Abstract Instructions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) are pleased to invite abstracts for the 2014 Public Health Informatics Conference (formerly the PHIN Conference) at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA, April 29-May 1, 2014.

Abstract submission is a competitive process, that encourages both domestic and international (cross-sector and cross-jurisdictional) abstract submittals — including those that show linkage to the clinical and/or emergency response sectors.

Abstract Submission Rules

All abstract submissions – including abstract revisions – will be accepted via the conference website between October 16- December 6, 2013. For technical support, please send an e-mail to db@naccho.org between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

Abstracts may be submitted by public health, emergency response, academic, healthcare or public service organization. The Conference encourages abstract submissions from both domestic and global public health informatics professionals. In addition, a disclosure form and biographical sketch form MUST also be submitted by each presenter. Commercial entities submitting an abstract must affirm that their presentation is in collaboration with one of these organizations, and submit a Disclosure Statement indicating their financial interest in the presentation topic.

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

  • Relevance to National/International 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.

Each abstract submitted must have a single point of contact identified that includes e-mail address, phone number and fax number. Please e-mail any contact information changes to lharrison@naccho.org.

Any abstracts left ‘incomplete’ in the abstract submission system will not be included in the review.

Abstract Submission Fields

  • 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.
  • You may save your abstract submission as you go along, however you must all the sections in their entirety in order to complete your final submission. After clicking ‘Submit Application,’ you will be taken to a page thanking you for your application. You should also receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after submitting your application. If neither of these occur, please contact Laura Harrison at lharrison@naccho.org to ensure we have received your abstract submission.
  • Required fields are indicated throughout the application. Failure to provide required information will result in the elimination of your abstract from the review process.
  • Abstract submitters will be notified of decision by January 17, 2014 via e-mail. Decisions are final.

Presentation Types

Workshops and Trainings

These 3 or 6 hour sessions are designed to provide attendees learning opportunities by exploring topics through hands-on activities, live demonstrations, immersive simulations, didactic instruction or other forms of participant engagement.

Abstracts must include summaries that clearly describe the focus and outcomes (i.e., enhance knowledge, build skills, shape attitudes/beliefs) of the training or workshop and how this will be accomplished. All workshops will be required to administer pre-session and post-session tests based on the submitted learning objectives. To assess if learning has occurred, speakers at workshops or trainings will be asked to conduct evaluations. Conference staff will provide brief questionnaires to speakers for the 3-hour workshops. Presenters for 6-hour workshops should describe their plans to conduct pre and posttests in their abstracts.

These sessions should address how the presentation/presenters meet or are working to meet National/International Health IT Initiative standards and specifications.

Learning Sessions

30 minute learning session: should fit within the theme, goal, and objectives of the conference and must address how the presenter(s) meet – or are working to meet – National/International Health IT Initiative standards and specifications. Presenters of accepted abstracts will have 20 minutes to present their work with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. This submission type will be bundled with other related presentations for a total of a 90 minute learning session.

90 minute learning session: is a presentation of one or more presenters. The abstract should fit within the theme, goal, and objectives of the conference and must address how the presenter(s) meet – or are working to meet – National/International Health IT Initiative standards and specifications. Accepted abstracts of this submission type will not be bundled with other presentations.


This format will be used to display innovative practices, 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, 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.

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Harrison at 202-507-4226 or by e-mail at lharrison@naccho.org.

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