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Abstract Submission Overview

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Abstract Submissions are Now Closed

Thank you for your submissions.  Should you have any questions about your abstracts, please contact the conference planning team at

You are invited to submit abstracts and panel proposals for the 2020 National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing, and Media (NCHCMM).  Submissions focusing on the areas of health communication, social marketing, media, partnerships, public health policy communication, and other topic areas that relate to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are sought.

In 2020, the conference tracks remain the same as those in 2019:  “To Explore Innovative Communication Tools and Technologies”, “To Advance Science”, “To Improve Practice”, and “To Bridge Divides”.  Learn about the topics of primary interest for each of the conference tracks in the descriptions detailed below.

The Conference Planning Committee invites abstracts for single-presenter oral and poster presentations.  Also, proposals for thematic panel sessions are invited.  A broad spectrum of submissions is encouraged including works that address specific issues and approaches such as research and evaluation, theory/model development, and practice/program-based foci.

Deadline for abstract submissions is now Thursday, February 13, 2020.

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Presentation types include the following:

Single-presenter Oral: Recommended presentation length is 15-20 minutes. Related abstracts will be combined to make a 90 minute session.

Single-presenter Poster: Poster sessions will be held at designated times during the conference to allow participants to view research findings and interact with authors.

Thematic Panel Proposal: Total length of session is 90 minutes and must include 3-4 individuals who collectively submit a proposal based on a common theme or topic. The proposal requires a summary describing the importance of the panel theme and an abstract from each panel member.

Session Formats

Oral Presentation: Accepted presentations, grouped by topic, are presented at 90-minute sessions. Authors will have 10-15 minutes to present. Authors are encouraged to allot time for questions and comments from the audience. NCHCMM will provide the following audio-visual equipment: an LCD projector, laptop computer, overhead projector and screen.

Poster: This meeting format is a visual presentation of recent findings combined with informal discussion between the presenters and the audience. Authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photographs, diagrams and limited text on poster boards. Authors hold discussions with registrants who circulate among the poster boards. The poster boards measure six feet wide by 4 feet high, and each session last 60 minutes. Presenters are expected to remain by their board for the duration of the session. No audio-visual equipment is permitted for this format.

Thematic Panel Proposal: This meeting format is 90 minutes in length and must include 3-4 individuals who collectively submit a proposal based on a common theme or topic. The proposal requires a summary describing the importance of the panel theme and an abstract from each panel member.

Who Should Submit?

  • Health Communication Faculty and Consultants
  • Social Marketers
  • Behavioral/Social Scientists
  • Community-Based Organization Staff
  • Federal, State and Local Public Health Practitioners
  • Marketing and Communication Faculty
  • Private Sector Health Marketing Consultants
  • Public Health Communication and Health Promotion Faculty
  • Health Promotion Specialists
  • Non-profit Health Advocacy Organizations – Health Promotion NGOs
  • Public Health Students
  • Program Planners and Administrators

All presenting authors must register for the conference and are eligible for the early bird registration fee.

Review Criteria

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and notification to authors is expected to occur in early April 2020. Submissions addressing one of the conference tracks will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Significance of research, theoretical or practice question(s)
  2. Demonstration of proper methodology for research and evaluation abstracts; adequate backing by literature for theoretical abstracts; value to specified programs for practice abstracts based on originality, sufficient detail necessary for adoption and supporting evidence for effectiveness.
  3. Originality and contribution of presentation content to health communication and marketing knowledge
  4. Clarity of content
Page last reviewed: February 19, 2020