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Armed Forces Public Health Conference
"Partners in Prevention"
Core Conference: 4-8 June 2012
Preconference Workshops: 1-3 June 2012
Town and Country Resort
San Diego, CA

Call for Deployment Healthcare Track Presentations

The Armed Forces Public Health Conference is the first joint public health conference hosted by the US Army Public Health Command (Provisional) or USAPHC (Prov), formerly US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM), and the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC). In past years, USAPHC(Prov) has hosted the Force Health Protection Conference, and the NMCPHC has sponsored the annual Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Conference. In 2011, the two conferences will be combined into the Armed Forces Public Health Conference whose theme is “Public Health in a Joint Environment”.

Deployment Healthcare Track: Starting annually in 2004, the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) has sponsored a Deployment Healthcare Track (DHCT) within the Army’s Force Health Protection Conference. The primary objective of the DHCT is to disseminate cutting edge research and information to enhance post-deployment healthcare for Service members and their families. We especially want to encourage primary care providers. physician assistants and nurses who are the first line of healthcare assistance for returning combat veterans and families to attend and/or present at this Conference.

The DHCC is seeking abstracts from persons who would like to be speakers in the DHCT. Submissions of abstracts involving cross-disciplinary collaborations are highly encouraged.

Submission of Abstracts: Please go to AFPH Conference (AFPHC), Call for Presentations Web page to review the requirements and to submit your abstract. (You will be required to register for the conference (free) or log in if you are already registered before submitting your abstract.)

Authors may submit abstracts and presentations singly or in collaboration with colleagues in the Army, other government organizations, academia or industry. Material must represent original work and should relate to one of the potential presentation topics listed on AFPH Conference (AFPHC), Call for Presentations Web page

Deadlines for Abstract Submission, Acceptance Notification, and Presentation Uploading. Please note these very important deadlines:

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be submitted online to the AFPHC Web site by 13 January 2012.
Acceptance Notification:
Authors will be notified by 3 February 2012 regarding their acceptance into the conference. Specific instructions for preparing the final presentation are provided at that time.
Presentation Deadline:
The deadline for submission of final presentation is 21 May 2012. The presentations must be uploaded electronically onto the AFPHC Web site by this date.

Requirement for Review of Information for Public Release: The AFPHC is open to the public and all presentations must be Unclassified and Non For Official Use Only (Non FOUO).

Federal Government Authors must provide their releasing authority (Operation Security Officer and Public Affairs Officer) point of contact information – name, e-mail, and phone number for documents that will be released/disclosed to the general public (presentation that will be posted on the website, and/or presented at the conference).

Authors from non-government organizations are required to comply with their organizations’ policies and provide a similar point of contact – name, email, and phone number. Questions regarding this policy may be addressed to: AFPHC@amedd.army.mil.

Abstract Submission Information: Use the guidance below to help prepare your presentation information. We recommend you type the title, abstract and objectives and save this file as a backup, and copy and paste these fields into the web form. You can also use word count to ensure you do not go over the maximum number of words. Only online submissions will be honored.

Title: Make the title describe your presentation. Avoid using acronyms in the title. Select a title that explains the presentation to the audience. There are so many presentations that many attendees may go to the title first to determine whether they want to attend the presentation. Use initial capital letters for the title.

Additional Authors or Presenters: As many as necessary. You must know the name and email address of each person when you as the primary author submit your abstract. All authors listed must complete an online form with their personal information and sign it electronically.

Abstract: Only Unclassified, Non For Official Use Only (Non-FOUO) abstracts that are 150 or fewer words will be accepted. Use single spacing. Each abstract must be technically concise and indicate relevance to the military, in particular public health/preventive medicine, or occupational and environmental health. Results, conclusions and/or other significant items discussed in the paper must be included, and the abstract must be complete in and of itself. The presentation abstract must be in a camera-ready format for placement in the Conference Brochure. The abstract should correspond to your objectives and include at least two (2) scientific references in the fields below.

References: Provide two REQUIRED references from primary sources e.g., research article published in a peer-reviewed publication / scientific journal. The recommended format for references can be reviewed below:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue (Year): pages. Example: Doe, John. "Low Level Exposures to Nerve Gas." Journal of Clinical Nerve Gas Research, 20(2), (2005): 165-174.

Objectives: Write a minimum of two REQUIRED objectives, but a maximum of 3. The total number of words for the objectives section must be 30 words or less. Use single spacing. Objectives must use behavioral verbs. For an example of learning objectives see below:

  1. Describe the clinical presentation of 3 prognostic factors.
  2. Explain the differences in treatment and event-free survival between the adult and pediatric patient populations.
  3. Evaluate current treatment strategies and assess goals for each.

Spell check: Please be sure to use spell check for the abstract, references, and objectives and correct any errors!

Intended Audience: In addition to the above fields, be prepared to indicate your intended audience, i.e., physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, researchers, epidemiologists, healthcare administrators. This will assist attendees identify their choices for the conference.

Presentation Equipment: Please note that he basic package consists of the following equipment: Laptop computer, projector, laser pointer and microphone. If you need anything additional such as a flipchart, VCR, audio equipment, be sure to list it in the blank space in this section.

Teaching Methods: Identify the teaching methods you will use e.g., lecture, panel discussion, etc.

Duration of Presentation: Indicate the length of your presentation. All presentations are set up in one-hour increments. Speakers who have a 30 minute presentation should contact the DHCC DHCT Contact Person listed below to discuss combining their presentation with another speaker.

Biographical Data: Follow the format and list the degree awarded, institution/location, major areas of study and year of degree. Hit the add button for additional degrees.

Introduction / Bio: This text will be used to introduce you at the conference and will be reviewed for Continuing Health Educations credits (CHEs). It is a maximum of 150 words.

Spell check: Please be sure to use spell check for the introduction/biography and correct any errors.

Credentials: You can use up to 25 characters for your credentials e.g., John Doe, COL, USA, MD, MPH,

Education: Complete your degree, the institution and location, major area of study and the year of degree. You can add degrees by hitting the add box.

Faculty Disclosure Information: You will be asked to answer several financial disclosure questions online.

Electronic Signature: After submitting the abstract, you will be required to digitally sign the form by checking the box and clicking the Sign Form button. If you do not sign the form, your abstract will not be considered for the conference.

Contact for Deployment Healthcare Track: If you have questions or need additional information or would like to submit an abstract to be a speaker in the Deployment Healthcare Track, you can contact Ms Victoria Bruner. Her contact information is listed below:

Name/Position:
Mary S. Hull, Associate Director Education and Outreach
Email:
Mary.Hull@med.navy.mil
Phone:
301-400-1525
DSN:
280-1525
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