CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

Trade and Health Forum

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Trade & Health Forum of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts for presentation at the Annual Meeting to be held virtually and in-person in Denver, CO, October 23 - 27, 2021. Submissions related to APHA's 2021 annual meeting theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Cohesion and Connectedness," are encouraged. The Forum accepts submissions that broadly examine health-related aspects of trade policy and/or globalization, including issues such as access to medicines, unhealthy commodities (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food and beverage), and the relationship between trade and broader determinants of health (e.g., labor markets, environment, social policies). This year, we are expanding this Call to include abstracts centered on COVID-19 trade and health issues. Within each of these focal areas, presentations may examine how trade and/or globalization affect health systems and/or health outcomes, efforts to influence a healthier trade policy, or broader health determinants.

Examples of presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescent SRH
  • Shaping health-promoting trade policies and practices
    • Advocacy activities for trade-related policies that promote human health
    • Democratic participation in trade agreement formulation
    • Covid-19 and its relationship to health-promoting trade policies and practices
  • Trade, globalization, and health systems and outcomes
    • Health and globalization effects of trade policies
    • Analysis of the health effects of specific trade agreements
    • Sustainable environments, climate change and trade and/or globalization
    • Access to medicines, intellectual property, and trade policies
    • Privatization of health services, trade policy and/or globalization
    • Health workforce and immigration aspects of trade policies and/or globalization
    • COVID-19, trade, globalization, and health systems and outcomes
  • Trade, globalization, and social policy and determinants of health
    • Human rights and trade
    • Corporate influence on trade policy formulation and/or globalization
    • Tobacco and alcohol trade policies
    • Worker safety, health and wage
    • Effects of trad and/or globalization on indigenous cultures
    • Agriculture, trade policies, and/or globalization 
    • Political economic ideology: implications for health and trade policies
    • Cultural factors and their relationship to trade and health policy
    • Covid-19, trade, globalization, and social policy or determinants of health

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website by February 20th, 2021. The abstract is limited to 250 words. An author’s paper may not have been presented or published prior to its presentation at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA Individual member and you MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the September pre-registration deadline.

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 “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
  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 Program Planner Eric Crosbie at for any questions related to submitting an abstract.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Eric Crosbie, PhD, MA