Abstract Submission


Welcome to the online proposal submission application for the 16th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Criminal Justice Health.

The team at the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health (ACCJH) is pleased to announce the return of an in-person conference for 2023!  

The Academic and Health Policy Conference will take place at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, NC on April 13 - 14, 2023. Details will be finalized in the upcoming weeks and more information will be shared as the program content is developed.

We invite you to submit your abstract to participate in the conference. We are looking forward to an event rich in learning, networking, and sharing best practices.

Submission Deadline is Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 9pm EST


  • Learn about emerging research at the intersection of health and the criminal-legal system and gain skills in designing applied research and program evaluation
  • Network with a multidisciplinary group of participants concerned with the acquisition of new knowledge in criminal-legal health practices 
  • Gain new skills to develop academic-criminal legal health partnerships and overcome barriers to research in your institution
  • Reflect on emerging health policy issues in criminal-legal health


  • 60-minute presentations: Intended to facilitate panels, policy presentations, or research skills training designed for audience engagement. Only a small number of 60-minute presentations will be accepted. 
  • 30-minute presentations: Intended for extensive presentations which engage more audience input. Examples might include research methods presentations or completed research that will have policy and practice implications.
  • 15-minute presentation: Intended for a concise 13- minute presentation on completed research or research in progress with 2 minutes of Q&A
  • Poster Presentation: The poster format may be used for submissions of research results or other types of communications, e.g. policy, works in progress, research methods, practice transformation, etc.


The conference accepts proposed presentations or posters for consideration on any area of criminal justice health (see list of potential tracks below)
  • Community reentry
  • Implementation Science and Clinical Translation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Policy 
  • Practice Redesign 
  • Primary Care 
  • Public Health
  • Racial and Social Justice 
  • Research Methods/Approaches
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice and Research 
  • Specific Populations
    • Disability
    • Geriatric/Aging Health
    • LGBTQ Health
    • Reproductive Heath
    • Veteran's Health
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Infections from Injection Drug Use (HIV, HCV)
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Clinical controversies on health care delivery behind bars
Submission Guidelines for 30-Minute and 60-Minute Presentations
The abstract committee takes several factors into account when ranking your submission; depending on the nature of the topic and presentations, some of these factors will be relevant to the reviewers:
  • How relevant and specific the topic is to criminal justice health
  • The scientific strength of the submission
  • The expertise of the authors on the topic
  • How unique/new the topic/content is
  • How well written the abstract is
  • How well the teaching design/plan for use of time matches the goal and content of the session
  • The degree and nature of planned audience participation.

Submission Guidelines for 15-Minute Papers

· These categories are intended for a streamlined presentation of research results.

· The author(s) should submit a structured abstract with the following mandatory sections:

· Title

· Background

· Research goal(s) and/or question(s) or hypothesis(es)

· Methods

· Results

· Limitations (if any)

· Conclusions

While we will accept submissions for which results are pending or preliminary, these submissions will not be ranked as highly as submissions that are complete.

Submission Guidelines for Posters
If submitting a poster of research results, the abstract should follow the “Submission Guidelines for 15-Minutes Papers” above. If submitting a poster with a different type of communication, the abstract should follow the “Submission Guidelines for 30-Minute and 60-Minute Presentations” above (except that the factor regarding “teaching design/plan for use of time” may be ignored).



The Board of Directors of ACCJH is conscious of stigmatizing terminology which is often used to describe justice-involved persons and populations in addition to stigmatizing language for persons and conditions more likely to be legal-involved.

Criminal-legal terminology: We are promoting person-first language which we believe is more humanizing, to describe people who are involved in the criminal justice system. We support recommendations by the Osborne Association and seek to eliminate stigmatizing language in conference print materials, proceedings, and presentations. To that end, we ask proposers to exclude the terms below from their proposals and presentations, substituting them with the suggested (or similar) terms.

Terms to be avoided:                                                                    Preferred terms:
Convict, Con, Inmate, Prisoner                                                       Person who is incarcerated
Offender, Criminal                                                                           Person in pre-trial or with charge
Parolee                                                                                           Justice-involved person
Ex-Con                                                                                            Formerly incarcerated person
Parolee                                                                                            Person on parole or probation

Demographic language for race and ethnicity: 

Capitalize racial/ethnic groups such as Black, Asian, Native American, Indigenous, etc.

Avoid the term “minority” if possible as it may imply inferiority because minorities often are not in the numerical minority.
Alternatives include: 
“Historically marginalized populations”

Language describing disability:

Terms to be avoided:                                                                  Preferred Terms:                                                                               
Cripple, invalid                                                                                         Disabled Person
Able-bodied                                                                                              Non-disabled
Mental patient, insane, mad                                                                 Person with a mental illness 
Mentally handicapped                                                                           With a learning disability(ies)  
Mentally defective                                                                                  Wheelchair user

*Please note- Presentations will be saved at the conference and posted on the ACCJH website (www.accjh.org) unless we are asked in writing not to post it

* Word Limit: All categories have an abstract word limit of 200 words.

*Co-Authors that are not planning on attending the event and presenting should not be listed within this system, but rather, on the presentation itself at the event. Co- Presenters/ Additional Speakers can be added on the review page, after abstract information is filled in. Hit continue on the bottom right, and you will see a box to add speakers on that page.

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