CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

Caucus on Homelessness

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017

The Caucus invites abstracts on research, epidemiology, policy, legislation, advocacy, and service delivery issues pertaining to health and homeless populations. The theme of the 2017 meeting is: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health. The Caucus on Homelessness was supportive of this theme and we are looking forward to highlighting issues related to the theme as well as broader issues related to this framework in the context of the vulnerable and marginalized groups we work with. Topics of interest for this year's program include, but are not limited to:
  • Climate change as it relates to unstably housed and homeless populations
  • Disaster preparedness and emergency services for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Health policy, the ACA, Trump administration, and other federal issues that impact homelessness in relation to environmental change
  • Housing as a human right: design and evaluation of effective housing-related services
  • Novel methods or challenges in conducting research with individuals experiencing homelessness
  • • Design and evaluation of health and social service interventions for specific homeless populations (e.g. homeless youth, veterans, LGBTI, etc.)
Abstracts are reviewed anonymously and rated based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and description of subject matter
  • Innovative/Original nature of topic
  • Sophistication/rigor of methodology or program approach used
  • Results, conclusions, or program outcomes adequately discussed and based on sufficient data
  • Importance/Relevance of topic to the field
IMPORTANT! You do not need to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA Individual member and you MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the September pre-registration deadline. (APHA LI faculty excluded). Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation at the annual meeting, therefore please make sure you understand what is required of you before submitting.

Abstracts with student researchers as senior authors are encouraged. The Caucus on Homelessness will present an award for the best student abstract submitted. The abstract will be selected by a committee. Please notify the program committee in the comments section if you are submitting a student abstract, so that it can be considered for this award. For additional information contact the program chair.

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.

Technology-based/Technology-dependent Presentations

All scientific session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector, computer (no Internet access) and screen.

If your presentation is dependent on additional technology (i.e., internet, video projection) do not submit to a Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum. Submit your presentation to the Health Informatics Information Technology Theater (HIIT) Center. The HIIT Center is an environment for live presentations of information and computer technology applications for public health. The meeting room is equipped with Internet access, and theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. For more information and detailed requirements click on the program below. (Please note there are a very limited number of openings environment).


Program Planner Contact Information:

Brett Poe
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
PO Box 60427
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: 615-226-2292

Alaina Boyer, PhD
Research Team
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
604 Gallatin rd Suite 106
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: 9548221611