We welcome submissions related to all areas of physical activity and public health; however, abstracts that report impact and outcome evaluation results of community-based physical activity interventions for vulnerable populations and/or highlight the theme of the 2018 meeting will be given priority. Topics of particular interest for 2018 are listed below; nevertheless, general topics in the area of physical activity and public health will also be considered.
Abstracts should be no less than 200 words and no more than 250 words.
Please include the following elements in each abstract:
Abstract submissions can contain no mention of commercial entities or authors/faculty for purposes of a masked review.
Submission and Review:
All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the APHA Meeting website by the date published on the APHA website for the Physical Activity Section. Late, faxed, and email submissions cannot be accepted. APHA will send email notices of acceptance to abstract authors in early June 2018. All abstracts are subject to masked peer review by at least three reviewers. Please remove any references to a specific institution in the body of the abstract to permit masked review and ensure fairness. By submitting an abstract proposal, the author(s) agree that, if accepted, the paper will be presented as scheduled.
Please note: per APHA policy, if unable to present, presenters must withdraw submissions by August 1, 2018, in order to avoid a three year probationary period.
APHA Physical Activity Section 2018 Student Presentation Award
An award will be given for the most outstanding student oral and poster presentations that are submitted to the PA section and related to at least one of the Physical Activity Section topics of interest (please see above) in the Call for Abstracts.
The awards committee will select up to three nominees for each for the oral and poster presentation award. A panel of Physical Activity Section Leadership Team members will attend the poster sessions to judge these students’ presentations.
The presentations will be rated on a set of criteria including: presentation style, content, quality of contribution to the literature/impact, quality of data and methodology. The nominees will be recognized at the Physical Activity Section social event at the annual meeting. The award winners will be announced online at the end of the conference.
All student submissions will be considered for these awards. No separate submission is necessary, but please indicate if the first author is a student, as noted above under Abstract Format.
APHA Physical Activity Section 2017 Steven P. Hooker Research Award
An award will be given for the most outstanding research abstract that is submitted to the PA section and is related to at least one of the Physical Activity Section topics of interest (please see above) in the Call for Abstracts.
The awards committee will rate the abstracts on a set of criteria including: content, quality of contribution to the literature/impact, quality of data and methodology. The award winner will be announced prior to the annual meeting and recognized at the Physical Activity Section social event at the annual meeting.
All submissions to the Physical Activity Section will be considered and will be based upon both abstract scores and the above noted judging criteria.
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:
Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Annette Ferebee at email@example.com if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner below.
Derek C. Herrmann, MPH(c)
Indiana University School of Public Health, Eppley Institute
Bloomington, IN 47405
Carissa Smock, PhD, MPH
Center for Child Health Policy, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106