CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges"

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023

The Caucus invites abstract submissions related to current issues in refugee and immigrant health. Abstracts dedicated to any and all aspects of refugee and immigrant health, will be considered. We encourage abstracts that feature domestic and international dimensions and perspective. Abstract consideration will also depend on originality, innovation, clarity of presentation, relevance, and interest level to conference attendees. We are interested in the following topics:

  • Barriers and Enablers of Social Connectedness Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view social connectedness as entailing more than physical experiences, but can also involve virtual aspects, such as social media. Therefore, we also view the lack of social connectedness as more than the absence of associated physical experiences.
  • Community Engagement and Action to Improve Psychosocial Experiences of Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
  • Emerging Health Issues Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
  • Psychosocial Experiences and Associated Health Outcomes Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view immigrant psychosocial experiences to include a variety of factors related to overall health, such as quality of living (e.g., stress, lack of access, dietary challenges, etc.), mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, etc.), and acculturation (e.g., short- and long-term health implications).
  • Social Determinants of Health Disparities Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view Social Determinants of Health as "the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks (" Therefore, we view social as representative of facets of immigrant experiences.

We encourage abstracts that address immigration to new geographic areas and local responses, and health inequities across various immigrant and refugee groups.

Special Instructions to Authors: Limit abstract to 250 words.

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, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: 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; 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.)

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kelechi Ibe-Lamberts, PhD, MCHES


Isaac Omenka,