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NAQC Conference 2015: Call For Abstracts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues,

NAQC is pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for break-out session presentations at NAQC Conference 2015 in Atlanta this August.

The information below will prove useful in developing your abstract and completing the online submission form. When you are ready, please visit to complete and submit your break-out session abstract. You will also find a Word version of the online submission form HERE. This document is intended to help you prepare your abstract however, all abstracts must be submitted online. The deadline for submissions is June 24.

Your session proposal must align with one of the four tracks described below. 
Important Note: the examples of session topics listed below are merely intended to provide guidance and further definition for each of the tracks and are not exhaustive lists of what is possible.
  1. Adapting and Diversifying Quitline Practice to Increase Integration and Impact
Sessions in this track will highlight strategies for positioning quitlines as an integrated component of health systems change, chronic disease/mental health prevention programs and tobacco-use treatment initiatives, and embedding quitline promotion within tobacco control policy implementation.
Examples include:
  • Implementing eReferral with Community Health Centers;
  • Better Practices for Working with the Mental Health/Addiction Community;
  • Quitlines as a Success Factor: Smokefree Multi-family Dwellings
  1. Opportunities for Ensuring Sustainability
Sessions in this track will emphasize the challenges and opportunities for quitlines as a result of healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act, public-private and public-public partnerships, and shifting funding priorities. Each session will explore who is paying for quitline services and other cessation treatments, and how coverage and utilization of evidence-based treatments, including quitlines, can be expanded.
Examples include:
  • Making the Case for Quitlines in 2015;
  • Redefining Partnerships with Medicaid, Employers and Health Plans Post-ACA;
  • Certification and Accreditation: Opportunities for Sustainability
  1. Innovative Strategies and Solutions to Increase Access, Utilization, Reach and Effectiveness
Sessions in this track will focus on exploring who quitlines are serving now and expect to serve in the future, and how service delivery is being refined and redefined as a result of changing demographics of tobacco users, levels of call volume, diversifying roles and landscapes, application of technology, and efforts to address tobacco-related health disparities. Sessions will include strategies for engaging  tobacco users with mental health illness and addiction, and those in priority populations, in quitline services.
Examples include:
  • Lessons learned from the Asian Smokers Quitline and 1-855-DEJELO-YA;
  • Assessing and Responding to Drops in Call Volume;
  • New Ways to Offer Effective Cessation Services
  1. Building Better Practice Through Research, Evaluation and Assessment
Sessions in this track will focus on how we measure and understand the changing landscape, use of technology and promotion strategies to increase reach and delivery of quitline and cessation services, and apply what we learn to build better practice or plan for future action.
Examples include:
  • Quitline Treatment for E-cigarette Users: Early Research Findings;
  • Refining the Tips Campaign: Gaining Input from Practitioners;
  • Better Practices for Using Technology to Reach and Treat Smokers
The online abstract submission form will require you to choose the type of session that you wish to present. Most conference break-out sessions (12) will be 90 minutes in length. Presenter(s) has the option of proposing to deliver a full 90-minute session or proposing a 45-minute session that the conference planning workgroup will pair with another session featuring a similar topic. A few conference break-out sessions (4) will be 60 minutes in length.

We hope to encourage creativity, participatory sessions and outside-of-the-box thinking when it comes to designing and delivering break-out sessions. You will be asked to choose from one of the six session types below:

Presentation (90 minutes)
Presentation (45 minutes)
Presentation (either 90 or 45 minutes)

Expert Panel Discussion (90 minutes)
An expert panel discussion will provide an opportunity to hear several people knowledgeable about a specific issue or topic present information and discuss personal views. A panel discussion may help the audience further clarify and evaluate their positions regarding specific issues or topics being discussed and increase their understanding of others' positions.

Discussion (60 minutes)
The 60-minute discussion can take the form of an expert panel discussion (described above), a discussion with peers about a specific topic (e.g., What has your state, province or organization learned about engaging the LGBTQ community in quitline treatment?), or a discussion with peers to help you overcome a challenge (e.g., Our call volume has been decreasing and we cannot identify the reason. I would like to share our approach with you and gain peer feedback on next steps we should take.)

The following information will help you understand how successful break-out session abstracts will be selected.
  • An Abstract Review Workgroup will be established by NAQC to review and rate all abstracts.
  • Each workgroup member will be assigned to review break-out session abstracts submitted in two of the four tracks (members will also read all submissions in order to have a sense of the breadth of session topics proposed).
  • Each track will have a team consisting of at least 2 reviewers who will review submissions individually. Each team  will meet  with NAQC staff to discuss review results and arrive at consensus on the successful proposals for their track. Submissions will receive a score of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
  • The entire Workgroup will then meet together. At this time, each team will propose their slate of successful sessions to the larger group. There will be time allotted for discussion and feedback.
  • The Workgroup will provide NAQC with the list of recommended sessions for each track. NAQC staff will review in order to ensure balance among stakeholder audiences and interest areas and make final decisions on slate of conference sessions.
Reviewers will use the following criteria to score session proposals:
  • How well does the proposal align with the overall conference objectives and at least one of the identified learning tracks?
  • The explanation you provide in your proposal is the basis for this review.
  • Your abstract should offer a unique perspective or application that adds value for NAQC members.
  • Are the following areas completely and thoroughly addressed?
  • Learning outcomes are clearly identified.
  • The proposal abstract clearly articulates session purpose, methods and conclusions.
  • The depth and/or complexity of the content being delivered meets the needs of conference participants.
  • Proposal title matches the content of the presentation.
  • Proposal is free of commercialism.
  • Does the session deliver content in a way that is engaging and includes ample time for audience questions,  interaction, and discussion?
If your session is chosen for presentation at the conference, you must be willing to adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Submit your complete and final PowerPoint presentation (unless you are facilitating an interactive roundtable) to NAQC by the required due date.
  • Agree to have your PowerPoint presentation and session description posted to the NAQC website.
  • Refrain from any direct marketing of products, services, software or other commercial ventures in the session.
    *NAQC is unable to provide support to selected presenters. There is no provision for expenses, honorarium or other monetary compensation.
  • Deadline for Proposal Submission –  June 24
  • Notification and confirmation of attendance/availability – July 10
Should you have questions or concerns about the conference or the call for abstracts, please contactLinda Bailey at

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