CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

Trade and Health Forum

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023

Trade and Health Forum

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

Conference Date: November 12-15, 2023

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Trade & Health Forum of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts for presentation at the Annual Meeting to be held in-person (no virtual options) in Atlanta, Georgia on November 12-15, 2023. Submissions related to APHA's 2023 annual meeting theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges," are encouraged. The Forum accepts broad submissions that situate public health and health outcomes within the dynamic forces of trade, globalization and global development including, for example, work which examines issues such as access to medicines, unhealthy commodities (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food and beverages), and the relationship between trade and broader determinants of health (e.g., labor markets, the environment, and social policies). This Call also includes abstracts centered on recent disruptive events that have implications for trade and health, such as the Ukraine conflict, domestic extremism, international energy shortages, and COVID-19. Within each of these focal areas, presentations may examine how trade, economic conditions, and/or globalization affect health systems and/or health outcomes, efforts to influence a healthier trade policy, or broader health determinants.

Examples of presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • COVID-19: the intersection of policy, markets, and/or workers
      • COVID-19, vaccine access, equity, or intellectual property rights
      • COVID-19 and workers, social policy or determinants of health
      • COVID-19 , health systems and health workforces
      • COVID-19 and its relationship to trade policies and practices
  • Climate change, energy shortages, or the environment
      • Relationships between international natural resource (e.g. coal, oil, gas) extraction policies/agreements and health
      • The impact of trade and/or free trade agreements on the environment, sustainability or climate change
      • The implications of changes in energy policy on international trade and health (e.g. sanctions against Russian energy imports and the implications for food and heating shortages, malnutrition, hypothermia, and other health effects)
  • Economic policy and shocks
      • “The great supply chain disruption” and health
      • Political economic ideology/political economy and health
      • Labor markets and health
      • Privatization of health services
  • Health-promoting trade policies and practices
      • Advocacy activities for trade-related policies that promote human health
      • Democratic participation and transparency in trade negotiations
      • Research into commercial determinants of health
  • Trade, globalization, and health systems and outcomes
      • Analysis of the health effects of specific trade and investment agreements
      • Access to medicines and intellectual property rights
  • Trade, scarcity, and violence or conflict
      • How resource consumption, due to trade or economic development, contributes to violence or terrorism
      • Health effects of conflict stemming from trade-induced scarcity
      • The impact of terrorism, war, or violence on the economy and its adverse health effects

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website by Thursday, March 30, 2023. The abstract is limited to 250 words. An author’s paper may not have been presented or published prior to its presentation at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA individual member, MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the pre-registration deadline, and MUST present in person (no virtual option).

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 must provide:

  1. An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
  2. At least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE “to understand” or “to learn” as objectives - they are not measurable). Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: 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. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.

Contact Program Planner Eric Crosbie at for any questions related to submitting an abstract.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Eric Crosbie,