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

Community Health Workers

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

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2020

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Section welcomes abstracts that address issues relevant to CHWs and the communities they serve in relationship to health and wellness across the lifespan. We encourage submissions that address 2020’s theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence.”

Invitation to Submit:

CHW Involvement: We highly encourage CHW leadership in the development and presentation of abstracts. Please describe within the text of the abstract if CHWs will be presenting and if they played a role in the development of the presentation. Abstract reviewers cannot see author lists, so please clearly describe the participation of CHWs in the development of the abstract in abstract body. Limited travel assistance through the Sewell Foundation may be available for CHW presenters. Please contact the CHW program planner for more details -

We are particularly interested in both domestic and international abstracts and session proposals that address the following:

  • CHW Career Paths
  • Innovative CHW Core Competency Education and Training
  • Innovative Models of CHW Team Integration (clinical and/or community)
  • Professional Support and Workforce Advocacy
  • Programs/Services Addressing Determinants of Health
  • Skills Development for CHW Supervision, Including Opportunities for CHWs to Supervise
  • Special Session: CHWs Preventing Violence with Young Men of Color
  • Special Session: CHWs in Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Sustainable Funding Models for CHW Programs and Services


CHWs and Peers working with young men of color to prevent violence (organized jointly with the Men’s Health Caucus)

The CHW Section and the Men’s Health Caucus are partnering for a special session highlighting CHW and peer model programs across the country that work with young men of color on violence prevention. We encourage groups to submit abstracts about male led CHW/Peer programs that address youth violence, interpersonal violence and gender based violence, perhaps as stand-alone programs or as part of broader fatherhood, youth or faith-based initiatives. Abstracts will be reviewed jointly by the CHW Section and Men’s Health Caucus.

Community Health Workers in Public Health Education and Health Promotion (organized jointly with the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section)

The PHEHP and CHW sections are seeking abstracts related to interdisciplinary approaches among CHWs and public health entities to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease self-management practices. Priority will be given to abstracts focused on: (1) the 2020 theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence;" (2) models/frameworks of successful collaborations between CHWs and public health or medical professionals; and/or (3) the role of CHWs in the delivery/maintenance of clinical care and chronic disease self-management. Abstracts will be reviewed by both the CHW and PHEHP sections.


Presentation Format:

The CHW Section will organize a minimum of 6 – 8 oral sessions, 2 poster sessions and 2 roundtable sessions, as well as a rapid-fire Ignite session. The Ignite Session is an engaging session format in which the speaker has five minutes to present their subject, accompanied by 20 slides shown for 15 seconds each (similar to PechaKucha). If you are interested in being part of the Ignite session, please write that in the “notes” section of your submission.

We welcome proposals for innovative, interactive or hands-on workshop for an entire 90 minute session. If you would like to propose such a session, please indicate so in the notes section of your submission AND reach out to the program planner (

Other notes:

Abstracts, both domestic and international, will be considered, based on the content outlined below.

- Interactive presentations participatory in nature and that use adult education techniques are especially encouraged. Be sure to include specific details about the interactive/participatory components  in your abstract to assist reviewers in scoring your abstract appropriately.

- Please be conscious of power dynamics implicit in your language. We discourage the use of phrases like “using CHWs” or “our CHWs,” especially if you are not a CHW yourself. Instead, try stating one of the following: “employing or partnering with CHWs” and “our CHW colleagues,” or “the CHWs on our team.”

- We welcome presentations in languages other than English, however - please note: the abstract must be submitted in English. We will work with the presenter directly to set up interpretation for their session.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Paige Menking, MPA
Project ECHO
University of New Mexico
1650 University Blvd
MSC07 4245
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 5059250640