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Abstract Submission Instructions for the

2018 Connecticut Public Health Association Annual Conference


The Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA) Program Planning Committee is accepting abstracts for presentations for CPHA’s 2018 Annual Conference.  The conference will be held on November 8, 2018 at the Sheraton in Rocky Hill, CT with the theme “Epidemics”.


Descriptions are below with links to the submission form posted on the webpage.


Guidelines/Rules for Submission:

·       Deadline: July 1, 2018 for Oral, Roundtable breakout sessions, rapid fire/ignite presentations or panel discussion.

·       All submissions must be done electronically through the webpage.

·       All components of the submission form must be completed in their entirety.  Incomplete submissions may result in rejection.

·       Abstracts must include at least 3 learning objectives.

·       Presenters will be notified by August 1, 2018 of their status and the committee member who will be coordinating the session.

·       Presentation topics should be pertinent to the theme “Epidemics”.

·       Examples/Ideas (this is not an exhaustive list.):

o   Obesity

o   Infectious Disease

o   Opioids/Substance Abuse

o   Environmental Health and Risk Factors

o   Migrant Medicine

o   Underserved Communities

o   Transgender Health

o   Sleep Deprivation

Types of Abstracts:

Three types of abstracts will be considered.  Research abstracts focus on answering a research question that fills a gap in the existing literature.  Evaluation abstracts focus on determining the effectiveness of an existing program.  Research and Evaluation abstracts must contain the following sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.  Program abstracts describe the development of an existing program and how the program impacts health.  Program abstracts must contain the following sections: Background, Development, Implementation, and Impact.

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 a strict 250 word limit for abstract itself.  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 July 1, 2018.  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 four options for breakout sessions:


1.     Oral Presentation

·       Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes and combined with other presentations on a similar topic.

·       Only 1 speaker per presentation is permitted.

·       Presenter will provide handouts.

·       We are anticipating accepting approximately 15 abstracts for oral presentations.

·       Link to submission form:

2.     Roundtable Breakout Presentation

·       Each presentation will be 30 minutes.

·       Multiple roundtable presentations will be combined into a single roundtable session.

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

·       Presenter will provide handouts at your discussion.

·       We are anticipating accepting approximately 8 abstracts for roundtable presentations.

·       Link to submission form:

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.

·       We are anticipating accepting approximately 2 abstracts for panel discussions.

·       Link to submission form:

4.     Rapid Fire/Ignite Presentation

·       Each presenter presents no more than 20 slides.

·       Only 1 speaker per presentation is permitted.

·       Each slide will automatically advance every 15 seconds.

·       Presentation will be no more than 5 minutes.

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

·       Several rapid fire/ignite presentations will be combined into a single rapid fire session.

·       We are anticipating accepting approximately 7 abstracts for rapid fire/ignite presentations.

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

·       Link to submission form:


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.





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