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

International Health

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

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020

COVID-19 Submission Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020

The International Health Section has put out a special call for abstracts on the COVID-19 pandemic for 2020 APHA Annual Meeting. We will accept submissions on both research- and program-based work; however, all submissions in response to this call must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Abstracts must include the purpose of the work, a description of information and methods used, results, and discussion. As part of the International Health Section program, all submissions should relate to the pandemic, the response, and its effects on health in countries outside the US.

We particularly encourage submissions with the following themes:

  • COVID-19 effects on the strength and resiliency of health systems
  • COVID-19 among displaced populations** or in conflict settings
  • COVID-19 effects on NCDs (mental health, chronic conditions/comorbidities, etc.)
  • COVID-19 and human rights
  • COVID-19 and social determinants/marginalized populations
  • COVID-19 as a threat to and an opportunity for the integration of medical and public health systems
  • COVID-19, globalism, and the goals of global health

Process for review: 

All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed for consideration of inclusion in the program. Indicate your preferences for presentation format on your abstract form. You may submit your abstract with the designation “oral only,” “poster only,” or “no preference.” 

Note: The International Health Section encourages abstracts submitted by nationals from low- and middle-income countries. These individuals should note their status on the abstract form. 

The full list of IH program topics, including COVID-19, are listed below:

  • ***COVID-19: Special Call for Abstracts
  • Child Health and Development
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Community Based Primary Health Care*
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Gender Disparities in Global Health
  • Global Health Advocacy
  • Global Health Challenges in Conflict and Displacement**
  • Global Health Workforce
  • Global Health and Human Rights
  • Global Public Health Law
  • Maternal Health: Prenatal, Obstetric, and Postpartum Care
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition, Malnutrition, Diabetes, and Obesity
  • Posters
  • Reproductive Health and Family Planning
  • Social Determinants in Global Health
  • Special Panel on Student-Led Global Health Projects
  • Strengthening Health Systems in Low-Resource Settings
  • Universal Health Coverage: Financing and Policy
  • Violence and Violence Prevention in Global Health
**Please note that we will only accept submissions on displaced populations outside the US.

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, all presenters must provide all of the following:
1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.
2) At least one measurable outcome. Note that “to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes, and compound outcomes are not acceptable.
3) A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement. 

For example, “I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users” summarizes a body of work relevant to the presentation topic and demonstrates the presenter’s expertise. Note that “I am the principal investigator of this study” is not an acceptable qualification statement.

All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. Choose at least one or up to six areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planners listed below.

The submission deadline for COVID-19 abstracts is 11:59pm (PST) on Friday, May 15. Please submit your abstract under the "COVID-19: Special Call for Abstracts" topic. Any abstracts on topics other than COVID-19 will not be accepted.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Jessica Keralis, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone: 713-261-5066

Jirair Ratevosian, MPH
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
333 Lakeside Dr.
Foster City, CA 94404
Phone: 818-620-3171

Theresa Majeski, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Los Angeles, CA