The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations for the Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA, November 12-15,2023. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the meeting theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges — and current and emerging public health issues.
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APHA 2023 will be an in-person meeting. For general presenter questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstract Submission Deadline — March 31, 11:59 PM (PDT).
Abstract Notification — Presenters will be notified via email of abstract status on June 1.
Rules and Regulations
- It is the policy of the American Public Health Association to hold events (meetings, conferences, and professional gatherings) where physical and communication barriers do not exclude people with disabilities from attending and participating. Presentations must be accessible to all including closed captioning of videos.
- Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the presenting author to present their work if the abstract is accepted.
- You do not have to be a member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an individual APHA member and MUST register for the Annual Meeting. The membership requirement does not apply to APHA Learning Institutes faculty or invited session speakers.
- APHA records all presentations for on-demand viewing. There is no option to present and not be recorded. Please keep this in mind when determining if/what to present.
- Abstracts submitted and accepted for the APHA Annual Meeting may not be presented at any other meeting or published prior to November 15, 2023.
- Word count for abstract text must be 250 or less unless otherwise noted in the section’s Call for Abstracts instructions.
- Authors submitting abstracts are responsible for ensuring that all authors listed on the abstract have been notified of submission and abstract status.Note: Only one presenter can present if the abstract is accepted.
- Each abstract will be blind reviewed by the 2023 Review Committee, and decisions to accept or reject abstracts rest with the Program Chair of your section.
- You may review, modify, or withdraw your abstract any time before March 31, 11:59 (PDT).
- Program Chairs will determine presentation format and time.
- Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without notifying the Program Chair of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show."
- An author may not present more than three abstracts during an APHA Annual Meeting, and each abstract must be different. Duplicate submissions will not be accepted. Violators will be removed from the program.
- Presenters whose abstracts were accepted for presentation but subsequently withdrew their abstracts two or more times within the last five years may be excluded from the program.
- APHA does not accept abstracts or research from alcohol, tobacco, or firearms companies. Tobacco relationships are described as if you are employed, associated, or affiliated with a tobacco or non-therapeutic nicotine company or their subsidiaries, representatives, producers, wholesalers, retailers, associations, foundations, or trade organizations or received funding (direct or indirect) from a tobacco company to conduct this research.
Continuing Education Credit Guidelines
- 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, EVERY presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty member must follow these guidelines:
- Do not use trade names or commercial product names.
- Include at least one measurable objective: Use ONLY the following measurable action verbs: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List. Do not use (a) unmeasurable objectives such as “to understand” or “to learn” or (b) compound objectives.
- Submit a signed conflict of interest disclosure form with a relevant qualification statement (short biography).
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."
Submit your Abstract
- From the list below, select the APHA program to submit your abstract. If your abstract is accepted, it will be scheduled under that program. You cannot submit the same abstract to more than one program. If you are unsure where your presentation would best fit, view the list of all Annual Meeting topics by program .
- Once you select a program, a new window will open to begin the submission process. Read and follow the instructions provided by the specific program.
- If you have questions about the submission process, email the program planner. Contact information is listed below.
Tip: APHA suggests that abstracts be developed and finalized off-line in a program such as Microsoft Word for ease of editing and then copied into the online submission form.