CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

Vision Care Late Breakers

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

Late-Breaking Poster Session for the Vision Care Section at APHA 2017

To enable more students and established investigators to participate in the American Public Health Association’s Vision Care Section (VCS), the VCS invites everyone to submit their cutting-edge research in vision and eye health for a late breaker session at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Students in optometry, ophthalmology, public health, and related fields are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

The submission deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Friday, June 30, 2017, and notifications of selection decisions will be in early August. Abstracts may be related to any aspect of vision health. Three items are particularly important to include: Abstract (limited to 250 words), learning objective (at least one), and presenter qualifications (limited to 75 words).

Abstracts must have no more than 250 words (structured as: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Conclusions). You must also include at least one clear, MEASURABLE learning objective with your submission. Detailed instructions for writing learning objectives, including a list of acceptable measurable action words, can be found on the abstract submission page. Learning objectives are not included in the word count.

Only one abstract can be submitted per primary author. Individuals who present abstracts at the Annual Meeting must be members of the APHA. Abstracts must be submitted through APHA's website.

Submissions will be reviewed and scored by VCS members to ensure high quality scientific submissions are selected for presentation at the meeting. The following criteria will be used to score submissions: 1) significance of the problem to public health, 2) innovativeness of ideas, methods and/or approach, 3) rigor of methods and approach (analytical design for research, systematic approach for practice and/or policy), 4) presentation of empirical findings (not applicable if abstract does not present empirical research), 5) implications identified for future research, practice and/or policy, and 6) clarity of writing.

For additional information, contact the Vision Care Program chair (Kathleen O'Connor, MPH, at

Submit your abstract using the button below:

  • VCS Late Breaker Poster Session


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kathy O'Connor
Phone: 301-458-4181