Conference 2023

Public Health and Equity in the Digital Age

November 21st and 22nd, 2023

Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver


About the Conference

Join us in celebrating our 70th anniversary by attending this year’s conference, “Public Health and Equity in the Digital Age”, which is an expansion of the topics covered during our 2023 Public Health Summer Institute. If you missed our annual Summer Institute, click here to view presentations, videos, and other resources (please note, not all presentations are available).

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, 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.

In addition to our annual conference, PHABC is hosting a very special 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner on November 20th, 2023 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM at the Sutton Place Hotel. This momentous evening will celebrate seven decades of dedicated service to public health and feature special guest speakers such as Canadian Journalist André Picard and Dr. Bonnie Henry. Join us for an evening of elegance and reflection, as we not only honor our past but also set our sights on the next 70 years of advancing public health in British Columbia.

About the Gala


Conference Themes and Structure

To invigorate public health practice, education and research towards a healthy, just and sustainable future. 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

Click here to read more about our Conference Goals & Objectives!



Register now for our conference, “Public Health in the Digital Age”, November 21st and 22nd at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver.

In celebration of our 70th anniversary, we will be hosting a very special gala dinner the night before the conference on November 20th, 2023 at the Sutton Hotel. Special guests include Canadian journalist André Picard and Dr. Bonnie Henry. You won’t want to miss this momentous occasion!

Conference Registration


Call for Abstracts

If you are part of a promising practice or have research related to any of our conference themes or public and population health in general please consider submitting your work for inclusion in our 2023 Conference. As one of the major public health conference’s in BC, this is the ideal event to showcase your work to and network with likeminded public, population, environmental health, and other allied professionals.

As an added bonus, individuals whose abstracts are accepted for inclusion in the conference will be able to access the exclusive abstract presenter’s discounted conference rate! To read more about the call for abstracts, submission guidelines and evaluation criteria, please click here. If you have any questions regarding the submission process please feel free to reach out to us at

Our Call for Abstracts is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted.

Click here to see our draft program at a glance!



Calling volunteers for our 2023 conference and gala dinner! Volunteers work a total of 8 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. Read about all our awards and submit your nomination today!

PHABC Awards

Award Nomination Form


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