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

Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices

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

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP) Section invites oral and poster presentations for the upcoming APHA 2019 annual meeting to be held in Philadelphia, PA from November 2 - November 6, 2019.

Topics related to this year's theme: For Science. For Action. For Health." will receive high priority. We are particularly interested in topics related to evidence-based research findings, pragmatic trials, implementation, efficacy, policy, education and training, program development, safety, utilization, or best practices, specifically related to integrative, complementary, and traditional health practices (e.g., acupuncture, ayurveda, mind-body interventions, holistic nursing, massage therapy, integrative care, physical activity, energy healing, herbs, holistic nutrition, spiritual healing, yoga, tai-chi, etc.). Examples of session topics include:
  • Bridging Theory and Practice in ICTHP
  • For Science. For Action. For Health: The Role of Advocacy, Professional Associations, and Policy Change in Advancing ICTHP
  • Health Equity and the Role of ICTHP
  • ICTHP in Pediatric Populations and School Health
  • International Health Policy and ICTHP
  • Interprofessional Collaboration, Experiences, and Research Issues in ICTHP
  • Managing Chronic Diseases, the ICTHP perspective
  • Non-pharmacological Pain Management and ICTHP´s Approach for Chronic Conditions
  • Student's Contributions to the Knowledge Base on ICTHP
  • Traditional Medicine Intersecting Modern Healthcare
  • Understanding ICTHP Use Trends Among Diverse Populations
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, and Other Mind Body Practices for Health and Wellbeing
Abstracts are judged on clarity of subject matter, importance and originality, quality of methodology and supporting data/philosophy, relationship to the ICTHP section, and contribution to public health. Highest rated abstracts, based on blinded peer review, are generally selected and placed in sessions according to the overall program plan for that year. Abstracts may be submitted as a group. However, they will be reviewed individually and will be placed in sessions, if accepted, according to the discretion of the Program Chairs. Abstracts that do not comply with the above mentioned requirements will be rejected upfront and may not be reviewed.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Wednesday, February 28th, 2019. Please comply with the following APHA guidelines for abstract submissions: Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. All presenters must be individual members of APHA in order to present. All presenters must register for the meeting. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting. Include learning objectives along with the complete abstract.

APHA-ICTHP Student Research Awards
are awarded to the top three best student abstracts. The criteria for awards include the submission of complete work in a structured format. Additional detailed criteria will be emailed to all members. The awardees must be primary members of ICTHP.

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 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.

For program questions, contact the program planners listed below. Please address any questions regarding the Integrative Complementary and Traditional Health Practices to: Isabel J. Roth, DrPH, MS, at


Program Planner Contact Information:

Isabel J. Roth, DrPH, MS

Kim Faurot, PA, PhD
Program on Integrative Medicine Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
336 Emergency Room Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7200
Phone: 919-966-3578

Daniel Gallego-Perez, MD, DrPH(c)
Health Services and Access Unit
Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
525 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 7815408396