2018 Preparedness Summit

Strengthening National Health Security: Mastering Ordinary Responses, Building Resilience for Extraordinary Events

Session Abstract Submission Form

The Planning Committee for the 2018 Preparedness Summit invites public health, health care, disaster relief, emergency management, and other professionals nationwide to showcase and share their research findings, best practice training models, tools, or other resources that advance the field of public health and health care preparedness. The committee is especially interested in identifying sessions which are:

  • Evidence-based;
  • Demonstrate tools and resources that are replicable and scalable at the local, state, tribal, or national level; or
  • Highlight programs or model practices that have proven effective in building and sustaining public health and healthcare preparedness at the local, state, tribal, or national level.

The abstract description must identify the importance of the materials being presented to the field of public health and health care preparedness and any practical applications. It must also be clearly written and describe how it is related to the conference theme.

As the shortened description will be used to promote sessions on the website and in the printed conference program, they must accurately describe the intent of the session.

This year’s summit sessions will be divided into four categories:

  • Workshops and Trainings*: These three-hour sessions are designed to provide attendees learning opportunities by exploring topics through hands-on activities, live demonstrations, immersive simulations, didactic instruction or other forms of participant engagement.
  • Abstracts must include summaries that clearly describe the focus and outcomes (i.e., enhance knowledge, build skills, shape attitudes/beliefs) of the training or workshop and how this will be accomplished. All workshops will be required to administer pre-session and post-session tests based on the submitted learning objectives.  To assess if learning has occurred, speakers at workshops or trainings will be asked to conduct evaluations. Summit staff will provide brief questionnaires to speakers for all workshops.
  • Learning Sessions*: These sessions are 90-minutes in length and are designed to be interactive, and produce identifiable outcomes.
  • Quick Hits: These are 45-minute sessions that are designed for speakers to deliver short high level overviews of promising practices/emerging issues in preparedness, resiliency and recovery. These sessions will have two or three speakers and a facilitator. These presentations should be no more than 10-15 minutes long speakers may be paired with other presenters.
  • Demonstration (DEMO) Sessions*: These sessions are 90-minutes in length and are designed to provide attendees live, hands-on demonstrations of preparedness tools that they can use in their communities. Examples of demonstrations are immersive simulations for training; computer modeling projects; decision support dashboards; simulations/exercises to guide public health practitioners, or innovative products.

*These sessions are limited to a maximum of no more than three speakers.

  • Posters: This format will be used to display innovative practices, award winning programs, share documents, exchange ideas, and ask questions. Posters will be put into two groups.  Each group of posters will be displayed for one day, up to 4.5 hours, with two hours of presentation time.  Presenters must be present during the presentation times to answer questions about the material displayed.

Abstract Submission Application Process

  1. Read the instructions in their entirety before completing your abstract. All abstracts must be submitted no later than Oct. 29, 2017, 5 p.m., PT. 
  2. The application you are about to complete is separated into multiple sections including submission information, session contact information, moderator information, and speaker information. If you are serving in more than one role, you will be required to enter your information in multiple areas. This is to ensure that we are able to properly identify leads in all areas for the abstracts.
  3. You may save your abstract submission as you go along, however you must all the sections in their entirety in order to complete your final submission. After clicking ‘Submit Application,’ you will be taken to a page thanking you for your application. You should also receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after submitting your application. If neither of these occur, please contact Laura Biesiadecki at meetings@naccho.org to ensure we have received your abstract submission. The meetings team reserves the right to edit abstract submission inclusive of titles.
  4. Required fields are indicated throughout the application. Failure to provide required information will result in the elimination of your abstract from the review process.
  5. Summit Planning Committee members will review all abstracts and final selection will be made by the Summit Chair. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the Session Contact Person by the end of Dec. 2017.

If you have any questions about the abstract submission process, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Biesiadecki at 202-507-4205 or by email at  meetings@naccho.org.

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