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American Public Health Association: 142nd Annual Meeting
"Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being"
New Orleans, LA, November 15-19, 2014


Our Spirit of 1848 call for abstracts for the 142nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA; New Orleans, LA; November 15-19, 2014) offers an opportunity to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the Spirit of 1848, which we founded in 1994 at the 122nd APHA annual meeting (Washington, DC; Oct 29-Nov 3).

We boldly announced our 1st public meeting as a place to bring together “Politics, Passion, and Public Health.” Our goal, then as now, was to “form a network concerned with social inequalities in health” and to create a place for those of us linking social justice & public health “to talk more with other people working to understand and change how social divisions based on social class, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and age affect the public’s health.”

From the start, we articulated our 3 foci as being: 1) the social history of public health; 2) the politics of public health data; and 3) progressive pedagogy in public health. Indeed, our 1st two scientific sessions focused on what were then – and remain – critical issues in public health: (a) “Discrimination: A risk factor for health status? – a look across the lines of color, class, gender, and sexual identity,” and (b) “Social Inequalities in health: measures and trends”— with our founding meeting additionally posing the question of how to advance work on and teaching about these and other issues so vital to health equity.

And here we are 20 years later, having established a critical forum that remains true to our name – which, as we explained in our original flyer:

“… captures our intentions: 1848 marks a high point in the early days of the worldwide public health movement and its links to other burgeoning movements for social justice – the anti-slavery movement, the women’s rights movement, the trade union movement, the child welfare movement, and other political movements calling for social and economic democracy. 1848 evokes a spirit of optimism and commitment to social change that we can learn from and build on, and that can still serve to inspire us in our daily work.”

Hence: our 2014 call for abstracts, continuing our critical tradition of linking politics, passion, and public health.


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Spirit of 1848, a Caucus in affiliation with the American Public Health Association that is dedicated to linking social justice and public health, we announce an AWARD for BEST SONG, CHANT, AND SHORT VIDEO; winning entries will be included in our program for the 142nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA; New Orleans, LA; November 15-19, 2014).

In 1912, after the victory of the Lawrence textile mill strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Ray Stannard Baker, a progressive US journalist published an article in which he commented on the inspiring use of song to keep up the spirits, unite, and educate the workers and community members, largely immigrants from many different European countries, about the strike issues and the broader struggle for social justice – and he wrote:

"Beware that movement," said a wise Frenchman, "which generates its own songs"

Building on our rich traditions in labor, civil rights and grassroots organizing on so many different issues (e.g., economic & racial justice, environmental & climate justice, health & human rights, reproductive rights, Indigenous rights, occupational health, LGBT health, & universal health care, to name just a few), we need our own songs now to advance the ongoing work, in our generation, for social justice & public health!

And so, in the Spirit of 1848 and the spirit of the 1912 Lawrence strike, we invite you to submit a SONG, CHANT, OR SHORT VIDEO (up to 5 minutes in length) that provocatively illuminates the issues and can stir up action! We especially encourage submissions that use humor and satire, and are sharp, rousing, and inspiring! There are cash prizes for the winners, and the winning entries and honorable mentions will be shown in our 20th anniversary session in New Orleans!!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS  (click here to download pdf)

1. Submissions due: APRIL 30, 2014
2. Requirements:

To qualify for submission, the material submitted must be newly created (within the last year), original, and submitted by its creators:

a) date created/produced/published: on or after January 1, 2013

b) must be submitted by someone who authored/produced/published or otherwise played a creative role in generating the work

3. Submission format:

a) send requested material to

b) in the subject of the email, state: "entry for Spirit of 1848 award"

c) in the body of the email provide the following information:
-- AUTHOR/CONTACT: your name, email address, organization affiliation
-- ENTRY INFORMATION: text and weblink:

SONG: send title and lyrics of song, and date of creation, in the email text and include weblink to video performance of the song

CHANT: send title and words of chant, and date of creation, in the email text and include weblink to video performance of chant

*Note: by chant, we mean a short political statement/slogan that people can chant when at a demonstration, marching, etc; classic examples are: “What do we want?/Health care/When do we want it?/Now”; “This is what democracy looks like”; “El pueblo, unido, jamas seras vencido/The people, united, will never be defeated”)

SHORT VIDEO: the video should be no longer than 5 minutes; in the email text, include the video's title, length, and weblink to the video, and also its date of creation

Do not include any attachments with your email!

4. Award:

               BEST SONG: $175                                  BEST CHANT: $25                              BEST VIDEO: $300

All winners and honorable mentions will be shown at the Spirit of 1848 APHA 2014 session "Celebrating & Critically Reflecting on 20 Years of the Spirit of 1848: Passion, Politics, and Public Health" Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30pm.

NOTE: we give our thanks to California Newsreel for providing the prize money!

5. Judging: Judges will be drawn from the members of the Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee, the filmmakers who created “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,” and the leadership of the Praxis Project.
6. Notification of winners:

June 2, 2014 (to coincide with when APHA announces abstract decisions)

-- Winners & honorable mentions will be posted on the Spirit of 1848 listserve and website (and will also e notified individually, using email address entered with the submissions)



Our sessions listed in the chronological order in which they will be presented at the APHA meeting, as follows:

SOCIAL HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH SESSION: The Spirit of 1848 social history of public health session will focus on the public health importance of port cities (such as New Orleans), past and present and in comparative perspective. Its title is:


Papers will explore key issues related to ports and health in terms of trade, migration, labor and other social movements, epidemics, and ecological disasters including global climate change (the latter vis-à-vis rising sea levels, extreme weather, coastal vulnerabilities, and the role of policies --or lack of policy response-- in dealing with these issues).

All abstracts will be solicited; no unsolicited abstracts will be accepted.

The session will be held on the Monday morning of APHA (Nov 17, 2014), in the 10:30am to 12 noon time slot. It is being co-organized by Anne-Emanuelle Birn (email:, Marian Moser Jones (email:, Samuel Roberts (email:, and Luis Avilés (email:


POLITICS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA SESSION: The Spirit of 1848 politics of public health data session will critically examine the politics of enumeration, a subject the Spirit of 1848 has prioritized since we were founded 20 years ago. Its title is:


Topics will include:

(i) continued discussions of counting in relation to race/ethnicity, e.g., new possible revisions being considered for the 2020 US census, and

(ii) counting in relation to: political boundaries (such as voting districts), institutions (such as prisons), and evacuees and refugees (as per people uprooted by Hurricane Katrina), all of which have implications for political representation and resource allocation.

At issue are how these data affect and shape the reality and understanding of population distributions of health disease and well-being, in ways that can either exacerbate health inequities or promote health equity.

All abstracts will be solicited; no unsolicited abstracts will be accepted.

The session will be organized by the Spirit of 1848’s Politics of Public Health Data Committee and it will take place during the Monday afternoon 2:30 to 4:00 pm APHA time slot (November 17, 2014). If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Catherine Cubbin (email:, Vanessa Simonds (email:, and Nancy Krieger (email:


INTEGRATIVE SESSION: Starting with the APHA 2002 Conference, the Spirit of 1848 – whose sessions focus on the inextricable links between social justice & public health – has sponsored an “integrative” session which integrates the three themes of our Caucus: the social history of public health, the politics of public health data, and progressive pedagogy for public health.

For APHA 2014, our integrative session will celebrate and reflect on 20 years of the Spirit of 1848 caucus, which was founded in the fall of 1994 at APHA to advance work linking social justice & public health. Its title is:


Components will include:

(a) 5 short invited presentations: one reflecting on what the Spirit of 1848 has accomplished over the past 20 years, and one each on critical thoughts regarding persistent and emerging challenges pertaining to our 3 foci of our caucus: (1) the social history of public health, (2) the politics of public health data, and (3) progressive pedagogy, plus the additional integrative focus we first institutionalized in 2002, of encouraging the next generation in linking social justice & public health, via our student poster session; and

(b) winners & runner-ups from a contest we will hold for songs, chants, and short videos intended to galvanize action to protest health inequities, feed the spirit, and advance health equity! Critical humor & reflection & dynamism is strongly encouraged!

All abstracts for the presentations will be solicited; no unsolicited abstracts will be accepted.

NOTE: All submissions for the songs, chants, and videos will be via our Spirit of 1848 website, by a process that we announce by the end of January 2014, via our website and also our Spirit of 1848 listserve -- stay tuned‼!

The integrative session will be organized all members of the Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee, led by Spirit of 1848 chair Nancy Krieger (email: As usual, it will take place during the Monday afternoon 4:30 to 6:00 pm APHA time slot (November 17, 2014).

PROGRESSIVE PEDAGOGY SESSION: Our first APHA Spirit of 1848 pedagogy session -- planned 20 years ago in fall 1994, at our first public Spirit of 1848 meeting, and held in fall 1995 – focused on the experience and impact of positive mentoring for public health and social justice. This year, we circle back to our roots, with our session titled:


The invited presentations will focus on how mentoring can contribute to building a public health workforce that critically examines and links issues of social justice and public health. Speakers will draw on personal experience to speak about how they have been mentored and/or mentored others.

All abstracts for the presentations will be solicited; no unsolicited abstracts will be accepted.

This session is organized by Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Suzanne Christopher (email:, Lisa Moore (email:, and Rebekka Lee (email: It will be held during the Tuesday morning 8:30 to 10:00 am APHA time slot (November 18, 2014).

SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH: STUDENT POSTERS: For APHA 2014, THE SPIRIT OF 1848 SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH STUDENT POSTER SESSION is having an open call for abstracts (due Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014) for posters that highlight the intersection between social justice and public health from a historical, theoretical, epidemiological, ethnographic, and/or methodological perspective (whether quantitative or qualitative). It was at APHA 2002 that the Spirit of 1848, eight years after its founding in 1994, first sponsored a student poster session, to formalize our recognition that engaging the next generation is critical for continuing and expanding the work linking social justice and public health.

We welcome abstracts on topics ranging from public health research to public health practice to student-initiated courses on connections between social justice & public health. Given the theme of this year’s APHA meeting (“Where you live, work and play impacts your health and wellbeing”), we encourage abstracts that critically examine the importance of “place,” broadly defined, as it relates to the social determinants of health in research and practice.

We accordingly are seeking abstracts from students of public health and health related programs, as well as enrolled in non-health-specific disciplines such as urban planning, demography, sociology, and geography. The work presented can be global, country-specific, or local.

-- We encourage students at ALL levels of training to submit abstracts, whether undergraduates, MPH or other master students, medical or nursing students, or doctoral students; submissions will be judged in accordance to expectations appropriate for each level of training. Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to submit posters.

-- Abstracts should focus on furthering understanding and action to address the ways that social inequality harms, and social equity improves, the public’s health. Examples of social inequality include inequitable social divisions within societies based on social class, race/ethnicity, nativity, Indigenous and immigrant status, gender, and sexuality, as well as inequitable relations between nations and geographical regions.

--This session will take place at the 142nd annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in the 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm APHA time slot.

--Reminder: for this session we are issuing an *open call for abstracts*: all posters for this session will be selected from abstracts submitted in response to this “call for abstracts.” Please note that if your abstract is accepted we expect you to present your poster at the APHA conference. If you are not able to attend we ask that you find someone to stand in for you so that we can maintain a full program.

-- Abstracts are due on February 12, 2014; all relevant instructions can be found at the APHA abstract submission website; see: For any questions about this session, please contact Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Tabashir Sadegh-Nobari (, Allegra Gordon (, or Jake Coffey (

APHA Reminders re: Abstract Requirements & Continuing Education Credits:

• Abstracts should be no more than 250 words
• All presenters must be Individual members of APHA in order to present.
• All presenters must register for the meeting.
• Abstracts cannot be presented or published in any journal prior to the APHA Annual Meeting.

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 understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measureable).

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 Annette Ferebee if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Contact the program planner for all other questions.

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