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

Vision Care

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Vision Care Section invites presentations of original research on public health issues pertaining to vision and eye care. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome, and interdisciplinary work and student abstracts are highly encouraged. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All presenters must be individual members of APHA and register for the meeting to present. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA annual meeting. This meeting provides an opportunity to highlight a spectrum of public health concerns for vision and eye health, from vision loss prevention to eye health promotion. We want to promote a multi-faceted program. The following topics are intended to stimulate, rather than to limit, the scope of submissions.
  • Barriers and facilitators to access to eye care
  • Children's vision and eye care needs
  • Children's vision screening in schools and communities
  • Digital eye strain across the lifespan
  • Economic burden and cost-effectiveness analysis in vision and eye care
  • Environmental impacts on vision and/or eye health
  • Evidence-based policy and practice in vision health and/or eye care
  • Health promotion and vision loss
  • Impact of vision impairment on health, functioning, school and/or social participation, and the environment
  • Passport to care for patients with diabetes: A collaborative session with PHEHP, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and PHSW
  • Poster sessions
  • Preventing vision loss and promoting eye health across the lifespan
  • Rurality, telemedicine, and vision and eye care
  • Social media, digital communication, and/or storytelling in vision and eye health
  • The right to sight
  • Translating eye health and treatment research into community health
  • Vision and aging
  • Vision health: A global perspective
  • Other
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 measureable). 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:

Kathleen S. O'Connor, MPH
National Center for Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Health Care Statistics
3311 Toledo Rd, #3454
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone: 301-458-4181