The American Public Health Association is now accepting full session abstracts for Public Health Funder Network sessions to be held during the APHA Annual Meeting. All foundations and donors that fund in public health* are encouraged to submit full session abstracts for peer review. Additionally, funders and donors from the conference host city and state are invited to submit at least one session abstract, during which they can highlight their work before a national audience.
The Public Health Funder Network is a community of grantmakers, donors and APHA members who recognize that philanthropy has an important role in the improvement of population health outcomes and the overall health of our communities. The goal of the PHFN is to promote a cross-sector approach to solving complex public health challenges by convening, networking and sharing best practices, with a special focus on philanthropy as a catalyst to drive change through innovative strategies and solutions in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.
* Note: Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases.
Specific topics of interest to the Public Health Funder Network include but are not limited to:
Please be aware that this is a Call for Full Session Abstracts rather than a call for individual speaker abstracts. Session abstracts typically include multiple projects or multiple presenters from the same project. They often include multiple funders or projects from multiple cities. Instructions on submitting a complete session proposal are provided below.
PHFN sessions are 90 minutes in length, theme-related and should be created to appeal to a large cross-section of our meeting participants. The PHFN welcomes session abstracts submitted by public health funders and donors that involve grantees, partners and other stakeholders when possible, and encourages sessions that are co-sponsored by other APHA sections and/or that demonstrate ways in which public health funders engage across public health issues. Attendees should be inspired and challenged to move forward with new awareness of best practices and colleague networks.
Instructions on required elements when submitting a full session proposal
One person must be identified as the session Organizer, whose responsibilities include:
After individual speakers are identified and added to the session abstract, each speaker will receive an email which links them to a submission form on which they need to complete the following:
APHA requires that the session organizer and presenters join APHA, or renew APHA membership, and register for the Annual Meeting.
Please indicate in your abstract the type of format you are considering for your session. Options include:
We encourage creativity in designing your session. For example, a group discussion might be facilitated within the panel discussion format, where panelists frame an issue or offer opening views and a moderator poses questions to stimulate an open, thought-provoking discussion; or a panel discussion might take an interview or talk show design, where a moderator poses a series of questions to panelists. Use of videos might also be considered, for example, to have a grantee's perspective represented at a roundtable.
AV/Audio standard package includes a laptop, PowerPoint slide advancer, LCD projector and screen. Once a session has been accepted, a separate AV/Audio order form will be made available to order additional computer audio, microphones (up to 4), phone lines and internet, all at additional cost.
The Public Health Funder Network Program Planning Subcommittee oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of all session abstracts submitted within this track. In the selection phase, the Program Planning Subcommittee will consider the proposed session using the criteria listed below under Review Criteria.
Session organizers will be notified of abstract selection by March 20, 2020.
Continuing Education Credit
As an organization, APHA is committed to providing quality continuing education (CE) activities to its membership and meeting registrants. For a session to be eligible for CE, a session abstract must include 3-5 speaker abstracts where each includes: