Strengthening Communities Through Trauma-Informed Public Health

After the success of its inaugural conference, the Mid-Atlantic Partnership is proud to bring its second conference to the public health communities across Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The pandemic continues to remind us that a strong public health infrastructure that is trauma-informed and equitable is crucial to address healing and rebuilding at the local, regional and national level.

On January 13 & 14th, 2022, the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association (Academy/DPHA), Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA), and Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), are bringing together regional experts through a two-day virtual conference, with the theme, “Strengthening Communities Through Trauma-Informed Public Health.” The conference will cover public health topics with a trauma-informed lens as together we consider the many ways that trauma impact individuals and communities, recognizing the signs, developing a system that responds to that level of care with healing and resiliency and lastly, prevention of trauma in the future. Abstracts are now being accepted on the following topics:

Climate Change and Trauma;
Trauma in Children/Adverse Childhood Events;
Individuals Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Abstracts may be delivered in two formats: 

Oral Presentations are presentations given to an audience via Zoom. The duration of oral presentations may vary by session. Abstract submission requires a description of the issue/problem, methods, findings, conclusions, and practical implications or recommendations for implementation. The presentations will be organized into sessions with similar topics, and will be held on Thursday, January 13.

 Poster Sessions are visual displays of a project or research on virtual poster boards. A poster includes an abstract, methods, results and findings, conclusions and practical implications or recommendations for implementation. The presenter will be assigned a specific time to present the poster.
To submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster session, complete the form and click “submit.”

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Student posters will be automatically enrolled in a student poster competition. The winner, determined by a small committee including public health professionals from Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, will be eligible for a free 2-year membership in their local APHA affiliate, along with a $250 gift card.

All submissions must include learning objectives, keywords, and a completed biographical data form and conflict of interest disclosure statement.

Questions about abstract submission can be sent to

Abstracts must be received by 5:00 pm on December 15, 2021. By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following:

     • Your abstract can be accepted as a type of presentation other than that which you have indicated as preferred;

     • The author names and presentation title will be published in the conference program; and

     • Conference registration and payment of the registration fee is required for all presenters whose abstracts have been accepted.

Anyone at the conference attending, presenting or co- presenting is required to register and pay prior to the conference. There is no charge to submit an abstract for consideration.

All authors will be notified of abstract status via e-mail by December 31, 2021.
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