The 2020 Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Annual Health Symposium

Legacy of Community Engagement and Public Health Practice:  Advancing Health Equity Through Academic Excellence
April 8, 2020

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations


About The 2020 Symposium

The 2020 Symposium will focus on the importance of community engagement in the pursuit of health equity through academic excellence.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines community engagement as “…the process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their well-being." Research has always been clear about the value of health in building communities that are free of conditions that adversely impact individual and community well-being. Health equity should not be bound by geography, social standing or race/ethnic background, and underscores the need to continue to implement and evaluate effective programs and policies to ensure equitable solutions to the presence of  social determinants of health in all communities.  Community engagement to achieve health equity is an important strategy in identifying programs and resources which strengthen capacity to promote healthy living.  This year’s symposium is intended to inform participants of the importance of engaging the community through educational programs, community-based interventions, research and public health practice, and services that achieve health equity.

Abstract Themes

All evidence-based research, best practices, policies, and evaluation methodology that highlight how community engagement, public health practice and research can contribute to the achievement of health equity are welcomed. 

Topics should focus on but not be limited to the advancement of health equity through:

  • community engagement approaches for improving health and healthcare
  • community strategies for reducing risk factors and eliminating disease
  • research identifying trends and data that demonstrate the variety and nuance of experiences among marginalized and understudied groups
  • policy approaches at the local, state, and national levels
  • healthy living strategies for individuals, families and communities across the life course
  • the education of health professionals on the concept of health equity through community engagement

Who Should Submit?

All Voices are Welcome.   We encourage submissions from students, professionals, academicians, and community members who have original work in the field of community engagement for improving health.  We will highlight both traditional research and non-research practice and processes. Those eligible include but are not limited:

  • Faculty
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students
  • Allied health professionals
  • Clinicians
  • Community-based organizations
  • Educators
  • Public health practitioners
  • Social Workers and Community Health Workers
  • Local/state/federal government representatives and policy-makers

If you have a non-research abstracts (e.g., practice, policy, partnership development, case studies, processes, etc.) we welcome your submission especially if you are involved with community engagement, community organizing, and processes that connect social justice to health.

Required Documents

Please submit the following two-page document:

  • Title Page and Author Information: Please include all authors names, affiliations and degrees or degree candidacy.
  • Second Page: An abstract up to 250 words. All abstract submissions should be sent to the following email address:  Email SUBJECT LINE: [Presenter Last Name_ABSTRACT] e.g., SMITH_ABSTRACT. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may not be considered.    

Abstract Preparation and Submission

All abstracts should be limited to 250 words in length (not including titles or sub-headings).

Title page submission information must include all author names, degrees, and organizational affiliations.  Research abstracts should include: Objective; Background; Methods; Results; Conclusion.  Practice/Process abstracts should include: Goals and Purpose, Activities, Outcomes, Relevance. Authors whose abstract is accepted for presentation will receive notification along with information on set-up day and time, presentation days, and location of presentation boards by March 30th, 2020.

All authors invited to present during the poster session will be required to register for the symposium.   Please access the free registration here.


Deadline to submit March 25th, 2020, midnight
Final notification of abstract disposition March 30th 2020
Deadline for presenter to withdraw or cancel April 1st 2020, 5:00pm
Poster presentation   April 8th 2020