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TPHA Annual Education Conference March 30-April 1, 2020:
Call for Abstracts CLOSED
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The Call for Abstracts has closed for the 2020 Annual Education Conference.


The Texas Public Health Association invites abstract submissions for oral presentations and posters on various public health topics including original research, program implementation and evaluation, community assessments, public health methods, theories, and issues relating to health promotion and disease prevention, public health nursing, outbreak investigations, disaster preparedness and response, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social determinants of health and social justice, population health, health administration, public health partnerships, public health accreditation, school health, vision health, oral health, aging, community health, planning, and health policies that affect individuals, groups, communities, and populations at any age or stage in life.

TPHA is a statewide community for discussion, sharing best practices, and networking among public health professionals in Texas. Learn more about TPHA at

Location of TPHA AEC:  Dallas/Ft Worth Airport Marriott, 8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving, Tx

Overview of the Abstract Categories

Breakout Session Oral Presentations: Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday (Mar 31) and Wednesday (Apr 1) of the conference. Abstracts are reviewed and selected by Section organizers for a Section-sponsored breakout session, often matched with others around a common theme. Due to time constraints, we only allow one person to present each abstract. No exceptions. Your abstract may be selected for rapid-fire presentation or for a longer presentation format. You will be notified of the time length in your abstract acceptance letter. Time frames may range from 5-20 minutes, not including time for questions. 

Posters Presentations: Posters allow presenters to discuss their work with interested colleagues in an informal setting during the Grand Opening of Exhibits on Monday evening (Mar 30) and during all scheduled breaks of the conference on Tuesday (Mar 31). Continuing education credits will not be offered for posters. Posters are typically displayed on 4’ x 6’ panels.

Student Oral Competition Presentations: Three students from a School of Public Health or related health science program are selected to compete for a $100 prize. To be considered for the competition, students should submit an abstract and check “student oral competition” on the abstract submission form. Students may only submit one abstract for consideration for the student oral competition. The student competition presentations can be on any public health topic and should be exactly 15 minutes, not including questions (questions for all student presenters will be taken after completion of all the presentations). The competition will be held on Tuesday (Apr 1) during the meeting. Non-students may be co-authors but a student must be the first author and sole presenter. Submissions not selected for the competition can be considered for breakout and poster presentations, if the student selects those boxes on the abstract submission form.

Additional Information on Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts may be submitted for consideration for more than one presentation type (poster, breakout, student competition).
  • Authors may submit multiple abstracts for consideration for breakout and poster sessions. Authors may only submit one abstract for consideration for the student competition, but they may submit additional abstracts in the other categories.
  • All presenters are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses, as well as registration fees for the conference.


October 10, 2019

Abstracts due to TPHA

November 18, 2019

Submitters will be notified of selection decisions

December 13, 2019


Deadline for speakers to confirm/decline the offer to present

CE paperwork due for student competition and breakout session presenters

January 31, 2020

All presenters must be registered for the conference

March 30-April 1, 2020

TPHA Annual Education Conference!


TPHA Annual Education Conference Abstract Submission Guidelines:

1.            Provide all information requested on the Abstract Submission Form.

2.            Provide one learning objective that specifies your goal (MUST include a verb) for attendees based on the presentation content. The objective MUST be measurable. Example: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to identify (verb) the three problems facing older adults in Tarrant County (measurable).

3.            The body of the abstract may not exceed 300 words and should include sections labeled: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions (section labels are not included in word count). Avoid abbreviations when possible. Tables, graphs, and charts are not permitted in abstracts. Citations are strongly discouraged.

4.            Abstracts will be reviewed for public health significance. Abstracts that do not clearly demonstrate public health significance will not be considered for presentation.

5.            Please indicate if work is in progress or completed. The work should not be in the pre-implementation (i.e. planning) phase.

6.            If the work has been previously presented in any capacity, please indicate when and where and how this presentation will add to the body of public health knowledge.

7.            The quality of the submission will strongly affect the outcome of the review. TPHA may publish all or parts of the accepted abstracts in the Final Program for the 2020 Annual Educational Conference and the abstract information is exported directly from the submission without any edits or changes. To ensure publication accuracy, submitters (not TPHA) are responsible for submission accuracy and completeness.

8.            Abstracts must be submitted online b11:59 PM Central Daylight Time on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Late abstracts will not be accepted. All required information must be provided for an abstract to be considered.

9.        Decisions will be sent to abstract submitters by November 18, 2019.

10.        Presenters must be registered for the conference no later than January 31, 2020. If you cannot register by that date, you must inform before then to save your space.

11.        Meritorious abstract submissions from any category may be considered for publication in the TPHA Journal.

12.        If you experience problems or have questions about the abstract submission process, please email TPHA AEC program planners at .

Texas Public Health Association
PO Box 9610
Longview, Texas 75608

(903)309-3380 phone