CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo

American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 25, 2018

The American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) Caucus (est. 1981) promotes:
  • Equal opportunity and access for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Hawaiian Islands to health care;
  • Provides a supportive entry into the American Public Health Association (APHA);
  • Disseminates information about major Native health issues and programs;
  • Works with APHA to promote policy beneficial to Native health needs to assure quality care and equal access.

The theme of the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.” The Caucus invites abstracts for presentations that address health programming and practices, research approaches, and policy and structural approaches for Indigenous populations. Authors should submit to the best-fit category for their abstract.

Suggested topic areas with examples are listed below. Abstracts that specifically address, but are not limited to, these topics are encouraged:

  • Social Determinants of AIANNH Health
    • Impact of current and historical policies, such as treaties, federal recognition, tribal health codes and laws;
    • Influences on health by community and environmental factors;
    • Intersectionality and the interplay of multiple social determinants;
    • Climate change impacts on health, wellness, and equity;
  • Racial Equity and Justice
    • Advocacy promoting AIANNH health and addressing racial inequities;
    • Forging unity around factors centered on AIANNH health and other People of Color;
    • Social and environmental justice impacting AIANNH rights, accessibility, and laws for clean water, land and air;
    • Tribal infrastructure and economies supporting the viability and sustainability of racial equity and justice;
    • AIANNH approaches to health equity;
  • Health Equity through Cultural Strengths
    • Cultural and traditional strengths and practices that serve as protective factors and promote spirituality, healing and wellness;
    • Cultural resilience and preservation in the face of racial inequity;
    • Culturally-based and practice-based evidence in AIANNH communities;
    • Availability and accessibility of traditional foods and diet;
    • Culturally based health promotion in AIANNH communities, including through digital storytelling;
  • Health Equity in AIANNH Data and Research
    • AIANNH-led and driven research efforts, including through community-based participatory research
    • Use of respectful community-engagement practices and inclusive data processes, ethics and standards;
    • Successful examples of data-driven funding, program planning and policy making through inclusion of AIANNH communities in research;
    • Growing and adapting evidence-based practices and research in AIANNH communities.

Authors whose work reflects these areas should specifically note this in the abstract text, as they may be given special consideration in the selection process:

  • Community-based
  • Community-led
  • Student-led (undergrad., grad., recent grad. – within 1yr.)
    • Student-led poster submissions are strongly encouraged, as up to 5 of 10 poster slots will be reserved for students.
  • Youth-led projects or research
  • Authors with lived experience relevant to the topic

Submission categories include: 1) Policy & Structural Approaches, 2) Programs & Practice, and 3) Research Approaches. Authors should submit to the best-fit category for their abstract.

  • Policy & Structural Approaches
  • Programs & Practice
  • Research Approaches
Note 1:  The AIANNH Planning Committee does not: 1) preview abstracts prior to submission; or 2) provide feedback on submitted abstracts.  Only ONE presenter is encouraged per oral session and time allotments for sessions are strictly adhered to.

Note 2:  The AIANNH Caucus may collaborate with other APHA entities.  

Please visit the AIANNH Caucus Call for Abstracts web page to learn more about our collaboration efforts.


Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: . Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and must follow the general APHA guidelines for submission.

Submissions that do not comply will not be reviewed.

NOTE: If an abstract is accepted, ALL presenters must be individual members of APHA in order to present, and must register for the annual meeting; however, APHA membership is not required at the time of abstract submission. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Meeting.


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.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy!

Notification of abstract status will be sent for all submissions on JUNE 4, 2018.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Hannabah Blue, M.S.
John Snow, Inc
1725 Blake St #400
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 3032624320

David Cummings, B.Sc., MPH
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Caucus
100 Cascade Lane
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone: 910-316-0676

Ingrid Stevens, MPH
Department of Community Health Services
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
3900 Ambassador Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 503-954-6581
Fax: 907-729-3652

Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
Research Department
ETR Associates
5495 Carlson Drive, Suite D
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-642-1186