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Submission Instructions for the 

2019 Connecticut Public Health Association Annual Conference


The Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA) Program Planning Committee is accepting abstracts for presentations for CPHA’s 2019 Annual Conference.  The conference will be held on October 21, 2019 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT with the theme “Innovative Solutions to Public Health Challenges: Research, Programs, and Policies”.


Guidelines/Rules for Submission:

· Deadline: July 1, 2019 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 will result in rejection.

· Corresponding authors of accepted abstracts will also be notified of their presentation type, presentation time and further instructions.


Presentation topics should be pertinent to the theme

Innovative Solutions to Public Health Challenges: Research, Programs, and Policies” and also be directly relevant to CT.


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

o   Obesity

o   Infectious Disease

o   Opioids/Substance Abuse

o   Environmental Health and Risk Factors

o   Aging population

o  Health Disparities

o  Mental Health

o  Predictive and analytic research

o  Innovative programs.


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.  Program abstracts describe the development of an existing program and how the program impacts health.  Evaluation and 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 conference by the pre-registration deadline.


Preparing the Abstract: 

Research abstracts must be structured in 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: Public health problem, program description, impact/evaluation, implications. Abstracts must meet the word limit of 250 words for oral and rapid fire presentations. The word limit for roundtable breakout sessions and panel discussions is 350 words.On the submission form, presenters will need to indicate their preferred choice of type of session and two alternatives. 


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.

· Presenter may provide handouts.


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 20 minutes, then 10 minutes of discussion.

· Presenters may provide handouts at your discussion.


3.    Panel Discussion

· Each panel will consist of 3-5 panelists. 

· Panel discussions are expected to last up to 1 hour.


4.     Rapid Fire Presentation

· Each presenter presents no more than 5 slides.

· Only 1 speaker per presentation is permitted.

· Presentation will be no more than 5 minutes.


Please Fill out Submission Form Below:

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