Deadline January 29, 2021
Submit at go.osu.edu/OPCproposals


The 2021 Ohio Prevention Conference (OPC) Committee is seeking proposals for this year’s virtual training series, taking place throughout the spring and summer months of 2021. It is the goal of OPC to expand the opportunities for prevention practitioners to receive knowledge on cutting-edge prevention science, increase competency in the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices, enhance collaborative and collective impact efforts, and provide opportunities for sharing and networking of prevention efforts across the state founded in cultural competency and equity. The target audience for this conference includes public and private providers and administrators of behavioral health entities, health departments, educators, social workers and others working with children and families.


The committee invites proposals addressing the following topics across the lifespan:

  • Innovation in prevention
  • Suicide prevention
  • Prevention and restorative justice
  • Community change efforts and social determinants of health
  • Equity in behavioral health prevention and promotion
  • Transformational leadership
  • Student wellness in K12 and college settings

Successful submissions will be informed by theory, research, or practice; reflect innovation and cutting-edge ideas and programming; stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement; and present best-practice implementation steps, which, whenever possible, have been evaluated within an implementation science framework. Sessions should target new, mid-career, and seasoned professionals. The overall program will result in a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, including different expertise, different levels of experience, and a variety of organizational types.


Submissions should align with one of the following experience levels:

  • 100 Level: Introduction. These sessions are best for professionals with less than 3 years of experience and assume attendees have some basic knowledge of prevention concepts.
  • 200 Level: Intermediate. These sessions are best for professionals with 4-6 years of experience and assume attendees have a solid knowledge of prevention concepts and theory.
  • 300 Level: Advanced. These sessions are best for professionals with 6 or more years of experience and assume attendees have advanced knowledge of prevention concepts and theory.

Learning sessions will take on Thursdays from 11:00-12:15 p.m. between mid-April and mid- June. Presenters should allocate 15 minutes for questions. Presenters are required to have a stable internet connection and encouraged to use a headset for audio. Applicants can expect a response in late February 2021.


When submitting, please be prepared with the following information about your submission:

  • Session title
  • An abstract for your session, outlining key concepts and presentation methods.
  • Theory or research that supports your session
  • Timeline for your session, including how much time will be spent on each component
  • Three learning objectives
  • A session description that will be published for attendees. This is limited to 750 characters
  • The name of the presenter who will receive the free registration
  • The content area and experience level in which your session most closely aligns
  • If you would be willing to combine your session with another if the topics are closely aligned

Additionally, the following information for each presenter should be submitted:

  • Name, Title, Organization, and Email Address
  • A brief bio that will be used to introduce you. This is limited to 750 characters.
  • A headshot
  • A resume or CV
  • The completed Disclosure Statement. Download the Disclosure Statement.


Contact Cindy Clouner at clouner.2@osu.edu or 614-292-5572.