The American Public Health Association is now accepting full session abstracts for Public Health Funder Network sessions to be held during the APHA 2023 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA (Sunday, November 12 to Wednesday, November 15, 2023). Submission are due by Friday, March 31, 2023.
The Public Health Funder Network is a community of grantmakers, donors, and APHA members who recognize that philanthropy has an important role in the improvement of population health outcomes and overall community health. The goal of the PHFN is to promote a cross-sector approach to solving complex public health challenges by convening, networking, and sharing best practices, with a special focus on philanthropy as a catalyst to drive change through innovative strategies and solutions in partnership with local communities.
All foundations and donors that fund in public health* are encouraged to submit full session abstracts for peer review. The 2023 meeting theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges" and submitters are encouraged to incorporate the theme in the sessions that they submit. Additionally, funders from the conference host city and/or state are invited to submit at least one session abstract, during which they can highlight their work before a national audience. Submitters will be notified of session selection by May 31, 2023.
* Note: Public health refers to all organized measures (public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases.
Specific topics of interest to the Public Health Funder Network include but are not limited to:
II. PHFN Session Submission Procedures
Please be aware that this is a Call for Full Session Abstracts rather than a call for individual speaker abstracts that are then tied together by PHFN. Session abstracts typically include multiple projects or multiple presenters from the same project. Strong and competitive sessions include multiple funders or projects from multiple cities. Details on all presenters for the session, their professional affiliations, and their role within the session must be provided in the full session abstract.
PHFN sessions are 90 minutes in length, theme-related, and should appeal to a large cross-section of APHA meeting participants. PHFN encourages sessions that are co-sponsored by other APHA sections and/or that demonstrate ways in which public health funders engage across public health issues.
Please include ALL submission information in advance of the March 31, 2023 deadline.
Session submitter responsibilities include:
APHA requires that the session organizer, presenters, and moderators join APHA, or renew APHA membership, and register for the Annual Meeting.
III. Session Format
Please indicate in your abstract the type of format for your session. Options include:
We encourage creativity in designing and formatting your session. For example, a group discussion might be facilitated within the panel discussion format, where panelists frame an issue or offer opening views and a moderator poses questions to stimulate an open, thought-provoking discussion. Or a panel discussion might take an interview or talk show design, where a moderator poses a series of questions to panelists. Use of videos might also be considered, for example, to have a grantee's perspective represented at a roundtable.
IV. Selection and Review Criteria
The PHFN Program Committee oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of all session abstracts submitted within this track. The Program Committee will select the proposed session using the criteria listed below:
Program Committee members recuse themselves from reviewing abstracts where they may have a professional or personal affiliation to avoid any conflict of interest.
V. Continuing Education Credit
As an organization, APHA is committed to providing quality continuing education (CE) activities to its membership and meeting registrants. For a session to be eligible for CE, a session abstract must include 3-5 speaker abstracts where each includes:
Please contact Richard Thomason at Richard.Thomason@blueshieldcafoundation.org (Director of Policy at Blue Shield of California Foundation, San Francisco, CA) or Irfan Hasan at firstname.lastname@example.org (Deputy Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust, New York, NY)
Claudia Baier, MPH