CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 140th APHA Annual Meeting

Theme: Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan

APHA-Film Festival

Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2012

This document provides information on the 9th Annual APHA Film Festival and gives additional information on submitting your video/media to the International Health section of the Festival, and to the PHEHP's Health Communication Working Group's US Sessions. It also presents information on how to get continuing education credits for the session your video/media is presented in. Remember, submitting a video for screening at the APHA Film Festival is NOT the same as submitting a scientific abstract for peer review and approval for an Oral, Roundtable or Poster session. We are trying to use to same submission software, but there will be some differences that emerge. We will do our best to screen as many quality works as possible. Keep in mind that we are limited in time.

We would like to suggest that this year, if possible, you include subtitles on your DVD submission so that people with hearing impairments can participate in the the Film Festival. Also, APHA can make arrangements in advance of the meeting for those needing assistive listening devices as well as interpreters so there should be no problem handling those requests.  The APHA Accessibility website ( provides information on how to make those requests. 

  • International Health Films Session 1
  • International Health Films Session 2
  • International Health Films Session 3
  • US Film Festival Session 1
    US Film Festival Session 1 is reserved for video projects of 10 minutes or less.
  • US Film Festival Session 2
    US Film Festival Session 2 is limited to video projects of 10 to 20 minutes in length.
  • US Film Festival Session 3
    US Film Festival Session 3 is limited to videos from 10-20 minutes in length.
  • US Film Festival Session 4
    US Film Festival Session 4 is limited to videos from 20 to 60 minutes in length.
  • US Film Festival Session 5
    US Film Festival Session 5 is limited to works longer than 60 minutes. Excerpts from these works will be screened.
Introduction to the Film Festival

The Annual APHA Film Festival is the venue at the Annual Meeting for showing public health films (documentaries, public service announcements, short clips) and related multimedia. All films and other multimedia and Web sites providing multimedia will be shown in afternoon and evening sessions. The Film Festival provides a fully equipped meeting room with Internet access, LCD projection capability, and theater-quality video projection with stereo audio. There is no additional cost for use of this equipment.

Submitting Videos/Media to the Film Festival

  • Submit international or global health documentaries to the International Health Program. The contact person for international or global health documentaries is: Amy Hill
  • American made videos intended for an American audience should be submitted to the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section's Health Communication Working Group. You may send questions to: Gary Black,
  • All media submitters must include at least one measurable objective (two is preferred) and a description of the video. That facilitates continuing education credits. See individual Calls for International Health or US-made Videos/Media for additional information below.

International Health Call for Videos/Media

Documentaries About International Health Issues Sought for American Public Health Association Film Festival. For the ninth year in a row, the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (being held in San Francisco from October 27 - October 31, 2012) will feature the APHA Film Festival. A portion of the program will be dedicated to showcasing documentaries (70 min. or under preferred) that explore public health issues at the international level. International efforts at Health Promotion will be especially relevant this year, given the conference theme of Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan. These conference sessions are an important opportunity for independent documentary filmmakers who focus on public health/human rights/environmental issues in locations outside of the United States to reach an audience of more than 10,000 public health academics, researchers, policymakers, and educators from the U.S. and around the world. Films should appeal to a broad audience and must have English subtitles or dubbing. Note: we are seeking documentaries only; educational films and docudramas/narrative films will not be shown in this program. Please keep in mind that: 1- Content must be related to public health and must be current (no more than 3 years old) 2- Submissions must run within time allocated (70 minutes or less) 3- Films must be submitted by deadline to be considered. Submissions will be reviewed by a team of screeners as part of the selection process. For the International Health Film Festival Please submit preview copies on VHS (NTSC format) or DVD to:  Amy Hill Center for Digital Storytelling 1803 Martin Luther King Jr Way Berkeley, California 94709
United States SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 1, 2012. Note: If you wish to have your preview returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope; otherwise materials will be retained in a festival archive.

US Made Videos/Media for an American Audience

The Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) Steering Committee is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Film Festival to be held during the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA from October 27 - October 31, 2012. This call for submissions is limited to productions created for audiences in the United States, but is not limited to English language productions. We are looking for examples of good health communication strategy paired with professional production values.

Eligible productions should: 1. Be recent (no more than three years old), 2. Address a public health issue, and 3. Show evidence of collaboration between the producing agency and the intended audience. For the US Film Festival send a copy of your DVD to: Gary R. Black Health Communication Specialist Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211 (704-336-3354) As an alternative, this year, we would like to offer you the opportunty to have your video reviewed and screened directly from the web. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, simply provide us a link to the video in your submission abstract.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 1, 2012.  Video/media sessions are 90 minutes long. Film coordinators are expected to leave at least 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion of the videos/media at the end of the showing. This year, we are establishing several sessions for short works, less than 10 minutes and several for longer works. Excerpts of longer works may be screened in lieu of a full screening.

Continuing Education Credit:

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, and those certified in public health 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.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable).  Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs:

Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

3) A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement;

Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: (I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.)

4) 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. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.

Program Planner Contact Information:
Gary R. Black, BA
Health Communication
Mecklenburg County Health Department, Charlotte, NC
249 Billingsley Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-336-3354

Amy Hill
Center for Digital Storytelling
International Health Films
1803 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94709