The 2023 Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH Public Health Symposium Community-powered Approaches to Advance Healthy Lifestyles

April 5, 2023

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations


About The 2023 Symposium and Lectureship

The 2023 Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH Symposium will explore the role of community-powered approaches to advance healthy lifestyles via collaboration, multistakeholder-ship, and community-engagement. Globally, low-income, vulnerable, and historically marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by lifestyle risk factors[1]. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the precursor to managing chronic disease. By developing and incorporating personal actions that address diet, physical activity, weight control, treatment plan adherence, stress and coping strategies, spirituality, mind body techniques, substance abuse, and overall behavior modifications[2], communities can collectively improve health outcomes, address co-morbidities, as well as enhance vitality and longevity for current and future generations. This year’s symposium is designed to empower participants to achieve and advance optimal health through healthy lifestyles powered by policy, community, and clinical approaches.

Abstract Themes

All evidence-based research, best practices, policies, and evaluation methodology that highlight how community engagement, public health practice and research can contribute to healthy lifestyle approaches.

Topics should focus on, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Healthy lifestyle approaches based on individual experiences and scientific evidence
  • Community strategies in promoting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle for individuals, families, and/or communities
  • Systems and environments that serve as barriers or determinants to healthy lifestyles
  • Research identifying trends and data that demonstrate the variety and nuance of experiences among marginalized and understudied groups
  • Policy approaches at the local, state, and national levels
  • The education of health professionals on the concept of community-powered approaches to advance healthy lifestyles


[1] World Health Organization. Global health risks. . Accessed March 2, 2019.

[2] Kushner, Robert F.a,b; Sorensen, Kirsten Webbb. Lifestyle medicine: the future of chronic disease management. Current Opinion in Endocrinology & Diabetes and Obesity 20(5):p 389-395, October 2013. | DOI: 10.1097/

Who Should Submit?

All Voices are Welcome. We encourage submissions from students, professionals, academicians, and community members who have worked in preventive medicine, public health and community engagement and capacity-building for improving health outcomes. We will highlight both traditional research and non-research practice and processes. Those eligible include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty
  • Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Clinicians
  • Community-based Organizations
  • Educators
  • Public Health Practitioners
  • Social Workers and Community Health Workers
  • Local/State/Federal Government Representatives and Policymakers

If you have a non-research abstract (e.g., practice, policy, partnership development, case studies, processes, etc.) we welcome your submission especially if you are involved with community engagement, community organizing, and processes that connect preventive medicine to health.

Required Documents

Please submit the following two-page Request for Poster Presentation in a single file:

  • Title Page and Author Information: Please include all authors names, affiliations and degrees or degree candidacy.
  • Second Page: An abstract up to 300 words. All abstract submissions should be sent to the following email address:  Email SUBJECT LINE: [Presenter Last Name, First Name_ABSTRACT] e.g., Smith, Taylor_ABSTRACT. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may not be considered.   

Abstract Preparation and Submission

  • All abstracts should be limited to 300 words in length (not including titles or sub-headings).
  • Title page submission information must include all author names, degrees, and organizational affiliations.
  • Research abstracts should include: Objective, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion.
  • Practice/Process abstracts should include: Goals and Purpose, Activities, Outcomes, Relevance.

The deadline to submit abstracts is March 17, 2023.

Authors whose abstract is accepted for poster presentation will receive notification by March 24, 2023.

All authors invited to present during the poster session must register for the Symposium.


Deadline to submit Friday, March 17, 2023 (midnight EST)
Final notification of abstract disposition Friday, March 24, 2023
Deadline for presenter to withdraw or cancel Monday, March 27, 2023 (5:00pm EST)
Poster presentation   Wednesday, April 5, 2023