OPHA 2021: Call for Abstract Submissions


OPHA's 77th Annual Conference & Meeting will be virtual.

***Abstracts will be accepted May 3 - June 18 in the same format we use for in person conferences***

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for our virtual 77th Annual Conference & Meeting on October 11 & 12, 2021. Abstract submissions will be accepted May 3 through June 18, 2021. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome and presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. We are accepting abstracts in the same formats we use for in person conferences: panel, individual oral, or virtual poster (as a PDF).

This year's conference will again be one of the most important ones we have ever hosted.

Although all public health topics are welcome, this year OPHA is especially interested in abstracts about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your work. Examples include: lessons learned, new partnerships, new communication methods, health impacts on vulnerable communities, health equity, access to care, changes in healthcare delivery, and methods/ideas/proposals/demonstrations of transformational improvements to the health of our communities.

Download the OPHA 2021 Call for Abstracts flyer

***You do not need to be a member of OPHA to present at the conference. However, presenters selected through the abstract submission process for individual oral presentations, break out panel discussions and posters must register for the conference, which includes payment. No exceptions will be made. Scholarships will be available.


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 for Q&A and discussion.

  • Poster: Posters are virtual, visual presentations. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 11.

    Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 12 during the Awards, Annual Membership & Business Meeting.

    *The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated within 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 (maximum four presenters) . 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 a minimum of three separate abstracts, one for each panelist. NOTE: Panel submissions will only be considered if an overview abstract AND separate abstracts for each presentation are submitted.


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

  • Overall Merit – Abstract addresses the background, significance and innovation of the work and the relevance to emerging public health research/practice in Oregon
  • Programmatic/Policy Significance – Implications of the work for policies, programs, and practice to improve the public’s health in Oregon and beyond
  • Objective Content – content is objective, free from bias and promotion, no use of commercial entities, products, services, logos, or brand names
  • Suitability of Requested Format – will the presentation be best suited to a panel, oral, or poster presentation format


  • 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 including 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 18, 2021 at 5:00 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: Presenters selected through the abstract submission process for individual oral presentations, break out panel discussions and posters must register for the conference, which includes payment. No exceptions will be made.  Early bird registration opens June 1st.  OPHA Members register at a significant discount.  Click here to learn more about OPHA membership and join today!
    • View the 2021 registration rates here.
  • AV Needs: Presenters will be responsible for their own presentation slides and handouts. You will be presenting through our virtual platform using Zoom video and audio.
  • Questions? For more information, contact OPHA Program Committee Chair, Marie Harvey.