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2019 APHA SPIRIT OF 1848 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:
(for pdf version of the call for abstracts click here.)

American Public Health Association
2019 Annual Meeting & Expo
Philadelphia, PA
November 2-6, 2019

THEME: FIGHTING FORWARD: RADICAL SCIENCE AND HEALTH JUSTICE

The official theme for APHA 2019 is: “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science, For Action, For Health.” We in the Spirit of 1848 take the next step and call for RADICAL SCIENCE AND HEALTH JUSTICE.

Motivating our theme is recognition that:

(1) it is not enough to be “for science,” because scientists are people, people do science, and the social production of scientific knowledge – along with the very definitions of “science” – are inevitably shaped by societal context, including conflicts over justice, dignity, and rights, as exemplified by the long legacy of scientific racism vs. anti-racist science; and

(2) it is not enough to be “for health” without engaging with health justice, by which we mean the many interlocking types of justice that shape the people’s health and extent of health inequities – e.g., racial justice, Indigenous justice, economic justice, gender justice, queer justice, environmental justice, climate justice, reproductive justice, healing justice, restorative criminal justice, and electoral justice – to name a few!

For our scientific sessions we accordingly will feature critical and historically-informed presentations that address the links between radical science and the many kinds of justice required for health justice, in the US and globally.

We continue to note with concern the latent nationalism lurking in the phrasing of the APHA general theme of “creating the healthiest nation” which has appeared as the prefix to each annual meeting’s specific theme for the past few years – and we once again ask: why not instead have the goal be: “creating the healthiest world”?

Additionally, because 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of 1848, some celebration and critical reflection is in order, which we will provide via our integrative session and possibly an additional social event as well!

Spirit of 1848 sessions – by day, name, and time, and whether an OPEN CALL for abstracts or SOLICITED ONLY  

Monday, Nov 4, 2019

Activist session

8:30 am to 10 am

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Social history of public health

10:30 am to 12 noon

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Politics of public health data

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

OPEN CALL

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019

Progressive pedagogy

8:30 am to 10:00 am

OPEN CALL

 

Integrative session

10:30 am to 12 noon

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Student poster session

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

OPEN CALL

 

Labor/business meeting

6:30 to 8:00 pm

N/A


Below we provide: (1) the specific instructions for each session, and (2) the APHA instructions about preparing abstracts, with regard to word limits, membership & registration requirements, and information required to enable the session in which a presentation is included to qualify for continuing education credits.

Instructions for what we are seeking for each session (listed in chronological order) are as follows:

1) ACTIVIST SESSION (Mon, Nov 4, 2019 8:30am -- 10:00am):

Title: “Radical science and activism challenging political threats to health justice

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED (due: April 15, 2019).

The activist session, with invited presentations, will focus on themes of “Radical science and activism challenging political threats to health justice.” The focus will be on radical science, activism, and advocacy defending the production and use of scientific evidence vital to protecting the people’s health and rectifying health inequities. Such science and evidence are facing serious political attacks by the Trump Administration, right-wing organizations, corporations, and religious fundamentalists, singly and combined. Specific examples might pertain to activism that is defending radical science for the people’s health in relation to: the upcoming US 2020 elections and electoral justice; international treaties (e.g., regarding climate change); economic justice; militarism and criminalization; and also likely US Supreme Court cases regarding abortion rights, the population count for the 2020 US census, and regulations pertaining to hazardous exposures or environmental degradation.

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members: (email: jerzy.eisenbergguyot@gmail.com), Rebekka Lee (email: rlee@hsph.harvard.edu), and Catherine Cubbin (email: ccubbin@austin.utexas.edu). s.

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot, Rebekka Lee, and Catherine Cubbin.

2) SOCIAL HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH SESSION (Mon, Nov 4, 2019 10:30am -- 12 noon):

Title: “Anti-racist and anti-colonialist science for health justice: critical historical perspectives”

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED (due: April 15, 2019).

The Social History of Public Health Committee of the Spirit of 1848 Caucus will SOLICIT abstracts from speakers who can present on critical histories of anti-racist and anti-colonialist science in connection to struggles for health justice and social justice. This solicitation occurs at the confluence of several notable “anniversaries.” It has been 500 years since the systematic enslavement of Africans in Europe's “New World” colonies began, and 400 years since the British Empire formally initiated its policy of enslaving West Africans to reap riches from its North American and Caribbean colonies. This solicitation comes 100 years after a wave of anti-Black mob violence (race “riots”) roiled the United States, threatening urban African-American communities formed during the Great Migration; and it arrives as the world commences the fraught centennial of the interwar period, during which eugenics and racial science achieved unprecedented centrality in the functioning of modern states and empires, deeply marking the international world order. We are ever cognizant that this solicitation comes at a time when violent white supremacy is once again resurgent in the Americas and Europe, driving police-military policy, immigration policy, and other policies; and at a time when some scientists are again advancing once-discredited theories of race as a biological construct.

Presentations will focus on radical science both in and outside of the US, and presenters will be expected to provide case studies of anti-racist and anti-colonialist science and its application by specific groups and movements to secure collective access to healthier conditions for communities of color and Native peoples, including by organizing to increase their political power. Given that APHA 2019 will be in Philadelphia, special note of the scholarship of W.E.B. Du Bois will be included, harking back to his pathbreaking critical, anti-racist, and historically-informed opus The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899) .

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Marian Moser Jones, Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Luis Aviles, and Nancy Krieger, plus Spirit of 1848 member Miranda Worthen.

3) POLITICS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA SESSION (Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 2:30 - 4:00pm):

Title: "Radical science for health justice"

NOTE: presentations for this session will be drawn primarily from abstracts submitted in response to the OPEN CALL for abstracts (Due: Feb 19, 2019), supplemented by solicited abstracts as warranted.

The Spirit of 1848 Politics of Public Health Data session welcomes empirical presentations of analyses of structural determinants of population health (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) geared towards producing evidence for action.

This session seeks to feature conceptual and empirical presentations of analyses (whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) that are context-aware and historically-informed. Possible foci for presentations could be:.

Examples of the structural analyses would include but not be limited to:
• anti-racist and anti-colonialist empirical analyses of health injustice (per the concerns of one or more of the many interlocking types of justice at issue, e.g., racial justice, Indigenous justice, economic justice, gender justice, queer justice, environmental justice, climate justice, reproductive justice, healing justice, restorative criminal justice, electoral justice, etc);

• radical science analyses of gun violence, police violence, or state-sponsored violence;

• radical science analyses of social biases explicitly and implicitly permeating “Big Data” and implications for health research employing “data analytics” and algorithms (which wrongly assumes analysis of data can be theory-free, without any social or structural analysis of the meaning, validity, and diverse biases involved, whether shaped by negative stereotypes and social biases, selection bias, political hacking of social media, etc);

• radical science for collective action, protest, and accountability, particularly for use in social movements (e.g., Data for Black Lives);

• radical science analyses involving health equity in relation to the approaching 2020 Census (e.g. implications of the proposal to add a question about citizenship; which racial/ethnic groups are included, categorized how, and which are excluded; proposals for linking census data to administrative data to compensate for declining response rate, etc).); and

• the impact of the radical inclusion of marginalized populations, as scientists and as study participants, on scientific questions and analyses.

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Zinzi Bailey, Catherine Cubbin, Craig Dearfield, and Nancy Krieger.

 

4) PROGRESSIVE PEDAGOGY SESSION (Tues, Nov 5, 2019, 8:30 - 10:00am):

Title: "Fighting Forward: Pedagogies that Promote and Create a Radical Science for Health Justice"

NOTE: presentations for this session will be primarily drawn from abstracts submitted in response to the OPEN CALL for abstracts (Due: Feb 19, 2019), supplemented by solicited abstracts as warranted.

This session will have an OPEN CALL for abstracts for practical presentations that focus on pedagogy that enhances capacity for teaching and organizing with radical science for health justice. This includes the pedagogies that are being (re)developed through decolonizing epistemologies and other ways of re-framing knowledge and voice.

We call for work that shows how such pedagogy can be carried out, as well as student-led presentations offering a critical analysis of the pedagogy they wish to be part of that may not be currently part of their educational programs. A key focus is on how radical science for equity needs to influence both what we teach and how we teach it. Sound-byte “science” has been used to rationalize the destruction of people and the planet. We need to share practical tools for understanding the world and creating sustainable change.

We welcome presentations about any such pedagogic initiatives that variously include (separately or jointly): teachers (i.e., train teachers to teach such material and approaches); students (high school, undergraduates, graduate); community activists, community organizations, and community members; government employees (whether in public health agencies, other state agencies, or in the legislative or executive branches of government); or other groups. We encourage abstracts that address current social movements such as reproductive justice, environmental and climate justice, economic justice, restorative criminal justice and racial justice. We especially would love to see work that brings in global as well as US perspectives.

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee members Vanessa Simonds, Lisa Moore and Rebekka Lee.


5) INTEGRATIVE SESSION (Tues, Nov 5, 2019, 10:30am -- 12 noon:

Title: "Passion, politics, and public health: Celebrating 25 years of the Spirit of 1848 – for radical science and health justice"

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED (due: April 15, 2019).

This session will celebrate and reflect critically on the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of 1848 Caucus, which we founded in 1994. We will call it: “Passion, Politics, and Public Health: celebrating 25 years of the Spirit of 1848 – for radical science and health justice.” The session will include: (1) a brief history of the Spirit of 1848 Caucus; (2) critical reflections from Spirit of 1848 coordinating committee members about our achievements, challenges, and future directions; (3) a dialogue between an elder and youth who are each active in the work for radical science and health justice, regarding their views on how the Spirit of 1848 can contribute to fighting forward for health justice; and (4) a celebration of 25 years of passion, politics, and public health, done in true Spirit of 1848 style! This session will be organized by the Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee, led by its chair (Nancy Krieger).

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizer, Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee member Nancy Krieger.


6) STUDENT POSTER SESSION: SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH (Tues, Nov 5, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00pm):

For the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo (Philadelphia, PA, Nov 2-6, 2019), the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice & Public Health Student Poster Session is having an *OPEN CALL FOR ABSTRACTS* for posters that highlight the intersection between social justice and public health from a historical, theoretical, epidemiological, ethnographic, and/or methodological perspective.

This session will have an OPEN CALL for submissions by students (undergraduate and graduate) that are focused on work linking issues of social justice and public health. This can include, but is not limited to, work concerned with the Spirit of 1848’s focus for APHA 2019 on radical science for health justice. The submitted work can address one or more of the many interlocking types of justice at issue, e.g., racial justice, Indigenous justice, economic justice, gender justice, queer justice, environmental justice, climate justice, reproductive justice, healing justice, restorative justice, electoral justice, etc. We are interested in submissions not only from students in schools of public health and other health professions (e.g., nursing, medicine) but also from students in schools & programs focused on law, political science, public policy, social work, government, economics, sociology, urban planning, etc. For examples of abstracts selected in prior years, see: 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Abstracts are due February 19, 2019; all relevant instructions can be found at the APHA abstract submission website; see: http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual

Note: to address the on-going problem of student uncertainty about funding, which has led to students with accepted posters withdrawing their submissions, we will continue with the successful approach we newly implemented in 2016, whereby we will: (1) accept the top 10 abstracts (the limit for any poster session); (2) set up a waitlist of all runner-up potentially acceptable posters (ranked in order of preference); and (3) reject abstracts that either are not focused on issues of social justice and public health or are not of acceptable quality. If any accepted poster is withdrawn, we will replace it with a poster from the waitlist (in rank order).

For any questions about this session, please contact Spirit of 1848 Student Poster Coordinating Committee members Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot, Nylca Muñoz, Jennifer Tsai, Lauren Stein, David Stupplebeen, Jelena Todic, and Monique Hosein.

 

APHA Reminders re: Abstract Requirements & Continuing Education Credits:

NOTE: it is important that our Spirit of 1848 sessions be approved for CE credits, so that public health & clinical professionals can get CE credits in sessions focused on the links between social justice & public health! – so please be sure to read these instructions carefully!!!

1. APHA ABSTRACT REQUIREMENTS:
• 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.

2. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
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:
An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names (and this includes the names of any books you have published!);

At least one MEASURABLE outcome (DO NOT USE "To understand” or “To learn” as objectives, they are not measurable).

o Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words:
Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

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.

o Examples 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.”

“I am qualified because I have conducted research in the area of maternal and child health for the past 20 years and have given multiple presentations on this subject.”

Please note that "I am the Principle Investigator of this study" is NOT an acceptable qualification statement. Nor it is acceptable to state: “I am qualified because I am a professor at XYZ University.”

Contact Mighty Fine if you have any questions concerning continuing education. Please contact the program planner for all other questions.

 
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