CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

Public Health Social Work

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023

The Public Health Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) invites submissions for presentations for the 2023 American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta, GA (November 12th – 15th). The theme for the 2023 conference is “Creating the Healthiest Nation:  Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges.”  This theme expands on our 2022 theme “150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity,” reflecting on the importance of addressing the intersectional social justice issues that influence health access and equity for our most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

We are soliciting abstracts on original research that have implications for Public Health Social Work practice, policy, and leadership. Abstracts are encouraged in a range of substantive areas. The submission should include completed work that uses scientifically sound quantitative or qualitative methods. Abstracts can be proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations, symposia, or roundtables.

We also welcome public health social work professionals, students, and practitioners who have not presented at APHA in the past to become "new presenters" in 2023. Be sure to indicate "new presenter" and/or "student" on your submission. We are also sponsoring several Public Health Social Work 'Student-Only' Sessions and encourage MSW/MPH dual degree students to submit abstracts! We ask that you select one of the following cluster areas to help us in contextualizing your essential work:

  • Decolonizing Social Work: The Role of Indigenous Voices, Immigration Policy, Border Health, and Displacement
  • Preventing Family, Community, Sexual, and Gender-Based Violence
  • Preventing and Addressing Environmental Injustices from a Social Work Lens
  • Public Health Social Work Approaches to Addressing Racism & Anti-Blackness
  • Public Health Social Work Approaches to Preventing and Addressing Social Isolation
  • Public Health Social Work Approaches to the Grand Challenges of Social Work
  • Public Health Social Work Professional Development:  Increasing Health Promotion and Prevention Literacy Among Social Workers
  • Social Justice-Centered Responses to Pandemics
  • Structural and Population-Level Approaches for Increasing Health Equity & Enhancing Health Access

Session types are described below:

Poster Sessions: (60 minutes)

Poster presentations are visual/graphic displays of an author’s research. Presenting authors should arrive a few minutes early to set up their posters and should remain at their poster during the entire session. No more than 10 poster boards will be assigned to a poster session.

Oral/Panel/Roundtable Sessions: (90 minutes)

There are two types of oral presentations:

  • Contributed Research Paper sessions: Four papers per session will be presented orally. Time will be allocated for a brief question and answer period at the end of all presentations.
  • Panel Sessions: These are generally solicited sessions. The presenters must show expertise on pre-selected topics. The proposed session must open with a brief introduction of the speakers, followed by each panelist’s presentation. Time will be allocated for a brief question and answer period and the session generally concludes with a summation by the moderator. Each panel submission must contact the Program Planner prior to submission. Panel sessions are special and must contain the following:
  1. An overall session abstract, which includes a rationale for the session, the proposed paper titles, author(s), order of presentation, and length of time for each person;
  2. Clearly label the overall session abstract as “PANEL SESSION ABSTRACT – PROPOSED SESSION TITLE”. You must insert the title of the panel session on the electronic submission page form when entering your proposal;
  3. The proposed moderator and discussant (if applicable);
  4. Be sure that each individual proposed presentation submits a separate abstract under the same restricted “category” (session title), otherwise they may become lost in the shuffle; and
  5. Place contact information (phone and e-mail) for the person in charge of the session directly on the overall session abstract for easy contact.
  • Roundtable session:  Each of up to 10 presenters is assigned to a specific table to have an in-depth conversation with a small group of attendees. Attendees will rotate tables allowing presenters to converse with a new group.

General information:

To submit an abstract please click on the button below and complete the steps: 


Program Planner Contact Information:

Amy Hammock,


Sana Malik, MSW, MPH, DrPh