2018 PHABC Conference – Call for Abstracts

Building Safe and Inclusive Communities

The Public Health Approach

November 15th & 16th, 2018
The Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2K6

Call for Abstracts

ONLINE SUBMISSION: Opens August 15th, 2018 at www.phabc.org

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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The Public Health Association of British Columbia will host its annual conference on November 15th and 16th, 2018 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC. This year’s theme will build on that of our annual summer school, “Building Safe & Inclusive Communities,” and will explore sub-themes of violence prevention, literacy, health equity, community inclusion, healthy relationships, emergency response and building safe, healthy and inclusive physical environments.

A public health approach to safe and inclusive communities recognizes that the quality of both the social and physical environments influence individual and community health and well-being. This is because health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love.

Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to make decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by creating the conditions that allow for the attainment of health by all people.

The PHABC Conference provides the opportunity for professionals throughout the province to meet, mingle, and learn through a unique combination of keynote presentations, case studies, symposia and hands-on workshops. The conference aims to teach attendees how to identify and work with public health approaches to building safe and inclusive communities while showcasing innovative and collaborative methods of promoting community safety and inclusivity.


To create a forum for deliberative dialogue and respectful exchange of ideas related to building safe and inclusive communities.


  • Understand how physical and social environments influence community safety, inclusivity and health
  • Identify public health approaches to building safe and inclusive communities
  • Examine innovative and collaborative methods of promoting community safety and inclusivity.
  • Recognize how inclusive and safe your community is and how you can apply the public health approach to foster inclusivity and safety

Conference Sub-Themes

The conference will explore public health approaches to creating safe and inclusive communities, focusing on five topic areas critical to public health:

  1. Violence Prevention
  2. Community Inclusion & Literacy
  3. Health Equity
  4. Building Safe & Inclusive Physical Environments
  5. Healthy Relationships & Emergency Responses

If you have research on or are part of a promising practice you think aligns with our conference theme we would welcome your contribution to our dialogue. The conference organizers request that you submit abstracts that align with one or more of the five sub-themes of the conference; however, additional sub-themes may also be identified from the selected abstracts.

We encourage submissions from the full spectrum of public health and endeavour to be inclusive of quality submissions even if they do not fit under the above topic areas.

Conference Format

The conference will include:

  • Plenary sessions to stimulate thinking about the conference theme
  • Workshops to build skills and strategies
  • Symposia to consider important issues in public health
  • Oral presentations to present findings related to the conference theme & sub-themes
  • Poster presentations to present findings related to the conference theme & sub-themes

Call for Abstracts

Individuals and groups are invited to submit abstracts for one or more of the following presentation format(s):

  • Oral presentation (15-20 minutes + question and answer)
  • Poster presentation
  • Workshop (1.5 hours)
  • Symposia (1.5 hours)

Based on the restricted opportunities for oral presentations, we strongly encourage applicants to consider structuring their proposals, particularly if they are practice-based research, around the poster format. The poster session will be designed as a ‘walk-about’ in order to structure maximum interaction with the presenters and their work.

Workshops and Symposia are intended to be an opportunity to discuss a particular topic related to the conference themes in detail and/or to build skills or resources in relation to a conference theme.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Those submitting individual abstracts will be required to submit the following information:

  • Speaker contact details
  • List of co-authors, if applicable, and their contact information
  • Presentation format (oral presentation, poster presentation, symposia, workshop)
  • Conference sub-theme
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract of 250 words or less

If your abstract describes primary or secondary research, you are encouraged to submit a structured abstract covering: background, methods, results and discussion/conclusions.

Those submitting practice-based abstracts are encouraged to include information on: Purpose, focus/content, significance for the sub-theme and target audience.

Evaluation Criteria

Due to limited space and the need for the most relevant and highest quality program, the Scientific Program Committee (SPC) has outlined several criteria by which the quality and relevance of abstracts will be judged:

  1. Action-Oriented: Abstracts that not only emphasize, but also outline, how they have addressed, or intend to address, ‘action’ in relation to the themes of the Conference will be judged as more relevant.
  2. Innovative: While the SPC will consider familiar interventions and best-practice approaches, it encourages new ideas and new modes of action be presented in order to foster debate and dialogue about the most promising ways forward.
  3. Partnerships and Multi-Sectoral Collaboration: We are particularly interested in novel and successful attempts to involve community members, multiple sectors, multiple levels of government, and other partners to focus on systems change.
  4. Assets- and Strengths-Based: The SPC encourages the submission of abstracts using a variety of public health approaches related to the theme of the conference; however, it is particularly interested in approaches that explicitly focus on reservoirs of strength and resilience, even in the most disadvantaged communities, as ‘assets’ for health.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Christina Harding at coordinator@phabc.org

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