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

Black Caucus of Health Workers

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts from Public Health professionals, students and other individuals in related fields to present results of scientific research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and lessons learned from research or practice.  BCHW strongly encourages the abstract submission of topics related to the overall APHA theme "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity- the time Is NOW " as well as focusing on socioeconomics within impoverished communities and equitable health care/practices,  as it relates to people of the African Diaspora. Individuals with local, national and international research experience are encouraged to submit, as well as, new investigators and students. This Call for Abstracts for the scientific sessions, request papers relevant to people of the African Diaspora in the following topic areas:
  • Achieving health equity in behavioral and mental health
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Achieve Health Equity for Men of the African Diaspora
  • Addressing health disparities to improve Women's health outcomes and achieve health equity
  • Addressing health equity through social movements and policy changes
  • Effective strategies to improve health outcomes and promote health equity
  • Health Equity and Resilliency- Thriving Not Just Surviving Across the Lifespan
  • Hidden Figures in Public Health: Celebrating 50 years of Black Caucus of Health Workers
  • In Our Own Voices- Innovative approaches to advocate for health equity
  • Institutional Inequity: Overcoming barriers to prepare the next generation of public health professionals
  • International Health Equity- Exploring best practices to improve health outcomes across the African diaspora
  • Using social media as a movement for health equity
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
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All abstracts will be reviewed on independent merit according to a standardized process by abstract reviewers. Abstracts should address the 2018 Annual Theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity- the time is NOW". All abstracts must follow on of the two formats below;

Structured Abstract Format: Abstracts should be submitted in a structured format. Please use one of the following two formats:

  • Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;
  • Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study or the intended with supporting data.

An alternative format, suited for abstracts about policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations, may be used:

  • Issues: A summary of the issue(s) addressed;
  • Description: Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program;
  • Lessons Learned: A brief description of the results of the project; and
  • Recommendations: A brief statement of next steps.

In addition please clearly state whether a supplemental summary is to be considered;

Please indicate if your abstract submission is directly related to an abstract submitted by another author and the intent is for the two abstracts to be presented during the same session;

Make sure work is original and not previously presented;

Follow proper protocol for APHA abstract submission;

No use of brand names or organizations is permitted;

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically through the APHA on-line electronic abstract submission website.

Abstracts should be 250 words and must include clear and concise learning objectives.

NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED BEYOND  March 2 2018. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.

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 must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
2) at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measurable).
Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words:
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. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form. Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Contact the program planner for all other questions.

Linked-Abstract and Panel Session Details
Scientific program sessions are 90-minutes and typically hold four to five abstracts within a similar theme. If you are interested in linking abstracts to be presented in the same scientific session, please be sure to link all submitted abstracts together. You MUST link each abstract within the APHA on-line abstract submission program. Further, you must notify either Jill Dingle , George R. Smith, Jr. -, or Selena Smith- that these abstracts are a collection. Please be aware, however, that all abstracts are scored on their individual merit. It is possible that not all linked abstracts will be selected. If you are assembling a panel presentation for review, please be aware that a full abstract submission including speakers must be included at the time of the abstract submission. It is highly recommended that any person(s) submitting for a panel presentation, provide supplemental information to the BCHW as previously indicated. The panel will be reviewed based on individual merit and anticipated presenters, topic area, and how it relates to both the APHA theme and the BCHW’s mission.

BCHW Student Poster Session

The BCHW is actively seeking posters for presentation by Graduate Students (Masters / Doctoral) at accredited graduate schools. Student status must be stated at the point of abstract submission. Student status including anticipated graduation date will be verified prior to abstracts being accepted for presentation. All presentations must be original work that has not been previously presented, in-press, or published. Student posters should follow the conference theme and/or BCHW focus areas as well as meet all appropriate eligibility requirements including but not limited to, membership to BCHW and/or APHA. For additional information, please email BCHW Program Planners 
 Jill W. Dingle at , George R. Smith, Jr. at, Selena E. Smith at  

BCHW is interested in individuals who can present on original, basic, advanced or applied research that addresses public health research, programs and policies impacting the health and quality of life of African Americans and related, vulnerable populations. Please email Jill Dingle, , Selena Smith, or George R. Smith, Jr. , regarding instructions for full session proposals and/or any questions.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Jill Dingle, MPH
Retention and Adherence Services
NYSDOH- AIDS Institute
90 Church Street, 13th floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-417-4531

George Smith, EdD, MPH
College of Health Sciences
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive/BHS 201
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773.995.2046

Selena Smith, MPA
Urban Health Program
University of Illinois at Chicago
808 South Wood Street Rm 173
M/C 967
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-4990