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2022 APHA SPIRIT OF 1848 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:
(for pdf version of the Call for Abstracts click here.)

American Public Health Association
2022 Annual Meeting & Expo
Boston, MA
November 6-9, 2022

The 2022 annual meeting marks the 150th anniversary of APHA’s founding, in 1872, in Boston. The meeting’s official theme is:

"150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity"

Our understanding is that it will be primarily an in-person meeting, with some virtual events.

For the Spirit of 1848, we as usual offer a variant of this theme, informed by our longstanding approach to grounding present-day struggles for health justice in the histories of our field and in the principles of solidarity and bolstering critical analysis and action for fostering inspiring, equitable, sustainable, joyful, and dignified futures for all. Accordingly our theme is:

"History, Health Justice, & Hope: Pasts, Presents, and Futures"

We list below the topics for the sessions we are organizing, and for each session we indicate whether we will be having an open call for abstracts or will include presenters by invitation only. We look forward to joining together in Boston, in person, and together bolster our spirits as we move forward the work for health justice.


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

Monday, Nov 7, 2022

Social history of public health

10:30 am to 12 noon

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Politics of public health data

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Activist session

4:00 am to 5:30 PM

OPEN CALL + SOLICITED

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022

Progressive pedagogy

8:30 am to 10:00 am

OPEN CALL + SOLICITED

 

Integrative session

10:30 am to 12 noon

SOLICITED ONLY

 

Student poster session

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

OPEN CALL + SOLICITED

 

Labor/business meeting

6:30 to 8:00 pm

N/A

Of note, there are TWO changes to the abstract submission process this year:

- 1) ALL abstracts – both unsolicited and solicited – will be due at the same time (Saturday, April 30, 2022), in contrast to the past practice of having the unsolicited submitted first, and the solicited a month later
- 2) APHA will be shifting to a NEW PLATFORM for abstract submission

Note: we plan our sessions in accord with the policy we approved in 2019, which states that: for each session we will we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of each session.

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) SOCIAL HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH SESSION (Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 10:30am -- 12 noon):

Title: “Subversive, Critical, and Inconvenient Histories of Public Health in North America: Upending the Dominant Narrative

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED.

Notwithstanding the range of critical historical works on public health in North America, these perspectives have not been adequately incorporated into mainstream narratives of public health history. The Spirit of 1848 history session aims to interrogate this dominant historiography and center the struggles and resistance of those who have been marginalized by mainstream histories of public health. This will be an invited session.

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we will include solicited presentations that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods..

If you have any question, please contact the session organizers, who are Spirit of 1848 Coordinating members: Marian Moser Jones, Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Luis A. Aviles.


2) POLITICS OF PUBLIC HEALTH DATA SESSION (Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30pm):

Title: "Contested histories and politics of US census racial/ethnic data: Implications for analyzing structural racism and health equity"

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED .

This invited session is focused on the contested politics of U.S. Census racial/ethnic data and its implications for those who use these data to understand and combat racialized health inequities. Invited speakers will include people from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census data end-users, and public health analysts. Topics include: changing racial/ethnic categories, changing data collection strategies, use of racial/ethnic data for structural racism measures across time, and implications for the health of marginalized (especially “small”) populations, including but not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian populations.

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of each session.

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.

3) ACTIVIST SESSION (Mon,Nov 7, 2022, 4:00 -- 5:30 pm):

Title: “What can activists for health justice learn from history?”

NOTE: presentations for this session will be drawn primarily from abstracts submitted in response to the OPEN CALL for abstracts supplemented by solicited abstracts as warranted.

The Activist Session welcomes abstracts that describe activism around the theme of “What can activists for health justice learn from history?” Possible examples include activists connecting lessons from past struggles to current organizing around: mutual aid, environmental justice, Black Lives Matter and anti-police violence, decolonial and anti-imperialist struggles, harm reduction, labor struggles, reproductive justice, and poor people’s campaigns. Given that the conference will take place in Boston, we especially welcome abstracts from activists engaged in Massachusetts-based organizing, and will ensure this call is seen by relevant progressive groups in the area.

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of each session.

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.


4) PROGRESSIVE PEDAGOGY SESSION (Tues, Nov 8, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00am):

Title: "Grounding public health pedagogy in people’s history for health justice"

Note: presentations for this session will be primarily drawn from abstracts submitted in response to the OPEN CALL for abstracts supplemented by solicited abstracts as warranted.

Overall, we seek submissions for practical presentations on pedagogy that enhances capacity for teaching and organizing with a focus on people’s history for health justice.

This includes the pedagogies that are being (re)developed through decolonizing epistemologies and other ways of re-framing knowledge and voice. It also includes strategies for combatting current attempts to prevent teaching of accurate history and concepts, including in relation to public health, as carried out by the right-wing culture war against what they demonize (and distort) as “critical race theory,” “gender ideology,” and “socialism.”

We call for work that shows how such pedagogy can be carried out, in both: (1) diverse academic settings, e.g., universities and colleges (including community colleges), health professional schools (public health, nursing, medical, dental, veterinary, etc.), high schools, and elementary schools, and (2) training programs for community and workplace activists, organizations, and members.

We also welcome student-led presentations focused on how to bring such pedagogy into their educational programs.

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of each session .

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


5) INTEGRATIVE SESSION (Tues, Nov 8, 2022, 10:30am -- 12 noon:

Title: "Embodied histories, embodied truths, & health justice: critical reckonings for building the future"

NOTE: All abstracts for this session will be SOLICITED.

This invited session will include speakers from diverse fields of work and backgrounds, who will together combine historically-informed structural analyses of injustice with strategic visions for better futures. The speakers will address: (a) how ideas of embodied histories and embodied proofs can help advance health equity; (b) histories of links between public health & social justice; (c) Indigenous health in relation to history, survivance, and building a better future; (d) historically-grounded strategic narrative change work for health equity to build vision-based movement work to change the future; and (e) climate justice and environmental justice, looking to the activism & policies needed for sustainable & equitable futures.

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of each session .

If you have any questions, please contact the session organizer, Spirit of 1848 Coordinating Committee member Nancy Krieger (email: nkrieger@hsph.harvard.edu)


6) STUDENT POSTER SESSION: SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH (Tues, Nov 8, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00pm):

For the APHA Annual Meeting 2022, the Spirit of 1848 Social Justice & Public Health Student Poster Session is issuing an OPEN CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for posters that highlight the intersections 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 or 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 2022 on “History, Health Justice, & Hope: Pasts, Presents, and Futures.”

Per our Spirit of 1848 policy, we encourage submissions that bring a critical Indigenous lens, drawing on Indigenous theories, knowledge, and methods, to the specific topic that is the focus of this session, i.e., student posters on links between social justice & public health.

The submitted work can address one or more of many interlocking types of justice (e.g., racial, Indigenous, political and/or economic, gender and/or sexuality-related, environmental, restorative, 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 our annual reportbacks.

Instructions for abstract submission can be found at the APHA abstract submission website.

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 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 member Charlene Kuo.

 

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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