Call for Abstracts

Open April 1 – June 2, 2019

Submit a proposal for an oral presentation or skill-building workshop at SOPHE’s 21st Annual Advocacy Summit, October 19-21, 2019.

This year’s summit, Championing Health for Vulnerable Populations, focuses on the health education approach to opioid addiction and misuse.

The summit themes explore the public health impact of prevention and the role of health education advocates.

Opioid Addiction & Misuse Prevention, Treatment, and Advocacy: Explores how public health professionals can use their advocacy skills to address the opioid epidemic.

Advocacy Skill-Building: Focuses on the skills that today’s advocates must know in order to create and sustain an advocacy campaign at the local, state, or federal level.

Incorporating Advocacy in the Classroom: This subtheme targets faculty members (and future faculty members) who are interested in new and interesting ways to teach advocacy to their students.

Submit abstracts that address:

  • Essentials of effective activism
  • Methods of teaching
  • Skills that advocates need
  • Teaching advocacy in today’s system of higher education

Sub-themes

  • Prevention activism explores causes and topics that public health professionals can use their advocacy skills to influence or bring about political or social change for the future.
  • Advocacy skill-building focuses on the hard skills that today’s advocates must know in order to create and sustain an advocacy campaign.
  • Incorporating advocacy in the classroom targets faculty members (and future faculty members) who are interested in new and interesting ways to teach advocacy to their students.

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Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT

Plan now to be a part of this opportunity to engage in effective advocacy for a common health education agenda at the national, state and local levels.

Abstract submission information and instructions

Before beginning the submission process – work previously published or presented at a national conference is not qualified or accepted. Submission of multiple abstracts presenting date in different ways is prohibited and subject to rejection.

SOPHE welcomes student abstracts.

To begin an abstract submission, sign in or set up an online profile at http://my.sophe.org/.

All co-authors are required to have or set up an online profile and confirm name, title, organization/university, degrees, certifications and email. If you encounter technical difficulties using Internet Explorer, we recommend using Chrome or Safari.

If you have questions, please email education@sophe.org.

Abstract submission checklist

Review the check before beginning a submission.

  • Abstract title
  • Subtheme: Select one conference subtheme
  • Author/co-author: Each individual listed needs to have name, title, organization/university and email
  • Author’s brief biography
  • Abstract type: Research or practice
  • Three learning objectives (500 character limit)
  • Continuing education level – entry or advanced. Requires selection of entry- or advanced-level competencies
  • Brief abstract summary
  • Agree to a disclosure statement on behalf of all-authors.

Judging Criteria

All submissions are reviewed based on:

  • Relationship to conference theme: Does the abstract relate to the theme and the chosen subtheme?
  • Methodology: Are objectives clearly stated? Are findings included and do they correspond to the objectives?
  • Usefulness: Can the research, program, or plan be applied elsewhere? Is it useful to practicing health educators, researchers, students, public health professionals and/or academicians?
  • Innovation: Does the abstract represent research or a program or project that is unique, new, different, or creative?
  • Clarity of content: Is the abstract well‐written? Does it clearly outline what the presentation is about, such as project type, target audience, setting? Does the abstract clearly identity the entry‐level Area(s) of Responsibility or advanced‐level sub‐competencies?
  • Overall reaction: Considering the above criteria, what is your overall reaction?

Notification

Emails are sent upon abstract creation, adding any co-author or a complete abstract submission.

Submitting authors are notified by email if their proposal was accepted or declined in July 2019.

Authors chosen to present need to register for the advocacy summit by September 1, 2019.

Who should submit abstracts?

  • Government relations/advocacy professionals
  • Health education and health promotion professionals
  • School health educators/school health education coordinators
  • Behavioral/social scientists
  • Patient educators
  • Health education/promotion students
  • Community health and public health education faculty
  • Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Public health practitioners
  • Mental health professionals
  • Chronic disease directors
  • Dental hygenists/community
  • oral health coordinators
  • Community‐based organizations and staff
  • Grassroots organizers
  • Allied health professionals
  • Social marketers
  • Informatics professionals
  • Health communication professionals
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Health/social policy experts
  • Social workers
  • Health administrators
  • Nurses, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners
  • Clinicians
  • Ethicists
  • Community members

 

Profile set up instructions

Online profiles are required to submit an abstract at http://my.sophe.org. All co-authors need an online profile to confirm name, title, organization/university, degrees, certifications and email.

If you have a profile, sign in at the top right-hand side of the screen. If not, select “Register and create my SOPHE profile on the bottom left of the page.

Continuing Education Requirements

Presenter Objectives

Write objectives that specify learner outcomes to be achieved by the participants. The presentation is identified as entry‐level or advanced‐level, but not both. The level of the presentation must correspond with the appropriate competencies – see below.

In writing a behavioral objective, the first step is to start with the key phrase. Use the following objective template for creating a quality learning objective, “By the end of the session the participant will (be able to): select verb from the “Writing Objectives” tip sheet (complete the objective with a measurable element and specifics to your session).” Enter text for up to three objectives.

Level of Continuing Education & Associated Competencies

Designate a session as either entry‐or advanced‐level and select associated competencies. Selection does not affect reviewers’ rating. It is only used by the continuing education committee if an abstract is accepted. For additional information, visit http://www.nchec.org/ for additional information on the competencies.

If entry‐level is selected, choose up to three (3) associated competencies. Entry‐level continuing education contact hours for CHES®. Select among the competencies for health educators met by the behavioral/learning objectives for abstract submission. An abstract needs to address at least one competency.

If advanced‐level is selected, choose up to three (3) associated ADV competencies. Advanced‐level continuing education contact hours for MCHES®. Select among the competencies for master health educators met by the behavioral/learning objectives for abstract submission. They are identified in the competencies list with ADV at the start. An abstract needs to address at least one advanced-level competency.

Disclosure Statement

SOPHE policy requires potential presenters to disclose any proprietary, financial, professional or other personal interests in the material to be presented. This includes past employment, serving as a consultant, conducting clinical trials, serving on an advisory committee, inclusion in a speaker’s bureau, owning stock, holding patents, etc.

As a condition of submission, SOPHE requires that the presenting author check acknowledge and agree to the following statement:

I declare that to the best of my knowledge all my co‐authors and I have no proprietary, financial, professional or other personal interest in any product, service and/or company that could be construed as influencing the material proposed for presentation in our abstract.

I have read and agree to the disclosure statement.

As a condition of submission, SOPHE also requires that the presenting author acknowledge and agree to the following statement:

I declare that my co-authors and I agree to the following if our abstract submission is accepted for presentation at SOPHE 2019: (1) To present the work as described in the submitted abstract and to present the session format assigned by the planning committee; (2) Each author/co-author attending the conference must register for the conference and assume responsibility for their own registration, lodging and transportation costs. (Please note that if any accepted abstract author withdraws with late notice or fails to show, this will impact future opportunities to present at SOPHE meetings); (3) If selected for a presentation, a copy of our slides will be provided to SOPHE one week prior to the start of the conference, so that they can be made available to attendees and available at our assigned session; and (4) Acknowledge and accept that our presentation may be video or audio taped and made available for future continuing education purposes.

I have read and agree to the disclosure statement.