CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Vision Care

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Vision Care Section invites presentations of original research on public health issues pertaining to vision, eye health, and eye care to promote a multi-faceted program. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome, and interdisciplinary work and student abstracts are highly encouraged. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. All presenters must be individual members of APHA and register for the meeting to present. Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA annual meeting.

This meeting provides an opportunity to highlight a spectrum of concerns at the intersection of public health and vision and eye health for all ages, including vision loss prevention, eye and vision education and health promotion, and eye and vision care. The following topics are intended to stimulate, rather than to limit, the scope of submissions.

  • Barriers and Facilitators to Access to Eye Care
  • Children's Vision Screening in Schools and Communities
  • Digital Eye Strain across the Lifespan, Especially in Virtual Schools, Universities, and Workplaces Due to COVID-19
  • Economic Burden and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Vision and Eye Care
  • Environmental Impacts on Vision and/or Eye Health
  • Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Vision Health and/or Eye Care
  • Health Promotion and Vision Loss
  • Impact of Vision Impairment on Health, Functioning, School and/or Social Participation, and the Environment
  • Passport to Care for Patients with Diabetes: Interdisciplinary Collaborations Among Health Care Providers, Including Eye Care
  • Poster Sessions
  • Preventing Injury and/or Violence to Persons with Low Vision or Who Are Blind
  • Preventing Vision Loss and Promoting Eye Health across the Lifespan
  • Rurality, Telemedicine, and Vision and Eye Care
  • Social Media, Digital Communication, and/or Storytelling in Vision and Eye Health
  • Strengthen Social Connections to Improve Vision and Eye Health, Education, and Care at Any Age, and Minimize Vision Loss
  • Translating Eye Health and Treatment Research into Community Health
  • Violence and/or Injuries Experienced By Persons with Low-Vision or Who Are Blind
  • Vision Health: A Global Perspective
  • Vision and Aging
  • Vision in 2021: The Right to Sight
  • Vision in Older School-Aged Children and Teenagers
  • Vision in Young Adults
  • Young Children's Vision and Eye Care Needs
  • Other Vision or Eye Health Topics
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 measureable). 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:

Kathy O'Connor


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