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

International Health

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018

The International Health Section welcomes abstracts for the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting. This year we seek a broad range of entries on global health related to the session topics listed below, as well as entries related to the overall meeting theme. 

General instructions: 

The International Health Section welcomes abstracts on both research- and program-based work. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and include the purpose of the work, a description of information and methods used, results, and discussion. We will only accept abstracts within the topic areas listed. 

Questions to consider when addressing each component of an abstract (University of California, Berkeley, 2000):
Context: Why do we care about the problem? What need is your work addressing?
Methods: What did you actually do to get your results (e.g., conducted a survey of three villages, analyzed household survey data from five countries, held semi-structured interviews with 17 community health workers)?
Results: What did you learn? Was there enhanced knowledge, increased participation, or measurable changes in health outcomes?
Conclusion and discussion: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the need identified in question 1?

Note that as part of the International Health Section program, all submissions should relate to health issues in countries outside the US and/or innovations, new approaches, resources, and tools that advance practice and research in the field of global health. Presenters should also discuss how these issues affect the US or can provide lessons for the US, including problems faced by migrant and immigrant populations living in the US, where applicable.
APHA is the premier forum for scientific presentation and discussion of global public health issues. The International Health Section maintains very high standards for quality and content. Please read the specific instructions in the abstract submission portal and follow the format and process carefully. Abstracts that do not follow the exact format of the submission process will be marked down. If accepted for presentation, the presenter will be expected to register and attend the conference. 

The International Health Section does not provide financial aid or assistance for travel or registration. Individuals who may have difficulty attending the APHA Annual Meeting should identify a co-author that will be able to attend and participate in the program.

Process for review:

All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed for consideration of inclusion in the program. Indicate your preferences for presentation format on your abstract form. You may submit your abstract with the designation “oral only,” “poster only,” or “no preference.” 

Note: The International Health Section encourages abstracts submitted by nationals from low- and middle-income countries. These individuals should note their status on the abstract form. 

Student presenters: Each year, we designate one or two of the Section's oral panels for presentations by students. Please submit your abstract under this topic if you wish to compete in the peer review process for these openings. Should more abstracts qualify for acceptance than we have space available, we will consider placing those submissions elsewhere in the peer-reviewed program. 


  • Abortion and Post Abortion Care Working Group
  • Advocacy in Global Health
  • CBPHC/NCBON Leadership Meeting
  • Child Survival and Maternal and Child Health
  • Climate Change and Global Health Issues
  • Community Based Primary Health Care
  • Displaced Populations and Refugee Health
  • Emerging and other Infectious Diseases
  • Global Health Financing and Policy-Related Issues
  • Global Health and Human Rights
  • Global Maternal and Child Health Network Business Meeting
  • Global Urban Health Issues
  • HIV/AIDS - Global Issues
  • International Health Advocacy and Policy Committee Business Meeting
  • International Health Section Awards Ceremony and Reception
  • International Health Section Leadership Business Meeting
  • International Health Section Open House & Membership Meeting
  • International Health Student Section Business Meeting
  • International Health and Climate Change Open House
  • Malaria, Vector-Borne, and Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Mental Health - Global Issues
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement
  • Non-Communicable Diseases - Global Issues
  • Nutrition and Malnutrition
  • Palestine Health Justice Working Group Meeting
  • Reproductive Health and Family Planning
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Special Panel on Student-led Global Health Projects
  • Strengthening Health Systems In Developing Settings
  • Training, Human Resource Development and Global Workforce Issues
  • Women's Health
Reminder: All presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, APHA membership fee, and meeting registration fee. 

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, all presenters must provide all of the following:
1. An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.
2. At least one measurable outcome. Note that “to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes, and compound outcomes are not acceptable.
3. A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement.

For example, "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" summarizes a body of work relevant to the presentation topic and demonstrates the presenter’s expertise. Note that "I am the principal investigator of this study" is not an acceptable qualification statement.

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. Choose at least one or up to six 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:

Jirair Ratevosian, MPH
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
333 Lakeside Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404
Phone: 818-620-3171

Jessica Keralis, MPH