2023 Call For Abstracts

CPHA invites you to submit an abstract for our Culture of Data Conference to be held April 6-7, 2023 virtually.


Conference Objectives

The Culture of Data conference brings together community groups, academia, state/local government, healthcare entities and nonprofit organizations that share a goal of achieving health equity. The Culture of Data conference is designed to strengthen the use of data to support the CPHA vision of creating the healthiest Colorado for everyone by:

  • Sharing innovative practices that promote partnership and collaboration between community members and public health professionals to make data more accessible, meaningful, and actionable.
  • Exploring examples of data sharing with and by communities and how communities can leverage data to advance health equity and health outcomes. 
  • Highlighting data sources and methodologies to identify and measure community assets and health equity.

2023 Conference Theme: Breaking down silos: Public health data and community action

Data can be a powerful advocacy tool for communities.  Community engagement in data collection, analysis, and dissemination enhances buy-in, commitment, sustainability and equity to the work at hand.  Additionally, community involvement in the data lifecycle accurately diagnoses the problem, which drives effective actions.  Our public health data systems have been built to monitor population health and describe health disparities in a siloed manner, often excluding community voice. However, there is a growing desire to dismantle these silos between public health data systems and the community and for our data systems to better serve the public. 

The Culture of Data conference is seeking submissions that showcase people building partnerships and power sharing with community groups to create more inclusive data systems, data storytelling to promote community resiliency, and using data to advance policy development and community-centered activism. Submissions that connect to the conference objectives and theme are encouraged; please refer to the example topics below:

  • Novel ways of adapting and building more inclusive and flexible data systems that respond to evolving community identities
  • Innovative ways to assess social determinants of health, health equity, and justice in communities 
  • Demonstration of projects or programs in which data is used to promote learning from communities and further community-led action to achieve health equity
  • Communication and relationship building across data silos to integrate data on social determinants of health and include community voice 

Submission Details

You may submit an abstract for one of the following formats below. 

  • Emerging Leader Showcase Presentation
    • 10-12 minute presentation with time for questions afterward
    • Eligible applicants for this showcase include:
      • Current students who are interested in public health and/or pursuing a degree
      • Early career professionals who have been practicing in the field for less than 5 years
      • First-time presenters are encouraged to apply
    • Applicants selected for presentations in the showcase will receive a scholarship to attend the conference
    • Applicants may submit abstract proposals based on work completed in graduate/undergraduate courses
  • Lecture
    • 20-minute presentation with time afterward for questions
    • This is a typical conference presentation, usually presented with slides 
    • Does not need to include interactive components (although they are welcome)
  • Skill-building session
    • Approximately 1-hour to 1-hour and 15-minutes long
    • Skill-building sessions must be interactive and include hands-on learning or practice for attendees
    • There should be time built into the presentation for attendees to explore new tools, practice skills, or engage in discussions that foster learning
  • Walk and learn – asynchronous session
    • Approximately 15-30 minutes long
    • Audio-only format (podcast style) that allow people to engage with the topic away from their desk 
    • This format enables presenters to focus on digital storytelling and offer an opportunity for speakers with community-based expertise to share their experiences  

Abstracts will be assessed on:

  • Relevance to conference objectives and theme
  • Whether they address equity  
  • Originality of the work
  • Fit for the proposed format (lecture, showcase, skill-building etc.)
  • Preference will be given to abstracts that pertain to Colorado or surrounding states in the region

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Rosenthal, Director of the Culture of Data conference, at [email protected]