CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 140th APHA Annual Meeting

Theme: Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Health Informatics Information Technology Center (HIIT Center)

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Introduction to Health Informatics Information Technology Center The HIIT-Center is an environment for live presentations of information and computer technology applications for public health. It is a fully equipped meeting room with Internet access, LCD projection capability, and theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. Morning sessions in the Technology Center are devoted to scientific content and sessions. Health Informatics Information Technology Center (HIIT-Center) – Call for Abstracts: Invites abstracts (250 words maximum) related to the following topics:
  • Cloud Computing
  • Context-Aware Remote Health Care and Chronic Disease Monitoring
  • Data Integration, Interpretation, and Analysis
  • Intelligent Agents and Virtual Care Providers
  • Mobile and mHealth
  • Nanotechnology/Nanoinformatics
  • Personalized Genomics (e.., illness prevention and treatment)
  • Pervasive Computing for Consumer Public Health
  • Robot Technology (e.g., remote and autonomous treatment)
  • Smart Spaces (e.g., homes, cars, office building, public facilities, outer space international space station, etc.)
  • Ubiquitous Disease, Injury, and Illness Prevention Technology
  • User Interfaces and Interaction Modalities for Consumers or Care Providers
  • Wearable Technology for Consumers or Care Provider
Please note that the deadline for submission of all abstracts to HIIT has been extended thru this Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Indicate when you write your abstract that you are technology dependent (i.e., require special technology not provided by APHA such as Internet access) and wish to present in the Technology Center.

What does technology dependency mean to you as a speaker?

To present in the Technology Center you must have a need to:

• Demonstrate a special technology application interactively (e.g., such as a database, GIS system, Skype, YouTube, interactive chat or other software/hardware systems)

• Connect online with a high speed Internet connection (e.g., you wish to demonstrate a Web site or application (i.e., an online nutrition program that helps people manage their daily caloric intake, etc.).

• It may help you to think about the words: interactivity, Internet, real-time demonstrations, special software, audio-visual, DVDs, when you are submitting your scientific abstract.

• Note: We can accommodate laptops in the Technology Center, so feel free to bring your laptop if it will make it easier for you as a presenter. Please note there are only a limited number of scientific session time slots (6) that can be accommodated in the Technology Center. If your accepted abstract cannot be scheduled for presentation in the Technology Center, you may request appropriate equipment and present in a regular oral session room. (Note: all costs for additional AV equipment will be the responsibility of the individual presenter). Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website. Structured abstracts are required for research presentations.

All research abstracts should be organized with five sections: (1) background; (2) objective/purpose; (3) methods; (4) results; and (5) discussion/conclusions. Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract. All abstracts must be submitted with at least three learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., “By the end of the session, the participant will be able to….”). Please check the abstract title (only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under “Other.” Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific value of the work rather than alluding to what “will be” included in the presentation. Abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements will not be reviewed. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

• Relevance of topics to HIIT as well as to APHA.
• Clearly written and conveys essence of research.
• Innovative and state-of-the-art information.
• Addresses underserved populations.
• Advances the field of health informatics and information technology.
• Overall impression of abstract description.

Following are instructions for submitting a proposal for an entire session:

(1) Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session) to the same topic area. If a session proposal includes abstracts submitted to multiple topic areas, the session proposal will be considered incomplete. (2) Contact the Technology Center Chairman (Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell at and 703-989-1199) with: (a) a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health informatics information technology); (b) at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (all individuals abstracts that are part of the proposed session must have individual learning objectives); and (c) the title, first author, and abstract number of all abstracts to be included in the session. Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions. Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work. Only one author may present each abstract; multiple presenters for one abstract will not be accepted. Neither APHA nor HIIT can provide any financial support (including, but not limited to, registration, airfare, lodging, etc.) for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.

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 must provide:

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

2) at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measureable).

Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: 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. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form. Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.

Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Contact the program planner for all other questions.

Program Planner Contact Information:
Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III
Former Consultant, Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT)
Founder, Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) Group of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
17032 Barn Ridge Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Phone: 301-570-0387
Fax: 301-570-4976

Jayfus Doswell, PhD
Juxtopia, LLC
1101 East 33rd Street
Suite B304
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 443-451-7263