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


Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Submit Abstract

The Statistics Section invites you to submit individual abstracts, groups of abstracts (Special Interest Sessions), and student abstracts (Student Paper Session) for the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Denver, CO (November 6-10, 2010). You don't need to be a member of our section, or a professional statistician, to submit a paper of interest through the Statistics Section.

We are expanding our call for papers to reflect the broad interests among our members and session attendees at the meeting. Thus, in addition to our usual interest in statistically-based papers, we would also like to invite papers addressing methods and applications in:1. Statistical Aspects of Public Health in the Rural or Underserved; 2. Statistical impact on Public Health Policy; 3. Statisical Aspects of Evidence Based Public Health Practice; 4. Statistical Consulting in Public Health. 5. Training the Next Generation of Public Health Statisticians; and 6. Statistical Applications in Community Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and those that reflect statistical applications in Social Justice. We also remain interested in new information systems and database methodologies and applications for collecting, storing, mining and analyzing large public health survey, administrative, and medical databases.
  • Advances in epidemiologic methods, research and surveillance
  • Asthma epidemiology
  • Cancer epidemiology, screening and prevention
  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs): A Role in Eliminating Health Disparities
  • Environmental and occupational epidemiology
  • Epidemiological and health services approaches to addressing cancer health disparities (organized jointly by Cancer Forum and Epidemiology Section)
  • Epidemiological research on health disparities
  • Epidemiology of obesity and nutrition
  • HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection epidemiology
  • Planning for the Future: Data, Research, Policy and Politics Affecting Community Health
  • Poster Session
  • Statistical Applications in Community Health and Epidemiology
  • Statistical Applications involving Public Health Databases and Data Mining
  • Statistical Applications of Survey Methods
  • Statistical Applications: General Methods
  • Statistical Aspects of Public Health in the Rural or Underserved
  • Statistical Modeling in Public Health I
  • Statistical Modeling in Public Health II
  • Statistical impact on Public Health Policy
  • Student Research Session & Competition
  • The Role of HIIT in Emergency Preparedness
  • The Utilization of HIIT To Assist Underserved and Uninsured Populations
  • Using Data-Sharing for Planning, Policy Development, and Enhanced Patient Care -The State of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Quality Improvement at Community Health Centers and Networks Serving Medically Underserved Populations
  • Using Mapping Strategies to Inform Public Health
This list of topics may undergo modification between now and the Annual Meeting. So even if your research does not fit neatly into one of them, simply submit it under the heading "General Methods and Topics; Special Sessions". In general, we are interested in (1) how statistics is used (or was used) to help develop and implement important public health interventions, or (2) show close teamwork between statisticians and other public health professionals.

For further information or to submit suggestions for the program (which are always welcome) contact Karl Peace by phone (912-478-7905) or email (

Individual Abstract Submissions

Submit individual abstracts according to the on-line instructions. (Non-students need submit only an abstract; enter "N/A" where a summary is requested.) We will judge the abstract on your clarity of presentation, originality, methodology and contribution to the field of statistics. The highest rated abstracts, based on blinded peer review, are generally selected and placed in sessions according to the overall program plan.

Oral presentations at contributed sessions are usually fifteen minutes in length. Presenters at poster sessions should display their work and be available to answer questions throughout their scheduled 90-minute session. We will take your preference for oral versus poster presentation into consideration, but the Program Committee considers every abstract for both oral and poster presentation. You should submit material only if you are committed to presenting the paper or poster personally, or will find a substitute who will register, attend the meeting and present your paper or poster.

Student Research Session & Competition

The Statistics Section is also accepting abstract submissions for a student research poster and oral presentation session. Students wishing to be considered for these sessions should submit online an abstract and a 2-page summary of their paper. The student must be a member of the Statistics Section. A letter from a faculty member attesting to the author's student status must also be provided to the Program Chair. Those interested specifically in this opportunity should get in touch with Jack Barnette( or Amy Donaldson ( If you run into trouble submitting your two-page summary through the official APHA website, just e-mail either Jack or Amy with copy to

All accepted student abstracts will be considered for the Student Research Competition. Awards will be given to the Best Student Poster and Best Student Oral Presentation. Students can specify their preference for the Oral Presentation or Poster Award by specifying their preference for oral versus poster presentation.

Special Interest Session Proposals

The Statistics Section also invites the submission of proposals for special interest sessions pertinent to "Statistical Applications in Social Justice", which is the theme of the 138th Annual Meeting. You should submit individual abstracts for a Special Interest Session according to the on-line instructions. If you would like to organize such a session, please send a description of your proposal to Karl Peace at if possible, in advance of submitting your abstracts!) Once it is approved, we'll create a session slot for you that will appear in the final sessions list, and ultimately, in the Meeting Program.

In your proposal, please include
  1. the organizer's full mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers;
  2. session title;
  3. a brief (1-2 pages) overview describing the purpose, relevance and importance of the proposed session;
  4. topics and participants, including the proposed presiders(s), titles of each presentation, full names of all authors, with full names of presenters underlined (as in the on-line abstract);
  5. a time schedule within the session (begin the session at 0:00 hrs and end it at 1:30).
A presentation at a Special Interest Session may be up to 30 minutes in length. We suggest that Special Interest Sessions allow time for a discussant.

Review of Special Interest Sessions

All Special Interest Session proposals and abstracts will be peer reviewed. All abstracts will be evaluated on their individual merits; acceptance of a Special Interest Session does not guarantee that all abstracts submitted for that session will be accepted, or that they can all be scheduled together. Unless instructed otherwise, the Program Committee will automatically consider the individual abstracts from any rejected Special Interest Session for presentation in Contributed Abstract sessions.

Joint Sessions

If you are submitting an abstract that is linked with other abstracts in a joint session, submit the abstract on-line, but also notify Karl Peace at of the group of abstracts to which yours belongs.
Submit Abstract

Program Planner Contact Information:
Karl E. Peace, PhD, FASA
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8015
1015 Cone Hall
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: 912-478-7905
Fax: 912-478-5811

Din Chen, PhD
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
PO Box 8015
Cone Hall
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: 9124782419
Fax: 9124785811