You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 National Health Outreach Conference (formerly, Priester Health Extension Conference) hosted by the University of Georgia. This conference will intersect with the National Urban Extension Conference that concludes on May 7, 2015.

The submission deadline has elapsed and proposals are no longer being accepted.

Who's invited: We are soliciting presentations from a wide variety of professionals doing work that fosters health and wellness for individuals, families and communities.  Those professionals may include, but are not limited to: university faculty in medical and other academic institutions; public health professionals; local, state and federal agency partners; practitioners in the health care industry; students and Cooperative Extension professionals. 

When: May 6-8, 2015

Where: The Crowne Plaza, RavinaAtlanta, GA

Conference theme: Promoting Connections to Create Healthy Individuals, Families and Communities

Conference goal: Build a collaborative approach with organizations and agencies to achieve a healthier and safer America by promoting health and wellness, advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

Conference Website

Conference Priorities and Subthemes

Please note that this conference is intended to help

  1. build productive alliances between health coalitions, academic health centers, colleges of medicine, nursing, dentistry and other allied health schools, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and the health care industry to achieve a healthier and safer America; and
  2. promote health and wellness, advance health equity and reduce health disparities for families and individuals across the lifespan.  

Proposals on all health-related themes will be considered; however, those that fit one of the following six 2015 conference subthemes will be given special consideration:

1. Integrated Nutrition, Health, Environment, and Agricultural Systems

Improving the health of the nation requires working across systems.

Possible Topics – farm to school; school and community gardens; farmers markets; smarter lunchrooms; climate change; agriculture in the classroom; small farms; sustainable agriculture; food security; hunger; food banks and pantries; market development; locally grown; food policy; migrant labor; rural-urban interface; food deserts; food safety; quality assurance; evaluation; community collaboration; and developing partnerships with academic health centers, colleges of medicine, nursing, public health, veterinary medicine, and the health care industry.

2. Positive Youth Development for Health

Helping young people experience thriving trajectories and achieve key developmental outcomes.

Possible topics: evidence-based healthy living programs; healthy eating; physical activity; injury prevention; social emotional health; alcohol-tobacco-drug use prevention; preventing bullying and suicide; youth-adult partnerships; enhancing cultural confidence; community collaborations; economic stability; social success; civic engagement; evaluation; social marketing; and developing partnerships with academic health centers, colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and the health care industry.

3. Health Literacy

Increasing the ability of people to obtain, understand, communicate, and act upon health information and services.

Possible Topics:  health literacy education programs; health care providers and/ or pharmacists; plain language programming; communication strategies; understanding health issues; cultural differences in health literacy; community needs assessments; health concerns; language barriers; time constraints; misinformation; impacts of literacy on health and economic impact of health literacy; programs done within the context of community collaborations or partnerships with academic health centers and/or others.

4. Health Insurance Literacy

Degree to which individuals have the knowledge, ability, and confidence to find and evaluate information about health plans, select the best plan for their circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled. 

Possible Topics: Evidence-based consumer health insurance education programs; evaluation; programs done within the context of community collaborations or partnerships with academic health centers; financial literacy and numeric literacy programs, and/or others.

5. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Preventing the occurrence of disease, delaying the onset of disease and disability, lessening the severity of disease, and improving the health-related quality and duration of an individual’s life.

Possible Topics: Evidence-based prevention programs; motivating behavior change education programs; health promotion; improving self-care management; healthy eating; healthy lifestyle behaviors; disabled population research and programming; evaluation; community collaboration; and developing partnerships with academic health centers, colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and the health care industry.

6. Health Policy Issues Education

Improving population health will require collective resolve and action to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.

Possible Topics:  policies at the local, state, and federal levels that affect individual and population health; eHealth; health policy research; health policy analysis; health policy for special vulnerable at-risk populations (e.g., children, older adults, minorities, prisoners, policy for health innovators, mental wellness); impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Types of Presentations

Interested individuals may submit proposals for four different types of presentations:

Workshop - Sixty-minute interactive capacity-building workshop. Participants learn how to utilize a new approach, program, curriculum, or method.

Seminar  - Sixty-minute session designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of a phenomenon, concept, or issue.

Research/Evaluation Report – Thirty-minute presentation of a scholarly paper that shares results of community assessments, applied research, programmatic interventions, or campus-community partnerships.

Poster - Information about a program, project, or resource displayed and hosted by the presenter during a reception.

Review Process

Submitted proposals will undergo a double-blind, peer-refereed process leading to the selection of the highest quality presentations possible. Reviewers will use the following criteria in reviewing the proposals.

Each of the following five criteria will be weighted equally, 20 points a piece for a total possible score of 100. 

  • Accurately addresses one of the conference themes and/or addresses an emerging issue, relevant problem, or community need
  • Outcomes or objectives clearly defined (new skills, knowledge or abilities that participants will learn from session)
  • Program evaluation clearly documented (methods, tools, indicators, outcomes, impacts, etc.)
  • Documents program is research-based and/or evidence based or proposes new theoretical approaches to improving health.  
  • Clearly communicates the content and intent of the proposal.  Is well written and organized logically. 

Submit Proposal

Individuals will be notified of their proposal status by February 1, 2015.