CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo

Black Caucus of Health Workers

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence"

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) invites abstracts from public health administrators, educators, physicians, practitioners, researchers, students, community health workers, and, other individuals in related fields to 2020 Annual Meeting. BCHW encourage abstracts focusing on the process of  translating the science of  research to health solutions and implementation for better health, equitable health care/practices, as it relates to people of the African Diaspora.  Individuals with local, national and international research experiences are encouraged to submit, as well as, new investigators and students. This Call for Abstracts request papers relevant to people of the African Diaspora addressing one of the following topic areas.
  • Addressing Domestic Violence within African American Families: Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, and Domestic Partner Abuse
  • Advancing the Health Status of African American Women.
  • African Americans and the Second Amendment: Firearms and Its Toll.
  • Effects of Policing on African Americans: Blacks Lives Matter!
  • Human Trafficking: Legal, Socio-Cultural, Historical, Political and Health Aspects
  • Improving the Health of African American Men: Novel Approaches for Health Equity
  • Key Actions in Decreasing Maternal Morbidity Among African American Women
  • Mental Health and Its Role in Chronic Disease Management.
  • Reproductive Justice: Current Trends within the Disapora
  • Returning Citizens: Roles and Responsibilities in Violence Prevention.
  • Roles and Actions of African American Faith Based Organizations and Community Based Organizations in Violence Prevention.
  • Slavery and Racism: Its Cause and Effect on Violence within African Americans
  • Suicide Prevention Among African American Youth: Research, Action, and Advocacy
  • Trauma and Violence:Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse As Contributing Factors.
  • Violence Prevention Research Among African American Adolescent Males:Emerging Trends
  • Where Is the Next Generation of African American Healthcare Professionals?: The Roles and Realities of Pipeline Programs.
All abstracts will be reviewed on independent merit according to a standardized process by abstract reviewers. All abstracts must follow on of the two formats below.

Structured Abstract Format.

  • Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;
  • Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study or the intended with supporting data.
Alternative Abstract Format: Suited for abstracts about policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations, may be used:
  • Issues: A summary of the issue(s) addressed;
  • Description: Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program;
  • Lessons Learned: A brief description of the results of the project; and
  • Recommendations: A brief statement of next steps.
In addition please note the following:
  • Clearly state whether a supplemental summary is to be considered.
  • Please indicate if your abstract submission is directly related to an abstract submitted by another author and the intent is for the two abstracts to be presented during the same session.
  • Make sure work is original and not previously presented.
  • Follow proper protocol for APHA abstract submission.
  • No use of brand names or organizations is permitted.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically through the APHA on-line electronic abstract submission website.

Abstracts should be 250 words and must include clear and concise learning objectives. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.

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.

Linked-Abstract and Panel Session Details
Scientific program sessions are 90-minutes and typically hold four to five abstracts within a similar theme. If you are interested in linking abstracts to be presented in the same scientific session, please be sure to link all submitted abstracts together. You MUST link each abstract within the APHA on-line abstract submission program. Further, you must notify the BCHW Program Planner that these abstracts are a collection. Please be aware, however, that all abstracts are scored on their individual merit. It is possible that not all linked abstracts will be selected. If you are assembling a panel presentation for review, please be aware that a full abstract submission including speakers must be included at the time of the abstract submission. It is highly recommended that any person(s) submitting for a panel presentation, provide supplemental information to the BCHW as previously indicated. The panel will be reviewed based on individual merit and anticipated presenters,  topic area, and how it relates to both the APHA theme and the BCHW’s mission.

Dr. Paul B. Cornely Round Table for Graduate Students

The BCHW is actively seeking abstracts for presentation by Graduate Students (Masters / Doctoral) at accredited graduate schools. Student status must be stated at the point of abstract submission. Student status including anticipated graduation date will be verified prior to abstracts being accepted for presentation. All presentations must be original work that has not been previously presented, in-press, or published. Student posters should follow the conference theme and/or BCHW focus areas as well as meet all appropriate eligibility requirements including but not limited to, membership to BCHW and/or APHA.

BCHW is interested in individuals who can present on original, basic, advanced or applied research that addresses public health research, programs and policies impacting the health and quality of life of African Americans and related, vulnerable populations.


Program Planner Contact Information:

George Smith, EdD, MPH
Department of Health Studies
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive/BHS 201
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-2046