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

Public Health Nursing

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 28, 2020

The Public Health Nursing Section welcomes LATE BREAKING abstracts pertaining to the  COVID-19 Pandemic and related disease control topics.
  • Championing Social Justice
  • Encouraging Population-Based Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Engaging Leadership and Advocacy
  • Researching Public Health and Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Special Call: Disrupting Oppressive, Racist, and Colonizing Narratives and Practices
  • Strategizing Population Health Promotion
  • Targeting Population Health
Individual abstracts may be submitted for oral, poster, or roundtable presentation and live or virtual presentation.

Abstract Format

Limit abstracts to 250 words, using one of three formats (unstructured abstracts are not accepted):

  1. Research:
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  1. Lessons-learned:
  • Background/ Issue
  • Description
  • Lessons Learned
  • Implications/recommendations
  1. Narrative:
  • Statement of the problem
  • Approach
  • Product/outcome
  • Implications

Review Criteria

All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by 2-3 reviewers using the following criteria:

  1. Importance of the issue
  2. Innovative methods
  3. Soundness of the science
  4. Substantive nature of the work
  5. Compelling conclusions

Continuing Education Credit

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:

  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
  • At least one MEASURABLE outcomes (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.
  • 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.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Tracy Booth, EdD, BSN, RN
College of Nursing
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College St.
Box 8015
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254-295-4670
Fax: 254-295-4141

Maria Gilson deValpine, RN, MSN, PhD
School of Nursing
James Madison University
235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
HSC 4305
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 503-239-6081