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Prevent Child Abuse America® invites skill-development workshops, symposium, individual papers, and poster proposals for the 2019 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference: Moving Upstream, which will take place September 16-18, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The conference theme, Moving Upstream, is a call-to-action for the field to consider the multitude of ways in which we can prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. All children deserve to grow up in safe, nurturing environments and we are committed to identifying solutions reflecting the diversity of our country, with a focus on addressing the social determinants of health.


Presentation Focus Areas
The 2019 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference will examine four core components—innovative programs and practices, family-focused policies, cutting-edge research, and public awareness and engagement strategies—and provide the latest thinking to help drive the field toward upstream prevention.  Therefore, sessions should be aligned to one of the following focus areas:
  • Innovative, Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that improve child well-being and promote healthy child development, strengthen families, and meet the unique needs of different communities, cultures, and populations.
  • Family-Friendly Policies that support evidence-based programs and interventions that help keep families together, address the underlying causes that can contribute to child abuse and neglect, and provide supports to all families, especially those in high-risk communities.
  • Cutting-Edge Research that helps provide direction and advance the field, and that can be translated into practice.
  • Impactful Public Awareness that drives community engagement and understanding of the issues, promotes positive social norms and attitudes around the issues, and changes behaviors.
Presentation topics across the areas of programs, policy, research, and public awareness may include, but are not limited to:
  • Healthy Families America®: home visiting practice innovation, continuous quality improvement, and service enhancements; supervision and workforce development; reflective practice
  • Diversity, justice, and equity in child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Addressing the social determinants of health
  • Prevention in diverse contexts with diverse families
  • Risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) Community-based prevention strategies
  • Home visitation
  • Social norms and messaging
  • Moving communities to action
  • Organizational and community capacity building
  • Caregiver engagement and leadership development
  • Public policy and economic supports
Presentation Formats

Your proposal will be carefully evaluated and may be accepted for any of the following formats below, depending on the scope of content and engagement strategies proposed:

  • Workshop:  A 90-minute interactive or experiential session that is focused on skill-development.
  • Symposium:  A 90-minute, in-depth exploratory session focused on a presentation of findings or a showcase of innovative work. No more than four presenters are permitted to present.
  • Individual Paper:  A 20-minute presentation focused on a presentation of findings or showcase of innovative work. The presentation will be grouped with other similar presentation topics.
  • Poster:  A new set of posters will be presented each day with a dedicated 45-minute session to meet the poster authors. Share and examine ideas focused on effective practices, research findings, or innovative solutions with one-on-one or small group interaction.
Submitting Your Proposal

Before you start a proposal submission, be sure you are prepared to provide the following information:

  • Presenter contact information
  • Presentation type: workshop, symposium, paper, or poster
  • Focus area: programs, policy, research, public awareness
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Descriptions: long (500 words or less) and short (50 words or less)
  • Learning objectives
  • Target audience
  • Citations
  • Equipment needs
There is no fee to submit a proposal. However, if accepted, you must register to attend the conference.
Selection Process

Proposals are selected to ensure the conference offers a comprehensive, objective, and diverse program. Please note: You may be invited to present in formats other than the one you selected or those noted in the proposal submission form.


Proposals will be reviewed by the National Conference Committee using the following criteria:
  1. Relevance of topic: Is the topic of relevance, importance, and/or interest to the audience? Does the topic tie to upstream (primary and secondary) child abuse and neglect prevention?
  1. Value of content:  Will the audience learn something new or different that can be applied to their line of work?
  1. Presenter knowledge: Does the presenter(s) have sufficient knowledge, expertise, and authority to address this topic based on evidence provided in the proposal?
  1. Quality of submission:  Does the proposal adequately cover content related to the learning objectives or key stated outcomes? Is the submission complete and well-written?
  1. Inclusion:  Does the presentation take into consideration the concepts of diversity and inclusion?
All proposals must be received by April 5, 2019 by 11:59 pm CST. If your proposal is selected, you will be notified in early May and additional details will be provided at that time.


Presenter Registration

If your proposal is selected, you may register for the conference at a special discounted rate. Details about the discounted presenter rate, including posters, will be provided to all those whose proposals are selected.


Important Reminders
Please note the following:
  • Number of Submissions:  It is expected that each person will submit no more than three (3) abstracts bearing the name of the same author, either individually or as part of any group of authors.
  • Registration: All accepted presenters are responsible for registering for the conference, paying the conference registration fee, and securing and paying for travel and lodging.
  • Audiovisual Information: Standard audiovisual equipment and setup will be provided, including a screen, LCD projector, stand, and microphone, if needed.  Any additional AV equipment is at the presenter’s expense.
Deadlines and Important Dates
The deadline to submit abstracts is April 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST.  Submissions received after this date will not be accepted.
  • April 5:  Deadline to submit abstracts
  • Mid May:  Presenters are notified
  • June 3:  Selected presenters must confirm participation
  • June:  Draft conference program schedule released
  • September 16-18:  Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference
Should you have any questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Bart Klika at