CFP: Global Public Health (APHA)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 141st APHA Annual Meeting | Theme: Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World Medical Care Submission Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2013

OVERVIEW: For the 141st Annual Meeting, in Boston, Medical Care Section invites abstracts that fit with this year’s theme (in the title above) and with the Section’s interests–advances toward universal and equitable access to quality health care and health. These embrace advocacy of industry, education, government, and professional policies congruent with these interests; ethics and history of practice and research; disparities of access, use, and outcomes; health services research; health economics and quality of care; women; incarcerated, military, native, and other special populations; cultural, environmental, and political aspects; safety of drugs and devices; as well as others.

The topics below, reflecting both historical concerns and committees’ current focuses, suggest subjects for abstracts. They are neither prescriptive nor exclusive. The Section’s program planners may fashion new topics and combine or eliminate others, according to the distribution and quantity of highly rated submissions. We welcome any abstracts that reflect good science and align broadly with interests and values prompted by the following topics:

  • Disparities of ethnic/racial, gender, and other groups (cross-cutting across all other topics)
  • Disparities in access/availability, utilization, costs, and outcomes
  • Interventions to improve equity and fairness
  • Cultural competence and health literacy
  • Drug policy, pharmacy services, and trade issues
  • Trade and governance
  • Marketing and research
  • Environmental and public health impacts of medication use and disposal
  • Health care advocacy and social justice
  • Consumer, grassroots, and lay groups
  • Peace
  • Universal health care
  • Adverse effects of business practices in public health and health care
  • Medication management for underserved populations
  • Health economics
  • International comparisons
  • Health care finance and delivery
  • Health care reform
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Health services research
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Patient-centered decision-making
  • Cancer surveillance, services, and survival
  • Coordinating, managing, and evaluating care delivery
  • Social determinants of health, medical care, and health outcome
  • History of public health
  • Jail and prison health
  • Conditions, risks, prevention, and treatment
  • Effects on the community
  • Juvenile justice
  • Primary care
  • Patient-centered medical homes
  • The chronic care model and other models of primary care
  • Quality of care
  • Rural and frontier health
  • Information technology for education and care
  • Student submissions
  • Veterans’ health
  • Women’s health

CONTRIBUTED AND SOLICITED ABSTRACTS: Medical Care Section welcomes contributed abstracts for oral or poster presentations from all participants in the Annual Meeting. If they choose, students may submit theirs for the Student Paper Award Competition (as described below). The Program Co-Chairs, who arrange abstracts into sessions after reviewers score them, try to honor preferences for oral, poster, or roundtable presentations. However, this is not always possible. If you believe that your abstract(s) would fit well with others, or if you intend it/them for solicited sessions, please alert the Program Co-Chairs when you submit your abstract(s). Solicited sessions are proposed and arranged at the initiative of other organizers. Medical Care Program Co-Chairs assist with solicited sessions only as needed. Such abstracts may be submitted at the same time as contributed abstracts (and marked for solicited sessions) or later, starting March 25, when APHA accepts solicited abstracts. If you intend to organize a solicited session, please notify the Medical Care Program Co-Chairs as early as possible of its topic and titles of abstracts.

Medical Care requires the following of abstracts for presentation at the APHA Annual Meeting:

  • Abstracts should use up to 400 words (longer than APHA’s default length) to demonstrate their scientific quality and alignment with interests of the Medical Care Section.
  • Reviewers expect abstracts to reflect work which has been carried out rather than just proposed. An explanation of why this expectation may be inappropriate should accompany abstracts not reporting accomplished efforts.
  • Presenters at the Annual Meeting must be individual members of APHA.
  • All presenters must register for the Annual Meeting. (For guest participants in solicited sessions, APHA can provide complimentary, one-day passes.)
  • Abstracts may not be presented or published prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • Please submit an abstract to only one section of APHA.
  • Medical Care and other sections, special primary interest groups, forums, and caucuses are planning some sessions jointly. Please share your ideas for cross- or multiple-member group sessions and, if inclined, help plan them. Our proactive collaboration should result in broad appeal across APHA groups.

STUDENT PAPER AWARD COMPETITION: Medical Care Section will select the five most highly rated student papers for presentation in an oral student session at the Annual Meeting and recognize the one judged as reflecting the best research and presentation. Like other abstracts, they should address topics of interest to the Section, use up to 400 words, and designate themselves at submission for the “Student Submission” session. Students submitting abstracts for this competition must also furnish a letter for each abstract from an adviser (or other school official) assuring their student status. Advisers may attach letters to email or send them via USPS or fax to the Medical Care Section Program Co-Chairs (contact information below), who are happy to answer questions.

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