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

Latino Caucus

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

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Latino Caucus requests the submission of original research and interventions in the Latinx community for dissemination at the APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting. The theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health,” presents an opportunity to disseminate the unique challenges, opportunities and best practices to advance public health in Latinx communities.  To accomplish this goal government agencies, community organizations, schools, healthcare organizations, and community members must continue to work together.

APHA’s 2019 theme provides the Latino Caucus with the opportunity to showcase theoretically-informed, community-engaged and methodologically rigorous research and practice that translates to community-based interventions, evidence-based health policy, and structural interventions for Latinx health.

Health equity, defined as the "attainment of the highest level of health for all people” (Healthy People 2020), continues to be a core theme of the Latinx Caucus. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to lead a healthy life, and that no one should be denied this chance because of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, or their socioeconomic opportunities. Therefore, we continue to highlight research and practice that advance this goal for Latinx persons.

Please submit scientific abstracts that address complex questions about the intersections of prevention and equity, policy and advocacy, community assets and resources produced in Latinx communities to address structural inequalities including gender, geography, racism and ethnic discrimination, sexuality and the impact of these intersections across the lifespan (e.g., children, adolescents, mid-life and older adults). We are looking for innovative approaches that promote prevention and wellness, while advancing Latinx health equity through science and action.

The abstracts will be organized into one of the following: oral presentation, roundtable discussion, and poster session.  While all abstract submissions are welcome, particular topics of interest this year include:

  • Application of innovative conceptual models to advance health equity for Latinx communities
  • Current and emerging issues in Latinx Health
  • Initiatives that highlight non-academic sectors and diverse stakeholders involved in advancing health equity for Latinx communities
  • Interventions that address structural inequalities that impact health (e.g., limited educational opportunities, immigration policy, labor markets and occupational safety) across the lifespan—for children, adolescents, mid-life and older adults
  • Interventions that apply science for action to advance health equity for Latinx communities
  • Public Health Young Professionals & Students: Advancing health equity through science and grassroots action in Latinx communities
The Scientific Program Committee of the APHA Latino Caucus encourages emerging and established Latinx scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit their research. We strongly encourage students to submit their abstracts, and to indicate their student status in the appropriate checkbox. We will select the best student abstract for recognition at our annual awards program!

For more information, contact the co-chairs of the scientific program for the Latino Caucus, Dr. Airin Martinez ( Dr. Barbara Baquero (

Please note that all abstracts are peer-reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of presentation: statement of problem, relevance, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Quality and completeness of reported findings
  • Originality and implications of findings to research, practice, and/or policy
  • Overall impact on Latino communities

 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:

1) Abstract must be free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) Abstract must have at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measurable; examples of acceptable measurable action words: explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare, differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define or list);

3) You must sign the Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Barbara Baquero, PhD, MPH
Health Services
University of Washington, School of Public Health
1107 NE 45th Street
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 619-481-4434

Airin Martinez, PhD
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Department of Health Promotion and Policy
715 N. Pleasant Street, Arnold House 322
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 443-722-2359
Fax: 413-545-1645