CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 138th APHA Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2010)

Public Health Education and Health Promotion

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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PHEHP invites papers, posters and sessions that address this year’s APHA theme, "Social Justice: Public Health Imperative," as well as those addressing current and relevant health education, promotion, and communication themes related to:
  • Special intersectional environmental justice and occupational justice track: Research, policy, programs, and practices that speak to environmental and occupational justice issues from a public health perspective. Please see additional information below.
  • Addressing underserved populations
  • Advocacy
  • Community mobilization
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusivity
  • Environmental health
  • Evaluation and research (e.g. community-based participatory research, pilot projects, program evaluation, etc.)
  • Evidence-based approaches
  • Global settings
  • Health behaviors (e.g. alcohol use, dietary behaviors, physical activity, tobacco use, violence prevention, etc.)
  • Health communication
  • Health education competency: development, assessment , and quality assurance
  • Health outcomes/conditions (e.g. autoimmune disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, obesity, sexual and reproductive health, etc.)
  • Innovative technology-based approaches
  • Men’s health
  • Older adults
  • Politics, policy, and public health
  • Risk Communication
  • Social Marketing
  • Social justice, human rights, and ethical issues
  • Women’s health
  • Worksite health and wellness
PHEHP Individual Abstract Submission Procedures
Abstracts submitted for consideration should reflect new information or viewpoints not previously published or presented. Abstracts are limited to 250 words and should not contain charts, figures, etc. Abstracts should adequately describe the content and focus of the proposed presentation and follow the general outline of background, methods, results, and conclusions.

In addition to your abstract, you will be asked to provide the following information as part of the online submission process:
  • Learning Objectives: At least two measurable learning objectives are needed as a standing APHA requirement and consideration for CHES contact hours (see below). The learning objectives are not included in the word count.

  • Relevant Keywords: Keywords assist program planners in developing cohesive sessions and in assigning your abstract for blind peer-review. Please select only the keywords that best reflect the primary focus of your abstract submission. If the keyword options in the drop-down menu do not adequately reflect your content, please list your keywords in “Comments to Organizers.”

  • Preferred Presentation Format: You may select oral, poster, or either. Please note other preferences in the “Comments to Organizers.” Program planners will try to honor, but cannot guarantee, preference requests.

  • Qualifications Statement: Include a brief (1 – 3 sentences) statement regarding why you are qualified to present on the content of your abstract. Statements should be tailored to the content, rather than generic statements related to education, training, or employment. An example is found in the “Continuing Education Credit” section below.

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure: APHA requires presenters to disclose “any relevant personal financial relationship with a commercial entity that benefits the individual and may ultimately bias the presentation of that content.” The policy may be viewed at

  • All abstracts are reviewed using a blind peer-review process. Incomplete abstracts, or those failing to meet guidelines established by APHA, will not be reviewed. View additional information regarding abstract submission guidelines at

    NOTE: Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation at the annual meeting. Presenters of accepted abstracts must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered by the August 27 early-bird deadline.

    PHEHP Session Submission Procedures
    A session consists of five 15-minute presentations addressing a common theme. Session submissions require:
  • Individual Abstract Submissions: Each of the five presenters must submit her or his abstract individually using the online system, following all of the instructions for “Abstract Submissions” provided above. Additionally, each author must put the proposed session title in the “Comments to Organizers.”

  • Overall Session Proposal: The session organizer should email the following information to (please include “session proposal” in the subject line):

    1. Session organizer’s name and contact information

    2. Session title

    3. Session overview: 3 – 4 sentences describing the scope of the session

    4. Session learning objectives: 2 – 3 measureable learning objectives that reflect the scope of the session

    5. APHA-assigned abstract numbers for each of the five individual abstract submissions,

    6. Expanded description: No more than one page describing the session in greater detail.

    Session proposal reviews will occur after individual abstracts are reviewed. Please note that to provide as comprehensive of a program as possible, PHEHP does NOT generally accept full sessions related to a single project. Sessions with broad appeal or those submitted in collaboration with other sections, SPIGs, caucuses or forums are encouraged (please note collaborations in expanded description).

    NOTE: Submission of a session implies a commitment on the part of all presenters to make their presentations at the annual meeting. All presenters of accepted sessions must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered by the August 27 early-bird deadline.

    Intersectional Environmental Justice and Occupational Justice Track
    PHEHP is participating in a special intersectional environmental justice and occupational justice track. Abstracts are to be submitted using the "Individual Abstract Submission Procedures," but will be evaluated by an ad-hoc intersectional review team.

    This intersectional track seeks abstracts on research, policy, programs, and practices that speak to environmental and occupational justice issues from a public health perspective, especially those highlighting collaborative partnerships, capacity-building, research translation into practice and policy, and innovative programs and models. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, Climate Change and Social Justice: What is The Role of Public Health?; Green Jobs (e.g. Healthy Housing, Impact on Occupational and Children's Health, and local and global Implications for Environmental, Occupational, and Social Justice); Community Engagement (e.g. The Role of Social and Civic Organizations in Achieving Environmental and Occupational Justice and Improving Public Health; New Community-Labor Alliances to Address Disparities; Using Community-Based Participation for Interventions, Solutions, and New Policies to address Food Security & Safety, Malnutrition, and Sanitation); International Health: Environmental Justice, Labor, and Opportunities for Social Change; Risk Communication, Health Messaging, and Capacity Building; Global Movement of Goods and Workers: Environmental and Occupational Health Impacts; and, Transportation, Smart Growth, and Social Justice.

    Measureable Learning Objectives
    Learning objectives must clearly identify the intended outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate as a result of attending/participating in your presentation. Verbs that cannot be clearly demonstrated (understand, learn, etc.) do not meet this criterion. Examples of demonstrable verbs include explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare, differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define and list.

    Each learning objective should be listed separately and numbered sequentially. Compound learning objectives are not permitted. For more information, please see:

    Continuing Education Credit
    APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses and health educators at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials. As such, all continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available.

    For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter in that session must provide:
  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names

  • At least two measurable learning objectives

  • A signed Conflict of Interest form with a relevant qualification statement

  • Example of Acceptable Qualification Statement:
    I am qualified to present because I oversee programs such as disease prevention, environmental and consumer safety and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. I also served as an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical infectious Disease.

    Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions regarding continuing education credit.

    Please contact program planners for more information.
    Submit Abstract

    Program Planner Contact Information:
    Marilyn Gardner, PhD
    Department of Public Health
    Western Kentucky University
    1906 College Heights Boulevard
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    Phone: 270-745-5864
    Fax: 270-745-4437

    Judith McDivitt, PhD
    Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    4770 Buford Highwayway
    Mailstop K-24
    Atlanta;, GA 30341-3724
    Phone: 770-488-5555
    Fax: 770-488-6500