Students and residents in training are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects or research for oral or poster presentations at the 2017 West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

Faculty or health professionals are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects or research for poster presentations only.

If presentation space is limited, students and residents will be given priority.

Submitted projects/research should be applicable to the health of rural West Virginians. Abstracts will be accepted for projects in-progress and completed projects, as well as those that have been presented elsewhere.

The review committee will use a rubric for evaluating abstracts. That rubric can be viewed here.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff from health education institutions or organizations around the state.



The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Aug. 20.

To apply fill out this application form.

Successful applicants will be notified by Sunday, Sept. 10.



The Abstract Review Committee is co-chaired by David Brown, PhD, and Brianna Sheppard-Willis, PhD.

If you have any questions about submitting an oral or poster presentation, contact Brianna Sheppard Willis at or 304-293-1444.


Applicants who have their abstracts accepted for a poster presentation will be asked to set up their tabletop poster in the Willow and Elm rooms between 3 – 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Poster presenters shall be with their posters in the Willow and Elm Rooms between 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the Wednesday of the conference. Oral panel presentations by students/residents will be in the Balsam Room, Wednesday afternoon, from 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Posters must be freestanding and no larger than 3’ x 3’. There will be two posters to a 6’ table.



If you are interested in attending conference sessions in addition to the poster presentations, you will need to register for the conference.

You can apply for a scholarship to cover the conference registration fee. If you are traveling further than 50 miles to attend, you may also apply for lodging at Canaan Valley Resort for up to two nights in a shared room.

Scholarships are limited so apply early – here’s all the info and a link to the application form.