University of Washington School of Public Health

Social Justice & Public Health: Student Posters - APHA 2018


SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH: STUDENT POSTERS -- APHA 2018 (Tues, Nov 13, 12:30 - 1:30pm):

For the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo (San Diego, CA, Nov 10-14, 2018), 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 (whether quantitative or qualitative).

-- Note: Abstracts are due on February 19, 2018; all relevant instructions can be found at the APHA abstract submission website; see:

We welcome 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 theme for the conference: “Collective struggles for health equity: activists, allies & adversaries – past, present, and future.” Our sessions at the conference will both: (1) call out and name the adversaries to health equity, including the many institutions and social groups who benefit from social inequality, while also: (2) calling attention to the activists and allies engaged in the collective struggle for social justice, which promote health equity. Our sessions will emphasize the need for: (a) structural analyses of the societal determination of health that are historically grounded, and (b) critical reflection on the concrete steps that activists and allies are taking to challenge exploitation and oppression, and to enhance possibilities for ensuring an equitable and sustainable future. Furthermore, our sessions will emphasize principles of solidarity across struggles and call out the strengths of communities fighting for health equity.

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, government, economics, sociology, urban planning, etc. The work presented can be global, country-specific, or local.

Moreover, given that the call is open to students who may not have any experience submitting abstracts for a public health conference (e.g., undergraduates, and also students in disciplines outside of public health), we would like to point interested students to examples of abstracts selected in prior years for the student poster session  (see, for example, 2017 and 2016). Additionally, we plan to pair any undergraduates who have an abstract accepted with a student poster session committee member, to offer technical as well as conceptual guidance about preparing a poster!

-- 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 APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo (San Diego, CA, Nov 10-14, 2018) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in the 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm APHA time slot.

-- Please note that if your abstract is accepted we expect you to present your poster at the APHA conference. We understand that emergencies may occur; however, if you are not able to attend we ask that you find someone to present or stand with your poster so that we can maintain a full program. We are requesting this commitment out of fairness to other students submitting abstracts, because any slot that turns into a “no show” could have been a slot in which another student could have presented. We will accept 10 abstracts (the maximum permitted) and create a waitlist of 5 abstracts, in case there are any cancellations among the 10 accepted abstracts. Persons on the waitlist will be notified that they will be contacted if one of the students for the 10 accepted abstract posters needs to withdraw. Because the withdrawal notification may be as late as August/September, we will ask persons selected for the waitlist if these terms are ok, and, if not, we will remove them from the waitlist and replace them with the next highest ranked person.

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 (, Monique Hosein  (



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!!!


  • 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, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names (and this includes the names of any books you have published!);

2) at least one MEASURABLE SINGLE outcome (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable outcomes and compound outcomes are not acceptable). Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs:

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

-- 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.”

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.