CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

Dear ICTHP friends and colleagues,

The call for abstracts for the 2024 Annual Meeting is now open!

Our Abstracts Submission Deadline is March 29th, 2024. For more information about the 2024 Annual Meeting, click here.

Topics related to this year’s theme: “Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Science,” will receive a high priority. We are particularly interested in reports from the following types of evidence-based research:

    • Analyses of Observational Studies
    • Demonstration Projects
    • Education and Health Policy within ICTHP
    • Efficacy or Effectiveness Studies
    • Health Care Policy Analyses
    • Health and Wellness across the Lifespan through ICTHP
    • ICTHP Approaches to Hard-to-Treat Complex Chronic Conditions
    • Increasing Scientific Rigor and Evidence-based Practices in ICTHP
    • Innovations in Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practice
    • Methodological Innovations or Strategies to Increase Scientific Rigor
    • Pragmatic and/or Implementation Trials
    • Public Health or Educational Program Development and Systematic Reviews
    • Synthesis and Dissemination of the Evidence of Integrative Health Practice
    • Theories and Methodologies for the Evaluation of Traditional Medical Systems
    • Utilizing ICTHP to Increase Health Equity

    While submissions related to APHA’s 2024 theme will be prioritized, we welcome other abstracts related to ICTHP in general. Work must be specifically related to integrative, complementary, and traditional health practices (e.g., acupuncture, Ayurveda, mind-body interventions, holistic nursing, massage therapy, integrative care, physical activity, energy healing, herbs, holistic nutrition, spiritual healing, yoga, tai-chi, etc.).

    Preference will be given to abstracts that feature originality, use of innovative approaches, potential impact on the field, clarity of presentation, reliance on high-quality scientific data, and potential level of interest to APHA 2024 ICTHP Section meeting attendees.

    Attention public health students! The ICTHP Section advocates for rising professionals in our field and seeks submissions from students and junior scholars for both oral and poster presentations. Best poster awards will be announced and presented at the annual meeting during the ICTHP Section Award Reception. All poster authors are encouraged to attend.

    We invite relevant abstracts from our membership and interested others.  Please submit a structured abstract with background, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. 

    • Background: Why did you do it? Why is this important to public health?
    • Methods: How did you do it?  What kind of study/investigation did you do and how did you go about it? (e.g., was it randomized trial, observational study, feasibility study, qualitative study, quality improvement study, or program evaluation). How did you analyze your results?
    • Results: Describe the sample, key findings (with numbers as appropriate, such as an odds ratio with 95% confidence interval or mean difference with confidence interval or feasibility percentages OR with qualitative themes), and any other findings you wish to highlight.
    • Discussion (and/or Conclusion): Put findings into context and note limitations/strengths.  Why are your findings important to public health and/or what does your study/evaluation add to the to what is known on this topic?

    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 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.

    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.) Please note that I am the Principle Investigator of this study is NOT an acceptable qualification statement.

    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.

    Questions? Please contact Dana Rose Garfin (, Katherine Smith (, or Malik Tiedt (, our Program Planning co-chairs. 

    We look forward to receiving your submissions, apply below!


    Program Planner Contact Information:

    Katherine Smith,


    Malik Tiedt,


    Dana Rose Garfin, PhD