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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. Public Health 2023 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 brief oral abstract presentations, lightning talks and 60-miute dynamic sessions 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.

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.  

Abstract Presentations

Oral Abstract

Oral abstracts are presented during concurrent sessions throughout the program. Oral abstract sessions are 60 minutes and each will feature five (5) presenters. Presenters will deliver an eight (8) minute presentation followed by a three (3) minute moderated Q&A period.  


  • Presenters will develop a maximum of 10 slides to compliment their live virtual presentation.
  • Only one presenter can be designated per abstract to speak and answer questions.
  • Presenters are given access to a virtual cue to control their slides.
  • Slides must be submitted in advance by 17:00 EDT Wednesday 14 June. Upload instructions will be e-mailed the week of May 29.

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

Lightning Talks

Lightning talk abstracts will be presented on Thursday 22 June from 12:15 - 13:15. Participants will view pre-recorded presentation in advance of the June 22 and use the session as an opportunity to connect with presenters to discuss their work. Participants will have the option to ask questions via typed Q&A chat or a video call.


  • Speakers will prepare a 5-minute pre-recorded presentation that participants will be able to access in advance of the Q&A session on Thursday 22 June. 
    • Speakers can use a maximum of 6 slides during this presentation (excluding title slide).
  • 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.

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

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.

60-minute Dynamic Sessions

CPHA is seeking applications for 60-minute dynamic sessions that provide in-depth coverage of a timely public health topic relating to at least one of the conference keywords. Didactic symposia are discouraged and preference will be given to sessions that generate lively interactions and include speakers who know how to lead the session and encourage participants to contribute to the discussion.

Audience Engagement
All 60-minute sessions will be required to incorporate a minimum of three live polling questions that either open the session or are incorporated throughout. Click here for question examples.

In addition, all sessions will be required to incorporate the use of at least one additional audience engagement tool such as:

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

As the conference is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), all 60-minute sessions 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.

Review Criteria

The following criteria evaluate each symposium: 

  • Background / Rationale clearly outlines the need for the session.
  • Participants will be able to apply the information they learn in the session in their day-to-day research, policy or practice setting.
  • The impact of the session articulates the problem to be solved and how it will contribute to the solution.
  • Description reflects an emerging or new perspective on a public health issue. 
  • Proposed speakers will present diverse perspectives that will enrich the discussion.
  • The session format is interactive and will engage participants.
  • Learning objectives are clearly described and articulate what participants are expected to demonstrate as a result of attending the session.


Submission deadline: Thursday 12 January

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 60-minute dynamic session 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.


All submission must use the appropriate MS Word template, other file types are not accepted.

Download the most appropriate template to support your submission.

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  • Research Template
  • Policy Template
  • Practice-Program Template
  • 60-minute dynamic session


  • Each submission is reviewed and scored by at least two independent peer reviewers. 
  • Final acceptance will be determined by the Steering Committee.
  • Submitting authors will be will be notified of the results of the peer review on or before Tuesday 21 March.
  • All accepted abstract presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation on or before Tuesday 9 May.
  • All presenters must register for at least one day of the conference to be included in the program. Daily presenter rates will be available. 
  • Session recordings will be available registered participants for one year post-conference. Presenters may request that the presentation/recording not be posted.