CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

Community Health Planning and Policy Development

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017

The Community Health Planning and Policy Development section (CHPPD) develops and advocates for health planning, policies and practices to promote health equity, community empowerment and social justice. Through the conference, CHPPD hopes to foster continued discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration and translation of practice to policy. 

The section invites abstracts, which further these objectives while encompassing the section’s mission.  We are especially seeking abstracts on topics related to Racism, Protecting & Advancing Health Care Reform, Climate Change, Violence Prevention, Community Health & Drug Addiction, Organizing Communities to Protect Vulnerable Populations, and Economic Justice.  In addition, the section also invites scientific sessions and posters that address relevant planning, policy and community development themes aligning with the APHA Annual Meeting theme.

  • Alternative Health Policies to Bridge the Medically Underserved Amidst Political Climate Change
  • Best Practices For Implementing Transitional Care
  • Best Practices of Policy Initiatives at the Local & Community Level to Address Climate Impacts
  • CHPPD Poster Session 1
  • CHPPD Poster Session 2
  • CHPPD Poster Session 3
  • CHPPD Poster Session 4
  • CHPPD Poster Session 5
  • CHPPD Poster Session 6
  • CHPPD Poster Session 7
  • CHPPD Poster Session 8
  • Climate Change and Community Workforce Development Policies
  • Climate Change and Community-Based Advocacy
  • Community Engagement Strategies to Mobilize Community Networks and Impact Community Health
  • Farming, Climate Change, & Rural Community Health
  • Grassroots (Local) Policy Efforts Addressing Climate Change
  • Health Care Access: Policy and Program Challenges
  • Health System Participation in Social Justice Policies
  • Impact of Climate Change on Asthma and Other Chronic Respiratory Conditions
  • Impact of Climate Change on the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Populations
  • Innovative Partnerships that Build Successful Programs or Influence Public Health Policy
  • Innovative Ways to Use Qualtitative in Shaping Public Health Policy
  • Mapping Social Determinants of Health
  • Non-Traditional Partnerships With Healthcare and Its Impact on Community Health
  • Policy Initiatives That Promote Mental Health Integration
  • Pollution and Its Effect on Population and Community Health
  • Projects that Engage the Community to Meet Public Health Needs
  • Protecting the Environment and Preventing Climate Change: Planning and Policy Strategies
  • Strategies for Measuring Health Equity
  • Sustainable Academic-Community Partnerships and Their Impact on Community Health
  • The Health Impacts of Racism
  • The Role of Social Workers in Promoting Patient-Centered Care
  • Translating Vaccine Policy into Practice: Strategies that Improve Vaccination Rates
  • Violence Prevention and Community Health
  • Working with Communitities to Identify and Protect Marginalized Populations

Abstracts should limited to 350 words and must include at least one measurable learning objective or an experiential learning activity. Guidance for writing learning objectives can be found below in the Continuing Education Credit section. Referrals to web pages or URLS may not be used for abstracts. Abstracts must not have been presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting.

Any abstract requiring the use of film or video must be submitted to the Film and Technology Theater section, regardless of topic.

For any and all inquiries about your abstract, always reference the abstract number assigned to you by the APHA on-line system. To present at the Annual Meeting, all presenters must be Individual members of APHA, must register for the meeting, and must have completed a Conflict of Interest disclosure in advance of the Annual Meeting.

There are 2 major categories of abstracts:

  1. Research Abstracts
    Please include the following information if submitting a research abstract: Introduction to problem, research question, methods, data analysis used, conclusion. 

  2. Program Planning/Implementation/Evaluation Abstracts   
    Please include the following information if submitting a program planning/implementation/evaluation abstract: Brief introduction of problem being addressed, brief description of evidence and theory used to inform program development/implementation, brief description of program activities, program outcomes or plan to evaluate outcomes, conclusion/recommendations for other practitioners.

Please refer to the Continuing Education Credit section below for additional guidance on what to include in the abstract submission.

Invited CHPPD Sessions

An invited is an oral scientific session of between four to five panelists on a related issue or multi-faceted project organized by a CHPPD section member. To propose an invited CHPPD session, the session organizer must a) be a member of APHA, b) have selected CHPPD as a section choice, c) and follow all steps listed below:

First, contact Program Chair Shariece Johnson, with a brief proposal describing the intended session.  Once the Program Committee deems that the proposed session aligns with the themes of CHPPD and the conference, you will be officially invited to submit a detailed proposal. This will require you to complete the following:

  1. Completed an invited session cover sheet.

  2. Submit each abstract individually through the on-line system no later than the abstract due date. Note each assigned abstract number following submission.

All abstracts will be considered as individual submissions. Consideration for the abstracts as a proposed session will occur after the individual review of abstracts. CHPPD does not generally accept full sessions related to a single project.

A proposed invited session should not include more than 5 abstracts. A minimum of 3 abstracts for a proposed invited session needs to be accepted by the review process in order for the invited session to be scheduled. If less than 3 abstracts are accepted, then the accepted abstracts will be combined with other accepted abstracts to develop a different panel, roundtable or poster session.

Invited sessions and their component abstracts have the same deadline as individual abstracts submitted to the CHPPD section. There will be NO EXTENSIONS or alternate deadlines for proposed invited sessions.

Invited session planners are encouraged to submit sessions that further critical dialogue beyond Q&A, and actively engage audiences using innovative presentation formats and experiential learning activities. For example, a session may demonstrate and train participants hands-on in the use of an advocacy tool.

Students and New Presenters

We highly value the enthusiastic membership and contribution of students to the CHPPD section’s content. We encourage students to present their work at the 2017 conference, through oral sessions, posters, and panels. We also encourage students to submit abstracts highlighting collaboration with faculty and community members. Members who have never presented at an APHA annual meeting, especially underrepresented groups, are also encouraged to become "new presenters" in 2017.

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, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) At least one MEASURABLE SINGLE outcome (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes and compound outcomes are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: 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; Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: (I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.) Please note that I am the Principle Investigator of this study is NOT an acceptable qualification statement.

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.

We look forward to your important contribution to CHPPD’s program at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting!


Program Planner Contact Information:

Shariece Johnson, MA
Public Policy
University of Maryland Baltimore County
602 Highland Ridge Avenue
Unit 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 410-961-6885