2018 Conference Theme

Best Science + Expert Implementation = Best Outcomes

How do we meld scientific knowledge with human sensitivity and expert management to produce the best health outcomes?
Read the 2018 Conference Theme Statement 

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Breakout Sessions

Sixty-five-minute breakout sessions will be held in the morning and afternoon throughout the conference. Sessions should combine structured lecture with group discussions and exercises as appropriate.

Breakout Session Submission Requirements

  1. One-page document to include:
    • Session Title
    • A 150-word narrative abstract
    • An outline illustrating the format of the session
    • Three learning objectives stated in measurable behavioral terms
  2. A one-page biography which includes the presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and email address.
  3. A full CV, including education and certification credentials, work experience and a list of presentations made in the last five years.

Breakout Session presenters receive one complimentary conference registration, and an allowance for travel and lodging for one presenter. We discourage co-presenters for breakout sessions. All co-presenters will be responsible for paying the conference registration fee and will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. All Breakout Session presenters will be recognized as a speaker on their nametags and in the conference promotion materials and program.

Proposals Due on or before July 31, 2017 | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
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Intensive Training Seminars

Experienced workshop speakers are invited to submit proposals to present two-day Intensive Training Seminars (ITS).

ITS Proposal Selection Criteria:
We are seeking presentations with the following qualities:

  1. Compelling topic that will engage health promotion professionals.
  2. Masterful speaker with extensive public speaking experience. Speakers must have presented at least 50 invited presentations and led at least 5 one or two-day workshops.
  3. Impeccable credentials based on education and professional assignments relevant to the topic.
  4. In-depth knowledge based on extensive experience relevant to the topic.
  5. Ability and willingness to attract registrants through personal outreach efforts.
  6. Agreement to avoid all self-promotion in the seminar.

Compensation:
ITS presenters will receive payment for three nights hotel and roundtrip transportation to the conference for one person, plus a stipend based on the number of people who register for their ITS. All Intensive Training presenters will be recognized as a speaker on their nametags and in the conference promotion material and program.

Proposal Contents:
Proposals should address each of the six elements below:

  1. Topic. Up to 450 words. What is the proposed title of the Intensive Training Seminar? Why is it important to health promotion professionals? What will the session cover and in what format? What topics will be covered by lecture and what exercises will be used to engage participants?
  2. Speaking experience. Provide a list of invited presentations during the last two decades or more. List the dates, topic, type of presentation (e.g. keynote, workshop, one or two-day seminar), location and hosting organization. List should include at least 50 presentations, including at least five one- or two-day workshops. Links to video recordings of sessions are welcomed.
  3. Credentials. Provide a resume or CV listing degrees earned, professional experience, and honors received.
  4. Knowledge. Up to 350 words. Describe how the presenter developed their knowledge on this topic.
  5. Marketing. Up to 350 words. Describe how the presenter will promote the ITS to their constituents.
  6. Self Promotion. Presenter will state that they agree to not promote their products or services in the ITS.
    Proposals Due on or before July 31, 2017 | Presented March 26 & 27, 2018
    Submit Intensive Training Seminar Proposal

Art & Science Presentations

Panel Discussions

Sixty-five-minute panel discussions will be scheduled throughout the conference. Panel discussions may address topics related to the conference theme, or other current critical health promotion topics. Panel moderators will plan the agenda, moderate the panel, and secure two to three other panel members. Proposals for Panel Discussions should include a brief summary of the topic to be discussed, and a list of speakers being considered for the panels. Indicate which speaker will serve as the moderator.

Panel Discussion Submission Requirements:

  1. One-page document to include:
    • Session Title
    • A 150-word narrative abstract
    • An outline illustrating the format of the session
    • Three learning objectives stated in measurable behavioral terms
  2. A one-page biography which includes each presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and email address.
  3. A full CV for each presenter, including education and certification credentials, work experience and a list of presentations made in the past five years.

Panel Discussion presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration for one moderator and up to three panel members. All Panel Discussion presenters will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. All Panel Discussion presenters will be recognized as a speaker on their nametags.
Proposals Due September 29, 2017 | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
Submit Panel Discussion Proposal

Program Descriptions

Sixty-five-minute Program Descriptions will be scheduled throughout the conference. Program Descriptions should describe programs already implemented in workplace, school, clinical, community, or other settings. Program description presenters should be responsible for developing and/or managing the program they are describing. Proposals will not be considered from program vendors unless they are presented in conjunction with the client.

Program Description Submission Requirements:

  1. One-page document to include:
    • Session Title
    • A 150-word narrative abstract under the following four subheadings:
      1. Organization (or community)
      2. Program components
      3. Program history
      4. Program impact; Also include a brief statement about what makes the program special and copies of abstracts of published articles on this program.
    • An outline illustrating the format of the session
    • Three learning objectives stated in measurable behavioral terms
  2. A one-page biography which includes each presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and email address.
  3. A full CV for each presenter, including education and certification credentials, work experience and a list of presentations made in the past five years.

Program Description presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration and will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We discourage co-presenters for Program Descriptions. All co-presenters will be responsible for paying the conference registration fee and for their own travel and lodging expenses. All Program Description presenters will be recognized as a speaker on their nametags.
Proposals Due September 29, 2017 | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
Submit Program Description Proposal

Research Reports

The sixty-five-minute Research Reports will be scheduled throughout the conference. To be considered, Research Reports must have superior methodology and address topics relevant to the conference theme or a topic of landmark significance. Prior publication or presentation of the research will not influence likelihood of acceptance. Research Report presenters should be the principal or co-principal investigator of the research they are describing and have a thorough grasp of research methodology.

Research Report Submission Requirements:

  1. One page document to include:
    • Session Title
    • A 150-word narrative abstract under the following seven subheadings:
      1. Statement of the problem
      2. Intervention (if appropriate)
      3. Study Design
      4. Measures Utilized
      5. Analysis Method
      6. Results
      7. Conclusion
    • An outline illustrating the format of the session
    • Three learning objectives stated in measurable behavioral terms
    • Also include a brief statement about what makes the research special and copies of abstracts of published articles on this research.
  2. A one-page biography which includes each presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and email address.
  3. A full CV for each presenter, including education and certification credentials, work experience and a list of presentations made in the past five years.

Research Report presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration and will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We discourage co-presenters for Research Reports. All co-presenters will be responsible for paying the conference registration fee and for their own travel and lodging expenses. All Research Report presenters will be recognized as a speaker on their nametags.
Proposals Due on or before September 29, 2017 | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
Submit Research Report Proposal


Activity Sessions

One-hour sessions, scheduled each morning and afternoon of the conference, will include aerobics, water exercise, dance, walking or jogging groups, yoga, meditation, or any other safe, effective activity.

Activity Session Submission Requirements

  • A description of the proposed activity
  • Type of equipment and space required. (Activities that require little or no equipment will be given priority)
  • One-page summary of the presenter’s education credentials and work experience, which includes the presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Activity session leaders will be asked to lead three activity sessions during the conference. They will receive one complimentary conference registration and will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. They may also be responsible for providing their own equipment, mats, etc. Activity session leaders will be recognized on their nametags as conference faculty.
Proposals Due on or before September 29, 2017 | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
Submit Activity Session Proposal


Poster Presentations

Poster Presentation Submission Requirements:

  1. Poster type: Research or Case Study poster
  2. A 200-word abstract with a title (See details below)
  3. One-page summary of the presenter’s education and work experience, which includes the presenter’s name, title, education and certification credentials, current organization, address, phone number and e-mail address.
  4. The name, education and certification credentials and current organization of all poster authors.

Research Abstracts must be organized in eight separate paragraphs with the sub-headings and contents as listed below:

  1. Statement of the problem: What overall problem were you trying to study and why is it important?
  2. Intervention (if appropriate): Describe the intervention you tested.
  3. Study design: Describe the structure of the study and the variables of interest.
  4. Sample size and composition: How many subjects were in the study and what are their characteristics?
  5. Measures utilized: What measurement tools did you use to measure the variables of interest?
  6. Analysis method: What statistics did you use to analyze your data?
  7. Results: Report the results of your analysis in quantitative form.
  8. Conclusions: What overall conclusions can you draw from this study?

Case Study Abstracts must be organized in four separate paragraphs with the sub-headings and contents below:

  1. Description of the organization (or community): Describe the organization or community in which your program is based.
  2. Summary of the primary program: Describe the core elements of the program you offered.
  3. Explanation of the evaluation plan: What outcomes or processes have you (and will you) evaluate and how have you (will you) evaluate them.
  4. Summary of the program impact: Explain in quantitative form the results the program has demonstrated to date.

Poster presenters will be responsible for paying the full three-day core conference registration fee before the start of the conference and for their own travel and lodging expenses. Poster presenters will be recognized on their nametags as conference faculty.

Proposals Due August 27, 2017 – February 9, 2018 (accepted on a rolling basis | Presented March 29 – 30, 2018
Submit Research Poster Proposal
Submit Case Study Poster Proposal


Making Connections

Opportunities for “Making Connections” will be scheduled throughout the conference. The purpose of “Making Connections” is to provide a mechanism for people with similar professional or personal interests to get together at the conference for a conversation, a discussion, a meal, a workout or a fun activity. “Connections” might include meeting for coffee to talk about hospital health promotion programs, going for a run, a discussion group on legislative advocacy, going out for Italian food, etc. They might attract as few as two or as many as 50 or more people. Individuals who offer a “Connection” should be prepared to start the discussion, meal plan or activity and let the group take it from there.

Making Connections Submission Requirements:

  1. Name and title of the individual suggesting the Connection
  2. Three- to ten-word description of the Connection (i.e. the discussion topic, meal, or activity proposed)
  3. Preferred dates and times for the session

“Making Connections” leaders will be responsible for paying the conference registration fee before the start of the conference and for their own travel and lodging expenses. “Making Connections” leaders will be recognized on their nametags as conference faculty.

Proposals Due August 27, 2017 – February 9, 2018 (accepted on a rolling basis | Presented March 28 – 30, 2018
Submit Making Connections Proposal