CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

LGBTQ Health Caucus

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health Caucus is seeking abstracts for presentations in its scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Minneapolis, MN and online on October 27-30, 2024. Abstracts focused on any aspect of LGBTQ+ health will be considered.

This year, abstracts related to the following topics are especially welcome: (1) structural determinants (e.g., laws, policies, social norms) of LGBTQ+ health; (2) bisexual, pansexual, and other plurisexual people’s health; (3) transgender and gender diverse people’s health; (4) lesbian, bisexual, queer, and other sexual minority women’s health; (5) health of LGBTQ+ older adults; (6) Black, Indigenous, Asian,  and other LGBTQ+ people of color; (7) LGBTQ+ adolescent and young adult health; (8) health of LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers; and (9) interpersonal and structural violence within LGBTQ+ populations

When submitting an abstract, please identify it as falling into one of the following priority areas:

  • Bisexual, Pansexual, and Other Plurisexual People’s Health
  • Health of Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Other LGBTQ+ People of Color
  • Health of LGBTQ+ Older Adults
  • Health of LGBTQ+ Parents and Caregivers
  • Interpersonal and Structural Violence within LGBTQ+ Populations
  • LGBTQ+ Adolescent and Young Adult Health
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, and Other Sexual Minority Women’s Health
  • Structural Determinants (e.g., laws, policies, social norms) of LGBTQ+ Health
  • Transgender and Gender Diverse People’s Health

Scientific Session Formats

The LGBTQ Health Caucus accepts abstracts both through this open call and following the invitation of solicited abstracts. Scientific session formats include:

  1. Individual poster presentation
  2. Individual oral presentation

Abstract Requirements

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and may not be presented at any other meeting or published before October 27, 2024.

APHA Membership and Meeting Registration Requirements

Presenters do not have to be a member to submit an abstract. However, if the abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA member and register for the Annual Meeting by the pre-registration deadline.

Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years. Presenters whose abstracts were accepted for presentation but subsequently withdrawn two or more times within the last five years will not be considered for inclusion in the program.

Abstract Review and Selection

All abstracts undergo blinded, peer review; reviews will not be provided to abstract authors. Abstracts that address one of this year’s priority areas will take precedence over those that do not.

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:

  • An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;
  • At least one measurable outcome; and,
    • Examples of measurable outcomes: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Access, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define and List). DO NOT USE “To understand” or “To learn” since they are not measurable.
  • A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement.
    • Qualification Statements must be specific to the abstract and describe the presenter’s qualification and areas of expertise as it relates to the topic.
    • An example of an acceptable Qualification Statement: “I have been the Principal Investigator of multiple federally funded grants focused on healthcare access in the transgender community. My primary scientific focus is on improving healthcare access for transgender individuals, particularly using community-based participatory research methods.”
    • Please note that the following are NOT acceptable Qualification Statements: “I am the Principal Investigator of this study” or “I am qualified because I am a Professor at XYZ University.”

The LGBTQ Health Caucus will not accept abstracts that do not adhere to these requirements. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.

Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award

The Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award recognizes exceptional student work on LGBTQ health research. The award is given to the student with the highest scoring abstract and includes a year-long LGBTQ Heath Caucus membership as well as a stipend to attend the annual meeting. Please indicate student status when submitting the abstract to be considered for the award.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kristen Krause, PhD, MPH


Gilbert Gonzales,