Annual Conference/Program Committee

The APHA annual meeting will be held this year in Denver, Colorado from November 6-10, 2010.  This year will mark the 4th anniversary as an APHA section for the Disability Section.


There are four types of sessions at the meeting this year:


1.    Scientific sessions - oral presentations of 15 minutes. Priority for these sessions is given to scientific presentations of more developed work, which usually includes some level of data analysis.

2.    Poster sessions - "Disability Resource Fair". This format is most appropriate for descriptions of developing work, new intervention programs, resource centers, etc.

3.    Special Sessions - A thematic group of four invited papers for a special session on a selected topic.

4.    Mentoring for Student and New Investigators - short oral presentations of developing projects for discussion with senior scientists in the field of disability research.


The following are the themes for the Disability Section meeting:

·         Disability Surveillance

o    Disability and Assistive Devices

o    Disability and Measurement  

o    Disability and Health Policy

o    Disability and Health Promotion

o    Disability and International Health

o    Social Support, Personal Assistance and Caregiving*       

o    Disability, Environment and Participation

o    Translating Disability Research into Practice

o    Disability and Health - Infants and children

* Co-sponsor with Gerontological Health Section


All presenters will be expected to make their presentations accessible to all participants.


Presenters will be notified about the Disability Section required guidelines for accessibility.

Students: The Disability Section is committed to developing future leaders in the field.


Please check the APHA website to see the schedule for the Disability Section at  Please check back to this site for further updates about the Program for the Disability Section.


Abstract Review Procedures for the Disability Section
Abstracts are reviewed
anonymously by at least three professionals in public health and disability. Abstracts are rank ordered using the total mean score from the three reviewers. Review criteria include: Importance/Originality, Methods, Supporting Data, Conclusions.


Program Planner Contact Information:
Stephen Kaye, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street
Suite 340

San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 502-7266
Fax: (415) 502-5208