186547 NETWORK's Poster Session Featuring Research and Fieldwork in Public Health by Underrepresented Students

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Michael A. Joseph, PhD, MPH , Department of Preventive Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Peter E. Thomas, PhD, MPH , Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH , Division of Special Populations, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD
The NETWORK's APHA poster session is designed to provide students of color an opportunity to summarize their research or practicum experience at a national public health conference. Specific emphasis is given to candidates whose work highlights public health issues of concern within communities of color. The NETWORK humbly requests from BCHW, a slot for a late-breaker call for abstracts for its members at the 2008 APHA conference. Late-breaker calls (with a proposed final deadline for receipt of abstracts by Friday, September 12, 2008) for abstracts allow sufficient time for returning MPH students to develop abstract submissions for any research, practicum and/or fieldwork projects carried out during the summer months.

The NETWORK has amassed tremendous experience over the years in the successful planning of poster sessions. The NETWORK will assume full responsibility in organizing and implementing the poster session and will oversee the entire process including:

1) announcing to various NETWORK contacts its call for

late-breaker abstracts

2) evaluating abstracts for content and quality

3) notifying students of abstract acceptance/rejection

4) verifying presenter's confirmation/commitment to

present abstract at APHA

5) publishing a booklet of biosketches and poster

abstracts to be distributed to poster session


Finally, as this session is made possible by BCHW, NETWORK leadership will require confirmed presenters to attend one of BCHW's planning meetings at the APHA conference, where they will have an opportunity to learn more about BCHW, including the benefits of membership.

Our leadership personally thanks BCHW's consideration of this request for a NETWORK late-breaker poster session. To date, hundreds of our members and conference attendees have voiced their pleasure in receiving an opportunity to participate in events that facilitate their development, opportunities, and exposure in the field of public health. Through BCHW's support, the NETWORK will continue to provide opportunities for these types of proceedings for black students and junior-level public health professionals attending the APHA conference.

Learning Objectives:
1. to showcase research, practicum, or fieldwork projects of underrepresented MPH students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: along with my co-authors, we, the NETWORK leadership, have successfully partnered with BCHW in the past in planning and implementing several APHA-NETWORK poster sessions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.