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Present at SBH2020


The State of Black Health National Conference will feature several concurrent breakout sessions. Presenters will highlight successful programs, campaigns, or advocacy efforts that have led to reasonable, clear, and transferable promising practices. All abstract submissions should review real-world outcomes rather than theory-based data analyses. Preference will be given to authors who have been actively engaged in the program, campaign, or advocacy effort.


Presenters should be able to discuss public health implications and real-world application of the project. Community, state, and federal-level relevance should be apparent. Ideas presented should be aspirational, dynamic, and energizing for those in attendance. Hence, an optional video submission has been added to the submission process.


Abstract submission must fall within the three (3) tracks of the conference. 

Wellness & Chronic Disease Disparities

This track reviews corporate, community, healthcare, and governmental public health efforts that are moving the needle toward reducing HIV or other chronic disease disparities. Sessions may discuss how specific policies, community initiatives, or public health campaigns are impacting health disparities and they can be replicated within communities nationwide.​

Economic Barriers

This track will explore how unemployment/underemployment and the attainment of livable wages contribute to current health disparities and remains a primary concern in African American communities. Presenters may discuss policies, programs, or services designed to promote economic parity for individuals from underserved populations. Submissions may also review solutions to reduce the ever-expanding income gap, encourage entrepreneurship, increase employee productivity, promote employee health, and/or accommodate employees living with a chronic disease.

Institutional Injustices

This track will address how injustices in our nation’s judicial, educational, and federal institutions produce unhealthy communities and promote health inequity. Submissions may explore the impact of institutional racism on the health of African Americans and should highlight policy initiatives and promising practices that provide resources at the state and local level to address this issue.



  • Abstracts must be submitted via the online form. Emailed abstracts will not be accepted.

  • In total, the abstract text should contain no more than 500 words.

  • The abstract may contain up to two images, uploaded separately during the submission process.

  • All abstracts must include at least one measurable audience learning outcome.




  • Is there a clear background and justified project objective(s)?

  • Is the abstract in line with one of the conference tracks and does it clearly fall under one of the subcategories?

  • Are the project outcomes significant and clearly presented?

  • Are the recommendations/best or promising practices realistic and feasible?

  • Is the work reported original and does it contribute to improving health outcomes specifically for African Americans?

  • Was the author directly involved in the project?​