CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Community Health Workers

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Section welcomes abstracts that address issues relevant to CHWs and the communities they serve in relationship to health and wellness across the lifespan. We encourage submissions that address the 2021 Annual Meeting’s theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness”

Invitation to Submit:

CHW Involvement: We highly encourage CHW leadership in the development and presentation of abstracts. Please describe within the text of the abstract if CHWs will be presenting and if they played a role in the development of the presentation. Abstract reviewers cannot see author lists, so please clearly describe the participation of CHWs in the development of the abstract in abstract body. Limited travel assistance through the Sewell Foundation may be available for CHW presenters. Please contact the CHW program planner for more details -

We are particularly interested in both domestic and international abstracts and session proposals that address the following:

  • CHW Career Paths
  • CHW Supervision Skills Development, Including Opportunities for CHWs to Supervise
  • CHWs Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CHWs Promoting Social and Racial Justice
  • Innovative CHW Core Competency Education and Training
  • Innovative Models of CHW Team Integration (clinical and/or community)
  • Professional Support and Workforce Advocacy
  • Programs/Services Addressing Determinants of Health
  • Special Session: CHWs in Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Sustainable Funding Models for CHW Programs and Service


Community Health Workers in Public Health Education and Health Promotion (organized jointly with the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section)

The PHEHP and CHW sections are seeking abstracts related to interdisciplinary approaches among CHWs and public health entities to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease self-management practices. Priority will be given to abstracts focused on: (1) the 2020 theme, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence;" (2) models/frameworks of successful collaborations between CHWs and public health or medical professionals; and/or (3) the role of CHWs in the delivery/maintenance of clinical care and chronic disease self-management. Abstracts will be reviewed by both the CHW and PHEHP sections.


Presentation Format:

The CHW Section will organize a minimum of 6 – 8 oral sessions, 2 poster sessions and 2 roundtable sessions, as well as a rapid-fire Ignite session. If you are interested in a roundtable or Ignite ( DESCRIBE)  presentation, please indicate so in the abstract body and/or in the notes section.

The Ignite Session is an engaging session format in which the speaker has five minutes to present their subject, accompanied by 20 slides


Program Planner Contact Information:

Paige Menking