CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo

Trade and Health Forum

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

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

The Trade & Health Forum of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts for presentation at the Annual Meeting to be held in-person (no virtual options) in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 27-30, 2024. Submissions related to APHA's 2024 annual meeting theme, “Rebuilding Trust in Public Health and Science," are encouraged. 

The Forum accepts submissions that situate public health and health outcomes within the dynamic forces of trade, globalization and global development including, for example, issues related to access to medicines, unhealthy commodities (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food and beverages), and the relationship between trade and broader determinants of health (e.g., labor markets, the environment, and social policies).

This Call also seeks abstracts centered on recent disruptive events that have implications for trade and health, such as artificial intelligence (AI), civil and international conflicts (Ukraine, Sudan, Israel-Palestine), democratic backsliding, policies affecting reproductive choice, and climate change. Within each of these focal areas, presentations may examine how trade, economic conditions, and/or globalization affect health systems and/or health outcomes, efforts to influence a healthier trade policy, trust in global and national institutions, or broader health determinants.

Examples of presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • COVID-19: the intersection of policy, markets, and/or workers
    • COVID-19, vaccine access, equity, or intellectual property rights
    • COVID-19 and workers, social policy or determinants of health
    • COVID-19 , health systems and health workforces
    • COVID-19 and its relationship to trade policies and practices
  • Climate change, energy shortages, or the environment
    • Relationships between international natural resource (e.g. coal, oil, gas) extraction policies/agreements and health
    • The impact of trade and/or free trade agreements on the environment, sustainability or climate change
    • The implications of changes in energy policy on international trade and health (e.g. sanctions against Russian energy imports and the implications for food and heating shortages, malnutrition, hypothermia, and other health effects)
  • Commercial determinants of health
    • The impact of commercial activity on health, human rights and the environment
    • Analysis of corporate strategies to market unhealthy products or lobby governments
    • Analysis of civil society and health advocacy efforts to counter and regulate corporate and commercial activity
  • Economic policy and shocks
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) shocks to work and workplace
    • Political economic ideology/political economy of health
    • Labor markets and health
    • Privatization of health services
    • Interstate economic implications of changes to reproductive choice policies
  • Health-promoting trade policies and practices
    • Advocacy activities for trade-related policies that promote human health
    • Democratic participation and transparency in trade negotiations
  • Trade, globalization, and health systems and outcomes
    • Analysis of the health effects of specific trade and investment agreements
    • Access to medicines and intellectual property rights
  • Trade, scarcity, and violence or conflict
    • How resource consumption, due to trade or economic development, contributes to violence or terrorism
    • Health effects of conflict stemming from scarcity
    • The impact of terrorism, war, or violence on the economy and its adverse health effects

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the APHA website by Friday, March 29, 2024. The abstract is limited to 250 words. An author’s paper may not have been presented or published prior to its presentation at the Annual Meeting. You do not need to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA individual member, MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the pre-registration deadline, and MUST present in person (no virtual option).

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 must provide:

  1. An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
  2. At least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE “to understand” or “to learn” as objectives - they are not measurable). Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words: 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. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.

Contact Program Planner Eric Crosbie at for any questions related to submitting an abstract.


Program Planner Contact Information:

Eric Crosbie, PhD