasingly complex public health challenges. Sessions are 60 minutes, and each oral abstract will feature five (5) presenters grouped together by a similar research topic or theme. Presenters will deliver an eight-minute presentation followed by a three-minute moderated Q&A period.  

All authors must complete the Research Abstract template that must not exceed 300 words (excluding title and section headings). A submitting author may upload a maximum of two abstracts; acceptance will be limited to one per presenter.

During the submission process, you will be prompted to identify the keyword that best suits the overarching theme of your abstract. 

Live Presentation parameters 

  • Accepted presenters will prepare a maximum of ten (10) slides to present live during the virtual session.
  • Presenters have eight-minutes to present, followed by a three-minute moderated Q&A.  
  • Only one presenter per abstract can present and answer questions.
  • Slides must be submitted in advance by 17:00 EDT, Wednesday 14 June 2023. Upload instructions will be e-mailed the week of 29 May 2023.
  • Presenters are given access to a virtual cue to manually control their slides.

Template

Download the research template

    Abstract upload guidelines

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

    • The Research Abstract template must be completed. 
    • The abstract must be uploaded using the Public Health 2023 Submission Portal. 
    • Contact information for the presenting author must be entered online. This author will receive all communication related to the abstract.  
    • Certify online that all co-authors agree to the abstract.

    abstract acceptance

    • Each abstract is read and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
    • The following criteria are used to evaluate each research abstract:
      • Research is new or innovative, and addresses a public health challenge. 
      • The problem addressed by the research is clearly articulated.
      • The methodology supports the purpose of the study.
      • The results are valid and logical conclusions drawn.
      • The research is appropriate to the advancement of public health policy, practice or additional research.
      • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day public health setting.
    • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
    • Submitting authors will be will be notified of the results on or before 21 March 2023.
    • All presenters must register for at least one day of the conference to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available.
    • All sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.

    Submit a proposal

    Public Health Community Policy and Programs

    Present, Discuss, Connect

    The ‘Present, Discuss, Connect’ format is an opportunity to highlight your innovative public health policies or programs that demonstrate a tangible benefit the communities where people live, learn, work and play. 

    Accepted presenters will prepare a 5-minute pre-recorded presentation (maximum of 10 slides) that highlights the public health policy or program that participants be encouraged to view in advance of the conference. During the dedicated Present, Discuss, Connect session on Thursday 22 June 2023 from 12:15 - 13:15, participants will connect with presenters via video call or a typed Q&A chat box.

    During the submission process, you will be prompted to identify the keyword that best suits the overarching theme of your abstract. A submitting author may upload a maximum of two applications; acceptance will be limited to one per presenter.

    LIVE PRESENTATION PARAMETERS  

    • Accepted presenters will prepare a 5-minute pre-recorded presentation and use a maximum of 10 slides to highlight the public health policy or program. 
    • Participants will be encouraged to view the presentations in advance of the conference. 
    • During the dedicated 22 June 2023 session, participants will connect with presenters to ask questions via typed Q&A chat or a video call.
    • We encourage two co-authors to be present for the live session, one to answer questions via video, and the other, via typed Q&A chat.
    • Slides must be submitted in advance by 17:00 EDT, Wednesday 14 June 2023. Upload instructions will be e-mailed the week of 29 May 2023.

    TEMPLATE

    Download the Present, Discuss, Connect template

    APPLICATION UPLOAD GUIDELINES

    • Applications must meet the following criteria to be eligible for peer review: 
    • The Present, Discuss, Connect template must be completed. 
    • The template must be uploaded using the Public Health 2023 online Submission Portal. 
    • Contact information for the presenting author must be entered online. This author will receive all communication related to the abstract.  
    • Certify online that all co-authors agree to the proposal.

    ABSTRACT ACCEPTANCE

    • Each application is read and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
    • The following criteria are used to evaluate each research application: 
      • Does the public health policy or program demonstrate innovation during the planning and development?
      • Was the policy or program effectively implemented?
      • Did the communication strategy achieve the intended impact?
      • Does the policy or program demonstrate tangible benefits to the health of individuals and/or communities?
    • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
    • Submitting authors will be will be notified of the results on or before 21 March 2023.
    • All presenters must register for Thursday 22 June 2023 to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available.
    • All presentations will be available to registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation not be posted.

    Submit a proposal

    60-Minute Interactive Sessions

    60-minute sessions provide in-depth coverage on a timely public health topic. The Steering Committee recommends a maximum of three presenters (plus a moderator). Accepted session presenters should contribute to a lively interaction that encourages participants to contribute to the discussion. 

    Accepted sessions are required to incorporate audience polling. Presenters have the option to include the polling at the beginning, or utilize polling throughout the session. Other audience engagement tools are encouraged.  

    Submitters must complete the 60-minute interactive session template that must not exceed two (2) pages. A submitting author may upload a maximum of two submissions; acceptance will be limited to one per presenter. 

    During the submission process, you will be prompted to identify the keyword that best suits the overarching theme of your session. 

    LIVE PRESENTATION PARAMETERS

    • All sessions are required to incorporate audience polling. Presenters have the option to include the polling at the beginning or utilize polling throughout the session.  
    • Presenters can select from example polling questions or incorporate questions that are unique to your session. 
    • Slides must be submitted in advance by 17:00 EDT, Wednesday 14 June 2023. Upload instructions will be e-mailed the week of 29 May 2023.
    • Presenters are given access to a virtual cue to manually control their slides.

    Template

    Download the 60-minute session template

      SESSION UPLOAD GUIDELINES

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

      • The 60-minute interactive session template must be completed. 
      • The submission must be uploaded using the Public Health 2023 online Submission Portal. 
      • Contact information for one presenter must be entered online. This presenter will receive all communication related to the submission. 
      • Certify online that all listed presenters and the moderator agree to the submission. 

      SESSION ACCEPTANCE

      • Each submission is read and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
      • The following criteria are used to evaluate each submission:
        • The Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the session.
        • The description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a public health issue. 
        • Proposed speakers will present diverse perspectives that will enrich the discussion.
        • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate after having attended the session.
        • The session articulates a public health problem and addresses how to contribute to the solution.
        • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day public health setting.
      • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
      • Submitting authors will be will be notified of the results on or before 21 March 2023.
      • All presenters must register for at least one day of the conference to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available.
      • All sessions will be recorded and made available to registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.

      Submit a proposal