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

Public Health Education and Health Promotion

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

PHEHP invites abstract and session proposal submissions that address this year’s APHA theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now," as well as those addressing the current and relevant health education, promotion, and communication themes noted below. Descriptions are provided to assist you in determining the best assignment for your abstract submission.

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  • Addressing Health Disparities through Health Promotion Initiatives
    Seeking abstracts of programs that address the preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.
  • Affordable Care Act and Public Health
    Health educators and communicators will continue to play a major role in implementing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and public health lawyers will continue to shape and inform these efforts. Abstracts are encouraged that described the intersection of the fields of public health education/promotion and public health law as related to the implementation of the ACA. Examples include: health promotion activities as a community benefit activities for hospitals as required for federal tax exemption; assistance in enrollment and retention of the uninsured; new models of health service delivery geared toward patient engagement in primary, secondary and tertiary care; innovative reimbursement mechanisms; legal innovations related to implementation of the ACA; and identification and elimination of barriers to care. Of particular interest are abstracts that demonstrate the following: 1) new research to elicit and strengthen patient/consumer engagement and to ensure the law as benefits reach the widest population, and 2) successful programs and models for increasing the capacity of multidisciplinary providers to deliver culturally competent care and for working with community health workers and patient navigators.
  • Aging Population and Baby Boomers Health (organized jointly with the Aging section)
    The growing prevalence of chronic illness and comorbidity among older adults calls for increasing the capacities of the public health system to provide integrated medical and social services to this population, as well as to diverse subgroups. Chronic illness affects older adults disproportionately and contributes to disability, diminished quality of life, and increased healthcare and long-term care costs. Increased life expectancy reflects in part the success of public health interventions, but public health programs must now respond to the challenges posed by vast unmet needs of both older adults and their caregivers. Abstracts that address the complexity of these challenges across multiple domains (i.e. medical, social and economic) and propose innovation in public health policy and/or programs to improve older adults’ health and well-being are invited. 
  • Built Environment, Community Design, and Public Health
    The built environment affects the health of communities in multiple ways. Designing and building places that promote healthful behaviors involves the efforts of coalitions, agencies, and communities as they attempt to change the local environment to create daily opportunities for healthy living. Such changes include increasing access to healthy food options, decreasing access to unhealthy food options, creating physical activity-friendly neighborhoods and communities, building exercise facilities, and engaging in community planning to design health into everyday life. Abstracts submissions of successful programs/initiatives that improve opportunities for healthy living within their communities through improvements to the built environment and/or community design are encouraged. There is special interest in abstracts that involve community design/city planning.
  • Cancer Communication, Prevention, and Survivorship (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on communication programs and initiatives that span the cancer care continuum from screening to diagnosis, treatment, relapse, survivorship, and end-of-life care.
  • Child and Adolescent Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Child and Adolescent Health
    The health status of children and adolescents is influenced by a myriad of biological, physiological, psychological, and behavioral factors undergirded by numerous social factors that interact at the personal, familial, community, and national levels. Health disparities are thought to have origins in early childhood and persist over time and are more likely to occur among children and adolescents in communities with a high prevalence of poverty, environmental stressors, and financially challenged schools. We are seeking abstracts pertaining to the social determinants of child and adolescent health disparities.
  • Chronic Disease Screening and Prevention
    Chronic disease includes, but is not limited to obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, asthma, and depression. Chronic disease remains a major public health issue, namely in high risk populations where disparity gaps exist and in some cases are increasing. Abstracts describing innovative and successful screening and prevention approaches that effectively access high risk populations will be given priority. Abstracts of high interest include those related to the conference theme, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.
  • College Health Initiatives
    Seeking abstracts that demonstrate novel scientific approaches to encourage health promoting behaviors, disease prevention, and/or risk reduction among college students.
  • Communication and Personalized Medicine (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on communication as a role in personalized medicine genetics, including understanding customized risk information, interpreting genetic test results, and making informed decisions.
  • Communication to Reduce Health Disparities and Inequalities (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on programs and initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities and inequalities in health status or health-care access across social characteristics such as race, ethnicity, sex, or socioeconomic status.
  • Community Health Workers in Public Health Education and Health Promotion (organized jointly with the Community Health Worker section)
    The PHEHP and CHW sections are seeking abstracts related to interdisciplinary approaches among CHWs and public health entities to deliver health education and to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease self-management practices as a means of prevention and treatment in high-risk or diseased populations. Priority will be given to abstracts with a primary focus on: (1) the theme of the 2018 meeting, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now"; (2) models/frameworks of successful collaborations between CHW and public health or medical professionals to integrate CHWs into preexisting public health services and/or medical practices; and/or (3) the role of CHWs in the delivery/maintenance of clinical care and chronic disease self-management. Abstracts will be accepted and reviewed by both the CHW and PHEHP sections to create a collaborative session between section participants and other APHA attendees.
  • Community-Based and Community-Engaged Research
    Seeking abstracts pertaining to community-based and community-engaged research and practice. In particular we encourage submissions that focus on evidence-based practice and/or the translation of evidence-based strategies to real world community settings.We welcome a wide array of topics from community needs assessments and community led interventions to frameworks for engaging communities to be active participants in the planning and research processes. Priority will be given to abstracts that utilize community-based and community-engaged strategies to address health issues related to the conference theme, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Community-based Physical Activity Interventions (organized jointly with the Physical Activity section)
    Increasing physical activity has significant health benefits. Collaborating with communities and community-based agencies and organizations are ideal settings to develop and deliver population-based physical activity interventions. Public health experts encourage the application of ecological models and a population approach to enhance program reach, support program sustainability, and improve health outcomes. Community-based physical activity programs that incorporate more than one level of influence are more likely to be effective. 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 "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now" will be given priority.
  • Cross-cultural Health Communication (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on health communication across different cultures or how cultural factors influence health communication, including comparative studies.
  • Department of Health Innovative Practices to Improve Population Health
    Abstracts from state, local, and territorial health departments that highlight innovative population health promotion programs and practices, the development and use of disease surveillance systems to inform population approaches to improve health, and the use of partnerships and collaborations to increase the reach and improve the health impact and outcomes of health education and health promotion programs. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Dissemination and Implementation Research
    According to the National Institutes of Health, dissemination research is a scientific study of targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific public health or clinical practice audience. The intent is to understand how best to spread and sustain knowledge and the associated evidence-based interventions. Implementation research is the scientific study of the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings in order to improve patient outcomes and benefit population health. Dissemination and the Implementation (D&I) Research: Studies typically involve both interdisciplinary cooperation and trans-disciplinary collaboration, utilizing theories, empirical findings, and methods from a variety of fields not traditionally associated with health research. D&I research will often include significant and ongoing collaboration with stakeholders from multiple public health and/or clinical practice settings as well as consumers of services and their families/social networks. In other words, PHEHP is interested in sharing information on how what works gets into practice.
  • Economic Impact and Return on Investment in Public Health
    Chronic conditions account for seven in ten deaths among Americans annually and account for nearly 75% of the nation's health spending. Preventing disease and injury is a cost-effective, common-sense way to improve health; however, the healthcare system focuses on treating disease and injury, not preventing disease and injury. For every dollar spent on healthcare in the United States today, only about four cents goes toward public health and prevention. As funding decisions become increasingly bottom-line oriented under economically strained conditions, understanding the financial impact of public health prevention programs that save lives, improve health, and increase productivity are critical. Abstracts with a focus on the economic impact and return on investment of public health education and health promotion prevention programs are encouraged.
  • Evaluation of Public Health Education and Health Promotion Programs
    Evaluation is an integral part of planning and implementing public health initiatives. It is, however, often neglected, especially during the initial planning phases, thus limiting its effectiveness of determining an initiative's value. Abstracts are encouraged that focus on evaluation methodologies that have been used to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of public health initiatives. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion, please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • HCWG Business Meeting #1
  • HCWG Business Meeting #2
  • HCWG Speed-Networking and Social Event
  • Health Communication and Organizations (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on intra- or inter-organizational health communication and best practices to facilitate organizational health communication to improve patient/client outcomes, including communication between healthcare professionals and organizational programs to promote employee health.
  • Health Communication and Technology (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on technology-based applications of health communication principles, including the use of technology to improve the use and accessibility of health information, technology facilitating communication between patients, providers, and families, the use of technology in health promotion or clinic-related projects, etc.
  • Health Communication in Special Populations (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that examine the use of health communication in various populations, including aging populations, rural or urban populations, people with disabilities, homeless populations, military populations, etc.
  • Health Communication with Children and Adolescents (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts focusing on the use of health communication in younger populations, investigating the effects of media on younger populations or examining how younger populations use media and technology for health information.
  • Health Equity On Creating Systemic Change & Building Community Power
    If we are to effectively tackle health equity it is essential for public health practitioners to identify a common language and core principles for creating sustainable change. Understanding health equity and what it means in relation to systemic change and building community power is paramount to our success. One comprehensive and well-thought out definition offered by Dr. Paula Braveman states that “health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. For the purposes of measurement, health equity means reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups (Braveman, P., Health Affairs 2017). This provides a conceptually sound, but also actionable definition of health equity. During the 2018 Annual APHA meeting in San Diego, where the theme will be on health equity, the PHEHP Section would like to prioritize incorporating these core principles and values of health equity into our scientific sessions with a particular focus on creating systemic change and building community power.
  • Health Impact Assessment (organized jointly with the Environment section)
    Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a process to evaluate the potential health effects of a plan, project or policy before it is built or implemented. An HIA can provide recommendations to increase positive health outcomes and minimize adverse health outcomes. HIA brings potential public health impacts and considerations to the decision-making process for plans, projects, and policies that may fall outside the traditional public health arenas, such as transportation and land use. Abstracts of completed HIA projects that are related to the conference theme, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.
  • Health Literacy Issues (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on communicating health information so that it is accessible to all individuals, abstracts investigating the effects of health literacy on health outcomes, implementing health literacy standards, or designing materials accessible to individuals with hearing, visual or cognitive impairments.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for People with Disabilities (organized jointly with the Disability section)
    Among people with disabilities, managing health requires innovative strategies at the policy, group, and individual levels. The question remains, however, as to whether or not intervention strategies should be designed to target people with disabilities OR if people with disabilities should be mainstreamed into interventions designed for general populations? In either instance, intervention strategies are needed to address complications related to disabling conditions and should equip people with disabilities with personal and social resources to monitor their own health, engage in health promoting behaviors, and enjoy an enhanced quality of life. This joint session between the Disability and the Public Health and the Health Promotion sections seeks abstracts related to the meeting theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now" which describe innovative policies, programs, services, and/or evidence-based interventions to improve health and wellness for people with disabilities. Abstracts which offer evidence of or insight to positive outcomes with lasting effects beyond the intervention or study period will be given special consideration.
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies in Health Communication (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts selected for this session should focus on innovative teaching strategies in health communication and health promotion. While preference will be given to abstracts which present evaluation data on their specific teaching strategy, all abstracts which highlight innovative pedagogical approaches will be considered. These can be in any level of classroom (e.g., high school, undergraduate programs, graduate programs) or formal/informal settings (e.g., academic setting, clinic setting, community setting).
  • Integrated Mental Health Including Chronic Disease Intervention Strategies (organized jointly with the Mental Health section)
    Mental health is increasingly recognized by the public health community as critical to achieving and maintaining optimal health. The Public Health Education and Health Promotion and Mental Health sections are seeking abstracts that demonstrate strategies to effectively address mental health through integration with public health interventions including targeting chronic disease. Extensive evidence exists for associations between mental illness and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, and cancer. The synergistic integration of mental health and public health activities is more effective than siloed efforts by mental health stakeholders alone, especially in times of limited resources. Integrating mental health and public health programs that address chronic disease is an essential step to protect the overall health of Americans.
  • Mass Media Influences on Health Behavior (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on how traditional and mass media television, radio, newspapers, Web sites influence and affect individuals health behaviors.
  • Men's Health
    Abstracts related to mens health, including but not limited to decreasing health disparities among male populations, effective strategies for screening high-risk male populations, and successful intervention strategies to increase the use of preventive health services among men.
  • Online, Social, and Mobile Media Initiatives (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on the use or evaluation of online, social, and mobile media for promoting healthy behavior or delivering health care.
  • PHEHP Awards Luncheon
  • PHEHP Business Meeting I
  • PHEHP Business Meeting II
  • PHEHP Business Meeting III
  • PHEHP Meet and Greet
  • PHEHP Session Proposal Abstracts
    If you would like to propose a complete session, consisting of 4-5 abstracts organized on a specific topic, submit each of the individual abstracts HERE (PHEHP Session Proposal Abstracts). Session organizers should follow the specific instructions for session proposals described below. Each individual presenter/author must submit an individual abstract and must submit the abstract HERE.
  • PHEHP Student Business Meeting & Social (supported by Texas A&M University)
  • PHEHP and SHES Social
  • Patient-Provider Communication and Relationships (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on issues surrounding communication in the patient-provider interaction such as shared decision-making, collaborative goal setting, and patient activation.
  • Population Approaches to Active Living and/or Healthy Eating Behavior Change
    Abstracts that highlight strategies to promote active living and/or healthy eating at the community, organizational or institutional levels to impact population health behaviors. Priority will be given to abstracts related to the meeting theme Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now and that discuss outcomes/results.
  • Prevention Research Centers
    Abstract submissions are limited to projects from the national Prevention Research Centers. Submitters: Please note PRC affiliation in the Comments section during the submission process. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion, please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Promoting the Health of Women and Families to Create the Healthiest Nation (organized jointly with the Women's Caucus)
    The health outcomes of women and their families impact the health status of the nation. Health education and promotion play vital roles in establishing health behaviors that can affect health outcomes. This joint session between the Women's Caucus and the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section seeks abstracts that focus on health promotion for women and families across the lifespan.
  • Public Health Leadership and Education Models
    Abstracts pertaining to training the public health and clinical care (physicians) workforce to meet evolving health needs through prevention and treatment modalities. Abstracts related to the integration of public health and disease prevention into medical school training are welcomed; integrative models and frameworks used for training and educating a myriad of public health and/or medical practitioners; continuing education programs for public health practitioners; etc. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion, please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Public Policy for Communicating Health and Risk Information (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts focused on communicating health and risk information (e.g. tobacco product warning labels, communicating nutrition information).
  • Public Policy for Marketing Products with Health Effects (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts focused on the use and effects of policy to regulate marketing practices, including tobacco marketing, alcohol marketing, marketing to children and pharmaceutical marketing.
  • Regulatory Practices in Health Education and Health Promotion
    Seeking abstracts from public health regulatory agencies and organizations around health promotion and health education strategies to improve population health.
  • Roundtable Discussions
    We are seeking abstracts to support interactive roundtable discussions. Topic areas include but are not limited to: community engaged/community based research, faith-based research, risky health behavior interventions, policy development, policy implementation, etc.
  • SPECIAL SESSION: The Role of Health Communication in Contributing To and Addressing Health Equity (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts selected for this session will be part of a *special session* focusing on the role of communication in health equity. Healthy People 2020 lists as one of its goals the use of health communication strategies and health information technology to improve population health outcomes and to achieve health equity. On the other hand, issues like poor access to technology and the digital divide, along with low health literacy, may serve as communicative factors that contribute to lower health equity. Abstracts for this session should focus on how specific communication factors contribute to health equity issues in the U.S.
  • School and Community Linkages to Improve Child Health (organized jointly with the School Health Education and Services section)
    The prevention and treatment of childhood obesity are associated with significant health benefits in youth and schools are an ideal setting to deliver child-centered interventions. Public health experts encourage the application of ecological models and a population approach to enhance program reach, support program sustainability, and improve health outcomes. School-based childhood obesity prevention and treatment models that incorporate more than one sector are more likely to be effective. Abstracts that report impact and outcome evaluation results of school-based prevention and treatment interventions with community or clinical linkages will be given priority. Abstracts will be accepted and reviewed by both the SHES and PHEHP sections to create a collaborative session between section participants and other APHA attendees.
  • Sexual Risk Reduction
    Abstracts that focus on interventions that promote behaviors that prevent or reduce the risk of pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections/disease. Priority will be given to abstracts that discuss outcomes/results.
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities
    Social determinants of health are the conditions which people are born, grow, live, work, and age and largely contribute to health inequalities. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels. Abstracts that address social determinants of health through research and link solutions to health outcomes to improve health equality.
  • Social Marketing and Health Communication Campaigns (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts that focus on the design, implementation and/or evaluation of social marketing and health communication campaigns that promote healthy behavior.
  • Substance Abuse
    Abstracts related to substance abuse, its diagnosis and treatment, and the role of health education and promotion in its prevention.
  • The Road to Health Equity: Closing the Gap to Change a Generation
    Health is fundamental to every aspect of society to address the economic and social well-being of individuals through fair and equitable treatment. But times are changing. There have been dramatic improvements in health over the last 30 years although the road to health equity remains a challenge across the generations. A generation is an identifiable group sharing birth years with significant life events, including economic, social, and cultural changes. One of the greatest potentials to closing the health equity gap is the reconciliation of the generations. Therefore, it is important to identify the differences in generations to measure and understand the implications of health equity to implement a comprehensive plan of action.
  • Theoretical Frameworks for Health Promotion through the Life Course
    Theories and conceptual frameworks are encouraged in the research and development of health promotion and health education initiatives. Further discussion is needed to better understand the application of these theories and framework to health conditions that affects individuals through their lifespan. Abstract submissions should focus on analysis and applications of theories and frameworks used to assess and explain multiple and complex issues that have an impact on individuals health through their life course. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion, please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Training Youth to be Leaders in Public Health
    Youth are the future of our public health workforce. Engaging and training youth to be leaders and advocates for their health, the health of their families and their communities is an important component to the health attainment of youth today and to their health as they grow into adulthood. Abstracts that describe models/frameworks for training and engaging youth in public health, and/or successful practices that demonstrate youth engagement in health education and promotion programs. If you would like your abstract to be considered for an interactive roundtable discussion, please make this indication in the notes section during the submission process.
  • Using Communication to Influence and Advocate for Health Policy (organized by HCWG)
    Abstracts focused on how communication can be used to influence and advocate for health policy at the local community, state, and national level.
  • Worksite Wellness and Health Promotion
    Worksite policies and programs may help employees reduce health risks and improve their quality of life. Abstracts describing effective employee-health interventions that are delivered at the worksite, other locations, or, at other locations through the employee health benefits plan are encouraged.
  • Other: Health Communication Topics (organized by HCWG)
    Do you have a health communication abstract that is not addressed by any of the session topics on this list? Then submit it here.
  • Other: Public Health Education and Health Promotion Topics
    Do you have a public health education or health promotion abstract that is not addressed by any of the session topics on this list? Then submit it here.

PHEHP Submission Procedures

Part 1. PHEHP Individual Abstract Submission Procedures

Abstracts submitted for consideration should reflect new information. Abstracts are limited to 250 words and should not contain charts, figures, etc. Abstracts should adequately describe the content and focus of the proposed presentation and follow the general outline of background, methods, results, and conclusions.

In addition to your abstract, you will be asked to provide the following information as part of the online submission process:

  • Learning Objectives: At least two measurable learning objectives are needed as a standing APHA requirement and consideration for MCHES, CHES, CPH, CME, and CNE contact hours (see below). The learning objectives are not included in the word count. Please refer to Part 3 below for instructions to develop acceptable learning objectives.
  • Relevant Keywords: Keywords assist program planners in developing cohesive sessions and in assigning your abstract for blind peer-review. Please select only the keywords that best reflect the primary focus of your abstract submission. If the keyword options in the drop-down menu do not adequately reflect your content, please list your keywords in “Comments to Organizers.”
  • Preferred Presentation Format: You may select oral, poster, or either. Please note other preferences in the “Comments to Organizers.” Program planners will try to honor, but cannot guarantee, preference requests.
  • Qualifications Statement: You must include a brief (1 – 3 sentences) statement regarding why you are qualified to present on the content of your abstract. Statements should be tailored to the content, rather than generic statements related to education, training, or employment. An example is found in the “Continuing Education Credit” section below.
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure: APHA requires presenters to disclose “any relevant personal financial relationship with a commercial entity that benefits the individual and may ultimately bias the presentation of that content.” The policy may be viewed at  
  • All abstracts are reviewed using a blind peer-review process. Incomplete abstracts or those failing to meet guidelines established by APHA will not be reviewed. View additional information regarding abstract submission guidelines at NOTE: Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation at the annual meeting. Presenters of accepted abstracts must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered by the August early-bird deadline.


Part 2. PHEHP Session Proposal Submission Procedures

A session consists of either four 20-minute presentations or five 15-minute presentations addressing a common theme. Session submissions require:

  • Individual Abstract Submissions: There is a session slot dedicated to abstracts submitted as part of a session proposal. Each of the four to five presenters must submit her or his abstract individually into this session, following all of the instructions for “Abstract Submissions” provided above.  Additionally, each author must put the proposed session title in the “Comments to Organizers.”
  • Overall Session Proposal: The session organizer should email the following information to Andrea Portillo at (please include “session proposal” in the subject line):
  • Session organizer’s name and contact information
  • Session title
  • Session overview: 3 – 4 sentences describing the scope of the session
  • Session learning objectives: 2 – 3 measureable learning objectives that reflect the scope of the session
  • APHA-assigned abstract numbers for each of the four to five individual abstract submissions,
  • Expanded description: No more than one page describing the session in greater detail.

Session proposal reviews will occur after individual abstracts are reviewed. Please note that to provide as comprehensive of a program as possible, PHEHP does NOT generally accept full sessions related to a single project. Sessions with broad appeal or those submitted in collaboration with other sections, SPIGs, caucuses or forums are encouraged (please note collaborations in expanded description). IMPORTANT NOTE: Submission of a session implies a commitment on the part of ALL presenters to make their presentations at the annual meeting. All presenters of accepted sessions must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered by the August early-bird deadline.


Part 3. Measureable Learning Objectives

Learning objectives must clearly identify the intended outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate as a result of attending/participating in your presentation. Verbs that cannot be clearly demonstrated (understand, learn, etc.) do not meet this criterion. Per APHA, learning objectives MUST include one of the following demonstrable verbs: explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare, differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define or list. Each learning objective should be listed separately and numbered sequentially. Compound learning objectives (those containing more than one verb) are not permitted. For more information, please see:

Part 4. 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:

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 if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.



Program Planner Contact Information:

Andrea Portillo, MPH, CHES

Ashley Walker, PhD

Katherine Head

Nan Martin, PhD, MPH
Department of Public Health
California State University Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
307 Simpson Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90032