Public Health Association of BC Public Health Association of BC

Conference 2023 – Call for Abstracts

Public Health and Equity in the Digital Age

November 21st and 22nd, 2023

Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

All sessions are in person


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)
  • 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.


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


Abstract Submission Guidelines

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

  • Presenter & co-presenter(s) professional designations & contact information
  • Presentation format & conference theme(s)
  • Presentation title
  • An abstract of 250 words or less


Please note that the information provided in the abstract submission will be used to describe your presentation in the final program should your abstract be selected. Please ensure your description is accurate, fully proof-read and all presenters are listed.


If your abstract describes primary or secondary research, you are encouraged to submit an 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 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.


Each abstract will be scored out of a total possible 7 points, each category listed below will be given a score between 0 and 1 and each score added together for the final score. The descriptions below represent a score of 1 (full marks) for that category:


  1. Integration of Digital Equity Principles: The abstract emphasizes the integration of digital equity principles and strategies within the chosen subtheme, explicitly addressing how digital equity considerations are incorporated.
  2. Action-Oriented: Actions are evidence-informed, population level interventions & focused on the big-picture, instead of on immediate
  3. Partnerships & Multi-Sectoral Collaboration: Collaboration is focused on partnerships with various stakeholders, mediators & facilitators of change, focused on collective impact and the inclusion of affected
  4. Innovation & Practical Application: The abstract presents innovative concepts, methodologies, or solutions within the subtheme, showcasing a focus on practical application or actionable takeaways.
  5. Contribution to Advancing Knowledge: The abstract contributes significantly to the advancement of understanding within the specified subtheme, discussing potential implications, applications, or outcomes that align with the intended learning outcomes.
  6. Relevance to Conference: Highly relevant to conference topic, themes & objectives.
  7. Quality: The abstract is well-organized, coherent, and effectively communicated, displaying clarity, conciseness, and a strong command of the subject matter.


Who’s reviewing your abstract? Click here to learn more about our Scientific Program Committee.


    All fields are required.

    Primary Presenter:


    Your Name:

    Your Organization:


    Your City:

    Your Phone:

    Your Email:

    Additional Presenters

    Presenter Two





    Your Email:

    Presenter Three





    Your Email:

    Other Authors:

    Presentation Format

    Please select your preferred presentation format:

    Use Ctrl+click to select multiple options

    Due to the number of abstract submissions, it may not be possible to accommodate everyone's preferred presentation format. Please list your second choice, in case an alternative format is necessary:

    Use Ctrl+click to select multiple options

    Information about your abstract:

    Abstract Topic*:

    Presentation title*

    Field of Research/Practice (education, public health, Indigenous, etc)*:

    Conference Theme:

    We encourage individuals/ groups to submit abstracts that fit under the four themes of the conference. The selection committee will also consider relevant abstracts that fall outside these topics. Please select one or more from the options below:

    Other Theme:

    Abstract Description (max 1500 characters):


    Additional Information

    If you have any other information related to your abstract that may help the committee review your submission, please upload it below.

    Accepted File Types: PDF, JPG, DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, RTF, RTFD. Max file size: 5MB

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