CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Health Informatics Information Technology

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

Health Informatics Information Technology (HIIT) is an innovation-driven Section in the American Public Health Association (APHA). Our mission is to improve the public’s health and facilitate prevention through innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications. The 2024 conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact with and learn from national and international experts. HIIT sessions will explore a variety of topics related to the use of informatics and information technology in creating healthier populations and preventing violence. HIIT invites abstracts (250 words maximum) related to the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Public Health Analytics
    Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning for advanced data analytics in public health

    Natural Language Processing for healthcare and health literature

    Introducing innovative technologies for maternal and neonatal health advancement

  • Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations: Safeguarding Patient Data
    Strengthen cybersecurity and challenges for health information technology

    Effective training of public health professionals in digital cybersecurity

  • Genomic Informatics: From Research to Clinical Practice
    Bridging the gap between genomic research and clinical applications through health informatics

    Data integration of genomic data in public health

    Ethical considerations surrounding the use of advanced technologies in healthcare

    Trust: Data ownership and patient rights

  • Innovations in Global Health Environments and Security
    Promoting collaborations to improve global health outcomes through health informatics 

    Creating a Roadmap to mentor students and faculty in global health

    Climate Change is Crucial: Why are so many individuals still overlooking the significance of Climate Change?

    Health Inequities and disparities major changes relating to global health

    Digital Solutions for Global Health: Policy Perspectives and Implications

  • Introducing Personalized and Precision Medicine: What Does the Future Hold?
    Examining personalized health approaches through informatics for diverse populations

    Real-time health monitoring of patient data

  • Social Determinants of Health and Informatics Solutions
    Developing informatics strategies to address social and behavioral data to reduce health disparities via cost and access

    Understanding data integration that impacts patient-centered healthcare systems

  • The Future of Telehealth
    Telehealth Evolution: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Applications 

    Telehealth Wearables (Remote monitoring, sensors, etc.)

    Robotics and healthcare automation

Please note that the deadline for submissions of all abstracts to HIIT is March 29, 2024. Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website. Structured abstracts are required. All abstracts should be organized into sections, each with a section heading. Typical headings/sections for research presentations are: 1) Background; 2) Objective/Purpose; 3) Methods; 4) Results; and 5) Discussion/Conclusions. Do not include references or citations in the text of the abstract.

All abstracts must be submitted with at least three learning objectives in the proper APHA format (i.e., “By the end of the session, participant wills be able to [explain, describe, …]”). When submitting, please check the abstract title (Note: Only capitalize the first letter and proper nouns per APHA guidelines) and text for spelling and grammatical errors. Do not include your name or contact information in the text portion as this prohibits blind peer review. Failure to adhere to the guidelines may result in your abstract being rejected. If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under “Other.” 
Lastly, all abstracts should contain enough details to evaluate the scientific value of the work rather than alluding to what “will be” included in the presentation. Abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements will not be reviewed. Please contact the program planners (contact information listed below) if you have questions.
Abstracts will be peer reviewed based on the following criteria:
•   Relevance of topic to HIIT and to APHA. 
•   Clearly written and conveys essence of research. 
•   Contains innovative and state-of-the-art information. 
•   Addresses populations that are underserved or bear a disproportionate burden. 
•   Advances the field of health informatics and information technology. 
•   Overall impression of abstract.

Following are instructions for submitting a proposal for an entire session:
1.  Submit each abstract separately (up to four abstracts per session) to the same topic area. If a session proposal includes abstracts submitted to multiple topic areas, the session proposal will be considered incomplete.

2.  Contact the Program Chairs (Iris Zachary, PhD, MS FAMIA or Diane L. Adams, M.D, MPH), with: a) a brief overview of the session (including relevance to health informatics information technology); b) at least three proposed learning objectives in APHA format for the entire session (all individuals abstracts that are part of the proposed session must have individual learning objectives); and c) title, first author and abstract number of all abstracts to be included in the session. 

Session proposals may also include suggestions for moderators (name and contact information). Session proposals that do not adhere to these requirements will not be considered. Please contact the program planners (contact information below) if you have questions.

Only listed authors who are both APHA members and registered for the Annual Meeting may present accepted work. Only one author may present each abstract; multiple presenters for one abstract will not be accepted. Neither APHA nor HIIT can provide any financial support for author attendance at the Annual Meeting.  However, students may apply for financial scholarships, which are subject to availability.
Moderators are needed for all roundtable and oral presentation sessions. If your abstract is accepted, you may be asked to serve as a moderator of a panel or roundtable oral session.
Following APHA guidelines, presenters and moderators who fail to show up for their presentation without notifying HIIT Section Program Planners in advance will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years following the “no-show” nor will they be invited to serve as a session moderator.
Presenters whose abstracts were accepted for presentation but subsequently withdrawn two or more times within the last five years may not be considered.

Continuing Education Credits 
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 outcome (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes and compound outcomes 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.
  1. A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement, e.g., “I have been the principal or co-principal investigator on 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 are the development of strategies for preventing HIV and STDs in out-of-treatment drug users and reducing drug abuse in pregnant women. Please note that I am the Principle Investigator of this study is NOT an acceptable qualification statement.
  2. 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 health professionals. If available, learning content should be evidence-based. 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 planners listed below.
Abstract submitters do not have to be APHA members. If your abstract is accepted by the HIIT Section, you and/or the presenting author must become an APHA and HIIT Member.
Presenters must register for the Annual Meeting to present. Ms. Donna Wright, Manager of Scientific Session Development, APHA will notify authors of accepted abstracts by June 1, 2024. All APHA memberships must be paid no later than June 30, 2024. As part of your membership, you can select HIIT as your primary affiliation at no additional cost.  We use our membership dollars to support students with scholarships so that they may attend the Annual Meeting. Please contact our Program Planners Drs. Iris Zachary, PhD, MS, FAMIA  and Diane L. Adams, MD, MPH for further information. Note: Submitting an abstract to the HIIT Section implies that you understand the terms of this Call for Abstracts.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Iris Zachary, PhD, MS, CTR


Diane L. Adams, MD. MPH, DABCHS, CHS-III