OPHA 2020: Call for Abstract Submissions

OPHA's 76th Annual Conference & Meeting is going virtual.

***Abstracts will be accepted May 1 - June 19 in the same format we use for in person conferences***


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

The Oregon Public Health Association invites proposals for our virtual 76th Annual Conference & Meeting on October 12 & 13, 2020. Abstract submissions will be accepted May 1 through June 19, 2020. 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 poster.

This year’s conference may be the most important one 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 2020 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. No exceptions will be made. Registration opens June 1.


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. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 12. We are finalizing the format for the virtual poster session and will include the details soon.
Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 13th 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: 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.  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 19, 2020 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.  Early bird registration opens June 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. More details on the virtual platform will be coming soon.
  • Questions? For more information, contact OPHA Program Committee Chair, Marie Harvey.