A presenter delivers remarks during APHA’s 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago last fall. Photo by Natalie McGill, The Nation’s Health

When you’re flipping through that enormous APHA Annual Meeting and Expo program, do you ever wonder where the hundreds of fascinating scientific sessions actually come from? The answer is pretty simple: They come from people just like you.

That’s right. All those amazing oral and poster presentations started out as brief abstracts that were submitted to one of APHA’s more than 50 member groups and reviewed by one of the Association’s many program planning volunteers — these are the APHA members who donate their time and expertise to making the Annual Meeting a dynamic, one-of-a-kind event. And you won’t find a better audience for your public health research and results than the thousands of attendees at the APHA Annual Meeting.

So, if you’re ready to share your expertise and experience with the public health masses, you’re in luck. The call for abstracts for APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, which will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Denver, is still open. But the deadline is quickly approaching. This year, the deadline for abstract submissions ranges from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, depending on the APHA member group to which you’re submitting. While we love getting abstracts related to this year’s Annual Meeting theme of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health,” we welcome abstracts related to any topic within the public health discipline.

A few guidelines right up front. First, you don’t have to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author must become an APHA member and register for the Annual Meeting. You can’t submit more than three abstracts, and you can’t submit the same abstract to more than one APHA member group. In addition, APHA doesn’t accept abstracts that have already been presented elsewhere or published prior to this year’s APHA Annual Meeting.

Visit APHA for all the tips and guidance you need to submit an Annual Meeting abstract. And if you’re feeling especially ambitious, consider submitting a proposal to organize one of the Annual Meeting’s Special Sessions, which often feature prominent public health leaders and thinkers. The deadline for Special Session proposals is Feb. 26.

You can also help organize the program and volunteer to review submitted abstracts. That deadline is Feb. 12.