CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 141st APHA Annual Meeting

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

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013

The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section invites abstracts related to prevention and control of injuries and violence in all settings; delivery and evaluation of emergency health services; and issues related to emergency preparedness and population safety. Abstracts addressing policy, methodological advances, programs, services, translational research, epidemiology, and research and evaluation are appropriate for this section. We welcome abstracts on ALL unintentional and intentional injury topics. Abstracts must be submitted via the APHA website. The deadline for submitting abstracts to the ICEHS Section is 11:59 pm PST on Friday, February 15, 2013. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and considered for presentation at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, to be held November 2-6, 2013 in Boston, MA. The theme for the 2013 meeting is "Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World." Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by email in early June 2013.
  • At risk populations: Injury in military personnel
  • Child and adolescent injuries
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness for vulnerable and special needs populations
  • Emergency medical services and preparedness
  • Global violence and injury
  • Health department engagement in violence prevention and disaster mitigation
  • ICEHS Business Meeting
  • ICEHS Business Meeting
  • ICEHS Latebreaker
  • ICEHS Latebreakers
  • ICEHS Members and Colleagues Breakfast
  • Injury and emergency health data issues
  • Injury associated with consumer products
  • Innovations in injury research methods
  • Natural disasters: Preparation and mitigation with lessons from hurricane Sandy
  • Occupational injuries
  • Public health law initiatives for injury control
  • Recreational injuries
  • Rethinking approaches to gun violence: Surveillance, regulation and prevention
  • Sandy hook massacre; A mother, a police chief and an academic remember and reflect
  • Secondary task engagement and driving: A growing issue in road safety
  • Suicide prevention
  • The emerging role of techology in injury prevention, disaster and emergency response
  • Topics in Traumatic Brain Injury, Violence and Emergency Care
  • Topics in injury, violence and preparedness
  • Transportation safety
  • Violence and self-inflicted injuries
Abstracts must be structured as follows: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Conclusions The abstract word limit is 250 words. 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).
  3. Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.
  4. 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.
Learning objectives are not included in the word count. Please include learning objectives as abstracts missing learning objectives will receive a lower priority accept score and risk being rejected. All meeting rooms at the annual meeting will be equipped with an LCD projector. If your presentation will require additional technology (i.e. to show a film, video, or DVD; demonstrate a special software application interactively, such as a database or GIS system; or go online with a high speed Internet connection), you must indicate that you will require additional technology when you submit your abstract online. Be sure to click on the “Technology Dependent” check-box if need any technology other than an LCD projector. An expanded summary must be submitted with the abstract. The purpose of the expanded summary is to provide additional information to help reviewers judge the relevance and quality of your work. It should not repeat the abstract material, but instead should provide complementary details about the work. The average length of an expanded summary is 500 words (maximum 2,000). We also welcome abstract submissions for consideration as a Special Session, the Innovations in Injury Research Methods session, Student Paper Award competition, APHA Film and Technology Theatre, and Late-breakers as noted below. Except for Late-breakers, all abstracts are due February 15, 2013. Special Sessions.We welcome proposals for full sessions (90 minutes in length). Session proposals are encouraged for any topic of special interest or topics related specifically to this year's theme. In addition to the electronic online submission of an individual abstract for EACH of the 4-5 papers to be included in a Session, a one-page overview of the proposed Session MUST be submitted directly to Dr. Joyce C. Pressley (, ICEHS Scientific Program Committee Chair. This one-page overview should include:
  1. Overall session title;
  2. Name of the lead facilitator and the contact person for the Session;
  3. Brief overview of the rationale for the Session; and
  4. List (in presentation order) of the individual abstracts to be organized into this Session, complete with titles, presenters' names, and time allocated for each presentation and any discussion periods.
Please note that each individual abstract to be included in a Session must be submitted through the APHA electronic abstract submission process. In the "Comments to Organizers" box for each abstract submission, the authors should indicate that the abstract is to be considered as part of the Proposed Session (indicated by Session title). Methods Session: An annual session titled Innovations in Injury Research Methods will feature contemporary theories and concepts, innovative study designs, novel data collection techniques, new analytical approaches and measurement tools, and original research that contains a unique methodological element. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be considered. This 90-minute session usually consists of 4 presentations highlighting methodological issues of special interest to injury researchers. The deadline to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation in this Special Session is February 8, 2013 (11:59 pm, PST). To submit an abstract, please visit the APHA abstract submission website, scroll to the ICEHS listing, click the "Submit Abstract" link, and click the title "Special Session: Injury Research Methods.") Late-breakers will not be eligible for consideration in this session. Student Paper Award Competition. The purpose of the Student Paper Award is to foster and reward quality research efforts of student members of the ICEHS section. To be eligible for the award, the student must be a member of the ICEHS section. (When joining APHA, students can join one section free of charge. Contact Jurek Grabowski ( if you have questions on how to affiliate with the ICEHS section). To qualify for the competition, students must be currently enrolled or have completed their degree program within the last year. Abstracts eligible for the Student Paper Award are submitted through the online APHA abstract submission process in accordance with APHA guidelines, which require that the work be original, unpublished, and not have been previously presented at a professional meeting. Both regular deadline and late-breaker abstracts qualify for consideration if the student meets the respective submission deadline AND indicates an interest in having their abstract considered for an award. (To indicate such interest, on the TITLE screen (Step 2 of the submission process), check the "YES" button on the "Consider This Paper For An Award" question (located in the "Presenting Author and Award Submission" box). Use the pull-down menu to select "Student Paper Award."  Following notice of acceptance of the abstract for either oral or poster presentation by the Scientific Program Chair, applicants must submit a completed manuscript by September 1, 2013 according to the instructions posted on the ICEHS Section website at The completed manuscript will be reviewed for the award. For additional information regarding the Student Paper Award competition, review guidelines and information on the ICEHS website. APHA Film and Technology Theatre. We also welcome abstract submissions for the APHA Film and Technology Theater. If you have documentaries, public service announcements, or other kinds of media related to ICEHS, please send an email to Dr. Joyce C. Pressley ( with the title, director, length of time, and media description. Late-breaker Sessions. A call for late-breaker abstracts for research findings and events that transpired after the February 8th deadline will be released in the summer of 2013. A notification that includes a submission deadline for the abstracts will appear in the ICEHS Newsletter and on the ICEHS website. For questions related to late-breaker abstracts, contact Dr. Joyce C. Pressley ( Student abstracts submitted for late-breakers are eligible for Student Paper Award consideration as long as the full paper is submitted by the September 1, 2013. Paper submission instructions for 2013 will be posted on the ICEHS website.
Program Planner Contact Information:
Joyce C. Pressley, PhD, MPH
Depts of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Columbia University
722 W. 168th Street, Room 812J
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-342-0421