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

Vision Care

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018

The Vision Care Section invites presentations of original research on public health issues pertaining to vision and eye care. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome, and interdisciplinary work and student abstracts are highly encouraged. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All presenters must be individual members of APHA and register for the meeting in order to present. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting. The 2018 APHA meeting provides an opportunity to highlight a spectrum of public health concerns for vision and eye health, from vision loss prevention to eye health promotion. We want to promote a multi-faceted program. The following topics are intended to stimulate, rather than to limit, the scope of submissions.
  • Barriers and facilitators to access to eye care
  • Children's vision and eye care needs
  • Children's vision screening and eye health in schools: A Joint Session of the Vision Care and School Health Sections
  • Economic burden and cost-effectiveness analysis in vision and eye care
  • Evidence-based policy and practice in vision health and/or eye care
  • Health promotion and vision loss
  • Impact of vision impairment on health, functioning, social participation, and the environment
  • Integrated medical, oral health, and vision care delivery models
  • Poster session
  • Preventing vision loss and promoting eye health across the lifespan
  • The environment and impacts on eye health
  • The relationship between vision status and oral health
  • The right to sight
  • Translating eye health and treatment research into community health
  • Vision and aging
  • Vision health: A global perspective
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 objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives 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.) 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 Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kathleen O'Connor, MPH
Division of Health Care Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone: 301-458-4181