CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness"

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC), in official relations with the American Public Health Association (APHA), invites abstracts for the 2021 APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition.

We encourage submissions that focus on the annual meeting’s theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation:  Strengthening Social Connectedness" as it applies to Asian American and/or Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Abstract submissions authored by or in collaboration with AAPI community-based partners are highly encouraged.

Although we will consider ALL submissions, the 2021 APIC Scientific Program will highlight work that addresses the annual meeting theme of innovative science, actionable, and evidence-based or promising policies and practices in relation to social connectedness, health equity, racism and discrimination, care coordination for vulnerable populations, and social determinants of health.  The following topics are intended to stimulate, rather than to limit, the scope of submissions:

  • Examining Role of Social Cohesion on Mental Health Among AAPIs
  • Increasing AAPI Social Capital through Health Education, Health Communication, and Community-Based Interventions
  • Intersectionality of Community Identities in Public Health Research & Practice Among AAPIs
  • Promoting Health Equity Among AAPIs through Social Movements & Political Advocacy
  • Understanding Community Resilience Among AAPIs
  • Other Priority AAPI Concerns
The session topics are preliminary and do not reflect the precise content of the final program.  Presenters selected to give oral or poster presentations will be required to register for the APHA Annual Meeting and become an individual member of APHA and APIC. Therefore, individuals should submit an abstract only if they are committed to making the presentations themselves or have a substitute willing to register, attend the meeting, and deliver the presentation.

Abstract guidelines and requirements:

1) Format

  • Abstracts must be limited to 250 words or less.
  • Abstracts should be structured to include the following sections: Background/SignificanceObjective/PurposeMethodsResults, and Discussion/Conclusions.
  • Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract.
  • Do not include trade or commercial brand names in the abstract.

2) Submission

  • Indicate if you wish to present the abstract as an ORAL or POSTER presentation.  APHA has general guidelines for each format option. There are limited slots available for oral presentations, so please give the Program Committee as many options as possible.
  • Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review.

3) Continuing Education Credits:

  • 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, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:
    • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.
    • At least one MEASURABLE SINGLE outcome (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.
    • Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planners listed below.

Blind peer review of abstracts by the Program Committee is based on the following selection criteria:

  • Importance. Abstracts should highlight importance and significance of the public health problem or issue. 
  • Relevance. Abstracts should be relevant to Asian and/or Pacific Islander health. 
  • Innovation. Abstract should highlight innovative and novel topics.
  • Abstracts should completely describe research/project/concept and provide supporting data where appropriate.
  • Clarity. Abstracts should be concise, clearly written, and convey the primary goals and/or ideas of the project/program.

APIC Student Abstract Award: The Student Primary Author of the highest scoring student abstract will be recognized with an award during APIC’s annual award ceremony at the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California. To be considered eligible for the 2020 APIC Student Abstract Award, the primary author must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at the time of abstract submission. She/he must also note that she/he is a “Student Primary Author” on the abstract. The invitation to present and/or receive the APIC Best Student Abstract Award will be withdrawn should the primary student author be unable to present at the Annual Meeting. To apply, please refer to the abstract submission guidelines at

Those interested in Asian and/or Pacific Islander health are invited to join APIC. Further details on the Caucus can be found at For more information about the 148th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, please visit

Submitting an abstract to APIC implies that you understand the terms of this call for abstracts. Failure to adhere to the above-mentioned instructions may result in your abstract not being considered and could impact future submissions. Furthermore, submitting the abstract implies that you (and/or your co-authors/colleagues) are willing to present at the Annual Meeting and Exposition.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Arnab Mukherjea


Stella Chong