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Call for Abstracts

The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit is now accepting abstracts for program sessions. All abstracts must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 29, 2012. The Summit is organized around the core principle of integrating science, policy, and practice in building a healthier global society , and offers a forum to advance scholarship and translate new knowledge into action.

Abstracts will be accepted in three categories: posters, oral presentations, and integrated panel presentations. Abstracts should promote the integration of science, practice, and policy and contribute in building a healthier global society. Applicants may submit abstracts to more than one category, but each submission must be based on a separate research paper. Additional information about each category is available below.

Poster Presentations
Papers accepted in this category  will be presented  during the poster session on either October 31st, November 1st or November 2nd, 2012. You will receive further details about the scheduled presentation date if your paper is accepted.

Word Limit: Please limit poster abstracts to 300 words (approximately 1,800 characters including spaces). View detailed guidelines for this category.

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations will take place in a roundtable panel format. Each panel will have an assigned moderator in order to promote dialogue and stimulate discussion. Papers that are accepted for oral presentations will be presented as concurrent sessions.  There is also the option of submitting an abstract in this category with the option to be considered for a poster presentation if the abstract is not accepted for oral presentation.

Word Limit: Please limit oral presentation abstracts to 300 words (approximately 1,800 characters including spaces). View detailed guidelines for this category.

Integrated Panel Presentations
Integrated panel presentations are designed to allow a group of presenters from diverse disciplines (i.e., Science, Practice, and Policy) to discuss health disparities and related findings on a similar theme. Abstracts for this category should include a community component or discuss societal issues that influence health disparities.

Word Limit: Please limit integrated panel presentation abstracts to 500 words (approximately 3,000 characters including spaces). View detailed guidelines for this category.

Proposals, regardless of category, should also fall under one of three tracks:

Track 1: Translational andTransdisciplinary Research
These presentations should promote the integration of science, practice and policy.

  • Science or research papers might include basic and applied, health services, patient-oriented, epidemiological, environmental, behavioral, and social sciences research related to health disparities.
  • Policy-oriented papers delve into policies linked to health or healthcare, or other areas impacting health such as public, social, and economic policies.
  • Practice papers examine public health practice related to community health, healthcare, or social services delivery, and education and training.

Applicants must clearly articulate how findings lead to new knowledge in science, practice, or policy interventions in health disparities. For example, policy abstracts should include the scientific evidence or practice concept that led to the policy. If the submission is a science abstract, then applicants should indicate how the science translates into either practice or policy.

Themes: The following themes fall under Track 1: Translational and Transdisciplinary Research (click here for topics)

  • Integrating Biological, Social, Behavioral and Environmental Determinants of Health
  • population experiencing health disparities, Disease Conditions and Risk Factors
  • Primary Prevention and Health
  • Discrimination, Racism and Stress
  • Healthcare Disparities and Quality Research
  • Best Practices and Approaches for Community Engagement
  • Health Information Technology
  • Global Population Health

Track 2: Capacity-Building and Infrastructure
Abstracts submitted under Track 2: Capacity-Building and Infrastructure, will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with building capacity for research, public health and primary care practice, services delivery, training, and education. These presentations will also investigate the implementation and sustainability of infrastructure and economic development in disparate communities.

Themes: The following themes fall under Track 2: Capacity-Building and Infrastructure (click here for topics)

  • Multi-sectoral Capacity-Building
  • Health Workforce
  • Community Capacity-Building and Sustainable Economic Development
  • Data and Research Evaluation

Track 3: Outreach, Partnerships, Collaborations and Opportunities
Eliminating health disparities requires effective outreach, partnerships, and collaborations across federal agencies, academic institutions, foundations, non-profit and private organizations.  Track 3: Outreach, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Opportunities, provides a venue for representatives from various agencies and organizations to showcase their innovative partnerships, outreach, and dissemination efforts, including successful collaborations on addressing health disparities.

Themes: The following themes fall under Track 3: Outreach, Partnerships, Collaborations, and Opportunities (click here for topics)

  • Public Public-Private Partnerships
  • Community Partnerships
  • Outreach Dissemination
  • Global Health Networks


General Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be peer reviewed.
  • Authors must select the track and theme under which their abstracts should be considered. Abstracts may be submitted under only one Summit theme, and must be related to one or more of the topics listed under the selected theme.
  • General selection criteria will be based on: (1) quality of abstract paper; (2) implications for health disparities research, policy or practice, or its application; (3) new insights for health disparities research or its application; (4) clarity and completeness of abstract; and (5) relevance to specified theme.
  • Applicants may submit abstracts to more than one category, but each submission must come from a distinct research paper.
  • All abstract submissions are final, no changes or modifications will be permitted.

Abstract Awards/Recognition: Abstracts will be considered for recognition in the following award categories: outstanding scientific poster, outstanding policy poster, outstanding public health practice poster, outstanding clinical practice poster, and outstanding community-based health disparities research or intervention poster. Early investigators, junior faculty, community researchers, and policy professionals are eligible for recognition. More details to come.

For additional inquiries, please contact 2012Summit@mail.nih.gov

Abstract submission is now closed.