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2018 Call for Papers

Showcase your work and inspire your peers.

2018 Submission deadline

Deadline to Submit is August 17, 2018.


  • Access to Care/Strategic Planning
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • GIS in Health Policy
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • GIS in Managing Disease and Population Health 
  • Leveraging Your GIS as a Collaborative
  • GIS and Social Inequities
  • Healthy Communities
  • Responding to the Homeless Crisis

Submission guidelines and information

  • Author/Presenter name(s)
  • Presentation title (10 words or less)
  • Company name
  • Complete address, phone, and email information
  • Brief presenter biography (25 words or fewer)
  • Abstract (1200 characters or fewer, including spaces)
  • Keyword set (list only 3-5 keywords)

Questions to be answered

  • What are your findings or results?
  • What was your return on investment?
  • What problem did you solve with GIS? What advantage did GIS give you?
  • Did you find a more efficient way to do something?
  • What difficulties did you overcome to solve your utility/department problems?
  • How can this project be useful for the audience?

Abstract guidelines

  • Be Clear—Ensure that what you submit is what you'll present. Nothing upsets attendees more than signing up for a session that's not as advertised.
  • Be Enthusiastic—Your abstract should generate enthusiasm! Make sure your content is relevant, but also exciting. What invaluable information will you share during the session?
  • Be Concise—Who's the target audience? What products or topics does this session cover outside the topic? What roles specifically benefit from this session?
  • Be Original—Attendees want to see new presentations that cover the latest innovations in technology. Take the time to create well-written titles and abstracts, outlines, and select the appropriate audience and level.
  • Be Educational—Be sure your proposal doesn't sound like a sales pitch, but rather an exciting opportunity for attendees to learn something new.
  • All papers and presentations must be noncommercial. At no time is it permissible for presenters to use their time slot to advertise or promote a product, service, or company.
  • Remember, the information you enter will be published on the website and in the agenda. Eliminate bullet points and numbering and avoid using words in all capital letters. Also, submissions must be in English.
  • Keywords are used to organize presentations into appropriate sessions, so please choose words that clearly describe the main idea of your work.
  • Do not include information in your abstract that will not be in your presentation.

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