OPHA 2019: Call for Abstract Submissions

***Abstracts will be accepted April 29 through June 17***


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for our 75th Annual Conference & Meeting in Corvallis, Oregon on October 14 & 15, 2019. Abstract submissions will be accepted April 29 through June 17, 2019. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice.

Download the OPHA 2019 Call for Abstracts flyer

***Please note that you do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference. However, all presenters must register, including paying registration fees, for the conference. No exceptions will be made.


Program sessions are 75 minutes in length allowing time for questions, answers, and audience discussion. Submit abstracts for the following presentation formats: 

Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be presented in each session. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.

Poster: Posters are visual presentations that present current research, case studies, and community-based projects displayed on 8’ x 4’ bulletin boards. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 14.
Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 15th during lunch.
*The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated w/in 6 months of conference). Student registration rates will apply to those presenting in this format.

Panel Discussion: A panel discussion (75-minute program session) includes a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists/presentations. Due to time constraints, only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted. Submit: an overview abstract describing the overall purpose/theme of the panel and three separate abstracts, one for each of the panelist. NOTE: You must submit an abstract for each presentation/presenter on the panel to ensure your submission will be reviewed.


Abstracts will be peer reviewed and accepted on the basis of the following criteria:


  • Presentation is compelling and has current relevance.
  • Abstract presents new information, a new application, or a fresh perspective on existing knowledge.

Textual Features of the Abstract:

  • The abstract is well organized, concise, and clearly written.
  • The abstract has clear, worthy and measurable objectives.
  • The presentation incorporates methods of engagement and discussion.


  • The presentation illustrates the potential to improve knowledge and provides innovative, state-of-the-art, and/or state-of-the-science information.
  • The author(s) indicate(s) the potential value/contributions of the presentation to public health professionals.


  • Application: All sections of the Abstract Submission Form must be fully completed for consideration. Please be prepared to provide the following information:
  1. Preferred Presentation Format (see options above)
  2. Topic/Target Audience: OPHA's annual conference targets all public health professionals. Please list any specific public health audiences (e.g., policy makers, program developers and evaluators, researchers), the presenters aim to reach.
  3. Title
  4. Author(s)
  5. Presenter(s)
  6. Brief Abstract* (<200 words): Provide a description of your presentation proposal and include the following: 1) A statement of the problem and/or context; 2) The aim/study or research questions; 3) Approach to solving the problem/answering the study questions; 4) A summary of your conclusions; 5) Implications for your work for public health. Structured abstracts containing background, purpose, methods, results/outcomes, and conclusions/implications are preferred where relevant.
  7. Learning Objective(s): Provide at least one measurable and concrete objective and start each sentence with one of these verbs: Define, List, Describe, Discuss, Explain, Identify, Demonstrate, Differentiate, Compare, Design, Formulate, Evaluate, Assess, Name, Analyze. Learning objectives must be written from the learner's perspective. What will the learner be able to do after hearing your presentation? 

    *NOTE: Do not start learning objective(s) with a number, bullet, asterisk or any other special characters.

  8. Contact Information for ALL Presenters/Panelists & Panel Moderator:  Please provide contact information for all presenters.  If you have more than one presenter, please designate a Primary Contact for your abstract submission. This person will be responsible for all communications regarding your presentation. 

  • Abstract Deadline: Complete abstract submissions are due June 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm. No abstracts will be accepted after this date. Presenters will be notified in August.
  • Program Schedule: All presenters must be available to present at any time during the two days of the conference.
  • Paid Registration Required: All presenters for individual oral presentations, panel discussions and posters must register for the conference. No exceptions will be made.  If you are speaking on only one of the two conference days, you may elect to pay the one-day conference registration fee. Early bird registration opens August 1st.  OPHA Members register at a significant discount.  Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!
  • AV Needs: Presenters will be responsible for their own presentation slides and handouts. The standard audiovisual equipment provided in all sessions includes: a projector, computer and screen. Microphones will be made available in all large session rooms. The AV guidelines for the LaSells Steward Center can be found HERE.
  • Questions? For more information, contact OPHA Program Committee Chair, Marie Harvey.