CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

Health Informatics Information Technology

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) is an innovation-driven Section in the American Public Health Association (APHA). Our mission is to improve the public’s health and facilitate prevention through innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications.

HIIT invites abstracts (300 words maximum) related to the following topics:

  • 2nd Annual HIIT Disparities Wearathon: Eliminate Health Disparities through Innovative Wearable Technology Innovations
  • Advances in Technology for Health Survey Analysis
  • Advances in Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Advancing Personalized Medicine through the Use of Interoperable Health Information Technology
  • Applications and Registries: Tools for Managing Homelessness and Expediting Services in Real-time
  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Mobile Mental Health apps (mhapps): Implications for Healthcare Social Workers
  • Big Data Analytics to Improve Global Health
  • Climate Change: Use of Technology for Consumer Engagement
  • Closing Gaps in Rural Health Service Access and Quality Care with HIT
  • Cloud Computing: What Does it Mean for Public Health?
  • Crowdsourcing for Technological Innovation in HIV Care Community Engagement: A Pilot Study
  • Do Coaching Apps Impact Health Behavior?
  • Finding Untapped Value Through Sharing and Use of Multi-Sector Data
  • GIS Mapping, Global Health Surveillance, and Public Policy
  • HIT Innovation for the Eradication of Health Disparities
  • Health IT and Interprofessional Workforce Development
  • Health Law, Ethics, Technology and Human Rights
  • How Technology Improves Older Adults' Health and Quality of Life
  • How is Technology Being used to Increase Healthy Development for Children
  • IT Opportunities to Address Challenges of Climate Change Within Urban Communities
  • Lack of Technology in Public Health Preparedness and Response Capacity
  • Making Data Work for the Public’s Health: Telling the Story Behind the Numbers
  • Managing Cybersecurity and Use of Multiple HIT Devices and Applications
  • Managing and Maximizing Financial Resources through Information Technology and Data Analytics
  • National Patient Matching Strategy: Lots of Ideas, No Unified Direction
  • Open Source Tools for Health Informaticians and Text Mining Applications in Population Health Research
  • Promote Interpersonal Connections through Technical Social Media Channels to Reduce Isolation and Loneliness
  • Providing Actionable Data for Community Programming
  • Public Health Biomarkers and Data Interpretation
  • Public Health Data Analytics in Research and Nursing Practice
  • Reducing Medical Errors Through the Use of Public Health Informatics Health IT
  • Robotic Healthcare: Ameliorating the Disparities and Discriminates through Health Information Technology (HIT)
  • The Application of Agent-Based Modeling in Public Health
  • The Convergence of Personal Connected Health and Public Health
  • The Grand Challenge: Harnessing Technology for the Social Good
  • The Learning Health Care System: Enhancing Care Delivery through HIIT
  • The Opioid Epidemic: Effect on Public Health Service Delivery and Opportunities for Data Driven Solutions
  • Transforming Criminal Justice in America: Interoperability and Cross Sector Innovations
  • Use of Data Analytics to Reach and Maintain Equal Opportunity and Justice
  • Use of HIT to Improve Health Outcomes in Global Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Use of Informatics and Information Technology to Combat Extreme Poverty
  • Use of Interdisciplinary Approaches to improve public literacy through Data Visualization & Information Dissemination
  • Using Big Data Analytics to Revolutionized Impacts on Public Health Policy and Research
  • Using Systems Science Approaches to Solve Public Health Issues
  • Using Technological Processes to Drive Down Family Violence: Database Transmission to Hand-Held Devices
  • Using Technology to Monitor Changes in Air Quality for Asthma and Other Chronic Respiratory Illness Prevention
  • Wearable Technologies and Public Health Data Collection, Interpretation, and Policies
  • mHealth and Wearables

Please note that the deadline for submissions of all abstracts to HIIT is Friday, February 24, 2017 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website. Structured abstracts are required for research presentations. All research abstracts should be organized with five sections: (1) background; (2) objective/purpose; (3) methods; (4) results; and (5) discussion/conclusions. Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract.

All abstracts must be submitted with at least three learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., “By the end of the session, the participant will be able to understand the following ;.”). Please check the abstract title (only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under “Other.” Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific value of the work rather than alluding to what “will be” included in the presentation. Abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements will not be reviewed.  Any abstract that request internet capabilities will be decided by the Program Planner due to space limitations in the HIIT Center.  

 Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:
• Relevance of topics to HIIT as well as to APHA. 
• Clearly written and conveys essence of research. 
• Innovative and state-of-the-art information. 
• Addresses underserved populations. 
• Advances the field of health informatics and information technology. 
• Overall impression of abstract description.

Following are instructions for submitting a proposal for an entire session:
(1) Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session) to the same topic area. If a session proposal includes abstracts submitted to multiple topic areas, the session proposal will be considered incomplete.

(2) Contact the program planner (Dr. Diane L. Adams at or 301-570-0387) with: (a) a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health informatics information technology); (b) at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (all individuals abstracts that are part of the proposed session must have individual learning objectives); and (c) the title, first author, and abstract number of all abstracts to be included in the session. 

Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work. Only one author may present each abstract; multiple presenters for one abstract will not be accepted. Neither APHA nor HIIT can provide any financial support for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.  However, students may apply for financial scholarships, which are subject to availability.

If your abstract is accepted, you may be asked to serve as a moderator of a panel or roundtable oral session.

Continuing Education Credits 

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.

If your abstract is accepted by the HIIT Program, then you will be required to become an APHA Member. As part of your membership, you can select HIIT as your primary affiliation at no additional cost.  We use our membership dollars to support students with scholarships so that they may attend the Annual Meetings. Please contact Dr. Diane L. Adams at or 301-570-0387 for further information. Submitting an abstract to Health Informatics Information Technology Section implies that you understand the terms of this Call for Abstracts.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Diane L Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III
Founder, Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) Group of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
Juxtopia, LLC
800 I St.
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Phone: 301-000-0000

Byron Sogie-Thomas