Abstract Instructions

All Abstracts Due By February 10, 2016 at 11:59PM PST

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NACCHO and CDC are pleased to invite abstracts for the 2016 Public Health Informatics Conference (formerly the PHIN Conference) at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, GA, August 21-24, 2016.

Abstract submission is a competitive process that encourages both domestic and international (cross-sector and cross-jurisdictional) abstract submissions — including those that show linkage to global health initiatives and other sectors. Preview the abstract application.

Abstract Criteria

All abstracts will be judged on the following criteria by a team of Subject Matter Experts:

  • Relevance to national/global health initiatives.
  • Relevance to conference theme.
  • Originality: Presentation of new ideas or expansion of existing ideas.
  • Implementation Experience: How widespread is its use (number of users/implementations)?
  • Clarity of Writing: Does the abstract present the proposed scope and purpose in an organized, well-written manner?
  • Quality: Accuracy and completeness of the abstract proposal.
  • Importance: Value to public health.
  • Overall: Rating based on reviewer’s general impression of proposal.

The abstract description must identify the importance of the materials being presented to the field of informatics and any practical applications. It must also be clearly written and describe how it is related to the conference theme.

As the shortened description will be used to promote sessions on the website and in the printed conference program, they must accurately describe the intent of the session.

Conference Topic Areas

The conference topic areas are designed to support the learning objectives. Select which conference topic area where the proposed session best fits. Please select only one. View the full descriptions of conference topic areas.

Topic 1: Health Information Exchange and Interoperability
Topic 2: Public Health IT Privacy and Security
Topic 3: Public Health Workforce Development
Topic 4: Public Health, Healthcare, and the Learning Health System
Topic 5: Novel Uses and Innovative Practices of Public Health Informatics
Topic 6: Public Health Leadership, Governance, and Strategic Planning
Topic 7: Public Health IT Infrastructure and Standards
Topic 8: Meaningful Use and Electronic Health Records

Session Categories

This year’s Public Health Informatics Conference sessions are divided into four categories:

Workshops: These sessions are 90 minutes in length and are designed to be participatory and produce identifiable outcomes. Workshops are most similar to traditional learning sessions, but are intended to be more interactive.

Rapid Fire Sessions: Rapid fire sessions consist of a series of up to five presentations that are 8 to 10 minutes long, followed by a discussion period with the presenters. Presentations grouped into a rapid fire session may cover a related topic area or in some cases may focus on different topic areas. The purpose is to provide attendees exposure to diverse programs and ideas in a fast paced environment that generates discussion.

Roundtables: Roundtables allow attendees to engage in more detailed discussions around particular topic areas without formal presentations or other activities. Moderators will help guide the discussion and encourage participation from all in attendance. The purpose is to provide attendees a chance to explore specific areas in more detail and learn from their peers.

Posters: This format will be used to display innovative practices and award-winning programs, share documents, exchange ideas, and ask questions. Posters will be put into two groups. Each group of posters will be displayed for one day for up to 4 ½ hours, with two hours of presentation time. Presenters must be present during the presentation times to answer questions about the material displayed.

Abstract Submission Application Process

Read the instructions below in their entirety before completing your abstract. All abstracts must be submitted no later than February 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

  1. The application you are about to complete is separated into multiple sections including submission information, session contact information, moderator information, and speaker information. If you are serving in more than one role, you will be required to enter your information in multiple areas. This is to ensure that we are able to properly identify leads in all areas for the abstracts.
  2. You may save your abstract submission as you go along; however you must complete all the sections in order to complete your submission. Once you submit your abstract you should receive a confirmation email shortly.
  3. Required fields are indicated throughout the application. Failure to provide required information will result in the elimination of your abstract from the review process.
  4. Conference Planning Committee members will review all abstracts and final selections will be made by the Conference Co-chairs. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the Session Contact Person/Presenter #1 by close of business April 14, 2016.

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, please do not hesitate to contact Brenynn Butler at 703-964-1240 x320 or by e-mail at informaticsspeakers@conferencemanagers.com

Thank you and we look forward to your presentation at the Public Health Informatics Conference!

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