Poster Presenters from the 2019 Fall Educational Conference  




Call for Abstracts

NCPHA 2020 Fall Educational Conference

Virtual Conference – October 5-9, 2020 

Submit Your Abstract Here



Hosted by the Academic/Practice-Based Research Section (APBR)


The APBR Section provides a forum through which researchers (including students) and practitioners statewide can interact and work together to improve population health. The NCPHA Fall Educational Virtual Conference presents a venue through which to share our knowledge and experience to improve public health systems and services.  


Are you working in a local health department or other applied public health setting? We want to hear about how you use research in local health department practice or other applied public health settings. Do you have an evidence-based intervention that you are piloting in your agency? Have you conducted a focus group in your community and used the data to drive your programming? Are you evaluating health outcomes of participants in one of your programs? Or maybe you are using innovative techniques to collect data or drive programming like GIS or texting? We need to hear from YOU! 


Or, are you an academic public health investigator with insights to share from public health research and evaluation? Are you a student currently undertaking qualitative or quantitative research about population health? Maybe you are a faculty member testing health behavior theory? We need to hear from YOU, too! 


The APBR section invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2020 NCPHA Fall Educational Virtual Conference. Presenting at the conference is a way to share your work and learn from others using the skills of research, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation in public health practice.


We encourage submissions that focus on the following areas:


1) Public health practice-based evaluation and research. This could include, but is not limited to the development, implementation, adaptation and/or evaluation of evidence-based interventions or best practices in an applied setting; or interventions that have been developed as a result of community-based work, such as focus groups, surveys, and collaborations. 


2) Public health services and systems research.  This area focuses broadly on improving the public health system, including delivery of services, information or technology used in the system, enhancing financing or the economics of local public health or workforce dynamics.


3) Emerging issues in public health practice. This focus area is on current issues in North Carolina public health. This may include, for example, recent legislative or other policy changes and their impact, as well as new initiatives or health services programs, or other topics of interest to public health professionals.


There are two virtual/online presentation formats: 

  1. Podium Style: 15-20-minute formal oral presentation (power point slides recommended) delivered synchronously during conference using online conference platform (more details to follow)
  2. Poster Session: 5-10-minute narrated presentation of poster delivered in same format as podium style but only showing poster (synchronously during conference).  See webinar at bottom of this page created by ECU MPH students on how to create a poster.

Abstracts are limited to 350 words. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a panel of public health researchers, practitioners and advanced public health students. Please identify in the abstract if you are a student, practitioner, or academic researcher. Presenting author(s) must be registered for the conference on the day of their presentation (October 8, 2020). There will be no “one day” only registration but conference fees will be very reasonable. Please see NCPHA website for specific fees. 


Important dates:


                                                    i.     Call for abstracts: July 1, 2020 

                                                  ii.     Abstracts due: August 15, 2020 

                                                iii.     Notice of acceptance: September 11, 2020 

                                                iv.     Notice to planning committee of intention to present September 18, 2020 


Presentation prizes: The APBR Section awards prizes for student and practitioner presentations: 

  • $100 for Student Podium Presentation Winner, $100 for Practitioner Podium  Presentation Winner
  • $100 for Student Poster Winner, $100 for Practitioner Poster Winner  

To be eligible for prize consideration, the presenting author must be either a student (when the work was conducted) or public health practitioner and registered for the conference on the day of their presentation. ALL podium and poster presentations will be held on Thursday October  8th during the morning and day sessions via Zoom or another online platform (details to come later as approved by NCPHA). 


A webinar on how to create a poster presented by MPH students from ECU can be viewed here.