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

Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

Caucus Overview

The Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus, sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) in partnership with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), provides a forum for APHA members to explore and discuss innovative approaches and effective interventions that support practice, education, and applied research by building bridges between academia and practice. Public health academicians and practitioners within public health institutions (e.g., federal, state, regional, local, private sector or non-profit organizations) that administer or participate in academic and practice partnerships are encouraged to submit abstracts to showcase their work.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts are solicited for oral and poster session formats. Consideration will be given to abstracts that (a) promote the caucus goals as outlined above; (b) address one or more of the caucus topic areas (listed below); and, (c) fulfill the abstract criteria (please review the APHA call for abstracts homepage to learn more about APHA's abstract requirements). Preference may be given to authors who are Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus members; ASPPH members; and/or staff of a PHAB accredited health department. Topic areas for the 2018 APLPHC sessions are as follows:

  • Achieving Hospital and Health Department Collaboration through Joint Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans - What Works and What Doesn′t
  • Innovative Linkages between Academic and Practice Partners in Public Health
  • Leadership Role of Public Health in Mitigating Social Determinants of Health
  • Partnerships with Academic Partners to Achieve PHAB Accreditation
  • Preparing ″Workforce Ready″ Graduates through Academic and Practice Partnerships
  • Promising Approaches from Academic and Practice Linkages to Assist Communities Following a Disaster
  • Use of Storytelling as a Tool to Give Voice to Addressing Health Inequities
  • Working Towards Health Equity: Lessons Learned from Collaborative Community Assessments and/or Health Improvement Plans
Reviewers may consider -- possibly among others --  the following in their review:
1. TOPIC PROMINENCE: Illustrates the importance to public health

2. PRESENTATION OBJECTIVES: The audience “Learning Objectives” are realistic and clear; and the subject’s objectives are clear and measurable

3. PURPOSE: Subject of proposed topic is clear and of high quality

4. PRACTICE IMPACT: Provides evidence that academia and practice were necessary for results; and supports and improves the science of public health practice (cites appropriate methods, data, and measurable conclusions)

5. ACADEMIC IMPACT: Topic is significant to the public health academia domain; imparts scholarship to advance academia's mission to improve education and policies for practitioners, researchers, and teachers. Provides evidence of supporting philosophy

6. ORIGINALITY: Demonstrates originality and innovation

7. TONE: Indicates a working knowledge of operations (e.g., development, challenges, infrastructure) toward improving public health education, training, or services

8. OVERALL: Well written, concise, and effectively outlines and communicates abstract scope, context, and rationale

Important Reminders:

  • Abstracts should be no more than 350 words.
  • You do not have to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA Individual member and MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the pre-registration deadline.
  • The presenting author is requested to join the  Academic and Practice Linkages in Public Health Caucus (APLPHC).
  • If you would like to submit a session proposal, instead of a single abstract, please contact the program planner listed below. 

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.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Sarah Weiner, MPH, CPH
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
1900 M Street, NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 12022961099140