Conference 2023: submit your call for abstracts now!


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

Healthy Aging is one of the most critical public health priorities, as it has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of older adults and reduce the stress on families and health systems in the future. Assistive technologies are just one strategy for enhancing and supporting healthy aging, which provides older adults the opportunity to experience higher quality of life and more inclusive communities. This can range from supporting active transportation, to digital monitoring at home.

PHABC is interested in learning from your research, or your direct experiences. We are interested in assistive technology solutions for older adults, along with strategies to address equity concerns in relation to accessing, adopting, and sustaining the use of these new technologies for older adults.

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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Conference Goals and Objectives

Goal: To bring together public health and other related professionals to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration, exploring the intersection of digital innovation, public health, and AI. By addressing digital equity, misinformation challenges, and innovative solutions, we strive to equip attendees with insights and strategies to harness technology’s potential for equitable health advancements in the digital age.

Objective: Participants attending the two-day conference will increase public health and wider societal capacity and stimulate knowledge transfer by attaining the following objectives. These objectives are designed to encourage participants to act and provide guidance on how participants can motivate others to take action.

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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.

We are pleased to welcome André Picard and Dr. Bonnie Henry as gala guest speakers. André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. 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 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.

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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Gala Details

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

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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.

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.

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Conference Details

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

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Promotional Toolkit

PHABC turns to our vast network of public health partners to further promote our 2023 conference and gala.

Click on the links to access the promotional material.

Social Media Toolkit

Newsletter Toolkit


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