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

Health Administration Late Breakers

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

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 10, 2020

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Health Administration Section invites abstracts (250 word maximum) on topics related to the impact of COVID-19. Research submissions must be related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)/COVID-19 pandemic. Other topics will not be considered at this time.

Late breaker sessions are a forum for presenting research findings and programs that have been completed or transpired since the submission deadline for the initial call for abstracts (February 2020). Abstracts must describe studies that have not been previously submitted to APHA, and individuals should only submit an abstract only if they (or a designee) are committed to presenting at the conference.

  • COVID-related topics
  • Other Health Administration related topics
General Guidelines 
  • Abstracts describing data that have not yet been collected and/or analyzed as of the deadline will be rejected. 
  • Abstracts must be limited to 250 words and follow either one of the following three formats:

(1) Research

    • Background/Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

(2) Lessons Learned

  • Background/Issue
  • Description
  • Lessons Learned
  • Implications/recommendations

(3) Narrative

  • Statement of the problem
  • Approach
  • Product/outcome
  • Implications
  • At least two clear and measurable learning objectives must be included with your abstract submission.
    • Detailed instructions for writing learning objectives, including a list of acceptable measurable action words, can be found on the abstract submission page. Learning objectives are not included in the abstract word count.
  • Individuals should submit material only if they, or a designee, are committed to registering for and attending the conference to present the paper or poster.
  • Submissions will be reviewed and scored by independent reviewers to ensure high quality scientific submissions are selected for presentation at the meeting. The following criteria will be used to score submissions:
    • Significance for health administrators
    • Innovative ideas, methods and/or approach
    • Rigor of methods and approach (analytical design for research, systematic approach for practice and/or policy)
    • Presentation of findings
    • Implications identified for future research, practice and/or policy
    • Writing clarity

Abstract Evaluation Criteria

Peer review of abstracts is blinded. Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Abstract Content: Specific to the impact of COVID-19 on public health practice, must be of sound science, or evidence-based practice (promising practice) and serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills or competence of the public health professional. Content must be objective, free from bias and promotion, no use of commercial entities, products, services, logos, or brand names.
  • Learning Objectives: At least one measurable learning objective that reflects what the learner will be able to do as a result of participating in this educational activity.
  • Gap Addressed: Were gaps identified? Was it based on sound science, evidence-based (promising practice) that identified the change in skills, knowledge, and/or the opportunity for improvement?
  • Qualification Statement: Did the author clearly describe his/her qualification and areas of expertise?
  • Advancement: Extent to which the work described has the potential to inform and advance health administration/health policy.
  • Relevance: How well the abstract relates to the impact of COVID-19 on health administrators


Instructions for Submitting a Proposal for an Entire Session:

  1. Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session).
  2. Contact the program planners with:
  1. a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health in all policies);
  2. at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (Each individual abstract that will be part of the proposed session must also have at least two individual learning objectives); and
  3. the title, first author, and abstract number of all abstracts that will be included in the session.

Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (please provide a name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program chair, Sonia Lee ( if you have any questions.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Sonia Lee, MSPH
Endoscopy Health Economics and Market Access
Boston Scientific
Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: 848-391-7223