IPHA 76th Annual Meeting: Public Health, Stronger Together

76th Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 76th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Public Health Association. This year, we invite presenters to speak to the role of public health in addressing current challenges and opportunities in four focus areas: Behavioral Health; Health Equity; Communications and Health Advocacy; and Partnerships and Collaboration.

ALL Abstracts MUST be submitted online by May 12, 2017 at 5:00pm!

Applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance by May 31, 2017.


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On Tuesday, September 19 there will be in-depth educational trainings. These can be single speaker or panel presentations. Each workshop must be relevant to one of the conference tracks. Abstracts must be able to demonstrate enough content to fill the 150 minute time slot.

On Wednesday, September 20, and Thursday, September 21, there will be concurrent sessions running simultaneously for each track. Each workshop must be relevant to one of the conference tracks. Some tracks may choose to repeat sessions. These can be single speaker or small panel presentations.

New this year, the conference will offer skills-building workshops. These workshops are intended to provide hands-on learning, interactive demonstrations, and/or improvement of skills for workforce development. Examples include leadership skills, billing and coding, grant writing, etc. It is preferred that the presentation be given by way of only one or two speakers.

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Workshop presentations will focus on relevant and emerging topics in the behavioral health field. Examples may include topics such as community awareness and support of behavioral health, mental illness and substance abuse prevention, stigma, resilience, understanding addiction and identifying solutions, exploring effective partnerships and the role of public health.

Presentations will focus on a variety of community-based programs, collaborations and initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of health and illness ― social, economic and environmental factors. Examples are sessions that highlight best practices and research, educational models, innovative approaches, and social determinants of health to enhance effectively reaching underserved populations and promote reduction of health disparities.  

Sessions will provide discussion on emerging trends and best practices related to health communication tools and technologies, beyond crisis communication, and focusing on health promotion and advocacy efforts. Examples may include creating a better understanding of public health, marketing the return on investment of public health via the use of storytelling, and social marketing campaigns targeted at changing perceptions, behaviors or policies about health.

Presentations in this track will demonstrate activities, strategies and proven practices to assist in building strong partnerships, engaging communities and acknowledging collective impact. Examples include case studies on collaborations to promote capacity building, policy change or program design to address a public health issue and discussions exploring the development and outcomes of partnerships with community based organizations and nontraditional partners.