Abstract Submission | 80th Annual Conference and Meeting

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Our call for abstracts is open through June 12!

The Oregon Public Health Association is now welcoming abstract proposals for the 80th Annual Conference and MeetingAll public health topics are welcome, and we encourage presenters to make connections between research, policy, and practice.

OPHA values Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. For all fields of public health, we invite abstracts that will support improved public health practice, center diverse perspectives, promote health equity, and integrate lived experiences.

The majority of the conference program is comprised of breakout sessions and poster sessions. These are developed through our abstract submission process, which is modeled after the submission process from the American Public Health Association.


Presentation Formats 

  • Individual Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be delivered in each breakout session. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion. Oral presentations should appeal to a wide public health audience and preference is given to abstracts that include results/outcomes with public health implications.
  • Poster: Posters are visual presentations displayed on 8’ x 4’ bulletin boards. Poster presentations create opportunity for dialogue, feedback, and shared learning between the presenters and attendees. Posters also give attendees time to learn at their own pace. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 7. Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 as part of the Awards Presentations. The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submit abstracts prior to graduation and who have graduated within 6 months of conference. 

  • Panel Discussion: A panel discussion is a 75-minute session that includes a moderator and up to three panelists. Due to time constraints, a limited number of panel discussions are accepted. Please submit the following to apply for a panel discussion:
    1. An overview abstract describing the overall purpose and theme of the panel.
    2. An abstract for each panelist who will participate, outlining their contributions to the discussion.


Selection Criteria 

OPHA abstracts are peer reviewed. The selection criteria is currently being updated! Visit us here soon for our updated criteria!


Abstract Submission Instructions 

All sections of the Abstract Submission Form must be completed for consideration. We recommend developing responses in writing in a document outside of the submission form and to cut and paste when ready – it is not possible to save and return to the form. 

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  1. Preferred presentation format (from options above).
  2. Title of presentation.
  3. 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 abstract. 
  4. Brief Abstract (200 words or less). Provide a description of your proposed presentation and include the following:
    1. Background, context, significance of the public health topic
    2. Purpose of the work/study, including aims or research questions if relevant
    3. Methods or approach to solving the topic/answering the study questions
    4. Outcomes/results/and implications of the work for policies, programs, and practice to improve public health in Oregon and beyond.
  5. Learning Objectives. Provide at least one measurable and concrete learning 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: Please do not list learning objectives using a number, bullet, asterisk, or any other special characters.
  • All abstract submissions are due June 12, 2024, at 11:59pm. Abstracts will not be accepted after this time. No exceptions.
  • Response to abstract submissions will take place in August!
  • Once selected, all presenters must register to attend the conference, which  includes registration fees. No exceptions will be made.
  • Presenters do not need to be members of OPHA to present. Check out our special promotion and enjoy free membership with your conference registration!
  • All presenters must be available to present at any time during the two days of the conference. The conference is Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 8, 2024 in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • Presenters will be responsible for their own presentation slides and handouts. The audiovisual equipment provided for all sessions includes a projector, computer, and a screen. Microphones are available in all large session rooms. For more information, see the AV guidelines for the LaSells Stewart Center.


Resources for Writing Abstracts 


Poster Development Tips 

  • Posters must fit on mounted stands that are 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide.
  • Keep accessibility in mind when designing your poster. Please review our guidelines for accessible presentations.
  • The material should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 10 to 15 feet away. Lettering should be bold. Use a large sans serif font such as Veranda.
  • Consider the Better Research Poster design for an easy-to-digest poster design.

For more information, please see our Conference FAQ. For questions, please contact OPHA Conference Planning Committee Chair, Marie Harvey.