AFHTO 2020 Conference: what we want to see

July 15, 2020
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Tectonic shifts: rebuilding primary care in a new world

Here’s what we want to hear from you.

These are the topics we’ll explore for our 5 core themes. We want interactive sessions for the live presentations, and we encourage creativity. As long as we can deliver it in a virtual format, we want to hear about it.

Mental health and addiction support in primary care topics
Integrating digital health and virtual care






Integrated care and community responses
Public health and primary care







Addressing social determinants of health


Learn more about our conference themes.

If you have a story to tell, focused on systems and policies affecting the shifting health landscape or insight from a small, rural or Northern perspective, then we want that too. It could be a podcast!


A quick lesson learned on providing patient-centred care in a pandemic and beyond? It could be a Rapid Fire session! The deadline to submit for an #AFHTO2020 presentation is July 29, 2020.

Is there someone you’d like to hear from? A dynamic speaker? Email us at Contact information is welcome if you have it since warm introductions work better than cold calls.

Helpful links:

All are welcome. Please pass this along to your peers, colleagues and network including those from other healthcare sectors, non-profits, and the academic and research communities.

Reduced registration fee for concurrent session presenters: For each approved concurrent session, up to 2 presenters will each be granted a discount off the conference registration fee (now available). Additional discounts apply for patients presenting at the conference. (Discount doesn’t apply for poster displays.)

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AFHTO Bright Lights

Nominate your team, partnership or colleague for a Bright Lights Award and promote your work.

Awards will be presented at the AFHTO 2020 Conference Awards ceremony, to be held on the morning of October 8, 2020. As a virtual event, people around the world can find out more about all the great work you do. Past winners have also gotten media coverage and gone on to win even more awards.

It’s also an opportunity to raise your profile even if you don’t win. Nominations are some of the best resources we use to publicise your work with external stakeholders and the public at large.

You can:

  • Nominate your own team – you should be proud of your own work.
  • Apply without submitting an #AFHTO2020 abstract.
  • Nominate your initiative if you’re not an AFHTO member but work in partnership with one.

For more information regarding eligibility please visit our site.

Shine a light on your team - Make a nomination today:

We look forward to seeing your nominations and recognizing ALL the excellent work being done!

Conference key dates:

  • July 8, 2020          Call for concurrent session, poster and Bright Lights opens
  • July 29, 2020        Deadline for concurrent session, poster and Bright Lights submissions
  • August 2020         Conference registration opens
  • October 8-9, 2020      AFHTO 2020 Conference

Do you know anyone with interesting and innovative initiatives to share? Please forward this email to your colleagues, community partners and stakeholders to make sure everyone has an opportunity to present their initiatives.

And don’t forget, the deadline to join a working group is today, July 15. Come behind the scene and become among the first to learn about new developments in the field, influence conference programming and discover the innovators in your areas of interest.

Not sure if your work is a good fit? Feel free to ask us! Email ( or call 647-234-8605x 200. We’d be happy to help.