Primary Health Care: A Path Towards Social Justice

Systems and Community Based Responses for COVID 19



Intersectoral Collaborations and the Social Determinants of Health

Measuring Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Working with Underserved Populations towards Community Empowerment

Building the Capacity of Future Leaders in a Socially Accountable World



International English is the language of the conference.
For TUFH 2020 we will be accepting abstracts in International English.
We are offering the chance to present some Oral Presentations in Spanish, but the abstract (and poster) must be in English.
There is a 250-word limit. The conference formats are chosen to encourage active participation by all conference attendees. The conference program will predominantly be based on contributions from the participants.



Abstract submission opens November 21st, 2019.
Abstracts for Oral Presentations have an extended deadline of June 30th, 2020. The deadline has been extended because TUFH 2020 will be virtual and new participants might want to submit their abstract. The Organizing Committee is welcoming abstracts, ALSO on Systems and Community Based Responses for COVID 19.


Abstract submission closed for Workshops, TUFH Talks, and TUFH Documentaries.
Abstracts for Workshops and TUFH Talks have a deadline of March 15th, 2020.
Abstracts for TUFH Documentaries have a deadline of March 15th, 2020, the video needs to be uploaded to YouTube and e-mailed to secretariat@thenetworktufh.org by May 15th.



You will need to create an account to submit and revise your abstracts.

Abstracts may be submitted in the following formats:

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations allot 5 minutes to present your work with a poster for visual effect followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 40 persons for two-hour sessions. 

The Network: Towards Unity For Health is very proud to host the 2 hour long oral presentations and discussion where students and professionals can present their work using a poster for visual effect. Usually the presenter has worked on this project for 1 or more years. During the TUFH2020 conference they will present their project. They will present the timeline, agenda, goals, results, difficulties, implementation possibilities,… The discussion is guided by a moderator who will also facilitate future collaborations based on the projects that the presenter has presented. During the 2 hour thematic session the presenter will present, answer questions by attendees and also facilitate the group discussion. The projects are on different topics and can be in different stages (research project, running project, concluded project or study). The presenters of a Oral Presentations are key to the Scientific value of the TUFH2020 conference. It’s their projects that attendees of the TUFH2020 conference come to learn about.

Download the Oral Presentation GUIDELINES here

.Abstract submission open: November 21st, 2019 – June 30th, 2020.


Workshops are instructional sessions in which presenters teach and discuss particular skills and techniques. The session should accomplish specific learning objectives designed to provide participants with increased competence in some area of importance to the conference theme and goal. The session should include opportunities for practice and feedback. When this is not possible, the session should include a discussion of the covered skills applied in the participant’s settings. Workshops are 2 hours long. Workshops have an average of 20 participants.

Abstract submission open: November 21st, 2019 – March 15th, 2020.

TUFH Talks

TUFH Talks is a format, akin to a Ted Talk, where participants give short, powerful talks (3 minutes) that share projects, policies, collaborations, or initiatives in which health, education, or other sectors contribute to a healthier society. The are followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and participants.

The number of participants will be restricted to allow for adequate presentation and discussion time; those who are not selected for TUFH Talks will be considered for Oral Presentation sessions.

For an example of a Ted Talk, check out our own Art Kaufman!

Abstract submission open: November 21st, 2019 – March 15th, 2020.

TUFH Documentary

For the first time we will be accepting TUFH Documentaries as an abstract format. A documentary should reflect your ability to use audiovisual equipment to communicate your topic’s significance. The documentary category will help you develop skills in using photographs, film, video, audio, computers, and graphic presentations. Your presentation should include primary source materials and also must be an original production. To produce a documentary, you must have access to equipment and be able to operate it.

Your documentary focus should be related to the local community and showcase local action. You must present and submit your documentary under one of the 4 subthemes of TUFH 2020.
Your documentary has to be a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes (including introductions and credits). 
You must submit an abstract where you clearly describe what the documentary focus will be (deadline March 15th).
If your abstract is approved, you will have to upload your documentary to YouTube and send the link to secretariat@thenetworktufh.org by May 15th at the latest. Your documentary will undergo a review by the Scientific Committee to give final approval to present at TUFH 2020.

During the TUFH Documentary Session each presenter will be alloted a maximum of 10 minutes where the documentary will be shown  followed by a facilitated discussion among presenters and conference participants. The moderator will invite participants to ask questions and to share experiences pertinent to themes brought up in the presentations. At the conference, contributors and participants will meet in groups of about 20 persons for a two-hour session. 

For an example, please view here.

Abstract submission open: November 21st, 2019 – March 15th, 2020 (for the abstract).
Video deadline: Submission by May 15th. 

Here is a step by step video that will take you through the abstract submission for TUFH 2020.



Abstracts will be reviewed by members of a Review Committee. The following minimum criteria will be used:

  • Adherence to submission instructions
  • Relevance to the conference theme and goals
  • Potential for engaging participants in meaningful discussion
  • Clarity of writing

Upon review, members of the Committee will assign one of the following results:

  • Accepted
  • Accepted in another format
  • Rejected

NOTE: Identities of authors will be concealed from the reviewers during the review process. There will not be a re-review process this year.


You will be informed of the status of your abstract by June 15th, 2020 at the latest.  Early abstract submitters may receive their status prior to this date.


Please be informed that all presenters must register and pay in full before the conference begins.


If you have an accepted abstract, you acknowledge and agree that The Network: TUFH, the organizing committee of this conference, and sponsors of this conference may edit and publish in any of their digital or printed communications or publications, including but not limited to, websites, social media outlets, newsletters, annual reports, and promotional materials;  the information provided including but not limited to the full abstract, your name, co-author information, pictures, and institutions.