142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Maximiing success potential in submitting an abstract to the SHES Section of APHA

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Larry K. Olsen, DrPH, CHES , School of Health Management, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO
Christopher Ledingham, MPH, PhD, MCHES , Health and Human Performance, University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX
The Scientific  Forum at the American Public Health Association annual meeting is one of the largest scientific forums of its kind in the world.  Numerous individuals will submit abstracts for presentation consideration, but many are not successful because of logistic issues and not following specific instructions.  In this presentation, two individuals who have been collectively involved in program planning and review of submitted abstracts for over 40 years will discuss the process used for abstract review and the common elements that cause an abstract to be rated low, even though the topic of the abstract may be interesting and worthy of presentation. Such things as selecting a title, writing appropriate objectives, tying the topic to the theme of the conference, using appropriate language, ensuring that the submission is complete, and how to maximize the potential of receiving a high abstract rating will be discussed.  Specific examples from accepted and non-accepted abstracts will be presented as examples.  The session will be particularly appropriate for students and those who are just beginning to consider submission of abstracts of their work for presentation consideration at professional meetings.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Explain the process for submitting and abstract for presentation considerateness to the SHES Section of APHA. List the criteria used in the selection of abstracts for presentation with the APHA SHES Section scientific program. Describe pitfalls to avoid when submitting abstracts for presentation consideration within the SHES Section of APHA.

Keyword(s): Teaching, Adherence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented numerous papers at APHA over my 50 years of membership and have been a program planner for the SHES section for many years so am fully familiar with the submission and selection process.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.