The Power of Connection in Physical Therapist Practice 

Welcome to the Colorado Health Promotion Symposium!

September 16, 2022

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, along with the Colorado School of Public Health and the American Physical Therapy Association Health Promotion and Wellness Council, is proud to welcome you to the Colorado Health Promotion Symposium. ​

This virtual symposium will explore the intersection of health promotion and physical therapist practice by connecting ideas, places, and people through technology and innovation to advance health equity. Interactive sessions will include keynote presentations, panelist discussions, platform presentations, and breakout sessions.

Keynote Address: Dr. Jonathan Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Kimberly Varnado, Director of the College of Saint Mary PT Program
Dr. Maria Aguila, Co-Owner of Life in Motion PT
Dr. Jazmine Tooles, Director of Explore the Magic of Motion


Web Page Instructions

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2022 Health Promotion Symposium. We invite you to submit your work for consideration by the Symposium Steering Committee.

While developing your submission, we welcome the following categories under our broader theme of connecting:

  • Connecting Places
  • Connecting People
  • Connecting through Technology and Innovation


We will prioritize those abstracts focusing on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts: April 1-May 15, 2022 11:59 p.m. PDT

Abstractive Review and Selection: May 16-June 15, 2022

Notifications sent via Email: June 16, 2022


  • Platform sessions will be 45 or 90 minutes long. Presentations are 15-minutes (10-minute presentation + 5-minute discussion). 
  • Detailed instructions regarding presentations and scheduling will be provided to the submitting author along with the acceptance notification in June. 
  • The complete schedule of all abstract presentations will be finalized in June.


We welcome submissions related to 3 of the 4 categories falling under our broader theme of connection. In addition to prioritizing those abstracts focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion, we also encourage creativity and innovation as we seek to explore the intersection of public health and physical therapy.

Category Objectives:

Symposium Abstracts Image 2022

Sample Topics:

  • Connecting Places
    • International health
    • Immigrant and refugee health
    • Rural and American Indian health
  • Connecting People
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Health coaching
    • Community-based participatory research
    • Community Engagement
    • Capacity building
  • Connecting through Technology and Innovation
    • Health informatics
    • Remote monitoring
    • Telehealth
    • Virtual Reality and the metaverse

Sessions selected for the 2022 Health Promotion Symposium will be scheduled to facilitate continuity of discussion and exploration. A sample schedule is provided below for illustrative purposes only.


Welcome and OverviewInternational PlatformsEngagement PlatformsTechnology Platforms
KeynoteImmigrant and Refugee PlatformsNetworkingInnovation Panel
Ignite ResponsesRural and American Indian PlatformsTransformative Leadership PlatformWrap Up




  • Character Count (including spaces) = 2,600 (excluding title, authors, and affiliations)
  • Category Selection: Please review the categories and select the category that best reflects your work. This will help ensure your abstract is assigned to reviewers with appropriate expertise.
  • Enter all required information:
    • Background and Objective(s)
    • Design/Methods/Description
    • Results/Outcomes
    • Conclusions
    • References
  • Enter your author information (the submitting author will be listed as the presenting author)
    • Name and credentials
    • Affiliation(s)

Submitting Your Abstract

Complete the form including:

  • Name, email address, academic title/rank, and institutional affiliations of the presenting author
  • Co-authors and affiliations
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract body with structured headings
  • Selected theme

Additional Resources

  • Tips - what reviewers want to see!
    • Originality
      • Were novel concepts or approaches used in a new way?
      • Does the abstract challenge existing paradigms?
    • Importance
      • Does the abstract address an important issue?
      • How is knowledge of this issue advanced?
      • How will the findings transform practice?
    • Quality and Conclusions
      • Is the design/approach clearly described?
      • Is the abstract clearly written and understandable?
      • Have the authors defined abbreviations and avoided the use of technical jargon?
      • Are conclusions drawn grounded in the work described?
    • General
      • Title
        • DO: use either title case (first letter of each word is capitalized) or sentence case (first word is capitalized)
        • DO NOT: use all caps!
      • Authors
        • DO: check your abstract carefully before submitting to ensure names, credentials, and affiliations are correct.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    • How long will sessions be?
      • Platforms are 45-90 minutes long. Abstract presentations are 15 minutes each (10 minute presentation + 5 minute discussion)
    • When can I submit my abstract?
      • The call for abstracts opens on April 1, 2022 and closes May 15, 2022 at 11:59 PDT.
    • Do I have to submit my abstract through the Abstract Submission Page?
      • Yes - all abstracts must be submitted online to ensure they enter the review and selection process.
    • What are the submission categories?
      • Please review the Categories and select the category that best aligns with your work. This will ensure your abstract is assigned to reviewers with appropriate expertise.
    • What is the word or character count for submitted abstracts?
      • The total character count is 2,600 and includes spaces. Titles, authors, and affiliations are not included in this total.
    • Can individuals submit more than one abstract?
      • While there is no limit of abstracts submitted by each author, we will prioritize inviting multiple, diverse authors.
    • Is there a fee associated with submitting an abstract?
      • No!
    • When will I be notified regarding acceptance of my abstract?
      • We hope to notify authors on the June 16, 2022.
    • If my abstract is accepted, will I need to register for the symposium?
      • Yes - we will be communicating important information to registered attendees.

Need help submitting an abstract? Watch our video tutorials for a quick how-to!

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