Call for Session Proposals

The call for proposals is now open - Session proposals are due by September 15!  After that date, all submissions will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by October 15, 2007. 

The link for on-line submissions of proposals is at the bottom of this page.  Proposals will only be accepted through this on-line system.  If you are having difficulties submitting a proposal or would like more information about how to submit a proposal, click here.  Please note that your session proposal description should be brief and contain general information about what you session will entail.

Before submitting a proposal, please review the following information:

  • Participants should be aware that their sessions could be scheduled on either Thursday, February 21st OR Friday, February 22nd OR both if the session is selected as a repeat presentation.  Please do not submit a proposal if you and your co-presenters will not be available to attend these days of the Summit.
  • Full contact information for you and each co-presenter must be included in the proposal for it to be considered.  Please notify all of your proposed co-presenters that you are including them in your proposal prior to submitting the proposal.
  • Please select a preferred session type and programmatic track as described below and indicate if the material to be presented is "Basic/introductory" or "Advanced."  Presenters will be asked to finalize the session description and to prepare learning objectives in accordance with the standards set by national CEU administering organizations if their submission is accepted for presentation.


Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions are 75-minute concurrent sessions featured throughout the Summit program.  Presentation proposals should include content for an entire 75-minute session and identify a session facilitator and all proposed presenters.  Sessions should be interactive and focus on engaging participants.  Breakouts will take place on both Thursday, February 21st and Friday, February 22rd.  Some presentations may be selected to be repeated in more than one concurrent session.

Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable Discussion Sessions are 45-minute long sessions designed to be informal, interactive, or question and answer sessions on a specific topic or issue.  They may include feedback on programmatic ideas, sessions to develop action agendas or policy statements, as well as affinity group meetings on specific interests or issues.  The roundtables will take place on Thursday, February 21st and/or Friday, February 22nd.

Poster Sessions
Poster session will be featured throughout the Summit.  These sessions will be used to display innovative practices, award winning programs, share documents, exchange ideas, and ask questions. Posters will be displayed when the Exhibit Hall is open, and a special reception at which poster presenters will be asked to be available to answer questions about the material displayed.

Programmatic Categories or “Tracks”
All presentation proposals, regardless of type, should be categorized into one of the following program tracks:

  • Measuring Preparedness: Thematic presentations highlighting effective measuring and progress reporting strategies and solutions.


  • Current Issues & Hot Topics:  Presentations on current local, state, and Federal issues such as pandemic influenza or avian influenza planning and preparedness; or natural disaster preparedness strategies and solutions; new funding announcements; or late-breaking issues from the field.


  • Preparedness Planning: Presentations describing how effective partnerships were developed; planning for vulnerable populations; joint planning between public health and healthcare organizations; multi-jurisdictional planning strategies; hazard and risk assessment processes; continuity of operations planning; cross-border planning initiatives; and international planning activities.


  • Laboratory Preparedness & Response: Presentations including both biological & chemical laboratory topics.


  • Surveillance & Epidemiology: Presentations including successful strategies and solutions in syndromic surveillance and technologies that support epidemiological response activities.


  • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS): Presentations including Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) and other related initiatives from local, state, and Federal program staff and partners.


  • Communicating in a Crisis: Presentations focusing on risk communication, crisis communications strategies, and techniques and technologies for effective communications before, during, and after an emergency


  • Evaluating Preparedness & Response: Presentations that describe the development of evaluation and performance metrics, readiness indicators, benchmarks, and exercise design and evaluation strategies, that may not fit in the Measuring Preparedness category.


  • Continuing Education, Training and Workforce Development: Presentations highlighting strategies and solutions for training program development, needs assessment development, preparedness competency development, distance learning techniques and tools


  • Legal Aspects of Preparedness: Presentations on the legal issues involved in preparedness, model laws and statues, and the legal aspects of a public health emergency response.


  • Skills-Building: Presentations on grants management techniques, program management skills, supervision and team-building strategies, leadership development, management techniques, strategies for working with elected officials, managing the media, and other skills-building sessions for preparedness professionals


Ready to Submit On-line?

Click here to submit your proposal on-line.  Please note: this on-line proposal system is not able to partially save a submission.  Please have all information on your session and presenters available before you complete the on-line form.  Thank you for your submission!