CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Cancer Forum

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The APHA Cancer Forum invites abstracts for oral presentations, symposia, and posters describing original research and innovative intervention programs or policies that address topics including behavioral, socioeconomic, and environmental risk factors for cancer; prevention, screening, and early diagnosis; cancer treatment patterns, access to care, outcomes, and costs; strategies to address social determinants of health across the cancer care continuum; and cancer survivorship.

  • Cancer Prevention
    Enhancing Cancer Prevention efforts (e.g., early interventions targeting risk factors/behaviors; inaccurate information/social media posts on cancer prevention)
  • Cancer Screening/Diagnosis
    Improving Cancer Screening and Early Diagnosis (e.g. evaluation of community outreach programs to increase screening rates; costs and benefits of technologies to improve diagnosis)
  • Cancer Survivorship and Supportive/Palliative Care
    Developing and Promoting Survivorship Strategies and Resources for Patients and Caregivers (e.g. evaluation of social support programs; novel activities to track and address symptoms associated with cancer or cancer treatments; interventions to improve quality of life for survivors and their caregivers)
  • Cancer Treatment
    Advancing Cancer Treatment from a Population Health Perspective (e.g., strategies to enhance quality of care, timeliness of care, and patient-reported outcomes; addressing financial hardship/financial toxicity for individuals with cancer)
  • Policies, Laws, and Guidelines
    Evaluating Policies, Laws, and Guidelines that reduce the public health burden of cancer (e.g. improving access/affordability to screening and treatment; tobacco control regulations; insurance reform; controversies in treatment and prevention guidelines)

Special consideration will be given to abstracts with research related to the Cancer Forum’s topics of particular interest:

  • Systemic racism and structural cancer inequities
  • The impact of COVID-19 across the cancer care continuum
  • Social connectedness/isolation and social support in cancer
  • International topics in in cancer prevention and control

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated based on their conceptual and methodological quality, innovation and novelty, and relevance to the above themes. Abstracts submitted to the Cancer Forum are required to include quantitative or qualitative data to be considered for acceptance. Preliminary or pilot data are acceptable, but proposed projects or abstracts with no data at the time of the abstract deadline will be rejected.

Abstracts are limited to 300 words or less.  Referral to web pages or URLs may not be used for abstracts.

An author may not submit the same abstract to more than one Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum.

Preferences for oral versus poster presentation will be considered, but the program committee will consider all abstracts for both oral and poster categories. Oral presentations at contributed sessions are generally 13-15 minutes in length. An additional 3-5 minutes will be available for discussion and questions from the audience. Presenters at poster sessions should display their work and be available to answer questions throughout the scheduled 60 minute poster session.

If you are interested in submitting a panel/symposium for consideration as part of the 2020 APHA Cancer Forum program, please contact the Program Planners (contact info below) for additional instructions. For any and all inquiries about your abstract, always refer to the abstract number assigned to you by the online system.

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 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.

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 planners (listed below) for all other questions.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Jennifer Tsui, PhD, MPH


Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE


Adana Llanos, PhD, MPH