CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Public Health Nursing

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Public Health Nursing Section welcomes abstracts that encompass normalizing population-based prevention and health promotion, with a focus on the areas listed below (authors will indicate their related topic selection at submission).  Abstracts should address innovative aspects of public health nursing research, education, and/or practice as they relate to one or more of the categories listed below.  Abstracts also relating to the role of public health nursing in strengthening social connectedness are preferred.
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships to Enhance Accountability
  • Collective Leadership and Advocacy in Action
  • Public Health and Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Strategizing Population Health Promotion
  • Targeting Population Health
And a special call for abstracts on Disrupting Oppressive, Racist, and Colonizing Narratives, Structures, and Practices in Nursing and Public Health.

For this special call, abstracts are sought that describe how PHN actions have disrupted oppressive, racist, and/or colonizing narratives, structures, or practices in the discipline of nursing and/or the field of public health through social justice approaches. We are specifically looking for abstracts demonstrating how these actions have been used to build and maintain relationships to enhance accountability.  Abstracts should be grounded in a sociohistorical context and relevant theory, linked to the work of public health, and include specific actions taken. Given the overall theme of the conference, abstracts that indicate a lens informed by social theory, collective and relational action, and strengths from social connectedness are preferred.

Individual abstracts may be submitted for oral, poster, or roundtable presentation, as well as live or virtual presentation.

Abstract Format

Limit abstracts to 250 words, using one of three formats (unstructured abstracts are not accepted):


  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions


  • Background/ Issue
  • Description
  • Lessons Learned
  • Implications/recommendations


  • Statement of the problem
  • Approach
  • Product/outcome
  • Implications

Review Criteria

All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by 2-3 reviewers using the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the issue
  2. Innovative strategies
  3. Soundness of the science
  4. Substantive nature of the work
  5. Compelling conclusions

Continuing Education Credit

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, veterinarians, 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:

  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
  • At least one MEASURABLE outcomes (DO NOT USE “To 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.
  • 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.

Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Tracy Booth