CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 143rd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition


Meeting theme: Health in All Policies

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

The Pharmacy Public Health Special Primary Interest Group invites abstracts that fit with the theme of the annual meeting "Health in All Policies"and with the Pharmacy Public Health SPIG's interest in advancing the scope of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals in public health.

Abstracts are welcomed for oral or poster presentations that reflect good science and align broadly with interests and values of the Pharmacy Public Health SPIG.  After reviewers score abstracts, the program committee arranges highest ranking submissions into oral and poster sessions organized by topic. We will try to honor preferences for oral, poster, or roundtable presentations.

IMPORTANT NOTE: APHA allows all members to designate a SPIG as part of their APHA membership. If you are not yet a Pharmacy Public Health SPIG member, please consider identifying Pharmacy Public Health as one of your APHA homes.


The following topics reflect both historical concerns and current focus areas of the Pharmacy Public Health SPIG. They are neither prescriptive nor exclusive. The Pharmacy Public Health SPIG supports and advocates for industry, education, government, and professional policies congruent with these interests. Topics that fall within the broadly outlined categories below are encouraged for submission:

  • Advancing pharmacists roles in public health
  • Interprofessional public health practice
  • Medication adherence
  • Pharmaceutical economics: reimbursements, drug pricing, Medicare, Medicaid
  • Pharmacy policy and services utilization: Evaluation of outcomes of pharmacy services
  • Prescription drug misuse and abuse
  • Safe medication use and reduction of medication errors
Submission process:

Abstracts submitted for consideration should reflect new information. Abstracts are limited to 250 words and should not contain charts, figures, etc. Abstracts should adequately describe the content and focus of the proposed presentation and follow the general outline of background, methods, results, and conclusions.

In addition to your abstract, you will be asked to provide the following information as part of the online submission process:

  • Learning Objectives: At least two measurable learning objectives are needed as a standing APHA requirement. The learning objectives are not included in the word count. Learning objectives must clearly identify the intended outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate as a result of attending/participating in your presentation. Verbs that cannot be clearly demonstrated (understand, learn, etc.) do not meet this criterion. Per APHA, learning objectives MUST include one of the following demonstrable verbs: explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare, differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define or list. Each learning objective should be listed separately and numbered sequentially. Compound learning objectives (those containing more than one verb) are not permitted. For more information, please see:
  • Relevant Keywords: Keywords assist program planners in developing cohesive sessions and in assigning your abstract for blind peer-review. Please select only the keywords that best reflect the primary focus of your abstract submission. If the keyword options in the drop-down menu do not adequately reflect your content, please list your keywords in “Comments to Organizers.”
  • Preferred Presentation Format: You may select oral, poster, or either. Please note other preferences in the “Comments to Organizers.” Program planners will try to honor, but cannot guarantee, preference requests.
  • Qualifications Statement: You must include a brief (1 – 3 sentences) statement regarding why you are qualified to present on the content of your abstract. Statements should be tailored to the content, rather than generic statements related to education, training, or employment. An example is found in the “Continuing Education Credit” section below.
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure: APHA requires presenters to disclose “any relevant personal financial relationship with a commercial entity that benefits the individual and may ultimately bias the presentation of that content.” The policy may be viewed at  
  • All abstracts are reviewed using a blind peer-review process. Incomplete abstracts or those failing to meet guidelines established by APHA will not be reviewed. View additional information regarding abstract submission guidelines at  

NOTE: Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation at the annual meeting. Presenters of accepted abstracts must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered by the early-bird deadline.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Meghana V. Aruru, PhD, MBA., BPharm
Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
1400 Roosevelt Blvd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847)330 4529