STI Quarterly

Submit abstracts now for 2012 STD conference

Received a promising program aimed at preventing transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? Circle Oct. 14 as the deadline for abstract submission for the 2012 National STD Prevention Conference March 12-15 in Minneapolis.

Organizers for the national meeting are inviting program staff from project areas funded by the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to submit one poster abstract profiling a promising program activity or series of activities. In choosing a potential project, consideration should be given to such elements as preliminary or final results and implications from promising programs; program development and implementation challenges and successes along with lessons learned; the use of or opportunities for quality improvement; and/or innovative new methods for STD prevention and control within project areas. Project areas should consider submission of activities that have succeeded, partially succeeded, or failed in achieving anticipated results, and should include cost and/or cost-effectiveness data when available.

Only one abstract may be submitted per project area, conference organizers emphasize. Project organizers are encouraged to partner with local health departments or community-based organizations if the activity presented is implemented through one of these venues. Presenters should be prepared to discuss their submission in roundtable format should their project be selected for inclusion in the program showcase roundtable session.

To submit abstracts, visit the conference website, http://www.cdc.gov/stdconference. Click on "Submit Abstracts Online."

Reproductive health clinicians should make plans to attend the conference because it is taking place prior to the scheduled implementation of key provisions in the upcoming federal Affordable Care Act. The theme of the conference, "STD Prevention Innovation: Solutions for the Era of Healthcare Reform," reflects how the field of STD prevention and control is positioning itself to respond to changes in the healthcare system.