The Women's Caucus (established in 1970) represents the health care needs, interests, and demands for expanded women's health research, intervention and treatment services, and reproductive rights. The Caucus develops programs exploring a range of women's health issues, needs, and emerging topics. The Caucus also works closely with APHA, other Caucuses (e.g., the Men's Health Caucus), the Committee on Women's Rights, and various Sections (e.g., Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health; Maternal and Child Health) to develop public health policy on behalf of women of all ages.
SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TO THE WOMEN'S CAUCUS
The Women's Caucus invites abstracts (250 words maximum) on any topic related to the lives and health of women of all ages. The Caucus is particularly interested in social, cultural, environmental, and political contexts of women's health across the lifespan. The Women's Caucus welcomes conceptual abstracts that discuss emerging trends in women's health, as well as data-driven abstracts.
For the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, the Women's Caucus is interested in topics consistent with the theme of the meeting - Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. We welcome submissions that are novel, related to emerging issues in the lives and health of women, and focus on the impact of rights on women's health and well-being. The session topics are preliminary and do not reflect the precise content of the final program, which will be based on peer-review evaluations, program theme, and diversity of topics.
(Abstracts that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed)
1. In most cases, structured abstracts are preferred. All research abstracts should be submitted with five sections: background/significance, objective/purpose, methods, results, and discussion/conclusions.
2. Do not include in-text citations in any of the abstract sections, or a list of references.
3. Do not include brand or trade names in the title and/or text of the abstract; generic names are required for continuing education purposes. Women's Caucus prides itself on having most (if not all) of its sessions approved for continuing education units (CEUs). The inclusion of brand or trade names would result in CEUs being denied to an entire session. If you are in doubt as to whether or not a particular name falls into this category, please contact the program chair or co-chairs for verification before you submit your abstract(s).
4. All abstracts must be submitted with at least two learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., "By the end of the session, the participant will be able to ... "). Objectives should be measurable (e.g., describe, explain, identify, etc.). "To understand" and "to learn" are NOT measurable objectives. Please refer to the APHA submission guidelines for more information on writing measurable learning objectives.
5. Please check the abstract title and text for spelling and grammatical errors.
6. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits a blind peer review process. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected.
7. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under "Other."
8. Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific value of the actual work that has been completed to-date, rather than alluding to what "will be" included in the presentation.
Abstract Evaluation Criteria
Peer review of abstracts is blinded. Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:
Highest Scoring Abstract: The first author of the highest scoring abstract will receive a certificate of achievement prior to her/his presentation at the Annual Meeting.
Highest Scoring Student Abstract: The author of the highest scoring abstract authored by a student will receive a certificate of achievement prior to her/his presentation at the Annual Meeting.
Students and new APHA members are encouraged to submit abstracts to the Women's Caucus.
Instructions for Submitting a Proposal for an Entire Session:
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 must provide:
Submitting an abstract to the Women’s Caucus implies that you understand the terms of this call for abstracts. Failure to adhere to the instructions outlined in the call for abstracts may result in your abstract not being considered and may impact your future submissions. Further, submitting the abstract implies that you (and/or your co-authors or colleagues) are willing to present the abstract at the Annual Meeting. If you are selected to give a presentation at the APHA Annual Meeting, details of your presentation will be sent to you via emails from the APHA staff. Therefore, it is imperative that you monitor all of the emails that are sent by APHA staff.
If you are unable to present an accepted submission, you must notify the Women’s Caucus program planners as soon as possible. If you are not able to attend, we ask that you find someone to present or stand with your poster so that we can maintain a full program. Speakers who withdraw from the program without adequate time for notification or fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without previously notifying the program planners of cancellation in advance of the Annual Meeting may not be permitted to present papers or posters for the Women’s Caucus at future Annual Meetings.
Women’s Caucus Membership
If you would like to become a member of the Women’s Caucus, complete the membership form: WC Membership Form. There is no fee to join. Membership in the Women’s Caucus will not affect your other affiliations with APHA in any way.
Michelle S. Williams, PhD, MSPH, MPH, CHES
School of Nursing
Auburn, AL 36849
Lisa Wigfall, PhD, MCHES
Department of Health and Kinesiology
Texas A&M University
319 Blocker Building, Mail Stop 4243
College Station, TX 77843