CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Oral Health

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

Thank you for your interest in joining the Oral Health Section as a presenter for APHA 2021!

At this point in time, the APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo is planned to be a hybrid event taking place virtually and in-person in Denver. Many of the details regarding the meeting logistics are yet to be determined and additional information will be shared in the months to come. The flexibility of all involved in the Oral Health Section program in 2020 was greatly appreciated. We thank you in advance for your continued patience as we all navigate these uncertainties together, hopeful for the ability to travel and reconvene face-to-face as soon as it is safe to do so.

Listed below are suggested but not exhaustive topics of interest for the 2021 Oral Health Section scientific program. We welcome any abstracts pertinent to oral health and dental public health.

  • Filling the Dental Public Health Workforce Pipeline
  • Fluoride: Utilizing Facts for Effective Patient Communication
  • Medical-Dental Integration: Health Systems, Effective Referral Networks, and Opportunities for Chronic Disease Co-Management
  • Oral Health Equity: Optimizing Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations
  • Renewal of Dentistry in the Wake of COVID: Teledentistry, Minimally Invasive Dentistry, Vaccination in the Dental Setting, Infection Prevention, and More
  • Restoring Community-Based and School-Based Oral Health Programs
  • Securing, Preserving, and Enhancing Dental Benefits Coverage: Adults Covered By Medicaid and Older Adults Covered By Medicare
  • Shaping Oral Health Behaviors: Diet and Nutrition, Tobacco and Other Substances
  • Value-Based Care in Dentistry: Real-World Examples & Promising Practices
  • Workforce Innovations to Strengthen the Dental Team: Collaborative Hygiene Practice, Dental Therapy, Community Dental Health Coordinators, and Community Health Workers
  • Other Timely Topics in Oral Health and Dental Public Health
Abstracts will be selected through a rated peer-review process according to significance, timeliness, and overall quality.


Scientific Session Formats

• Oral Session: Typically there are 4 different presentations grouped by theme or session topic. Each presenter has roughly 15 minutes to present, followed by joint Q&A for all presenters. Only one author per accepted abstract may present. The oral sessions are 90 minutes in length.

• Special Topic Session” designation is reserved for those individuals or organized groups who are submitting 3-4 contributed abstracts for an oral presentation session on a specific topic. Please contact the Oral Health Section program planners (contact information below) if you plan to submit abstracts in conjunction with other colleagues for a "Special Topic Session." Each abstract will be independently reviewed and rated and we are unable to guarantee that these session requests will be accommodated. 
• "Collaborative Sessions" are co-sponsored with other sections, special interest groups, or caucuses and are typically encouraged, but it has not yet been determined whether they will available for the 2021 meeting

• Poster Sessions: Hybrid meeting details are yet to be determined. If in-person, this will likely take place in the Expo Hall and the presenter should be available for the duration of the 60-minute session. If virtual and similar to the 2020 meeting, this will be a pre-recorded roughly 10 minute presentation. Each poster session typically has 10 presenters and is allocated 60 minutes. Only one author per accepted abstract may present. 


Please also note the following prior to your submission:

• If accepted, only one author may present.

• Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

• Presenters must be individual members of APHA, and register for the meeting in order to present. However, you need not be an active member at the time of abstract submission.

• Authors must provide complete and accurate contact information to be notified of abstract status and respond to other inquiries regarding their abstract.

• Accepted abstracts may not be presented at any other meeting or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting.

• All abstract submissions must adhere to APHA criteria (please see below "Continuing Education Credit").


QUESTIONS? Please contact the Oral Health Section program planners, Chelsea Fosse ( and Salma Elwazeer (


Technology-based/Technology-dependent Presentations

If your presentation is dependent on additional technology (i.e., internet, video projection) do not submit to a Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum. Submit your presentation to the Health Informatics Information Technology Theater (HIIT) Center. The HIIT Center is an environment for live presentations of information and computer technology applications for public health. The meeting room is equipped with Internet access, and theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. For more information and detailed requirements click on the program below. (Please note there are a very limited number of openings environment).


Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Dental Education (CDE) accreditation is pending. However, APHA requires that abstracts be submitted with the quality consistent with continuing education standards. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session, whether it is provided by APHA, at large, or by a specific section. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and 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 one MEASURABLE SINGLE objective (“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 qualification statement. Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: "I have been the principal or co-principal 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 add slightly more 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. 


The Oral Health Section looks forward to seeing you at the APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo


Program Planner Contact Information:

Chelsea Fosse


Salma Elwazeer