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 Chair program planner (Byron Sogie-Thomas, M.S. or Co-Chair, Diane L. Adams, M.D.), 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 and discussant, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 our Chair, Byron Sogie-Thomas, or Co-Chair, Diane L. Adams, M.D., for further information. Submitting an abstract to Health Informatics Information Technology Section implies that you understand the terms of this Call for Abstracts.