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

Health Informatics Information Technology

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

Submission Deadline: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) is an innovation-driven Section in the American Public Health Association (APHA). Our mission is to improve the public’s health and facilitate prevention through innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications. The 2018 conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact with and learn from national and international experts. HIIT sessions will explore a variety of topics related to the use of informatics and information technology in creating healthier populations and reducing health disparities and increasing health equity. HIIT invites abstracts (300 words maximum) related to the following topics:
  • 4th Annual HIIT Disparities Wearathon
    • Autonomous vehicles to improve healthcare access for populations underserved and disadvantaged
    • Health Information and information technology that address a need in an APHA Section, SPIG, Forum or Caucus
    • Health Information Technology (HIT) Innovation for the mitigation or eradication of health disparities
    • How m-health and wearables can address health equity
    • Reducing/eliminating health disparities through innovative wearable technology
    • Robotic Healthcare: Ameliorating the Disparities and Discriminates through HIT
    • Wearable technologies and public health data collection, interpretation and policies 
    • Autonomous vehicles to improve healthcare access for populations underserved and disadvantaged
    • How HUBZones companies are combatting health and economic disparities
  • Applications and Open Source Software
    • Artificially intelligent algorithms that auto-create public health policy language
    • Open source tools for health informaticians
    • Software algorithms for identifying and predicting violent behavior
    • Text mining applications in population health research 
    • The role of applications in creating the healthiest nation
    • Software algorithms, in conjunction with sensors, to aid automobile operators in safer driving and parking
  • Big Data and Data Analytics
    • Big data analytics to improve global health
    • Big data analytics in research and practice
    • Representation of minorities in genomic research
    • Using big data analytics to revolutionize public health policy and research
    • Use of data analytics to reach and maintain equal opportunity and justice
  • Creating the Healthiest Nations: Challenges and Solutions through HIIT
    • Consumer health informatics
    • Cloud computing
    • Crowdsourcing
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data Science
    • Health IT solutions to prevent domestic violence and child abuse
    • Health law, ethics and human rights
    • Identifying and filling workforce gaps
    • Public health technology to eliminate poverty
    • Reducing the burden of chronic disease via emerging technologies (e.g. VR, AI)
    • Reducing Medical Errors Through the Use of Health IT
    • Technology-enabled solutions for immigrants’ access to healthcare and social services
    • Technology-enabled solutions for reducing maternal mortality
    • Decision Modeling, Text Mining and Natural Language Processing
    • Technology-enabled solutions that support caregivers of patients struggling with opioid addiction
    • Telehealth/telemedicine
    • Traffic safety – algorithms and sensors to enable safe driving
    • Use of HIT to improve health outcomes in global emergency preparedness and response
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Visualization
    • GIS mapping, global health / disease surveillance and public policy 
    • Improving health literacy through data visualization and information dissemination
  • HIIT and Health Equity
    • Advancing health equity through interoperability
    • Health Equity, data collection and disease surveillance to address challenges and opportunities
    • Informatics tools to leverage the study of underserved populations to achieve health equity
    • m-health and consumer health informatics
    • Representation of minorities in genomic research through informatics and information technology
    • Smart City infrastructure for Increasing health equity
    • Strategies for preventing intervention-generated inequality (IGI)
    • Public Health Informatics
    • Supporting public health through cloud and mobile-based technology
    • Women Leaders in Technology: The Imperative for Building Coalitions for Health Equity
Please note that the deadline for submissions of all abstracts to HIIT is Feb 19-23, 2019. (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website. All research abstracts must be structured and contain section headings. Research abstracts should be organized with five sections: (1) background; (2) objective/purpose; (3) methods; (4) results; and (5) discussion/conclusions. Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract.

All abstracts must be submitted with at least three learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., “By the end of the session, the participant will be able to understand the following ;.”). Please check the abstract title (only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under “Other.”

Lastly, all abstracts should contain sufficient details to fully evaluate the scientific 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.  Any abstract that request internet capabilities will be decided by the Program Planner due to space limitations in the HIIT Center.  

Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:
• Relevance of topics to HIIT as well as to APHA. 
• Clearly written and conveys essence of research. 
• Innovative and state-of-the-art information. 
• Addresses underserved populations. 
• Advances the field of health informatics and information technology. 
• Overall impression of abstract description.

Following are instructions for submitting a proposal for an entire session:
(1) Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session) to the same topic area. If a session proposal includes abstracts submitted to multiple topic areas, the session proposal will be considered incomplete.

(2) Contact the Chair program planner (Byron Sogie-Thomas, M.S. or Co-Chair, Diane L. Adams, M.D.), with: (a) a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health informatics information technology); (b) at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (all individuals abstracts that are part of the proposed session must have individual learning objectives); and (c) the title, first author, and abstract number of all abstracts to be included in the session. 

Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program planner if you have any questions.

Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work. Only one author may present each abstract; multiple presenters for one abstract will not be accepted. Neither APHA nor HIIT can provide any financial support for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.  However, students may apply for financial scholarships, which are subject to availability.

If your abstract is accepted, you may be asked to serve as a moderator of a panel or roundtable oral session.

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 and discussant, must provide:

(1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

 2) 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.

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.) Please note that I am the Principle Investigator of this study is NOT an acceptable qualification statement.

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.

If your abstract is accepted by the HIIT Program, then you will be required to become an APHA Member. As part of your membership, you can select HIIT as your primary affiliation at no additional cost.  We use our membership dollars to support students with scholarships so that they may attend the Annual Meetings. Please contact our Chair, Byron Sogie-Thomas, or Co-Chair, Diane L. Adams, M.D., for further information. Submitting an abstract to Health Informatics Information Technology Section implies that you understand the terms of this Call for Abstracts.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Byron Sogie-Thomas

Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH, DABCHS, CHS-III
Silver Spring, MD