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

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section invites abstracts related to the prevention and control of injuries and violence in all settings; delivery of emergency health services; and issues related to emergency preparedness and population safety. In particular, submissions on these and related topics addressing methodological innovations, technology advances, programs and program evaluation, translational research and policy and law are appropriate for this section. We welcome abstracts on ALL unintentional and intentional injury mechanisms, emergency health services and disaster submitted by the deadline will be peer-reviewed and considered for presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by email by early June. APHA guidelines require that the work be original, unpublished and not previously presented at a professional meeting. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited, to:
  • Aging
  • Breakfast Business Meeting
  • Child and adolescent injuries
  • Disaster response and emergency preparedness
  • Emergency medical services
  • Emerging trends in injuries
  • Falls
  • Global injuries
  • ICEHS business meeting
  • Injury and emergency health data issues
  • Innovations in injury research methods
  • Innovative use of technology for injury research, prevention, disaster and emergency response
  • Intervention trials
  • Law for injury control
  • Motor vehicle injury and road safety
  • Occupational injuries
  • Recreational and sports injuries
  • Suicide prevention
  • Using GIS and location analysis in injury research and prevention
  • Violence related injuries
Abstracts must be structured as follows: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Conclusions. The abstract word limit is 250 words. 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).
  3. Examples of acceptable measurable action words: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.
  4. Learning objectives and author qualifications are not included in the word count. Please include learning objectives; abstracts missing learning objectives will receive a lower priority accept score and risk being rejected.
  5. A completed electronic Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant qualifications statement. The qualifications statement should include information on education, research and/or experience specific to the submission.
  6. An acceptable Qualification Statement MUST include enough information for the continuing education reviewers to assess the qualifications of the author/presenter.
  7. The qualification statement should include the research or programmatic experience of the presenter as it relates to this abstract as well as the educational training of the presenter. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE AUTHOR/PRESENTER MUST BE FREE STANDING—they will not be reviewed by section members who know the qualifications of the author. Failure to be approved for continuing education units historically was not due to having unqualified presenters—it was most commonly due to the failure of well-established injury researchers to describe their exemplary educational and experience qualifications.
All meeting rooms at the annual meeting will be equipped with an LCD projector. If your presentation will require additional technology (i.e. to show a film, video, or DVD; demonstrate a special software application interactively, such as a database or GIS system; or go online with a high speed Internet connection), you must indicate that you will require additional technology when you submit your abstract online. Be sure to click on the “Technology Dependent” check-box if need any technology other than an LCD projector.

An expanded summary must be submitted with the abstract. The purpose of the expanded summary is to provide additional information to help reviewers judge the relevance and quality of your work. It should not repeat the abstract material, but instead should provide complementary details about the work. The average length of an expanded summary is 500 words (maximum 2,000). We also welcome abstract submissions for consideration as a Special Session, the Innovations in Injury Research Methods session, Student Paper Award competition, APHA Film and Technology Theatre, and Late-breakers as noted below.

Withdrawal: The last date to withdraw an abstract accepted for presentation, without penalty, is July 15th. This date allows the program committee time to provide the presentation opportunity to other submitting authors whose work may not otherwise have a program slot. Penalty: All authors/coauthors whose abstracts are accepted for oral or poster presentation who fail to arrange for the submitted work to be presented, fail to show for the meeting, or fail to withdraw by the withdrawal date of July 15th, will be ineligible to have abstracts considered for presentation for the following two years. Exceptions will be considered if the program committee is promptly notified of any extreme, unforeseen circumstances.

Special Sessions. We welcome proposals for full sessions (90 minutes in length). Session proposals are encouraged for any topic of special interest or topics related specifically to this year's theme. In addition to the electronic online submission of an individual abstract for EACH of the 4-5 papers to be included in a Session, a one-page overview of the proposed Session MUST be submitted directly to with a cc to Dr. Joyce C. Pressley ( All abstracts are due by the general abstract deadline in February. The one-page special session overview should include:

  1. Overall session title;
  2. Name of the lead facilitator and the contact person for the session;
  3. Brief overview of the rationale for the session; and
  4. List (in presentation order) of the individual abstracts to be organized into this Session, complete with titles, presenters' names, and time allocated for each presentation and any discussion periods.

Please note that each individual abstract to be included in a proposed Special Session must be submitted through the APHA electronic abstract submission process, with objectives, speaker qualifications and a conflict of interest must be completed by each person speaking or moderating at the session. In the "Comments to Organizers" box for each abstract submission, the authors should indicate that the abstract is to be considered as part of the proposed session (indicated by proposed Special Session title).


Program Planner Contact Information:

Erin Wasserman, PhD

Santosh Verma

Joyce Pressley, PhD, MPH
Depts of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Columbia University
722 W. 168th Street, Room 812G
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-342-0421

Janice Springer, DNP, RN, PHN
Disaster Services American Red Cross
Disaster Consultant and SME to American Red Cross
8200 70th Ave NE
Foley, MN 56329
Phone: 3202909532