CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo

Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC), in official relations with the American Public Health Association (APHA), invites abstracts for the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

We encourage submissions that focus on the annual meeting’s theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health." as it applies to Asian American and/or Pacific Islander (AA & PI) communities. Abstract submissions authored by or in collaboration with AA & PI community-based partners are highly encouraged.

Although we will consider ALL submissions, the 2019 APIC Scientific Program will highlight work that addresses the annual meeting theme of innovative science, actionable practices in relation to health equity, and these emerging public health challenges and priorities:

  • AAPI Epidemiology
    • Social & behavioral health epidemiology in AA & PI populations
    • Complex chronic conditions in AA & PIs (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, substance use, etc.)
    • Advancement of applied research methods in AA & PI populations
  • Addressing Mental Health in AAPIs
    • Social determinants of physical and mental health in diverse and/or underrepresented AA & PI populations
    • Uptake and use of mental health care services among AAs & PIs
    • Intervention strategies that address the impact of mental health on health outcomes
    • Innovative trauma-informed health care service approaches and integrated community-clinical linkage models for AA & PI communities
    • Evaluation of mental health and/or substance use screening tools, interventions, and prevention programs in AA & PI populations
    • Mental health among AA & PI students and young adults
  • Ensuring the Right to Health and Healthy Equity among AAPIs
    • Current health trends among disaggregated AA & PI populations and AA & PI immigrants, refugees, migrants, and undocumented persons
    • Barriers and facilities promoting or impeding health and health-seeking behaviors in underrepresented AA & PI populations and subgroups (including AA & PI women and LGBTQs)
    • Health disparities and inequalities related to gender/sexual orientation, spoken word, poverty, health literacy in AA & PI communities and AA & PI subgroups
    • Innovative strategies and policies to promote health and social connectedness in AAs & PIs
    • The future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid policy, and the impact of AA & PI civic engagement on health
  • Health Education, Health Communication, and Community-Based Interventions among AAPIs
    • Novel public health communication or intervention approaches (e.g., use of technology, social media, tele-health) to promote AA & PI health 
    • Community-based programs and partnerships, and the research and evaluation of programs related to AA & PI health
    • Supporting and sustaining the community health worker (CHW) workforce and CHW programs through policies and systems changes in AA & PI populations (e.g., integrative community-clinical linkage models, integrated primary care, etc.)
    • Ensuring culturally-relevant and linguistic access to care
  • Innovative Research to Examine AAPI Health
    • New evidence-based interventions and translational research addressing AA & PI health
    • Application of precision medicine approaches in AA & PI populations 
    • New statistical and health services research methods for understanding health and health care utilization patterns among AAs & PIs (e.g., spatial data analysis, big data analysis, etc.)
    • Measuring, analyzing, and harmonizing disaggregated AA & PI health data from multiple sources (e.g., survey data, clinical data, EHR, HIE, etc.)
  • Other Priority AAPI Concerns
    • Programs/initiatives on sustainability (e.g., food systems, etc.) in AA & PI communities
    • Climate change and its impact on AA & PI communities and America's health care systems
    • Aging in AAs & PIs
    • AA & PI race and ethnic socialization
    • AA & PI representation in America's health work force
The session topics are preliminary and do not reflect the precise content of the final program.  Presenters selected to give oral or poster presentations will be required to register for the APHA Annual Meeting and become an individual member of APHA and APIC. Therefore, individuals should submit an abstract only if they are committed to making the presentations themselves or have a substitute willing to register, attend the meeting, and deliver the presentation.

Abstract guidelines and requirements:

1) Format

  • Abstracts must be limited to 250 words or less.
  • Abstracts should be structured to include the following sections: Background/SignificanceObjective/PurposeMethodsResults, and Discussion/Conclusions.
  • Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract.
  • Do not include trade or commercial brand names in the abstract.

2) Submission

  • Indicate if you wish to present the abstract as an ORAL or POSTER presentation.  APHA has general guidelines for each format option. There are limited slots available for oral presentations, so please give the Program Committee as many options as possible.
  • Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review.

3) Continuing Education Credits:

  • 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:
    • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.
    • 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.
    • 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 Principal Investigator of this study is NOT an acceptable qualification statement.
    • 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 planners listed below.

Blind peer review of abstracts by the Program Committee is based on the following selection criteria:

  • Importance. Abstracts should highlight importance and significance of the public health problem or issue. 
  • Relevance. Abstracts should be relevant to Asian and/or Pacific Islander health. 
  • Innovation. Abstract should highlight innovative and novel topics.
  • Abstracts should completely describe research/project/concept and provide supporting data where appropriate.
  • Clarity. Abstracts should be concise, clearly written, and convey the primary goals and/or ideas of the project/program.

APIC Student Abstract Award: The Student Primary Author of the highest scoring student abstract will be recognized with an award during APIC’s annual award ceremony at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To be considered eligible for the 2019 APIC Student Abstract Award, the primary author must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at the time of abstract submission. She/he must also note that she/he is a “Student Primary Author” on the abstract. The invitation to present and/or receive the APIC Best Student Abstract Award will be withdrawn should the primary student author be unable to present at the Annual Meeting. To apply, please refer to the abstract submission guidelines at

Those interested in Asian and/or Pacific Islander health are invited to join APIC. Further details on the Caucus can be found at For more information about the 147th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, please visit

Submitting an abstract to APIC implies that you understand the terms of this call for abstracts. Failure to adhere to the above-mentioned instructions may result in your abstract not being considered and could impact future submissions. Furthermore, submitting the abstract implies that you (and/or your co-authors/colleagues) are willing to present at the Annual Meeting and Exposition.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Jennifer Wong, MPH
Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine
180 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 646-501-3492

Sonia Lee, MSPH
Franchise Health Economics & Outcomes Research
Johnson & Johnson/Thomas Jefferson University
555 US-22
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: 848-391-7223