CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Health Administration

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

We invite all APHA members to be primary members of the Health Administration section and welcome all new, returning and continuing members to submit abstracts for the 2021 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver!  Health Administration is the right section for you if you have an interest in:
  • Assuring high quality public health practice
  • Identifying important issues in the advancement of leadership, administration, management, and best practices in health delivery systems
  • Seeking solutions that positively impact the health of the communities in which we live, work, and play

The Health Administration section is also the right place for you if you value nurturing, supporting, training and exchanging information with public health practitioners, academic public health programs, and healthcare administrators of all disciplines, while publicly advocating for public health based on sound administrative and scientific principles. 

We encourage submissions that focus on best practices, promising models for the future, and instructive lessons learned for improvement, sustainability, and equitable distribution of healthcare services.  Such submissions reflect the practice of implementation science, which is the study of the process of implementing evidence-based programs and practices.  Implementation science allows for research to be implemented successfully in practice among a variety of settings.

Student-centered work, which includes an award for an Outstanding Student Submission, is highly encouraged.  We are pleased to collaborate again this year with the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice for our Research to Practice Award.  This award welcomes best examples of current research that has effectively been put into the practice of health administration and management.  We encourage submissions that demonstrate translation of research findings to inform decision making and action by public health practice and policy stakeholders.  Submissions should also address the development of new, innovative dissemination strategies for translating research into practice, and/or demonstrated achievement of research findings being utilized beyond peer reviewed manuscripts. Submitting abstract authors may indicate their interest in applying or nominating another author for the award. The selected awardee will be invited by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice to submit their work as an invited article in an upcoming issue and will be recognized at the Section Awards Reception.  

The topic areas below represent broad categories of interest that garner significant numbers of abstracts relevant to the business interests of the section. As abstracts are selected, topic areas will be narrowed to create sessions where like abstract content will be assigned. 

Please select the broad topic area that you believe your research best fits or nearly fits.   We welcome all abstract submissions and the opportunity to create an educational program for Health Administration section members that enhances their expertise, knowledge and application of cutting-edge research in their respective health practice disciplines. 

Health Administration general topic areas of interest for the 2021 APHA Annual Meeting include:

  • Addressing Health Equity through Programs, Initiatives, and Policies That Create Healthier Communities
  • Addressing Leadership and Other Competencies in the Public Health Workforce
  • Addressing Specific Health Outcomes through Partnerships and Innovation
  • Challenges and Opportunities to Improving Quality in Health Services and Programs
  • Collaborative Efforts in Health Administration, Management, or Cross-Sector Policies That Improve Healthcare Delivery and Health Outcomes
  • Economic and Other Financial Considerations for Health Administrators
  • Evaluating Administrative, Management, and Policy Functions of Health Organizations: Ensuring Quality at the Foundational Level
  • Healthcare Reform, Including Impacts/Implications of the Affordable Care Act
  • Improving Health Equity in Population-Specific Health Services and Programs
  • Innovations in Health Administration and Leadership
  • Innovative Programs in Health Administration during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Partnerships for Improving Healthcare Services, Delivery, and Outcomes
  • Patient Considerations Related to Improving Quality in Health Services and Programs
  • Using Data to Improve Quality in Health Services and Programs

General Instructions for Abstract Submissions

Abstracts submitted for consideration should reflect new information.  Abstracts are limited to 300 words or less and must include at least two measurable objectives.  Guidelines for writing learning objectives can be found in the Continuing Education Credit section below.  Abstracts should adequately describe the content and focus of the proposed presentation and follow the general outline of background, methods, results, and conclusions.  All abstracts are reviewed using a blind peer-review process.  Incomplete abstracts or those failing to meet guidelines established by APHA will not be reviewed.

NOTE: Submission of an abstract implies a commitment to make the presentation at the Annual Meeting.  Presenters of accepted abstracts must be, or become, members of APHA and must be registered according to the information that will be provided to those with accepted abstracts.

Session Proposal Abstract Submission Procedures

If you would like to propose a “complete” session, consisting of four to five abstracts organized on a specific topic, please note the following information:

  • Each of the four to five presenters must submit her or his abstract individually into the session, following all instructions in the online submission process.
  • The session organizer should email the following to Candace Haugtvedt ( and Kate Cartwright ( with the subject line “HA session proposal”:
    • Session organizer’s name and contact information
    • Session title
    • Session overview (three to four sentences describing the scope of the session)
    • Session learning objectives (two to three measurable learning objectives that reflect the scope of the session)
    • APHA-assigned abstract sessions for each of the four to five individual abstract submissions
    • Expanded description of no more than one page describing the session in greater detail
  • All abstracts will be considered as individual submissions; consideration for the abstracts as a proposed review session will occur after the individual review of abstracts.

Continuing Education Credit

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, health administrators, 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 maintain licenses and/or credentials. For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names.

2) at least two MEASURABLE objectives (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: 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 /acceptable qualification statement;

Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement(I have been the principal or co-principal investigator of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.)

Please note that stating “I am a Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator of this project.” is not sufficient since it only gives submitter's job title or position. Please be sure to include the relevant information about your experience and/or background.

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Candace Haugtvedt


Kate Cartwright


Sonia Lee