2020 Convention Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts
is Now Closed.

The School-Based Health Alliance is pleased to invite abstracts for our National School-Based Health Care Convention in Denver, CO, on June 23-25, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

We seek subject matter expertise in the following categories:

  1. Primary Care Clinical Skills
  2. Mental Health Clinical Skills
  3. Accountability, Quality Improvement, and Research
  4. Population Health and Education Outcomes
  5. Business/Systems
  6. Oral Health
  7. Systematically Targeted Groups
  8. Advocacy and Policy
  9. Collaboration with Colleagues in the Education Sector and Local Communities
  10. Youth Training Program (for youth participants only)

Workshop abstracts should detail training opportunities that appeal to school-based health and education professionals; are relevant to their learning needs; are interactive in presentation strategy; and describe specific skills, expertise, resources, and/or tools that align with and advance the workshop category themes.

All abstracts must be submitted online. Applicants will need to log into our website using their username (email address) and password.


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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, and Research, Population Health and Educational Outcomes, Business/Systems, Oral Health, Systematically Targeted Groups, Advocacy and Policy, Collaboration with Colleagues in the Education Sector and Local Communities, and Youth Training 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—including telehealth—to address key prevention and other health topics among children and adolescents. We encourage abstracts that link primary care clinical practices to improved outcomes for individuals, organizations, and/or systems and that reference integrated care models. We are also seeking abstracts that consider the role of SBHCs in mitigating school emergencies; including triage and trauma training. Abstracts must include tangible clinical skill-building techniques. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 2. Mental Health Clinical Skills

Abstracts in this category will explore the use of evidence-based, culturally competent mental health clinical practices for students and/or staff. We encourage abstracts that focus on the role of SBHC staff in identifying and preventing violent behaviors; addressing mental health issues (including through telehealth) and ensuring mental well-being for youth; exploring clinical techniques to engage families in prevention and treatment; and considering the role of SBHC mental health professionals in community recovery after a tragic event. We encourage abstracts that address interaction with school psychologists, school social workers, school resource officers, teachers, school administrators, parents, non-school officials (such as police, fire, and political), the media, and faith communities. Abstracts must include tangible clinical skill-building techniques. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 3. Accountability, Quality Improvement, and Research

Abstracts in this category will depict new research study and evaluation designs and outcomes for individuals, organizations, and/or systems—especially those that link health outcomes to education success. Abstracts may explore innovations in documenting, reporting, and using performance measure data to improve the quality of care as well as ways to engage peers in translational research. We also encourage abstracts that reference the use of telehealth and those that address privacy issues around data usage, storage, and sharing. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 4. Population Health and Educational Outcomes

Abstracts in this category will explore efforts to improve population-level (or schoolwide) health and education outcomes. We encourage abstracts that address schoolwide policies; screenings and surveillance efforts; chronic absenteeism prevention program; and youth development strategies. Presenters are encouraged to demonstrate the impact of these efforts on health and education outcomes through research and evaluation methods and data. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff and/or youth.

Category 5. Business/Systems

Abstracts in this category will explore the elements of successful business operations and systems collaboration in a variety of SBHC models. We encourage abstracts that address innovative finance models; sustainability strategies, especially for small systems and rural SBHCs; and payer partnerships that maximize utilization, productivity, reimbursement, and return on investment. We also encourage abstracts that focus on developing and operating high-quality, sustainable SBHC telehealth care models—such as comparing technologies and costs or exploring training programs, certifications, and HIPAA concerns. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

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 measurement; care coordination and integration between school and community; and oral telehealth services delivered in schools. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 7. Systematically Targeted Groups

Abstracts in this category will explore successful approaches and programs to advance equity in health and education outcomes—particularly for outcomes among school-aged children and youth who are in the foster care or the juvenile justice systems; have newly immigrated to the United States; are pregnant or parenting; are experiencing homelessness; or those who live in neighborhoods with high concentrations of disadvantaged, disabled, or LGBTQ populations. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 8. Advocacy and Policy

Abstracts in this category will explore how public policies and collective action at local, state, and federal levels can: sustain and grow school-based health care models; address SBHCs’ role in creating safe and healthy schools; and inform the intersections of HIPAA and FERPA. We encourage abstracts featuring campaigns that engage young people and their families as equitable partners in the advocacy and policy process.

Category 9. Collaboration with Colleagues in the Education Sector and Local Communities

Abstracts in this category will explore how school-based health care staff advance student health and safety by collaborating with members of the school and local community, such as: school administrators, teachers, school nurses, school psychologists, school safety professionals, school resource officers, behavioral threat assessment management and behavior intervention teams, school social workers, school facility managers, and other support staff. We encourage abstracts to address one or more of the following areas: 1) systems-level collaboration at the SBHC, sponsor organization, school district, and/or school administration levels; 2) skills and capacity building that equips SBHC and non-SBHC staff with strategies to support healthy schools by deepening their partnerships with education and school safety sectors; 3) engaging staff in healthy school planning; and 4) implementing and sustaining school staff wellness efforts. We also encourage abstracts that explore the role of SBHCs in response planning for emergencies or traumatic events (such as weather disasters, hostile events, and community tragedies) that take place on school grounds. When appropriate, we encourage presenters to consider co-presenting with a member of their school’s staff.

Category 10. Youth Training Program (for youth participants only)

Abstracts in this category will explore strategies that empower youth to productively participate and lead efforts in health campaigns, program planning, outreach and promotion, policy and advocacy, and peer-led education and support groups. We also encourage abstracts that both feature current or former students who have experienced violent behaviors in their schools and consider the students’ ideas on how SBHCs can best support them.


Presentation Format

The 2020 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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