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Strategies and skills for incorporating an equity lens into prevention research

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:45am – 1:00pm

ECPN LUNCH (registration required)


Structural forms of bias, including inequitable distributions of social determinants of health, access to and quality of health and mental health care, and educational and employment opportunities, contribute to population disparities in life course outcomes (e.g., educational attainment, economic mobility, and life satisfaction). Many prevention scientists recognize that these structural contributing factors must be addressed to promote well-being; yet, most prevention scientists have not explored how research itself has contributed to historical and current structural inequities and how the choices we make as researchers may maintain these inequities. The purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to early career scholars on skills, strategies, and resources to promote equity in future prevention science research. Scholars who currently incorporate an equity lens in their theory, research design, intervention development, evaluation, and measurement will share their experience and expertise. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions across these areas, and to brainstorm how they might apply these practices to their own research


Searching and securing funding for interdisciplinary training and research

Moving toward a context- and place-based prevention science, there is a growing need for interdisciplinary research that can be effectively translated into useful applications. Interdisciplinary training in research and practice can help early career preventionists and researchers build multi-disciplinary skills and have a sustained career in prevention science. SPR website lists career opportunities and doctoral training programs in prevention science; however, we need a formalized program to help the next generation of prevention scientists navigate the funding opportunities for interdisciplinary training and research, including international research experiences. This session will introduce early career prevention scientists to opportunities for funded interdisciplinary training and research. We will invite speakers and panelists to provide information and experience about specific funding mechanisms relevant to prevention science. Attendees of this session will gain knowledge about where to go for current opportunities, how to find one that fits well, general application requirements and timeline, and more information and connections. This session can also facilitate a discussion about how SPR and ECPN could follow-up and put together resources (such as an opportunity announcement listserv, a regularly updated database or webpage, or targeted training task force).


Using existing data for research: strategies for secondary data analysis


It is necessary to publish frequently early in our careers but publishing solely on self-collected data is often unrealistic during the early career period. We are thus reliant on other’s data that is either private or public. Secondary data analysis requires a new knowledge and skillset regarding how to access existing data and how to design projects to capitalize on existing data. A crucial question is how to obtain funding for secondary data analysis. This session will focus primarily on funding opportunities for secondary data analysis and what makes grant applications for secondary data analysis competitive. This session will also review the benefits and drawbacks of publishing on extant data, describe concrete strategies related to finding national datasets and entering into data sharing agreements, and working with collaborators on projects requiring shared access to data. We will include a panel of speakers who have experience in obtaining funding related to secondary data analysis, data harmonization, as well as a current program officer with a portfolio of secondary analysis grants.


Thursday, May 28, 2020, 8:00 pm  – 10:00 pm

Location: Local bar/restaurant.

Enjoy an evening out in Washington, DC!  This is an opportunity to connect with early career professionals from multiple disciplines, learn more about ECPN, and most importantly, have fun.  You don’t have to be an active member of ECPN to attend, all early career individuals (students, postdocs, and professionals) are welcome!


The ECPN Student Poster Contest was initiated in 2009 to encourage student attendance and participation in the annual meeting, increase student visibility at the conference, attract new student members to SPR and ECPN, and encourage existing student members to become full members upon graduation. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter. The posters will be displayed during the Tuesday and Wednesday evening SPR poster sessions, and winners will be announced on Thursday at the awards presentation. The top 3 poster winners will receive a $250 travel award plus a free 1-year SPR membership. Honorable mention poster authors will receive a 1-year SPR membership. SPR memberships will be awarded for the next year (2021).  Judging criteria include innovation, importance of the research topic to the field, quality, use of advanced methods, and contribution to prevention science.  We are very excited that the ECPN Student Poster Contest continues to be an annual event.


We all love the session coffee breaks, but now there is another reason: the ECPN Table (located in the registration area).  Drop by to meet other early career prevention scientists, pick up information about ECPN conference sessions and other upcoming training events, and pick up your ECPN name badge ribbon.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Make sure you enter our raffle for the chance to win a free 1-year SPR membership. 


Thursday, May 28, 2020, 6:45am-7:45am

Location: Hotel Lobby (Hyatt Regency Washington)

Join your friends and colleagues for a fun run/walk on the National Mall. Meet in the hotel lobby and join us for a fun run or a relaxing walk. Strollers are welcome. All are invited!