The 2021 Conference will offer Panel and Abstract Submissions. Abstracts may be accepted for Poster or Oral presentation.

Stay tuned for additional information – coming soon!

December 1, 2020 – March 8, 2021

The 2021 Conference will offer Panel and Abstract Submissions. Abstracts may be accepted for Poster or Oral presentation.

Stay tuned for additional information – coming soon!

December 1, 2020 – March 8, 2021


Racism, Power, and Justice: Achieving Population Health Equity

For the 2021 Annual Meeting, we take on the seemingly intractable challenge of racial and ethnic health inequities and focus on structural racism as their fundamental source. Structural racism is a self-sustaining system of inequity fortified by an interconnected network of formal and informal institutions, ranging, for example, from our educational and criminal justice systems to the media to the entities that oversee our environment and even family formation. This network sustains structural racism as movement toward equity in one institution may be countered with changes in another institution to preserve overall inequity across time and place. Structural racism has been designed to favor those with social, economic, and political power, meaning that racism not only harms non-White populations but other socially or economically marginalized populations such as poor or less-educated White Americans.

The profound health consequences of structural racism underscore the critical importance of interdisciplinary population health research to inform effective and just policies and interventions. When we work across our disciplinary boundaries, we can clarify the ways in which institutions operate together to preserve power inequities. This, in turn, allows us to build the evidence base necessary for sustained change. To achieve population health equity, we therefore place the focus on what it will take to reach that goal – an anti-racist movement to dismantle structural racism and move toward a racially, socially, economically, and politically just and equitable society.

Submission Formats

Panel Submission:

Groups of individuals are invited to submit panels that will present original research or engage in innovative discussions that push the boundaries of population health science, practice, theory, methods, student training, or technological innovations (or a combination of these) around a significant issue related to population health. Note that work presented in these panels should not yet be published. All proposed panels should include the session organizer, and 3-4 panelists.

All population health topics are welcome. Topics related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.

The IAPHS annual meeting is aimed at fostering cross-pollination of ideas among panel members and an interdisciplinary audience. Panels should not be composed of presenters from a single academic discipline. 

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2021

Abstract Submission:

Individuals or co-authored teams are welcome to submit an original abstract for consideration on the program. Accepted Abstracts will be presented in either a Poster or Oral Contributed Session. Abstract may present original research, practice, theory, methods, new ideas on student training, or technological innovations.

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2021

Submission Policy

Abstracts submitted for poster sessions or oral presentations

May be submitted: 

  • Abstracts of work that has been neither published nor presented at another meeting.
  • Abstracts derived from papers under review by a journal but not yet accepted.
  • Abstracts that have been submitted to other meetings for presentation and are under review (however, if accepted may not be presented both at IAPHS and another meeting).

 May not be submitted:

  • Abstracts derived from papers that have already been published, either in print or in an online format
  • Abstracts based entirely on research that has been presented at other meetings, even if unpublished.

NOTE: The Submission Policy listed above is based on the status of the work, at the time of submission.

Submission Guidelines and Criteria for Review

General Guidelines for All Submissions

Submissions must focus on population health, broadly defined.

  1. Submissions should not include unnecessary disciplinary jargon. Remember that there is a strong likelihood that your submission will be reviewed from at least one person outside of your field. If the reviewers do not understand your submission, it is less likely to be selected.
  2. If your panel submission or abstract is based on original research, you must include enough details about your data and/or results to convince the Program Committee that your work will be ready for presentation at the October meeting.
  3. Priority will be given to submissions that will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience.
  4. Submissions will be evaluated based on:

           a. Clarity of the formulation/conceptualization
           b. Assessment of the methodological approach(es) as appropriate
           c. Novelty of the results or discussion
           d. Innovation of the overall project or panel
           e. Fit on the program with other sessions
           f. Ability to speak to an audience that includes researchers and practitioners from
              multiple fields and sectors

Panel Guidelines

Panel proposals must include a description of the panel (as you wish for it to appear in the program, should the session be selected), a listing of the panelists, talk titles and talk descriptions (200 characters limit) for each panelist. All panel members, must indicate a willingness to attend the conference and participate on the panel. Contact information and each panelist’s professional affiliation also need to be included.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts that highlight original research must be 2,000 characters or less and must communicate to the Program Committee the question that is guiding the research, the significance of the research, data/methods, and preliminary results. These abstract submissions must be based on unpublished research.  Abstract submissions will be judged on the extent to which the research, practice, or training is pushing boundaries in this area of study, is clear and complete, and is related to the theme of the meeting.

If you have questions about submissions, please contact:

Sue Bevan