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Canadian Public Health Association

Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: Thursday 6 May

We are now accepting submissions for presentation at Public Health 2021. 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. Public Health 2021 provides the venue for the public health community and its allies to showcase their work in both domestic and global settings.

Submissions will be accepted for oral and poster abstracts, didactic symposiums or interactive workshops that are focused on one of our conference keywords.

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 conference: 

  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. 
  • In advance of the session, presenters can participate in a rehearsal to become familiar with the virtual presentation platform.

As presentation time is limited, one presenter per abstract can answer questions.

Poster Presentations

A 45-minute poster presentation session will be scheduled for each day of the conference. During these highly interactive sessions, participants connect with speakers to view presentations, ask questions and exchange ideas. 

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

  1. 10-minute (maximum) pre-recorded presentation
  • Participants will be encouraged to view this file in advance of the poster presentation session.
  • Available in the Presentation Gallery to registered participants for one year
  1. 1-3 slide digital poster presentation focusing on the key findings of the work. 
  • The 45-minute session will comprise six unique 5-minute presentation blocks between 13:20- 13:55. 
  • For each, speakers give a brief presentation (3 minute maximum) using the slide deck followed by a 2-minute discussion period with participants. 
  • Presentations will end after 5 minutes and participants will then attend a new poster presentation. 
  • In advance of the session speakers can participate in a rehearsal to become familiar with the virtual presentation platform.

As presentation time is limited, one speaker per abstract can present.

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 is appropriate to the advancement of policy, practice or additional research.

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

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

Symposiums and Workshops

CPHA is seeking applications for symposium and workshop sessions for Public Health 2021. Sessions are 60 minutes in length and can be a didactic symposium, or an interactive workshop. We encourage diversity in the organizing team and speakers. This includes diversity of viewpoint and thinking regarding the topics discussed at the symposium or workshop, gender, race, affiliations, seniority, geographic location, etc.

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

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.  

As the conference is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), all symposiums and workshops must include three learning objectives that meet their guidelines. 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.

Symposiums

Symposium submissions that identify timely topics and new opportunities for collaboration are encouraged. Audience engagement strategies such as audience polling or interactive quizzes to engage participants can be implemented.

Total presentation time should not exceed 35-40 minutes and we recommend a maximum of three speakers plus a moderator. During the remaining session time (20-25 minutes), speakers take part in a moderated Q&A. 

The template provides the opportunity to describe how participants can apply the information learned in the session to their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting. Speakers should offer a coordinated exchange on a common topic or complimentary theme and the focus of their presentation must be described in the submission. 

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 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 as a result of attending the symposium.

    Workshops

    Workshop proposals that aim to generate lively interactions among participants are highly encouraged. Submissions must include the participatory elements that will build engagement and include facilitators who know how to lead the session and encourage participants to contribute to the discussion.

    Audience engagement strategies must be included as part of the workshop agenda and the proposal must describe how a minimum of two (2) of the following interactive elements available on the virtual platform will be incorporated:

    • Live polling
    • Breakout rooms for group discussion
    • Large facilitated group discussion
    • Facilitated Q&A

    Review Criteria

    The following criteria evaluate each workshop: 

    • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the workshop.
    • The impact of the workshop articulates the problem to be solved and how the workshop will contribute to their solution.
    • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a public health issue. 
    • The workshop format is interactive and will engage participants throughout the session. 
    • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate a result of attending the workshop.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    Submission deadline: Thursday 6 May

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

    • Submissions must be uploaded using the online portal. E-mail submissions are not accepted.   
    • A Presenting Author may submit a maximum of two abstracts.
    • The submitting author certifies that all co-authors and/or co-presenters agree to the submission.
    • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding title and section headings) and symposium and workshop submissions must not exceed two (2) pages.
    • Data, other research, and sessions presented at other conferences may be submitted. 
    • All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants for one year post-conference.

    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.
    • Abstract submitters will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Wednesday 7 July.
    • Symposium and Workshop submitters will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Tuesday 20 July. 
    • All accepted presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation on or before Thursday 5 August.
    • All presenters must register for at least one day of the conference to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available. 
    • Pre-recorded presentations and session recordings will be available registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.