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

School Health Education and Services

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

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The School Health Education and Services (SHES) section focuses on a population-based, coordinated approach to addressing and improving the health and well-being of students and staff members in preschool, K-12 school, and college settings. School health is public health. We invite abstracts that meet our focus and address current trends and innovations in school health education and services design and delivery, policy development, research, and evaluation.  Abstracts based on specific topics should be presented in context of the larger vision of school health.

Topics of interest include:

  • Addressing youth concerns in school settings (e.g., mental health, trauma, sexual health, LGBTQ+, substance use, nutrition/physical activity)
  • Current trends in delivering school health services (e.g., school nursing, school-based health centers, mobile clinics, telehealth programs)
  • Current trends in school health education (e.g., sexuality education, physical education, substance use prevention)
  • Diversity and equity in school health
  • Policies and funding for sustainable, coordinated, comprehensive school health programs and services
  • School health data, research, and evaluation
  • Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model
  • Other topics relevant to school health education and services
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All presenters must be individual members of APHA to present and must register for the meeting. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting. You must include learner-centered objectives with your abstract. Please use one of the examples of measurable action words provided on the submission form and format your learning objectives according to APHA's specific instructions. These are needed so we can get ANCC, MCHES, and CHES credit for our sessions.

Peer reviewers will assess the suitability of abstracts for presentation on the above format and the following criteria:

  1. Significance of study in relation to school health
  2. Appropriate methodology
  3. Significance of findings/results
  4. Quality of conclusions or recommendations
  5. Focus on a population-based, coordinated approach to addressing health
  6. Usefulness for supporting or strengthening school health and the health of children, adolescents, and college students

The section will present an award for “Outstanding Student Research in School Health.” Preference will be given to completed research rather than to proposed projects or pilot studies. Currently enrolled students in public health, health education, nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, and related programs of study are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of research work performed to satisfy academic coursework or requirements. Be sure to identify your academic program and institution. 

Continuing Education Credit

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, veterinarians, 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 must provide:

  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
  • At least one MEASURABLE outcomes (DO NOT USE “To 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.
  • A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.

Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FAAN
National Association of School Nurses
1100 Wayne Ave, Suite 925
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240-247-1624

Samira Soleimanpour, PhD
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California San Francisco
3333 California Street
Suite 265
San Francisco, CA 94143-0936
Phone: 4152358208

Kelly Beckwith, MPH, CHES
Department of Global and Community Health
George Mason University
4400 University Dr MS 5B7
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-4555