CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Community Health Workers

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Section welcomes abstracts that address issues relevant to CHWs and the communities they serve in relationship to health and wellness across the lifespan. We encourage submissions that address the 2024 Annual Meeting’s theme, "Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Science”.

Invitation to Submit:

CHW Involvement: We highly encourage CHW leadership in the development and presentation of abstracts. Extra points will be provided based on CHW involvement, so please describe within the text of the abstract if CHWs will be presenting and if they played a role in the development of the presentation. Abstract reviewers cannot see author lists, so please clearly describe the participation of CHWs in the development of the abstract in abstract body. 

For the CHW Section, the abstract word count minimum is 250 and the maximum is 400.

We are particularly interested in both domestic and international abstracts and session proposals that address the following:

  • CHW Supervision Skills Development, Including Opportunities for CHWs to Supervise
  • CHWs Addressing Chronic Diseases
  • CHWs Addressing Health Disparities
  • CHWs Promoting Social and Racial Justice
  • Innovative CHW Core Competency Education and Training
  • Innovative Models of CHW Team Integration (clinical and/or community)
  • Joint Session: CHWs in Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Local, State and Regional Policy & Workforce Development
  • Professional Support and Workforce Advocacy
  • Programs/Services Addressing Determinants of Health


Community Health Workers in Public Health Education and Health Promotion (organized jointly with the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section)

The PHEHP and CHW sections are seeking abstracts related to interdisciplinary approaches among CHWs and public health entities to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease self-management practices. Priority will be given to abstracts focused on: (1) the 2024 theme, "Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Science"; (2) models/frameworks of successful collaborations between CHWs and public health or medical professionals; and/or (3) the role of CHWs in the delivery/maintenance of clinical care and chronic disease self-management. Abstracts will be reviewed by both the CHW and PHEHP sections.


Presentation Format:

The CHW Section will organize a minimum of 6 – 8 oral sessions, 2 poster sessions and 2 roundtable sessions. If you are interested in a roundtable presentation, please indicate in the abstract body and/or in the notes section.

We welcome proposals for innovative, interactive or hands-on workshop for an entire 90 minute session. If you would like to propose such a session, please indicate in the notes section of your submission AND reach out to the program planner (

Other notes:

- Please advice the program planners if you submit for a whole session (

- Abstracts, highlighting both domestic and international, will be considered, based on the content outlined in this call. We welcome presentations in languages other than English! PLEASE NOTE: the abstract must be submitted in English. We will work with the presenter directly to set up interpretation for their session.

- Interactive and participatory presentations that use adult education techniques are especially encouraged. Be sure to include specific details about the interactive/participatory components  in your abstract to assist reviewers in scoring your abstract appropriately.

- Please be conscious of power dynamics implicit in your language. We discourage the use of phrases like “using CHWs” or “our CHWs,” especially if you are not a CHW yourself. Instead, try stating one of the following: “employing or partnering with CHWs” and “our CHW colleagues,” or “the CHWs on our team.” If this language is included in your abstract and it is accepted, we may ask you to change your abstract verbiage.

- Limited travel assistance through the Sewell Foundation may be available for CHW presenters. Please contact the CHW program planner for more details -


Program Planner Contact Information:

Shontel Minor, MPH


Denise Vasquez, MPH