CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

The Caucus invites abstract submissions related to the health of immigrants, refugees, and forcibly displaced populations. Abstracts dedicated to all aspects of the health of these populations, including domestically and internationally, will be considered. Abstract consideration will also depend on originality, innovation, clarity of presentation, relevance, and interest level to conference attendees. We are interested in the following topics:

  • Barriers and Enablers of Health Equity Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view Health Equity as entailing more than equality in access to health care or services, but also emphasizing the determinants of health inequities, such as socioeconomic challenges and lack of access to proper education, and the need to create opportunities for all to achieve their best possible health.
  • Community Engagement to Foster Trust and Participation in Multidisciplinary Initiatives to Advance Health Equity for Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view Community Engagement as a key to addressing health inequities, which involves more than culturally sensitive methodologies, but also meaning engagement, transparency, and strategic partnerships.
  • Crih Roundtable Session
    This session format is designed to facilitate interactive and in-depth discussions on specific topics related to the health of immigrants, refugees, and forcibly displaced populations. The roundtable format allows for a more intimate and collaborative exchange of ideas among participants.
  • Emerging Health Inequities Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view emerging health inequities among immigrants, refugees, and forcibly displaced populations as not only a matter of humanitarian concern but also a public health imperative. We view the health of these populations as intertwined with the health of the broader community.
  • Forced Displacement As a Social Determinant of Health Inequities Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view Social Determinants of Health as the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. We view forced displacement as multifaceted, and not only as a by-product of conflict or social unrest.
  • The Role of Psychosocial Experiences in Health Equity Among Immigrants, Refugees, and Forcibly Displaced Populations
    We view immigrant psychosocial experiences as including a variety of factors related to overall health, such as quality of living (e.g., stress, lack of access, dietary challenges, etc.), mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, etc.), and acculturation (e.g., short- and long-term health implications).

We encourage abstracts that address immigration to new geographic areas and local responses, and that provide data on health inequities across various immigrant and refugee groups.

Special Instructions to Authors: Limit abstract to 250 words.

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, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs: 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; Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: (I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of drug abuse, HIV prevention and co-occurring mental and drug use disorders. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users.)

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Ogbonnaya Omenka, PHD


Kelechi Ibe-Lamberts, PhD, MCHES