CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

Latino Caucus

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023

Since 1973, The Latino Caucus for Public Health's (LCPH) mission has been to represent and advocate for the health interests of the Latina/o/x community while providing leadership opportunities for students and young professionals to engage in research, policy, and advocacy efforts. As such, the 2023 APHA Annual Meeting "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges" celebrates 50 years of the Latino Caucus' affiliation with the American Public Health Association. Since its establishment in 1973, LCPH members have successfully enacted high-impact public health efforts. These are represented in the accomplishments of past and current members who have sought to advance Latina/o/x health through accurate representation, collaboration, and career development.

Some examples include:

  • In 1973, the Latino Caucus for Public Health was initially created at the Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo in San Francisco California, as a response to lack of representation and a failure of the American Public Health Association to include a plenary session for Farmworker advocate Cesar Chavez.
  • In 1974, United Farm Worker union activist Dolores Huerta addressed the APHA plenary session, and the Latino Caucus finalized its name as the Latino Caucus of APHA.
  • In 1985, the Latino Caucus was officially involved in the analyses of the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (Hispanic HANES) through Latino Caucus President Steve Uranga-McKane, while the Analytic Working Group for the Hispanic HANES is chaired by previous Latino Caucus President Henry Montes.
  • In 1991, Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias became the first Latina elected as APHA President-Elect.
  • In 1994, with the help of Latino Caucus members, APHA published a report entitled “Latino Health in the US: A Growing Challenge” and established a session on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force.
  • In 2004, the Latino Caucus hosted a national policy teleconference on Reproductive Health Issues for Latinas 
  • In 2005, the Latino Caucus, introduces a late-breaking policy entitled “Addressing the Needs of Immigrants in Response to Natural and Human-Made Disasters in the United States”, and hosts a national policy teleconference on immigration issues.
  • In 2013, the Latino Caucus successfully becomes a tax-exempt corporation, becoming the first and only APHA caucus to do so.
  • In 2019, the Latino Caucus launches its mentorship program, headed by the newly created Latinx Young Professionals (LYP) Committee.
  • In 2020, the LYP committee creates the Sana Sana Podcast, which reflects on and explores lived experiences of Latino public health students and professionals.
  • In 2021, the first Latino Caucus sponsored APHA policy statement in over 15 years; entitled “Preventing Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Immigration Detention” is passed.

To honor the Latino Caucus' impact on the health of Latina/o/x, we invite the submission of abstracts to cover the health of Latina/o/x across the life course and the intersectionality of identity and health. Specifically, we invite research focused on the various life course stages and topics related to intersectionality, comorbidities or holistic health, life course development, and social determinants of health. In addition, to honor the legacy of Latina/o/x public health research, we are interested in research that builds from seminal Latina/o/x research over the past 50 years. Thus, we encourage abstracts to include a historical framework and describe how the presented work builds upon and advances established frameworks or scientific knowledge in Latina/o/x public health. The abstracts will be reviewed based on the following topics. 


Oral Sessions:

  1. Honoring the Work and Legacy of Edna Viruell-Fuentes
  2. Early Life: Infant and Child Health
  3. Adolescent Latina/o/x Health
  4. Young Adult Latina/o/x Health
  5. Midlife Latina/o/x Health
  6. Aging Latina/o/x Health 


  1. Intersectionality between Latino identity and health  
  2. Latino Caucus Celebrates 50 years: Pa'LANTE (For Latina/o/x Advancement, Networking, Training, and Education)  

Poster Sessions:

  1. Early Life: Infant and Child Health
  2. Adolescent Latina/o/x Health
  3. Young Adult Latina/o/x Health
  4. Midlife Latina/o/x Health
  5. Aging Latina/o/x Health 

  • Adolescent Latina/o/x Health
  • Aging Latina/o/x Health
  • Honoring the Work and Legacy of Edna Viruell-Fuentes
  • Intersectionality between Latina/o/x Identity and Health
  • Latino Caucus Celebrates 50 Years-Pa'lante (For Latina/o/x Advancement, Networking, Training, and Education)
  • Latino Early Life: Infant and Child Latino Health
  • Midlife Latina/o/x Health
  • Young Adult Latina/o/x Health

Abstracts should be 350 words or less

We encourage new and established scholars and practitioners to submit their abstracts. 

Please note that all abstracts are peer-reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of presentation: statement of problem, life stage, historical context, relevance, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Quality and completeness of reported findings
  • Originality and implications of findings to research, practice, and/or policy
  • We will prioritize abstracts examining Latina/o/x comorbidities and/or holistic health across the life course stages. 
  • A clear presentation of how abstracts build upon historical and scientific knowledge and advances in Latina/o/x health

1) Abstract must be free of trade and/or commercial product names.

2) Abstract must have at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE "understand" or "to learn" as objectives as they are not measurable. Examples of acceptable measurable action words include: explaindemonstrateanalyzeformulatediscusscomparedifferentiatedescribenameassessevaluateidentifydesigndefine, or list).

3) You must sign the Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.

Attention public health students: The Latino Caucus promotes the advancement of students in public health. We strongly encourage students to submit their abstracts and to indicate their student status in the appropriate checkbox to be considered for the Outstanding Student Paper, which we will recognize and present with a cash prize at the Latino Caucus Annual Awards Program.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Jeannie Concha,


Mary Mitsdarffer,