**Call for Abstracts is now closed. Presenters will be notified of submission status shortly after Feb. 17th.

The conference planning committee for the 4th Alaska Native Health Research Conference requests the submission of abstracts to be considered for oral and poster presentation. Presentations should highlight ways in which research studies or community intervention programs have made an impact on health status of Alaska Native people. Priority will be given to Alaska Native health researchers and/or health research projects involving Alaska Native participants. Our conference participants are interested in reliable and relevant information that they can use to make their communities and organizations more effective and responsive to community health needs and priorities. Conference planners encourage presentations on projects addressing a wide range of physical, behavioral, community, and environmental health concerns. Abstracts are welcome from students/trainees; preliminary reports of research in progress are also acceptable. All Presenters must obtain the appropriate Tribal health organization (THO) approval(s) prior to presentation.

Purpose:
The purpose of the Alaska Native Health Research Conference is to provide a forum to highlight Alaska Native health research and offer an opportunity for networking and discussion between Alaska Native community members, health directors, healthcare providers, students, and health researchers.
 
2014 Conference Theme
Research for a healthier people
 
Overall Conference Goals
  • Build capacity for sustainable health research that respects Alaska Native culture and values while meeting community needs
  • Share advances in Alaska Native health research with our people and our partners that demonstrate how research seeks to improve Alaska Native health status
 
Presenting Author Responsibilities

The person submitting the abstract identifies the author who will be designated as the Presenter. The Presenter will serve as primary contact on the abstract. It is the responsibility of the Presenter to communicate with all co-authors regarding acceptance of the abstract and any other relevant information. Again, all Presenters must obtain the appropriate Tribal health organization (THO) approval(s) prior to presentation. This extended call is provided as conference planners are aware that Tribal approval may take time. If allowed by the THO, Tribal approval may be obtained after submission. Although the conference does not require submission of the approval, Presenters are strongly encouraged to keep all approvals on file.

Format
 
Please fill in the text boxes on the online submittal page with the specified information:
  • Title
  • Preferred Presentation Format (Oral, Poster, Both)
  • Learning Objectives (please provide 1-3 “pearls” each attendee should gain from the information provided in the presentation)
  • Abstracts should be structured into five sections with the following subheadings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Please click HERE for a sample abstract to use as a guide.
  • Excluding headers, text of abstract should be no more than 350 words. Do not include figures or tables.
  • Abstracts must be written using language that can be understood by non-scientists
 
Additional Information 
  • All presentations will be accepted based on topic relevance and space availability
     
  • All abstracts that are accepted for presentation will be distributed to conference participants.

Oral presentations:

  • All oral presentations will be assigned to a panel with 2 to 3 other presentations within a 1-hour breakout block. Each breakout block will be repeated. Thus, all Presenters should prepare a 15-20 minute presentation, allowing for audience questions, which will be presented twice. Audience size will vary up to 40 attendees at each session.
  • The conference planner will email all presenters the specific date and times for presentations once we receive a reply to the acceptance notice.
  • A planning team member will also contact all presenters to provide additional details about specific breakout blocks.
  • Power Point presentations are required and electronic PDF copies will be provided to conference attendees via the conference website. All final Power Point presentations must be emailed by Thursday, March 20th to lorell.david@visionsus.com

Poster presentations:

  • At least one author must attend and be available at their poster during the Poster Promenade session from 12:50pm to 1:20pm on Thursday, March 27th.
  • Poster board space will be assigned by the conference planners.
  • Each display panel is 4 feet high by 8 feet wide.
  • Presenters should hand-carry their posters and arrive during the designated breakfast time (7:15-8:00am) on Thurs, March 27th. All posters must be displayed in the designated poster exhibit area by noon, March 27th..

Deadline - Extended

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 5pm Alaska Time, January 24, 2014. Authors will be notified of their acceptance on or before Friday, January 31, 2014.

Modifications
 
Modifications to accepted presentations will only be accepted until 5pm Alaska time, Friday, March 14, 2014.  After this date, changes will not be accepted to due printing deadlines.
 
Click HERE to modify your accepted presentation.
 
All oral presentation Power Points for the conference must be submitted no later than Thursday, March 20, 2014. This will allow time for presentations to be converted to PDF format and uploaded to the conference flash drive. Further details on how to upload presentations will be sent upon acceptance of abstract.