CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 141st APHA Annual Meeting

Theme: Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2013

Each year, members of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section have the opportunity to present papers and research results during the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Abstracts are encouraged that present new research and cutting edge issues in ATOD substance use and dependence that are of interest to our membership. Abstracts may focus within the individual topic areas of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs; however, topics that are relevant across multiple substances of use/abuse are also encouraged. The Section encourages members interested in health services research, media, advocacy, public policy, prevention, and treatment practice to submit abstracts for 2013. Our objective is 1,000 abstract submissions.

Sixth Annual Student Poster Showcase and Award:

The ATOD Section also invites abstract submissions from students for the Sixth Annual Student Poster Award. Students who submit abstracts to the Student Poster Showcase session will be considered for inclusion in a special poster session presenting selected posters, with awards being given to top finalists. See for more information. (Abstracts not selected for the Student Poster Showcase will be considered for other sessions as appropriate.)

Topics of Particular Interest Include:

  • ATOD - SBIRT/screening & referral in applied settings
  • ATOD - co-morbidities, integration of services
  • ATOD - community based approaches to atod problems
  • ATOD - evaluation methodology and approaches
  • ATOD - health care reform, access, and parity
  • ATOD - science to service/research to practice-research in applied settings
  • Alcohol - environmental approaches, policy and advocacy
  • Alcohol - epidemiology
  • Alcohol - other
  • Alcohol - social determinants, disparities and priority populations
  • Alcohol - treatment and health services research
  • Award: ATOD student poster award showcase
  • Tobacco - cessation (individual)
  • Tobacco - cessation (systems change)
  • Tobacco - communications/media
  • Tobacco - other
  • Tobacco - policy and advocacy
  • Tobacco - prevention
  • Tobacco - second hand smoke
  • Tobacco - youth
  • Other drugs - general
  • Other drugs - policy and advocacy
  • Other drugs - prescription drugs
  • Other drugs - prevention
  • Other drugs - treatment

Abstracts are submitted electronically through the APHA Web site, The Web site provides complete instructions on the length and format of abstracts, and the information required from authors. The ATOD deadline for submissions will not be extended.

NOTE: Please follow APHA abstract submission and CEU guidelines below carefully.  You must start Learning Objective sentences using one of the suggested verbs.  For original research submissions, the abstract should include: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.  For descriptive submissions, the abstract should include: Issues, Description, Lessons Learned, and Recommendations.  In addition, abstracts must not exceed 250 words in length.  Incomplete submissions may be rejected due to insufficient information to judge their merit.

Abstracts may be designated “Oral Only”, “Poster Only” or “No Preference”.  Oral sessions are limited and very competitive, so you are encouraged to consider selecting “No Preference”.  Each year, we must turn down abstracts of merit, because we do not have space and authors selected “Oral Only”.  Please give the Program Committee as many options as possible to accept your presentation.

The ATOD Section ranks abstracts through a multi-tiered peer review process. Abstracts are evaluated on:

1) Importance and relevance: Does the presentation provide new findings and/or innovative ideas with significant impact on policy, practice or advocacy in the ATOD field?

2) Methodological/project soundness: Is the methodology sound, coherently stated, and appropriate to the topic or project? Are the sample and data and/or the population and community information recent, representative, unbiased and of adequate size?

3) Adherence to specified APHA guidelines for submission of abstracts and coherence of content;

4) Contribution to science, policy and/or practice.

Abstracts that do not make this clear are usually ranked lower by reviewers, due to incomplete information. Topical sessions are then assembled from high-ranked abstracts. Please note that APHA suggests the program include only one presentation by any individual, and the ATOD Section endeavors to abide by this guideline.  

Session Proposals:

Session proposals are generally not encouraged due to limited space and are rarely approved as submitted. If you want to submit a session proposal, contact the Program Chair, Linda J. Frazier, at to ask for a session designation. Please allow at least one week for a response to such requests. Session proposals will be ranked in competition with separately submitted abstracts, and the topic will be weighed against the topics of interest for the Annual Meeting, as well as the topics addressed in separately submitted abstracts. Session proposals must be completed as directed. The Program Committee reserves the right to break session proposals apart and consider the individual abstracts separately without prior notification to the session organizer.

Acceptance/Rejection Notices:

Notification of acceptance or rejection for all abstracts submitted is sent in May or June by e-mail to the contact person designated in the abstract submission. Presenters are notified of date, time, and location of their sessions during the summer. Should you withdraw an accepted abstract, the Program Chair will select a replacement; please do not provide a substitute. Information detailing the ATOD Section’s Preliminary Program and Final Program will be available on the ATOD Section Website and copies of the Final ATOD Section Program including locations and last-minute changes will be available at the ATOD Section Booth. Should your abstract be chosen, you will be expected to complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure statement as directed and in a timely fashion. All presenters must be members of APHA and register for the meeting. Learning Objectives for accepted oral sessions must meet all APHA standards for continuing education approval so that the ATOD section program may offer CEU credits for all oral sessions.  

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:
Linda Joy Frazier, MA, RN, MCHES
Public Health Connections
2605 Riverside Drive
Vassalboro, ME 04989
Phone: 612-424-3860