2018 Convention Call for Abstracts

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences: How SBHCs Can Turn Trauma Around

Call for Abstracts for 2018 Convention is closed

Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017

The Call for Abstracts for the 2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention is now open. The 2018 convention will be held June 24-27, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. The theme for the meeting is “Fueling Your Growth in Confidence, Competence, and Vision.” Use the button below to access the abstract submission module or continue reading for more information.

All applications must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A separate application must be completed for each submission. Notification of applicants’ status will be made in January 2018.


Submit an Abstract!

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Click here to download instructions on how to create a user account and click here to download a PDF with instructions on how to submit an abstract.

If you experience any technical difficulties while submitting your abstract, please call Deirdre Taylor at (202) 638-5872 ext. 204 or send her an email.


Category Information

The School-Based Health Alliance seeks subject matter expertise in 10 categories: Primary Care Clinical Skills, Mental Health Clinical Skills, Accountability/Quality Improvement, Population Health, Business/Systems, Oral Health, Eye Health and Vision, Disproportionate Risk Groups, Advocacy and Policy, and Youth Program.

Read More about Category Descriptions
Category 1. Primary Care Clinical Skills

Abstracts in this category will explore the use of evidence-based, culturally competent primary care clinical practices to address key health concerns among vulnerable children and adolescents. Abstracts must include tangible clinical skill building techniques.

Category 2. Mental Health Clinical Skills

Abstracts in this category will explore the use of evidence-based, culturally competent mental health clinical practices to address key health concerns among vulnerable children and adolescents. Abstracts must include tangible clinical skill building techniques. We encourage abstracts that focus on trauma-informed care, depression, anxiety, substance use, social determinants of health, and psychotropic medications and alternative treatments for mental health conditions.

Category 3. Accountability/Quality Improvement

Abstracts in this category will explore innovations in documenting, reporting, and using performance measurement data to improve quality of care. We also encourage abstracts describing new research and evaluation study designs and outcomes, especially those that link outcomes to education success.

Category 4. Population Health

Abstracts in this category explore efforts to improve population-level (or school-wide) health outcomes through implementing interventions aimed at the social determinants of health. We encourage abstracts that address school-wide policies and screenings and prevention programs. We also encourage abstracts that focus on youth development strategies, such as developing and collaborating with youth advisory councils.

Category 5. Business/Systems

Abstracts in this category will explore elements of successful business operations and systems collaboration. We encourage abstracts that address innovative finance models; sustainability strategies especially related to smaller systems and rural SBHC providers; and payer partnerships that maximize utilization, productivity, reimbursement, and return on investment.

Category 6. Oral Health

Abstracts in this category will explore how schools, communities, and SBHC providers are working together to address the unmet oral health needs of students and their families. We encourage abstracts that highlight successful strategies in school oral health education, prevention and treatment, policy and finance, data collection and use, marketing and advocacy, parent and student engagement, outcome measures, and care coordination and integration between school and community.

Category 7. Eye Health and Vision

Abstracts in this category will explore how schools, communities, and SBHC providers are working together to address the unmet eye health and vision needs of students and their families. We encourage abstracts that highlight successful strategies, solutions, and innovations in school-based programs, such as: voucher, charity, or sustainable vision center programs that provide eye health disease prevention and education; vision screening; visual exams, dilations, disease identification, refractions, and treatment; making and fitting of glasses; and vision therapy.

Category 8. Disproportionate Risk Groups

Abstracts in this category will explore successful approaches and programs designed to reduce disparities in poor health outcomes experienced disproportionately among higher risk groups of school-aged children and youth:  young people who are in the foster care or the juvenile justice systems, have newly  immigrated to the US, are pregnant or parenting, experiencing homelessness, are disabled, or identify as LGBTQ.

Category 9. Advocacy and Policy

Abstracts in this category will explore how public policies at local, state, and federal levels are sustaining and growing school-based health care models. Abstracts will also focus on communication strategies and grass-roots/grass-tops advocacy tactics for building political momentum. We especially encourage abstracts featuring campaigns that engage young people and their families as equitable partners in advocacy and policy processes.

Category 10. Youth Program (for youth participants only)

Abstracts in this category will explore strategies that empower youth to successfully participate and lead efforts in health campaigns, program planning, outreach and promotion, policy and advocacy, and peer-led education and support groups.


Presentation Format

The 2018 convention will offer five presentation formats: Pre-conference Workshops, Single Workshop, Double Workshop, Panel Session, and Poster Session.

Read More about Presentation Format

Pre-conference workshop
Time Frame: 180 minutes
Maximum number of presenters: three, plus one moderator*

Workshop (Single)
Time Frame: 75 minutes
Maximum number of presenters: two, no moderator*

Workshop (Double)
Time Frame: 150 minutes
Maximum number of presenters: three, plus one moderator*

Panel Session
Time Frame: 75 minutes
Maximum number of presenters: three, plus one moderator*

Poster Session
Time Frame: 120 minutes
One author is required to be present during general poster session.

*Moderator may be an additional person responsible for assisting the presenters, facilitating Q&A, and keeping session on time.


Competitive Selection Process

Workshop proposals and poster abstracts will be reviewed for content, measurable objectives, and presenters’ credentials. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the convention program. The abstract review committee reserves the right to assign accepted abstracts to categories other than the one originally applied for.

Read More about Selection Process

The peer review process will provide a technical and programmatic evaluation of all abstracts by a panel of professionals who are considered topic-area experts. The applications will be read and scored using the following criteria:

Presentation Tile ( 5 points maximum)

  • Clearly reflects the content of the presentation
  • Catches attention

Presentation Description (25 points maximum)

  • Meets word limit, includes correct spelling and grammar, and is clearly and concisely written.
  • Addresses priority topic within category and is a best practice/technique.
  • Appeals to wide audience.
  • Replicable to the field.

Presentation Summary (15 points maximum)

  • Meets word limit, includes correct spelling and grammar, and is clearly and consisely written.
  • Describes the presentation.
  • Demonstrates interactive components of workshop
  • Ready for publication in preliminary program and on mobile app

Clear, Measureable, and Obtainable Behavior Objectives (20 points maximum)

Content Outline (20 points maximum)

  • Detailed content written in paragraph format
  • Content supports the objective

Presenters’ Credentials, Expertise, and Experience (15 points maximum)

Bonus Points (7 points maximum)

  • Alliance Member – Organizational (5 points) Individual (3 points)
  • Interactive Presentation (2 points) – Workshop implements a variety of learning strategies in addition to traditional lecture discussion, e.g. learning games, live demonstration and practice of new skills and techniques, small group exercises, role plays, discussions, case scenarios, action planning, and sharing small group findings with larger group.

All applicants must submit:

  • A CV for each presenter
  • A completed disclosure form for each presenter

 

 

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