CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo


Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We invite submissions for coordinated panel discussions, individual paper presentations, and posters on topics concerning ethics and public health. You need not be a current member of the Ethics Section, or a professional in ethics, to submit an abstract.  The Ethics Section encourages submissions from students and public health practitioners. Abstracts that are framed to fit with the 2017 theme are encouraged, but all submissions that address issues of public health ethics are welcome.
  • Constraints on science from private interests or political pressures
  • Ethical conduct of research in challenging situations
  • Ethical issues concerning public health and disability – Preventing stigma in prevention messages
  • Ethical issues concerning the development, delivery, or evaluation of healthcare delivery systems
  • Ethics concerning individual agency and social determinants of lifestyle choices and other health behaviors
  • Ethics of oppression and intersectionality; ways to promote equity
  • Expanding ethics education in schools of public health and workforce development
  • Moral distress among members of the public health workforce
  • Public health challenges for immigrants and refugees
  • Public health ethics and climate change; environmental justice
  • Public health ethics in all policies (including economic, educational, housing, energy, criminal justice, science or other social policies)
  • Public health ethics in specific domains (childbirth and breastfeeding, mental health, addiction services, genetics)
  • Public health ethics since the election
  • Revis(it)ing the Public Health Code of Ethics
  • Social justice, public health ethics, bioethics, environmental ethics and human rights -- contrasting and combining frameworks

Student Submissions

Submissions by students are especially encouraged. 

Panel Submissions

Coordinated panel sessions are also valuable, particularly by offering opportunities to examine topics in more depth. Each coordinated panel discussion may have up to three presenters, and allow at least 10-15 minutes for discussion with the audience.

Each abstract in the panel must be submitted and accepted individually.  After submitting each abstract individually, persons interested in proposing a coordinated panel should send a request for a coordinated panel to the Ethics Program Chair (Betty Wolder Levin <>), including an overall session title, rationale for and brief summary of the session, the moderator’s contact information (to ensure timely communications about the proposal), the individual abstract titles, their authors, and their APHA Confex-assigned ID numbers.

The Program Committee reserves the right to break session proposals apart and consider the individual abstracts separately without prior notification to the session organizer.

Continuing Education Credit

The Ethics Section asks that all abstracts conform to the APHA Continuing Education requirements.  Last year, we were acknowledged for submitting all of our abstracts in compliance with APHA’s important requirements to assure CEU credit for attendees.

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 learning objective.  “To understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives 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.  For example, an acceptable biographical qualification statement might be: “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.”

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 Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Betty Wolder Levin