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

Public Health Social Work

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018


This section encourages those individuals who have never presented at APHA to become "new presenters" in 2018. Students and new professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for either poster or oral presentations. Be sure to indicate "new presenter" and/or "student" on your submission. 

We will also be sponsoring several Public Health Social Work 'Student-Only' Sessions and especially encourage MSW/MPH dual degree students to submit abstracts!

Topic areas of special interest to this section include: 

  • Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice to Promote Health Equity
  • Ensuring Equitable Health Reform: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Interprofessional Collaborations that Advance Health Equity
  • Prevention and Health Promotion: EVIDENCE-BASED Interventions that Enhance the Health and Wellbeing of DIVERSE and VULNERABLE Populations (e.g., homeless, immigrant, incarcerated, military-connected, race, gender, sexual minority, TRANSGENDER, etc.)
  • Using Technology to Advance Health Equity
We are especially excited about this year's theme, given its alignment with the mission of the social work profession. 

Session types are described below:

Poster Sessions: (60 minutes)

Poster presentations are visual/graphic displays of an author’s research. Presenting authors should arrive a few minutes early to set up their posters and should remain at their poster during the entire session. No more than 10 poster boards will be assigned to a poster session.

Oral/Panel Sessions: (90 minutes)

There are two types of oral presentations:

  • Contributed Research Paper sessions: Four papers per session will be presented orally. Time will be allocated for a brief question and answer period at the end of all presentations.
  • Panel Sessions: These are generally solicited sessions. The presenters must show expertise on pre-selected topics. The proposed session must open with a brief introduction of the speakers, followed by each panelist’s presentation. Time will be allocated for a brief question and answer period and the session generally concludes with a summation by the moderator. Each panel submission must contact the Program Planner prior to submission. Panel sessions are special and must contain the following:
  1. An overall session abstract, which includes a rationale for the session, the proposed paper titles, author(s), order of presentation, and length of time for each person;
  2. Clearly label the overall session abstract as “PANEL SESSION ABSTRACT – PROPOSED SESSION TITLE”. You must insert the title of the panel session on the electronic submission page form when entering your proposal;
  3. The proposed moderator and discussant (if applicable);
  4. Be sure that each individual proposed presentation submits a separate abstract under the same restricted “category” (session title), otherwise they may become lost in the shuffle; and
  5. Place contact information (phone and e-mail) for the person in charge of the session directly on the overall session abstract for easy contact.

To submit an abstract please click on the button below and complete the steps: 


Program Planner Contact Information:

Abigail M. Ross, PhD, MSW, MPH
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
113 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-636-6652

Julie A. Cederbaum, PhD, MSW, MPH
Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
University of Southern California
669 W. 34th Street
MRF, 222
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Phone: 213-740-4361
Fax: 213-740-0789

Kim Jaffee, MSW, PhD
School of Social Work
Wayne State University
4756 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-4418