2024 Call For Abstracts

CPHA invites you to submit an abstract for our Culture of Data Conference to be held April 17-19, 2024 in-person and virtually.

Abstracts for the Culture of Data Conference are Closed. We are currently reviewing submissions.

Conference Objectives

The Culture of Data (CoD) conference brings together community members, academia, state/local government, 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, 
  • Exploring examples of data sharing with and by communities and how communities can leverage data to advance health equity and health outcomes, and
  • Highlighting data sources and methodologies to identify and measure community assets and health equity.

2024 Conference Theme: Data for Social Good

Data is powerful–a power that can be harnessed for social good.  It tells important stories about our community, our state, and our nation that are being used to address societal challenges, improve social services, enhance community capacity, and inform resource allocation. From advocating for policy changes that will improve health outcomes to identifying community assets and needs to tracking advancements toward health equity goals, data plays an important role in shaping current and future public health initiatives.

At this year’s Culture of Data conference, we aim to showcase ways that data is being used for social good – in research, in academia, and in communities across public health content areas. From Big Data to single community focus groups, we seek to highlight how data can yield the insights that we need to work toward more just and equitable public health outcomes. Submissions that connect to the conference objectives and theme are encouraged; please refer to the suggested topics below:

  • Tips and tools for how data can best be harnessed to address societal challenges, improve public services, and drive positive societal impact
    • How can we use our data to create the positive changes we seek?
  • Exploring how data insights can enhance educational outcomes and support personalized learning
    • How can we use data to better improve personal and professional development within the field? 
    • How can we further encourage public health professionals to continue the hard work?
  • Demonstrating the power of data visualization and storytelling techniques in conveying impactful messages
  • Communication and relationship building strategies to increase trust in public health data and/or further action in addressing structural inequities:
    • Incorporating storytelling into data dissemination products
  • Capturing the larger context on why disparities exist at systemic levels
  • Data visualizations strategies that assist audiences in interpreting data trends and visualizing data in more equitable ways
  • Community partnership strategies that foster collective action

Submission Details

You may submit an abstract for one of the following formats below. We welcome anyone who works within the broad field of public health and/or involved in community activism to apply.

Emerging Leader Showcase Presentation

  • 10-12 minute presentation with time for questions afterward
  • Eligible applicants for this showcase include:
  1. First-time presenters are encouraged to apply
  2. Current students who are interested in public health and/or pursuing a degree
  3. Early career professionals who have been practicing in the field for less than 5 years
  • 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


  • 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)

Walk and learn – asynchronous session

  • Approximately 15-30 minutes long
  • Audio-only format (podcast style) that allows 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

Abstract Reviewing

To apply to become an abstract reviewer, please visit this link: Culture of Data Conference Abstract Review Volunteer Form (google.com)

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Wright, Director of the Culture of Data conference, at [email protected].