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Call for Poster Abstracts for Health on the Homefront Conference!

03 Sep 2013 10:34 AM | Anonymous

The Virginia Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at a conference being developed, in partnership with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, to explore the issues having an impact on the health of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Participants in the program will represent public health, primary care and behavioral health practitioners.


Authors may submit abstracts and presentations singly or in collaboration with colleagues in the military, other government organizations, academia or industry. Material must represent original work and should relate to the conference subject. The conference will be open to the public and all presentations must be Unclassified.

Posters are sought in three areas

  • Science or research posters might include basic and applied, health services, patient-oriented, epidemiological, environmental, behavioral, and social sciences research.
  • Policy-oriented posters delve into policies linked to health or healthcare, or other areas impacting health such as public, social, and economic policies.
  • Practice posters 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.

General selection criteria will be based on:

  • Quality of abstract;
  • Implications for veterans’ and military health research, policy or practice, or its application;
  • New insights provided by research or its practical applications;
  • Clarity and completeness of abstract; and
  • Relevance to specified theme.

Required components of the abstract:

  • Include the title of your abstract. Avoid using acronyms in the title. Select a title that explains the work to the audience.
  • List each author and collaborator, including an e-mail address for each. Indicate which author will be attending the poster session (authors who wish to participate in the entire conference should register for the program).
  • The body of your abstract should be no more than 200 words and summarize your rationale, methodology (if applicable) and findings/outcomes. Each abstract must be technically concise and indicate relevance to the health of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans or their families.

Submit your abstract no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 4th, to Applicants whose posters are selected for presentation will be notified the following week. The ideal size to print posters is 4’ across by 3’ tall, but we will do our best to properly display posters of other sizes.


Questions? Contact VAPHA Administrator Mary Kidd at 804/367-4860 or by e-mail to

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