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


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

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 20, 2020

We invite submissions for individual paper presentations, posters, and coordinated panel discussions on topics concerning ethics and public health. You do not need to be a current member of the Ethics Section, or a professional in ethics, to submit an abstract. 

The Ethics Section encourages submissions from students and public health practitioners. Abstracts that are framed to fit with the 2020 theme ('Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence') are encouraged, but all submissions that address issues of public health ethics are welcome.

  • Applications of Genomics in Law Enforcement Practice
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care
    This topic area would encompass a variety of areas, including underinsurance and uninsurability.
  • Ethics and Violence Prevention
  • Ethics in Rural Public Health
  • Ethics of Food
    This topic is inclusive of (but not limited to) food rights, food insecurity/access, and the environmental impacts of food production.
  • Health Equity in Ethical Decision-Making
  • Impact of Predictive Analytics in Health Care and in Law Enforcement Practice
    This topic area addresses the impact of predictive analytics in health care practice (inclusive of social services and other health and human services arenas) and/or law enforcement practice.
  • Structural Injustice and Social Identities As Determinants of Health
  • Teaching Public Health Ethics
  • Using the Public Health Code of Ethics to Guide Ethical Decision-Making and Analysis in Research & Practice
  • Violence in Marginalized or Minority Populations

Student Submissions

Submissions by students are especially encouraged. If you are a student, or were first author on the submission while a student, please note this in the 'Presenting Author and Awards Submission' section of the abstract submission page to be considered for an award.

Panel Submissions

Coordinated panel sessions are also valuable, particularly by offering opportunities to examine topics in more depth. Each coordinated panel discussion may have up to four presenters, and should allow at least 10-15 minutes for discussion with the audience.

Each abstract in the panel must be submitted and accepted individually.  After submitting each abstract individually, persons interested in proposing a coordinated panel should send a request for a coordinated panel to the Ethics Section Program Planner (contact information listed below) including an overall session title, rationale for and brief summary of the session, the moderator’s contact information (to ensure timely communications about the proposal), the individual abstract titles, their authors, and their APHA Confex-assigned ID numbers.

The Program Committee reserves the right to break session proposals apart and consider the individual abstracts separately without prior notification to the session organizer.

Continuing Education Credit

The Ethics Section requires all abstracts conform to the APHA Continuing Education requirements. 

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:

1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.

2) At least one MEASURABLE outcome.  (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.

3)  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.

Session Types

There are three session types:

1. Oral sessions have 3-4 presenters, with each presenter typically speaking 15-20 minutes.

2. Poster sessions/presentations are typically one hour (with attendees approaching the presenter at their poster throughout the hour).

3. Round table sessions do not involve formal presentations, but rather in-depth discussions with attendees. In a round table session, each presenter introduces their topic to the general audience for 3-5 minutes, and attendees then select a table from among those presenters for 30-minutes of in-depth conversation and group interaction on the abstract topic. At the end of the 30 minutes, the moderator will ask attendees to select a new table. Presenters will typically have 2-3 different audiences during the 90 minute session.

If you wish to be considered for a round table session, please note this in the abstract submission under 'comments to organizers'. However, round table sessions are not guaranteed; accepted abstracts indicating preference for a round table session may be assigned to an oral or poster session.

Indicating 'no preference' for the preferred presentation type will maximize the likelihood of acceptance.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your abstract!


Program Planner Contact Information:

Andrea Lowe, MPH, CPH
Unite Us
10331 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 213-451-6245

Karen Meagher

Matthew Stefanak