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

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services

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

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section invites abstracts related to the prevention and control of injuries and violence in all settings; delivery of emergency health services; and issues related to emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and population safety. Submissions on these and related topics addressing methodological innovations, technology advances, programs and program evaluation, translational research and policy and law are appropriate for this section. We welcome abstracts on ALL unintentional and intentional injury mechanisms, emergency health services and disaster. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will be peer-reviewed and considered for presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. APHA guidelines require that the work be original, unpublished and not previously presented at a professional meeting. Please note that abstracts must contain data and results – abstracts containing results such as “the authors will discuss” will not be considered for oral presentation.

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited, to:

  • Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Firearm Violence
  • Global Injuries
  • Injury and Emergency Health Services Data
  • Innovations in Injury Research Methods
  • Occupational Injuries
  • Opioids and Other Drugs
  • Recreational and Sports Injuries
  • Road Safety
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Violence Prevention and Control
  • Other Topics Related to Injury Prevention and Control
Abstracts must be structured as follows: Background/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Conclusions. The abstract word limit is 250 words. 

An expanded summary must be submitted with the abstract. The purpose of the expanded summary is to provide additional information to help reviewers judge the relevance and quality of your work. It should not repeat the abstract material, but instead should provide complementary details about the work. The average length of an expanded summary is 500 words (maximum 2,000).

Continuing Education Credit:

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, 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 objective (DO NOT USE “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. Abstracts missing learning objectives will receive a lower priority accept score and risk being rejected.
  3. A completed electronic Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant qualifications statement. The qualification statement should include the research or programmatic experience of the presenter as it relates to this abstract as well as the educational training of the presenter. Please note that stating “I am a Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator of this project” is not sufficient since it only gives the submitter's job title or position. Please add sufficient and appropriate information about your experience, expertise and background, as they relate to the abstract content.

Special Sessions:

We welcome proposals for full sessions (90 minutes in length). Session proposals are encouraged for any topic of special interest or topics related specifically to this year's theme. In addition to the electronic online submission of an individual abstract for EACH of the 4-5 papers to be included in a Session, a one-page overview of the proposed Session MUST be submitted directly to with a cc to Dr. Erin Wasserman ( All abstracts are due by the general abstract deadline in February. The one-page special session overview should include:

  1. Overall session title;
  2. Name of the lead facilitator and the contact person for the session;
  3. Brief overview of the rationale for the session; and
  4. List (in presentation order) of the individual abstracts to be organized into this Session, complete with titles, presenters' names, and time allocated for each presentation and any discussion periods.

Please note that each individual abstract to be included in a proposed Special Session must be submitted through the APHA electronic abstract submission process, with objectives, speaker qualifications and a conflict of interest must be completed by each person speaking or moderating at the session. In the "Comments to Organizers" box for each abstract submission, the authors should indicate that the abstract is to be considered as part of the proposed session (indicated by proposed Special Session title).


The last date to withdraw an abstract accepted for presentation, without penalty, is July 15th. This date allows the program committee time to provide the presentation opportunity to other submitting authors whose work may not otherwise have a program slot. Penalty: All authors/coauthors whose abstracts are accepted for oral or poster presentation who fail to arrange for the submitted work to be presented, fail to show for the meeting, or fail to withdraw by the withdrawal date of July 15th, will be ineligible to have abstracts considered for presentation for the following two years. Exceptions will be considered if the program committee is promptly notified of any extreme, unforeseen circumstances.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Erin Wasserman, PhD
Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention
400 W. Michigan St., Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-275-3664

Janice Springer, DNP, RN, PHN
American Red Cross
8200 70th Ave NE
Foley, MN 56329
Phone: 320-290-9532

Amy Hunter, MPH, PhD
Injury Prevention Center
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
12 Charter Oak Place
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860.837.5325