CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Men's Health Caucus

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021


The Men's Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts from Public Health professionals, students, researchers, and other individuals in related fields to present results of scientific research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and lessons learned from research or practice during the Public Health Association's 2020 Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held October 23-27 in Denver, CO The Men's Health Caucus strongly encourages the abstract submission of topics related to the overall the APHA theme "Creating the Healthiest Nation: "Strengthening Social Connectedness" related to Men's Health. Individuals with local, national and international research experience are encouraged to submit, as well as, new investigators and students.

  • American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Male Health
  • COVID-19 Impact on the Health of Men and Boys
  • Cancer in Men's Health
  • Drug Abuse and Addiction Issues for Boys and Men
  • Engaging Men in the Healthcare System: A Proactive Approach
  • How Can We Bolster Social and Community Resilience through Healthy Programs for Men
  • Lessons Learned in Engaging Men, Boys, and Their Families through Community Programming
  • Media Portrayal of Men and Boys and Its Impact on Male Health
  • Men As Part of the Community (a holistic view of men's value in social structures)
  • Mental Health and Policing: Black Men’s Experience of Terror
  • Role Models for Healthy Behaviors
  • Successful Men’s Health Programs: Evidence-Based Interventions

**Please read this section in its entirety before submitting an abstract**

All abstracts will be reviewed on independent merit according to a standardized process by abstract reviewers. Abstracts should address the 2020 Annual Theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: "Preventing Violence". All abstracts must follow on of the two formats below;

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;
  • Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study or the intended with supporting data.

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

  • Issues: A 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.

In addition please clearly state whether a supplemental summary is to be considered;

Please indicate if your abstract submission is directly related to an abstract submitted by another author and the intent is for the two abstracts to be presented during the same session;

Work should be original and not previously presented;

Follow proper protocol for your APHA abstract submission; 

No use of brand names or organizations is permitted;

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically through the APHA on-line electronic abstract submission website.

Abstracts should be no more 250 words and must include clear and concise learning objectives.

Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.

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.

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

Linked-Abstract and Panel Session Details
Scientific program sessions are 90-minutes and typically hold four to five abstracts within a similar theme. If you are interested in linking abstracts to be presented in the same scientific session, please be sure to link all submitted abstracts together. You MUST link each abstract within the APHA on-line abstract submission program. Further, you must notify Albert Pless @ that these abstracts are a collection. Please be aware, however, that all abstracts are scored on their individual merit. It is possible that not all linked abstracts will be selected. If you are assembling a panel presentation for review, please be aware that a full abstract submission including speakers must be included at the time of the abstract submission. It is highly recommended that any person(s) submitting for a panel presentation, provide supplemental information to the Men’s Health Caucus as previously indicated. The panel will be reviewed based on individual merit and anticipated presenters, topic area, and how it relates to both the APHA theme and the Men’s Health Caucus mission.

The Men’s Health Caucus is interested in individuals who can present on original, basic, advanced or applied research that addresses public health research, programs and policies impacting the health and quality of life of Men and related, vulnerable populations. Please email Ana with more at or

Abstract review and presentation type

Abstracts are reviewed anonymously and rated according to the following criteria:

1. important issue or problem addressed,

2. innovative approach or perspective,

3. sound methods or arguments,

4. substantive findings or recommendations, and

5. compelling to a broad audience.

Those whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will be asked either to give 15-minute oral presentations or to present their work in an hour-long poster session

Presentation requirements

  • All presenters must be individual members of APHA in order to present.
  • All presenters must register for the meeting.
  • All presenters are strongly encouraged to join the Men’s Health Caucus (

NOTE: Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting

Please contact our Program Planning Co-Chair Albert Pless @ if you have questions about the topic areas or abstracts.



Program Planner Contact Information:

Albert Pless, MS