The Ethics Section encourages submissions from academic researchers, public health practitioners, and current students. Abstracts that are framed to fit with the 2021 theme (‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness’) are encouraged, but all submissions addressing public health ethics are welcome. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic will form an ongoing backdrop to the 2021 APHA annual meeting, and in all abstracts on topics listed below and others, the integration of ethical issues with the pandemic experience are welcome. Moreover, many of the suggested topics below are couched as national or local issues within the United States; nonetheless, many if not all of them are also concerns of global public health, and we welcome abstracts that take a global or international approach. Finally, we welcome submissions discussing ways in which the Public Health Code of Ethics may provide both a conceptual and a practical resource for efforts to strengthen social connectedness.
—vaccine resistance and hesitancy
—moral distress in public health and as a public health issue
Submissions by students are especially encouraged. If you are a student or were first author on the submission while a student, please note this in the 'Presenting Author and Awards Submission' section of the abstract submission page to be considered for an award.
Coordinated panel sessions are also valuable, particularly by offering opportunities to examine topics in more depth. Each coordinated panel discussion may have up to four presenters, and should allow at least 10-15 minutes for discussion with the audience.
Each abstract in the panel must be submitted and accepted individually. After submitting each abstract individually, persons interested in proposing a coordinated panel should send a request for a coordinated panel to the Ethics Section Program Planner (contact information listed below) including an overall session title, rationale for and brief summary of the session, the moderator’s contact information (to ensure timely communications about the proposal), the individual abstract titles, their authors, and their APHA Confex-assigned ID numbers.
The Program Committee reserves the right to break session proposals apart and consider the individual abstracts separately without prior notification to the session organizer.
Continuing Education Credit
The Ethics Section requires all abstracts conform to the APHA Continuing Education requirements.
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:
1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.
2) 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.
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.
Contact Mighty Fine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.
There are three session types:
If you wish to be considered for a round table session, please note this in the abstract submission under 'comments to organizers'. However, round table sessions are not guaranteed; accepted abstracts indicating preference for a round table session may be assigned to an oral or poster session.
Indicating “no preference” for the preferred presentation type will increase the likelihood of acceptance.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your abstract!