AMCHP Encourages Students and Early Career Professionals to Submit a Proposal for the 2023 Annual Conference
November 15, 2022

The call for proposals for the 2023 AMCHP Annual Conference is now open, and students and early career professionals (SECP) are invited to submit a proposal to share their completed (or in progress!) work under any of the 13 subject-focused tracks. Given this year’s theme, Cultivating Diverse Leaders in Maternal and Child Health, it is especially important that we hold space for the voices and ideas of those exploring or preparing to explore career pathways in our diverse field. The deadline to submit is November 22, 2022.  

Presentation Types 

  • Skills Building Session: 3-hour interactive in-person presentation designed to teach new skills, methods, or tools. (In-person delivery only)  
  • Workshop: 45-minute informative presentation with 15-minute Q&A. (In-person presentation with select live stream or recording virtual delivery) 
  • Poster: Graphic presentation of research or program results. (In-person and virtual poster options) 
  • SECP Roundtable: Opportunity for students and early career professionals to get feedback and guidance from industry leaders on a topic of interest or ongoing work. Great if you are working (or soon will be) on a thesis or dissertation. Includes a brief 5-minute presentation and 15-minutes of audience engagement. (In-person or virtual roundtable options) 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Who reviews the abstracts?  

A blind committee of AMCHP staff and board members.   

Q: Should I register as in-person or virtual and can I change my mind?  

There is no advantage or disadvantage to registering as in-person or virtual. Select whichever works best for you! You can change your mind up until April 5, 2023, at 11:59 pm PT.  

Q: How do I pick a track?  

There is no advantage or disadvantage to selecting a specific track. The tracks are there to help participants filter their search and more easily identify presentations within their topic interests. So, pick the track that best represents your topic! 

Q: How do I know if my topic is appropriate for the AMCHP conference?  

Try to incorporate as many of the aspects below:  

  • Highlights key programs and advancements in MCH centered around equity.  
  • Presents new findings or perspectives.  
  • Examines a pressing or emerging issue.  
  • Relevant to the MCH community, especially family and youth leaders.  
  • Relates to conference theme and/or objectives.  
  • Addresses MCH leadership competencies 

Q: What type of presentation is best for my topic?  

  • Skills Building Session: Lead an interactive presentation on a specific skill of expertise.  
  • Workshop: Seeking to present on and discuss a specific topic. Wanting to include co-presenters.  
  • Poster: Presenting findings on a specific study or program. Narrow topic or one aspect of a broader topic.  
  • Student and Early Career Professional Roundtable: Sharing a passion you want to (or have begun to) translate into action. 

Q: Should I have a co-presenter(s)?  

Co-presenters are not required for workshops. However, successful workshops often include co-presenter(s) to add expertise and an additional perspective on the topic of interest.  

Q: What else should I be aware of?  

Refrain from using terms that further perpetuate narratives that place and describe communities of color as deficit populations (i.e., “vulnerable”, “at-risk”, or “low-income” to describe a particular racial group). This resource may be helpful to you as you shift your language.   

Q: How much time should I spend on the application?  

AMCHP staff estimate that it takes 4-5 hours to pull the content pieces together, and 15-20 minutes to fill out the forms for the actual submission. Ideally, submit at least a day before the November 22 deadline. Re-read the submission details and instructions thoroughly before submitting.  

Q: What are the costs to attend the conference?  

There is no expense to submit an abstract. There is a discounted student rate to register for the conference if wanting to attend or are selected to present. Consider seeking funding support through your academic institution or employer.  

Q: What other opportunities exist for students and early career professionals at the conference?  

In addition to the vibrant plenary sessions and presentations on a wide range of MCH topics (including the roundtables described above), there will be dedicated networking time for students and early career professionals, as well as formal and informal opportunities to connect with established professionals, including those who may be hiring or planning to open positions.