“Gender, Sexuality, and Health Across the Life Course: Current Challenges and Opportunities for Population Health and Health Equity”
Gender- and sexuality-based health inequities are pervasive throughout childhood, adolescence, prime adulthood, and old age. Several recent and ongoing population health crises highlight the importance of examining changes in health over time by gender and sexuality, the structural forces that drive them, and how they vary by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, and more. Read more
The ongoing Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19 Pandemic have highlighted and exacerbated inequities in health by gender and sexuality. Gender differences in life expectancy during the Opioid Epidemic both converged and then diverged over time, with prescription drugs contributing to convergence in the early part of the epidemic and men’s higher mortality from illicit drug use contributing to divergence in the latter part of the epidemic. Recent evidence also shows elevated use in opioids among sexual and gender minority populations. Regarding COVID-19, binary sex differences in COVID outcomes have received heightened attention from the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic with male sex being associated with an increased risk of severe illness resulting in hospitalization and death. Further, gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults have higher prevalence of health conditions, as well as stress, that increased the risk of developing severe COVID-19 compared to heterosexual people.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which removed federal protection for the right to have an abortion, drastically restricted abortion access among people who can get pregnant, including cisgender women, transgender men, intersex people, and adolescents. Reduced access to abortion and other essential reproductive health care will likely increase rates of adverse mental and physical health outcomes (including pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality) and financial vulnerability among the aforementioned groups. The SCOTUS decision will likely exacerbate health inequities—especially among adolescents, sexual and gender minorities, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, poor and/or disabled people.
Alarming patterns in population health outcomes by sex, gender, and sexual and gender minority status continue to arise. State differences in Medicaid expansion have led to large geographic differences in women’s and transgender men’s access to cancer screening. Cisgender men in the United States continue to show higher lifetime risks for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, suicide, liver disease, and additional morbidities than women. Mental health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are large compared to heterosexual persons, especially among adolescents and young adults who experience higher rates of emotional distress, mood and anxiety symptoms, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior. Monkeypox is an emerging public health emergency that disproportionately impacts sexual minority men, especially racial/ethnic sexual minority men.
A population health approach is critical for understanding and closing the gap in population health trends and disparities related to sex, gender, and sexual and gender minority identity (that interact with other social identities and positions such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, disability, etc.). The issues noted above, and many others, are embedded in structural inequalities, neighborhood and community environments, and the disparate impact of social policies, and social, economic, and political institutions. The issues are complex, interact across multiple levels of context, and are highly interdisciplinary in nature.
The goal of this year’s IAPHS conference is to provide a holistic, cutting edge, scientifically rigorous, and highly engaged forum for scholars from multiple disciplines to share current research findings, conceptual frameworks, analytic approaches, and strategies for disseminating population health research for impact. This is important to provide the evidence base to policies targeted at reducing disparities linked to gender and sexuality disparities over the life course. We have an explicit focus on health equity, considering for example gender and sexuality disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The conference will provide opportunities for new collaborations, to synthesize approaches and evidence, and will lead to innovative ways to improve health and reduce health inequities through outreach to policymakers and the public. The conference builds on the IAPHS core value of welcoming everyone interested in population health and health equity.
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 6, 2023
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 6, 2023
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Submission Deadline: March 6, 2023
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Priority will be given to submissions that will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience.
- 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 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.
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