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

Trade and Health Forum

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

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Trade & Health Forum of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts for presentation at the Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco, CA, November 24 - 28, 2020. Submissions related to APHA's 2020 annual meeting theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence," are encouraged. Submissions should focus on health-related aspects of trade policy and globalization, including a) the relationship between trade policy, globalization and health policy and outcomes, b) how health advocacy, globalization, and political efforts influence trade and c) an examination of underlying societal level structural factors that influence trade, globalization and health. Presentations may be scientific studies, descriptions of or evaluations of advocacy activities, or policy analyses.  

Papers may address topics including those listed below:

  • Health and globalization effects of trade policies
  • Impact of trade and globalization on social determinants of health
  • Advocacy activities for trade policies that promote human health
  • Democratic participation in trade agreement formulation
  • Corporate influence on globalization and trade policy formulation
  • Human rights and trade
  • Analysis of the health effects of specific trade agreements
  • Health workforce and immigration aspects of trade policies
  • Tobacco and alcohol trade policies
  • Worker safety, health and wage aspects of globalization and trade policies
  • Effects of globalization and trade on indigenous cultures
  • Sustainable environments, climate change and globalization and trade
  • Agriculture, globalization and trade policies
  • Access to medicines, intellectual property, and trade policies
  • Privatization of health services, globalization and trade policy
  • Political economic ideology: implications for health and trade policies
  • Cultural and social factors and their relationship to trade and health policy
  • Structural factors influencing trade and health, including networks of transnational corporations and relations between corporations and governments.

Please submit your abstracts for one of the following sessions:

  • Assessing the Impact of Globalization on Public Health
  • Examining the Relationship Between Trade Agreements and Determinants of Health
Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website by February 20th, 2020. The abstract is limited to 250 words. An author’s paper may not have been presented or published prior to its presentation at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA Individual member and you MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the September pre-registration deadline.

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 “to understand” or “to learn” as objectives - they are not measureable). Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List
  3. 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.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.

Contact Program Planner Eric Crosbie at for any questions related to submitting an abstract.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Eric Crosbie, PhD
School of Community Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-682-8333