Abstract submission guidelines:

The National Perinatal Association invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster presentation at the annual conference. 

Any abstract with a progressive approach to addressing perinatal substance use is acceptable; however, we encourage those that address the multidisciplinary approach to supporting and caring for families.

Abstracts may describe contributions to theory, policy development, program development and evaluation, delivery of services, or research. 

We are particularly interested in abstracts focusing on harm reduction, family-centered, and strengths-based approaches. 

Priority will be given to abstracts that incorporate the role of families and self advocates in policy and service delivery. We highly encourage that every abstract include parents as partners and co-presenters.

We encourage the submission of abstracts previously presented at State Perinatal Associations meetings. Abstracts previously presented at other scientific conferences are also invited. 

See abstract guidelines below.

JOIN NPA for our 39th annual conference

March 14th - 16th, 2018 

Perinatal Substance Use: Evidence-Based Solutions and Support for the Family

at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, California

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Register at our Reduced Rates

  • $350 Poster Presenter
  • $150 Student Presenter

  • Download the submission guidelines.
  • There are three categories for submissions: 
  1. Innovative Models of Care
  2. Applied or Basic Research
  3. Policies affecting care for families affected by Perinatal Substance Use.
Accepted abstracts will be posted on the NPA website.

  • Abstracts should be structured according to the following formats:


·       Background

·       Content/Action

·       Lessons Learned

·       Implications for Practice


·       Introduction

·       Methods

·       Results

·       Discussion

POLICIES - Perinatal Substance Use

·       Introduction

·       Context

·       Practice Application

  • Spell out all abbreviated terms at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, which can be used subsequently. 
  • Produce unusual symbols in black ink. Use the “Times” font, size 10 or equivalent. 
  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments. Faxed abstracts will not be accepted. Abstract submissions cannot be returned to sender. 
  • Carefully proofread your abstract. Your copy will be reproduced exactly as submitted for reviewers. 
  • Submissions will be blind-reviewed in the category indicated. Notification of the decision regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to all principal authors by January 31, 2018.
  • Although presentation of materials in a previous national abstract or poster session does not preclude submission to NPA, please note on the abstract form whether or not this abstract has been previously presented, where and when.   

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