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

APHA-Committee on Womens Rights

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

About the Committee on Women's Rights (COWR)

The APHA Committee on Women's Rights is a standing committee established in the bylaws of the APHA Constitution. The Committee is comprised of members appointed by the APHA President. The committee’s core focus is on promoting national and global policies that improve the status of women, girls and transgender females. The Committee encourages policy and advocacy strategies that positively affect women’s lives, particularly those policies that impact women’s health access, health equity, cultural diversity, self-determination, respect, education and meaningful employment.   

The goals of the APHA COWR are:

To improve the quality of life for all women

To ensure access to healthcare and appropriate healthcare services

To improve services that focus on health promotion and injury/illness prevention

To promote and protect the physical and social environment

To preserve and protect the rights of all women

To promote equal rights and opportunities for women in health careers

To learn more about the APHA Committee on Women’s Rights, please visit

The theme of the 146th Annual Meeting of APHA is "For Science, For action, For Health". The APHA Committee on Women’s Rights invites abstracts concerning critical social justice issues for women. Abstracts on topics such as access to healthcare, reproductive and sexual health, women’s health challenges across life span, mental/behavioral health, career development and leadership in public health for women, effect of careers on personal/family life options, and health of marginalized populations of women are welcome.

The Committee on Women’s Rights program at the Annual Meeting is an opportunity for presentation and discussion of many topics affecting the health and well-being of women, particularly those that may not receive sufficient attention in other sections. If you feel that the topic of your abstract does not fit within the Committee on Women’s Rights Program, please consider submitting to the Women’s Caucus. The Program includes both oral and poster sessions.

  • Evidence for Action on Improving Mental Health Among Women: A Life-course Perspective
    Mental health conditions are among the leading causes of morbidity globally and in the United States. Women are particularly impacted by mental health conditions, having nearly double the rate of depression relative to men and also having higher levels of anxiety. In addition to having higher prevalence rates for the most common mental health conditions, women have higher levels of co-morbid mental illness, leading to significant disability. Risk factors for the development of mental illness among women are multi-factorial as well as multi-level and include factors such as subordinate gender roles, low socioeconomic status, exposure to violence and abuse as well as lack of social support. This session will highlight evidence that elucidates the long-term health consequences of mental illness, improves the identification of mental illness, that improves treatment of mental illness and that builds resilience among women.
  • Evidence for Action on Reducing the Health Impacts of Violence Against Women: A Life-course Perspective
    According to the World Health Organization 1 and 3 women around the world have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. Much of this violence is perpetrated by intimate partners. The public health consequences of this violence are profound. Specifically, more than 55% of the homicides against women in the United States were attributable to intimate partners. Women of color in the United States bare a disproportionate burden of violence, with black and indigenous women having the highest rates of homicide, relative to other races of women. Additionally, women exposed to intimate partner violence are more likely to be depressed, have low-birth-weight babies and to contract HIV. This session will highlight evidence-based strategies for reducing violence against women and/or ameliorating the consequences of violence against women. Examples of violence of particular interest include domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Session topics do not reflect the precise content of the final program. The final program will be based upon the abstracts we receive, peer-reviewed evaluations, program theme, and diversity of topics. If you do not see your topic listed here, please submit it under the 'Other Topics' session. If you feel that the topic of your abstract does not fit within the Committee on Women’s Rights Program, please consider submitting to the Women’s Caucus.


Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Please do not include citations in the text of the abstract. 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…”). Please check the abstract title (only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Please do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific and/or conceptual value of the work rather than alluding to what “will be” included in the presentation. Abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements will not be reviewed. Please check with the program planner if you have any questions.

Review Guidelines for Abstracts Peer review of abstracts is blinded.  Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

Innovation: Innovative information/cutting edge/topic not addressed elsewhere

Completeness: How complete is the described research/project/concept, supporting data or conceptualization of work

Global Focus: International focus welcome

Political Focus: How does the research or concept translate to political agendas

Policy Relevance: How does research or concept influence or have the potential to influence policy

Overall Relevance: How well the abstract relates to important women’s rights issues

Advancement: Extent to which the work described has the potential to inform and advance the science of ensuring women’s rights

Quality: Quality of methodology, supporting data, study design, analysis or conceptualization of work

Overall Clarity: Clearly written and conveys essence of research

Overall Impression: Overall impression of the described research/project/concept

Presenting Abstracts at APHA Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work (unless specifically invited by COWR and the program planner). Individuals should submit an abstract only if they are committed to presenting the paper or poster themselves or to finding a substitute willing to register, attend the meeting, and present the paper or poster instead. Invitations to present will be withdrawn should authors of award abstracts be unable to present at the Annual Meeting. APHA and the Committee on Women’s Rights are unable to provide financial support for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.

Continuing Education 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 Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education.

For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kimberly Narain, MD, PhD, MPH, COWR Member
Department of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
University of California Los Angeles
911 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 213-536-9897