On the heels of the 2008 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in San Diego, the Chiropractic Health Care (CHC) section of the APHA has issued a call for abstracts with a submission deadline of Feb. 9, 2009. Select abstracts will be presented at the CHC section's scientific sessions during the 137th annual APHA meeting in Philadelphia in November 2009.
While all abstracts that meet the submission criteria will be considered for presentation, research topics related to chiropractic health care or the overall meeting theme of "Water and Public Health: A 21st Century Challenge" will receive high priority. Topics of particular interest to the CHC section include chiropractic education and public health; current research in chiropractic; developing integrative approaches to patient care; models of wellness care in practice; and public health in chiropractic practice.
All abstracts should be submitted electronically to the APHA Web site (www.apha.org/meetings) and reflect one of the following research formats:
- original empirical work (scientific studies, program evaluations, organizational studies, etc.)
- noteworthy advances in methodology or analysis;
- innovative integrative scholarship and scientific work;
- programmatic reports of significant research infrastructure development or health professions curricular development or educational research;
- substantive policy analyses (policy case studies, systems-wide assessments, etc.);
- informative reports on program or project management/development;
- other similarly noteworthy, innovative or informative reports and studies.
Abstracts must be original (not previously presented or published) and 250 words or fewer in length. All presenters must be individual members of the APHA or join, if not a member, and register for the annual meeting. For more information, contact Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, at 563-884-5302 or .
The 2008 APHA meeting featured more than 900 sessions and 4,000-plus scientific and technical paper presentations covering the latest in public health research. Five scientific sessions were devoted to chiropractic and focused on developing integrative approaches to patient care; current research in chiropractic; educational research and processes; and national/international health promotion. To learn more, visit www.apha.org/meetings/highlights, and read Dr. Rand Baird's upcoming "Chiropractic in the APHA" column in DC. Dr. Baird will provide a complete wrap-up of the 2008 APHA meeting in the Jan. 1 issue.