Conference 2023: call for abstracts deadline extended to October 20th


Call for Abstracts: Extended to October 20th at 5pm

Interested in presenting at the conference? Individuals and groups are invited to submit abstracts for one or more of the following presentation format(s):

  • Oral presentation (15-20 minutes)
  • Poster presentations (in-person “walk about” during poster session & on display both days)
  • Workshop (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 a poster presentation.

The poster session will be held at the end of the first day on the conference on November 21st and will be designed as a ‘walk-about’ in order to structure maximum interaction with the presenters and their work.

The call for abstracts deadline is extended to October 20th at 5pm.

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70 Years Forward: You’re Invited to PHABC’s Gala

The Public Health Association of British Columbia (PHABC) is thrilled to invite you to our 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner, a momentous occasion celebrating seven decades of dedicated service to public health.

Join us for an evening of elegance and reflection as we honor our past and set our sights on the next 70 years of advancing public health in British Columbia.

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André Picard: Gala Guest Speaker

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer for more than 30 years.

He is also the author of numerous books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare, including earning him the National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.


Dr. Bonnie Henry: Gala Guest Speaker

Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018.

As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection.

Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency.


Gala Details

Dates: November 20th
Venue: Sutton Place Hotel
Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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#PHABCCon23: Scientific Program Committee

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Alex Choi and Dr. Shannon Freeman, our Scientific Program Committee co-chairs for our 2023 conference.

Dr. Alex Choi – SPC Co-Chair
Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health
Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Alex Choi is the Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health. She is a dual-certified family physician and public health specialist physician, and a Clinical Instructor at UBC.

She holds a Medical Degree from McMaster University, a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from UBC, and has served populations through public health work at the local, regional, and international levels. She has a strategic interest in the role of artificial intelligence in shaping population health and public health practice.


Dr. Shannon Freeman – SPC Co-Chair
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UNBC
Academic Director, Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North
Academic Director, UNBC Research Data Centre

Dr. Freeman has expertise in the health and social care needs of older adults in rural and northern communities, both among community-dwelling adults and those in long-term care. Dr. Freeman was awarded a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – AGE-WELL Network of Centers of Excellence (NCE) 2020 Scholar Award.

Dr. Freeman’s interest in improving quality of life and care for older adults shows through her engagement in a range of community-partnered research activities, which are having a real-world impact on the rural and northern communities where the research is taking place.

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#PHABCCon23: About the Conference

Join us in celebrating our 70th anniversary by attending this year’s conference, “Public Health and Equity in the Digital Age.

As digital advancements shape the way health information is accessed, shared, and utilized, understanding the implications for equitable health outcomes becomes paramount.

Addressing misinformation concerns, ensuring digital access for all, leveraging AI for precision health, and enhancing quality of life through assistive technologies are crucial discussions in the pursuit of inclusive and effective public health strategies.

This conference provides a timely platform to dissect these intricacies and equip practitioners with the insights needed to navigate the evolving landscape of health in the digital age.

The conference plenary sessions will focus on four inter-related themes:

  1. AI, Misinformation and Disinformation
  2. Digital Equity and Access
  3. Innovation in Public Health Technology and AI
  4. Assistive Devices and Healthy Aging

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Conference Details

Dates: November 21st and 22nd
Venue: Sutton Place Hotel
Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

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Become a Sponsor

Our conference is only possible thanks to the continued efforts of numerous volunteers and the support of various partners and sponsors.

As a sponsor for this event, your organization can contribute to a digitally equitable and constructive future.

If you are interested in sponsoring the PHABC conference, or if you would like more information about the details of our request, contact us at


Volunteer at the Conference

Calling volunteers for our 2023 conference and gala dinner! Volunteers work a total of eight hours in exchange for free conference registration.

There are limited spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to us at


PHABC Awards

Do you know someone or an organization in the public health community whose hard work and dedication deserves recognition? Nominate them for a PHABC award!

We accept nominations year-round for outstanding individuals and organizations. This year’s deadline for the 2023 awards is October 28th, 2023.

Any nominations submitted after the deadline will be considered for the 2024 PHABC Awards.

PHABC Awards

Nomination Form