callabstracts17-squareThere are few better places to present your public health research than APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo. After all, where else do you find thousands of public health workers from all over the world in one location all at the same time?

If that’s the kind of audience you’re looking for, then we’ve got you covered. The official call for abstracts is now open for APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo, which will take place Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta and have a theme of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.” While we definitely encourage abstracts that align with the meeting’s climate change theme, abstracts related to all public health disciplines are welcome.

But before we get into the how of abstract submission, let’s dig into the why. More specifically, why should you present at the APHA Annual Meeting? First, you’ll have the potential to reach a genuinely massive public health audience — the APHA Annual Meeting typically attracts around 12,000 attendees! With an audience like that, your research may be brought home to communities throughout the country. Presenting at the Annual Meeting also brings with it exciting opportunities to network with leaders in the field, expand your career opportunities, and get valuable feedback from your peers and colleagues. Plus, “APHA Annual Meeting presenter” looks pretty awesome on a resume.

Now to the “how.” Each of APHA’s member groups — Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups, Caucuses, Forums and Student Assembly — has their own call for abstracts, and a single abstract can only be submitted to one group. So, first you need to decide which group most closely aligns with the content of your abstract. Then it’s time to prepare your abstract according to the instructions and follow the submission process. You don’t have to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if the abstract is accepted, the presenting author must join APHA as an individual member and register for the Annual Meeting. You’ll be notified about whether your abstract is accepted by June 1, 2017.

Depending on which APHA member group you submit to, the submission deadline ranges from Feb. 20-24. If you want a better idea of the kinds of research and presentations that take place at the APHA Annual Meeting, check out the online program from our 2016 meeting in Denver.

We hope you’ll consider presenting at next year’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, home to the nation’s top public health agency. We can’t wait to hear about the exciting ways you’re making the world a healthier place for all.

Learn more about how to submit an abstract on our website. For questions, email annualmeeting@apha.org.