CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Black Caucus of Health Workers

Meeting theme: "Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Science"

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

The mission of the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is to strive for the elimination of disparities, reduce inequity in health and health outcomes by improving the quality of life for people of African descent through advocacy, knowledge sharing, practice, and research. BCHW invites abstracts from public health administrators, educators, clinical providers, practitioners, researchers, students, community health workers, and other individuals in related fields to the 2024 Annual Meeting. BCHW encourages abstracts to focus on translating the science of research to health solutions and implementation for better health and equitable health care/practices related to people of the African Diaspora. Individuals with local, national, and international research experiences are encouraged to submit; including new investigators and students. This Call for Abstracts requests papers relevant to people of the African Diaspora addressing one of the following topic areas.

  • African American Men's Health
  • African American Women's Health
  • Behavioral Health Interventions, Including Those Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Among African Americans
  • Effects of Racism, Colonialism, and White Supremacy on the Health Status of African Americans
  • Environmental Health and Justice
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Global Health
  • Maternal, Adolescent, Child, and Family Health
  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Violence Prevention
  • Workforce Development, Academic Programming/Preparation, and Pipeline Programs

BCHW is interested in individuals who can present original, basic, advanced, or applied research that addresses public health research, programs, and policies impacting African Americans' health and quality of life and related vulnerable populations.

All abstracts will be reviewed on independent merit according to a standardized process by abstract reviewers. All abstracts must follow one of the two formats below.

Structured Abstract Format

  • Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;
  • Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the study's main outcome or the intended with supporting data.

Alternative Abstract Format

Suited for abstracts about policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations, may be used:

  • Issues: A summary of the issue(s) addressed;
  • Description: Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program;
  • Lessons Learned: A brief description of the results of the project; and
  • Recommendations: A brief statement of next steps.

In addition, please note the following:

  • Clearly state whether a supplemental summary is to be considered.
  • Please indicate if your abstract submission is directly related to an abstract submitted by another author and if the intent is for the two abstracts to be presented during the same session.
  • Make sure the work is original and not previously presented.
  • Follow proper protocol for APHA abstract submission.
  • No use of brand names or organizations is permitted.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA online electronic abstract submission website. Abstracts should be 250 words and must include clear and concise learning objectives. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.

Continuing Education Credit

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, veterinarians, 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 the following:

  • An abstract free of trade and commercial product names
  • At least one MEASURABLE outcome (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.
  • 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.

Contact Mighty Fine at if you have questions about continuing education credit. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.

Linked-Abstract and Panel Session Details
Scientific program sessions are 90 minutes and typically hold four abstracts within a similar theme. If you are interested in linking abstracts to be presented in the same scientific session, please link all submitted abstracts together. You MUST link each abstract within the APHA online abstract submission program. Further, you must notify the BCHW Program Planner that these abstracts are a collection. However, please be aware that all abstracts are scored on their individual merit. Not all linked abstracts may be selected. If you are assembling a panel presentation for review, please be aware that a complete abstract submission, including speakers, must be included at the time of the abstract submission. It is highly recommended that any person(s) submitting for a panel presentation provide supplemental information to the BCHW as previously indicated. The panel will be reviewed based on individual merit and anticipated presenters, topic area, and how it relates to the APHA theme and the BCHW's mission.

Dr. Paul B. Cornely Round Table for Graduate Students
BCHW is seeking abstracts for presentation by Graduate Students (Masters /Doctoral). The student status must be stated at the point of abstract submission. The student status and anticipated graduation date will be verified before abstracts are accepted for presentation. All presentations must be original work yet to be presented, in-press, or published. Student presentations should follow the conference theme and BCHW focus areas and meet all appropriate eligibility requirements, including but not limited to membership in BCHW and APHA.


Program Planner Contact Information:

George Smith, EdD, MPH


Jill Dingle, MPH