CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Health Informatics Information Technology Late Breakers

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) Section seeks to improve the public’s health and promote prevention and early intervention by advancing the use of innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications. We invite abstracts that illustrate the use of innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications designed to assess the public's health, promote prevention/ early intervention and, ultimately, improve the public’s health and reduce disparities. Abstracts submitted by the deadline (Friday, 30 July 2021) will be peer-reviewed and considered for presentation at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Denver, CO (23 – 27 October 2021). The APHA 2021 Annual Meeting will be hybrid (virtual as well as in-person). APHA guidelines require that the work be original, unpublished and not previously presented at a professional meeting.  

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited, to:

  • Big Data/Data Analytics
  • Community Engagement through HIIT
  • COVID-19
  • GIS and Public Health
  • Health Equity
  • Telehealth/ Telemedicine

  • HIIT Late-breaker (refer to the Call for Late-breaker description for specific areas of interest)

Abstracts must be structured as follows: Background/Introduction, Objective/Purpose, Methods, Results/Outcomes, and Discussion Conclusions. The abstract word limit is 300 words. Abstracts submitted without headings will not be considered.

Abstracts must include three (3) Learning Outcomes. Abstracts without 3 Learning Outcomes will not be considered.

Presenters must be active APHA members (i.e., dues paid through October 2021). Presenters in HIIT sessions are expected to be members of the HIIT Section.

Continuing Education Credit:

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, 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 objective (DO NOT USE “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. Abstracts that do not have three (3) Learning Outcomes will receive a lower priority accept score and risk being rejected.
  3. A completed electronic Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant qualifications statement. The qualification statement should include the research or programmatic experience of the presenter as it relates to this abstract as well as the educational training of the presenter. Please note that stating “I am a Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator of this project” is not sufficient since it only gives the submitter's job title or position. Please add sufficient and appropriate information about your experience, expertise and background, as they relate to the abstract content.
The last date to withdraw an abstract accepted for presentation, without penalty, is September 17. This date allows the program committee time to provide the presentation opportunity to other submitting authors whose work may not otherwise have a program slot. Penalty: All authors/coauthors whose abstracts are accepted for oral or poster presentation who fail to arrange for the submitted work to be presented, fail to show for the meeting, or fail to withdraw by the withdrawal date of September 17, will be ineligible to have abstracts considered for presentation for the following two years. Exceptions will be considered if the program committee is promptly notified of any extreme, unforeseen circumstances.


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