CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Early-Career Professional

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Early-Career Professionals Membership Group (ECP) represents recent public health graduates and former APHA student members to promote professional development, career building and networking for up to 3 years after graduation. It is the ECP’s goal to highlight the exceptional research of those new to their public health career and provide opportunities to showcase this work. 

2021 Early-Career Professionals Poster Submissions

This year, the ECP committee invites ECP members to submit abstracts for posters for the 149th APHA Annual Meeting & Expo, taking place in hybrid format from October 23-27, 2021.  Early-career professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts addressing one of the two topics below. Submissions are limited to members of the ECP.

  • Mentorship, Leadership, and Professional Development By and for ECPs
    On-going projects/programs/initiatives started during an ECP’s time as an ECP (within 2 years of graduating) in which the ECP plays a pivotal role. This role capitalizes on skills and competencies developed from the ECP’s earning of an academic degree that serve as a foundation for future career work. Not to include capstone projects or any other research while enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Research and Programming By ECPs
    Topics that highlight the role of and/or the need for ECPs that align with the Annual Meeting theme “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness."

ECP posters accepted for exhibition will also be posted on the ECP Online Community so that all ECP members will have the opportunity to learn from their peers. Authors will be contacted via email on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 regarding poster abstract selection for exhibition. Submission of an abstract to the ECP is an expression of the author's intention to attend the Annual Meeting and exhibiting their work, should it be accepted for a poster session. Presenters must be APHA (ECP) members at the time of the meeting, and they will also be expected to register for the annual meeting in August. Currently, ECP does not offer any stipends to cover the cost of registration, poster printing, or travel.

Abstracts should be 250 words or less and cannot refer to web pages or URLs. All abstracts will be reviewed based on relevance to the conference theme and/or the ECP topics above, noteworthiness of problem, and quality of design, methods, and interpretation. All submissions will end at 11:59 p.m. PST on the due date listed on the Call for Abstracts Web page. No late submissions will be accepted. All abstracts must be submitted online through APHA’s easy-to-use online platform.

Structured Abstract Format: Abstracts should be submitted in a structured format. Please use one of the following two formats:

  • Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;
  • Methods: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses; dates of data collection;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study.

An alternative format, suited for abstracts about policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations, may be used:

  • Issues: A short summary of the issue(s) addressed;
  • Description: Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program;
  • Lessons Learned: A brief description of the results of the project; and
  • Recommendations: A brief statement of next steps.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the ECP Poster Committee, at

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 measureable). 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.

To start your submission, click on the 'Start Abstract Submission' button below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kakali Chakrabarti, MA, MS, PhD


Claire Brown, MPH