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

Latino Caucus

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020

The Latino Caucus for Public Health requests the submission of original research in the Latinx community for dissemination at the APHA 2020 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on October 24th through the 28th. The theme, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence,” presents an opportunity to disseminate the unique challenges, opportunities and best practices to prevent violence and advance public health in Latinx communities.

According to the World Health Organization, violence is "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation." Violence is understood to be used as a tool by those in power to subvert class, ethnic and racial, gender and sexual and other minorities from realizing their human rights and gaining access to resources and recognition. The conditions that promote physical, symbolic and structural violence in Latinx communities result from the lack of health equity.

Health equity, defined as the "attainment of the highest level of health for all people” (Healthy People 2020), continues to be a core theme of the Latinx Caucus. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to lead a healthy life, and that no one should be denied this chance because of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, or their socioeconomic and political situation. Therefore, we continue to highlight research and practice that advance this goal for Latinx health equity.

  • Borders and Migrant Health
  • Current and Emerging Latinx Health Issues
  • Ethnic and Racial Discrimination That Impacts Health across the Lifespan
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Racial Minority Health
  • Interventions to Address and Advance Health Equity in Latinx Communities
  • Public Health Young Professionals
  • Symbolic Violence and Health in Multiple Institutions
  • The Intersection of Lifestyle Behaviors and Structural Inequalities
  • Violence Prevention in Latinx Communities
The Latino Caucus welcomes scientific abstracts that address complex questions about the intersections of prevention and equity, policy and advocacy, community assets and resources produced in Latinx communities to address structural inequalities (including gender, geography, racism and ethnic discrimination, sexuality) that impact health across the lifespan (e.g., children, adolescents, mid-life and older adults). We are looking for innovative approaches that prevent physical violence, provide long-term responses to structural violence, and promote wellness through science and action. We are interested in highlighting research that address:  
  1. the treatment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border;
  2. feminicides and the murders of sexual and gender ethnic and racial minorities;
  3. structural violence resulting from policy-making or institutional neglect;
  4. symbolic violence in multiple institutions including social welfare programs, education, healthcare delivery, and the criminal justice system, among many others.

The abstracts will be organized into one of the following sessions: oral presentation, roundtable discussion, or poster session.  We encourage emerging and established Latinx scholars and practitioners to submit their abstracts. We strongly encourage students to submit their abstracts, and to indicate their student status in the appropriate checkbox, in order to select the Outstanding Student Paper for recognition at the Latino Caucus Annual Awards program.

For more information, contact the co-chairs of the scientific program for the Latino Caucus, Dr. Airín Martínez ( Dr. Barbara Baquero (

Please note that all abstracts are peer-reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of presentation: statement of problem, relevance, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Quality and completeness of reported findings
  • Originality and implications of findings to research, practice, and/or policy
  • Overall impact on Latinx communities

 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:

1) Abstract must be free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) Abstract must have at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE “understand” or “to learn” as objectives as they are not measurable. Examples of acceptable measurable action words include: explain, demonstrate, analyze, formulate, discuss, compare, differentiate, describe, name, assess, evaluate, identify, design, define or list);

3) You must sign the Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Airin Martinez, PhD
School of Public Health & Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Department of Health Promotion and Policy
715 N. Pleasant Street, Arnold House 322
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 443-722-2359
Fax: 413-545-1645

Barbara Baquero, PhD, MPH
Community and Behavioral Health
University of Iowa, College of Public Health
145 N Riverside Dr
100 CPHB N418
Iowa City, IA 52442
Phone: 319-384-1480
Fax: 319-384-4106