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Call for Abstracts — 140th APHA Annual Meeting

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Theme: Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Latino Caucus
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2012

The Latino Caucus requests the submission of original research and interventions in the Latino community for dissemination at the 140th APHA Annual Meeting. The theme, Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan, presents an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities for prevention and protection across the lifespan in order to have the most positive impact on health (both physical and mental) at all ages. To accomplish this goal, government agencies, community organizations, schools, healthcare organizations and other community members must work together in a comprehensive approach. It is important to discuss how prevention and wellness fits into the current plan for health care reform and what additional reform will be necessary into order to achieve desirable health outcomes.

The Scientific Program Subcommittee of the APHA Latino Caucus particularly encourages established and emerging Latino scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit their research. Please submit scientific papers that address questions of the complex intersections of prevention and wellness, community resources, structural inequality, gender, geography and ethnicity and the impact of these intersections across the lifespan such as for children, adolescents, mid-life and older adults. We are looking for innovative approaches to address prevention and wellness in the Latino community.

Electronic submission is required:

The abstracts will be organized into one of the following: oral presentation, roundtable discussion, and poster session.

  • Addressing weight management/preventing obesity in the Latino community across the life course (e.g. safe recreational space for Latino adolescents, the marriage of urban planners and public health professionals)
  • Differential strategies for active living in Latino communities that are most responsive to their resources, circumstances and preferences (e.g. urban, rural, migrants)
  • Innovative technologies to promote health and wellness in Latino adolescents and young adults (e.g. the role of social media, handheld devices)
  • Intergenerational wellness projects: Family as health caretakers and transmitters of health information (e.g. the role of mothers as food gatekeepers)
  • Interrogating the role of prevention & wellness policy – where does health care reform matter for Latinos across the life course? (e.g. access to health care and insurance for those employed in small businesses, seasonal workers such as in construction, agricultural work including citizens, long-term immigrants, etc.)
  • Life course interventions to promote preventive screenings (e.g. STI’s, mammogram/pap smear, colorectal/prostate cancer) across multiple contexts (e.g. schools as sites of prevention for K -12, neighborhood health centers, mobile vans, public health clinics)
  • Prevention strategies to improve food choices and food selection options in Latino community infrastructure to enhance wellness (e.g. food environment in schools, small food stores and supermarkets)
  • Promotoras as key community prevention and wellness providers (e.g. evidence-based interventions with lay health workers)
  • The role of depression and social support in the prevention of chronic conditions across the lifespan (e.g. adult women and diabetes management)
  • The role of discrimination and mental health among Latinos (e.g. how do current attitudes and policies on immigrant surveillance/policing impact the mental health of Mexican Americans, Mexicans and other Latinos)

We strongly encourage students to submit their abstracts, and to indicate their student status in the appropriate checkbox. We will select the best student abstract for recognition at our annual awards program! For more information, contact the program planners: Ruth Enid Zambrana and Patricia Y. Miranda.

Please note that all abstracts are peer-reviewed and evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clarity of presentation: statement of problem, relevance, methods, results, and conclusions
  • Quality and completeness of reported findings
  • Originality and implications of findings to research, practice, and/or policy

Continuing Education Credit

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 must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names;

2) at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measureable; examples of acceptable measurable action words: 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. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form.

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Program Planner Contact Information:

Ruth E. Zambrana, PhD
Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity
University of Maryland
1208 Cole Student Activites Building
2101 Woods Hall
College Park, MD 20742 Phone: 301-405-3447 Fax: 301-314-9190 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Patricia Y. Miranda, PhD, MPH
Department of Health Policy and Administration
The Pennsylvania State University
601G Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-7402
Fax: 814-863-2905
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