Frequently Asked Questions

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Where will the Annual Meeting and Expo be held?

Annual Meeting activities will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210) and the Westin Boston Seaport Hotel (425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210).

What is the format of the Annual Meeting and Expo?
The Annual Meeting will be held in-person at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the Westin Boston Seaport Hotel. We are planning a format that will deliver four days of onsite experiences designed for attendees to engage, collaborate and grow.

But if you cannot travel, APHA is hosting a digital version of APHA 2022 on Nov. 14-16. This will include access to recordings of more than 120 sessions from the Annual Meeting. Of course, the Featured and General Sessions are included, along with up to two sessions selected by each APHA Section. You’ll even be able to participate live in the Opening General Session on Nov. 6.
Does APHA have scholarships or financial support for attendees?

APHA member groups have a limited number of scholarships available.

More information can be found here

Are CE credits available for attending the annual meeting?

Yes, if you attend in-person in Boston, you can register for and earn up to 20.5 credit hours for attending sessions at the annual meeting.

Your first discipline is included with your in-person meeting registration and additional disciplines are $10 each. Credits can be earned in the following CE types: Certified in Public Health, Health Education CHES, Nursing, Veterinary, CME (for DO or MD); OP for other health professionals.

Visit Continuing Education at the Annual Meeting for more information.

CE credits are not available for the digital meeting.

How can I get a certificate of attendance?

You can print your own certificate of attendance after the meeting, from a link on the annual meeting web page.

You will need to enter your registration ID number from your confirmation letter and your last name in order to generate the certificate.

Will COVID-19 vaccinations be required to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo in person? Will masks be required?

APHA is requiring all in-person attendees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination against the SARS-Cov-2 virus as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Up to date is defined as a completed full primary series (two shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson product; or a comparably approved vaccine if you are an international attendee) plus at least one booster.

You will be required to show proof of vaccination during event check-in. By registering for the event, you agree to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by October 20, 2022.

Masking at APHA 2022

To ensure a safe and comfortable meeting for all attendees, APHA events follow masking guidance as issued by state and local public health authorities. For APHA 2022, we will be following guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission.

As of July 20, 2022, the commission (https://www.boston.gov/government/cabinets/boston-public-health-commission/covid-19-boston) “strongly recommends wearing a mask while indoors, including when using public transportation, in government buildings and in crowded indoor venues. Masking is especially important for those who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as people who are not fully vaccinated, seniors and those who are immunocompromised.”

For the latest recommendations from the commission, visit the agency’s COVID-19 response page. (https://www.boston.gov/government/cabinets/boston-public-health-commission/covid-19-boston) More details on masking requirements at APHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo will be shared by the Association prior to the event.

Can my family attend the Annual Meeting and Expo?

Supervised children 16 and younger are welcome to attend the meeting for free and are welcome in all areas of the Annual Meeting during open times. Children over the age of 16 will need to be registered as a guest or a student.

Anyone under the age of 18 is NOT permitted in the Expo Hall during set-up and tear down for any reason. This is an operational building and safety regulation.

To request that a spouse attends one of your presentations, contact us at annualmeeting@apha.org.  If you would like your spouse to accompany you to multiple sessions and events, you must register them as a guest. Guests cannot be public health professionals.

When will name badges be mailed?

Name badges are mailed 3 weeks before the meeting.

For 2022, that date will be on or around October 12, 2022. Please confirm your current correct postal mailing address within your registration to ensure your badge reaches you. 

What safety precautions are you taking for in-person attendees?

as of July 20, 2022

APHA takes our leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and understands the need to provide attendees of our Annual Meeting & Expo with the safest experience possible. We are following all current CDC guidelines as well as those of state and local authorities in Massachusetts during the meeting period. We recognize these may change over time as conditions change in Boston or elsewhere.

APHA is requiring all in-person attendees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination against the SARS-Cov-2 virus as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Up to date is defined as a completed full primary series (two shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson product; or a comparably approved vaccine if you are an international attendee) plus at least one booster. We remind you that it can take up to six weeks to complete the full schedule for COVID vaccines that require two doses to achieve full efficacy. You will be required to show proof of vaccination during event check-in. By registering for the event, you agree to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus by Oct. 20, 2022.

We also encourage you to get your annual flu shot at least 14 days before the meeting, so it can have its full effect. For those traveling from outside the United States, please be aware of restrictions placed on your country of origin, as travelers from some countries are required to quarantine for two weeks.

Masking at APHA 2022

To ensure a safe and comfortable meeting for all attendees, APHA events follow masking guidance as issued by state and local public health authorities. For APHA 2022, we will be following guidance from the Boston Public Health Commission.

As of July 20, 2022, the commission (https://www.boston.gov/government/cabinets/boston-public-health-commission/covid-19-boston) “strongly recommends wearing a mask while indoors, including when using public transportation, in government buildings and in crowded indoor venues. Masking is especially important for those who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as people who are not fully vaccinated, seniors and those who are immunocompromised.”

For the latest recommendations from the commission, visit the agency’s COVID-19 response page. (https://www.boston.gov/government/cabinets/boston-public-health-commission/covid-19-boston) More details on masking requirements at APHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo will be shared by the Association prior to the event.

Does APHA offer volunteer opportunities at the Annual Meeting?
No. Due to the size, logistical management, and scope of the Meeting, APHA relies entirely on paid staff and temporary personnel to fulfill essential needs on site.
How do I register and pay for the meeting?

Registration may be completed online (insert link) and paid for by credit card and check.

Yes, you can register online even if you are paying by check. Your registration will be considered completed once the check is received.

APHA no longer accepts paper forms.

How do I request a Letter of Invitation for visa?

For International attendees who require a visa to attend a letter of invitation is often required.

Once they register, they can automatically generate an official letter of invitation.

Will sessions be recorded?

APHA is hosting a digital version of APHA 2022 on Nov. 14-16. This will include access to recordings of more than 120 sessions from the Annual Meeting. Of course, the Featured and General Sessions are included, along with up to two sessions selected by each APHA Section. You’ll even be able to participate live in the Opening General Session on Nov. 6.

If I attend the Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 6-9, do I need a separate registration to watch anything during the digital version of the meeting, Nov. 14-16?

No. Registration for APHA 2022 includes the in-person meeting in Boston and access to everything happening during the digital version of the meeting.

When will registration open?

Registration and housing will open on Monday, June 27, 2022.

When will I learn if my abstract has been accepted to be presented?

Submitters will be notified by July 21, 2022 if their abstract has been accepted.

If I’m presenting at a session, do I need to be in Boston, Nov. 6-9? Will presenters be required to register for the APHA 2022?

Yes. All Annual Meeting sessions are being held live in Boston, Nov. 6-9.

And also Yes. As a presenter you have two requirements. 1) you must be a member of APHA, 2) you must register for the meeting. You can do both at the same time from the online registration form. You can register for the full meeting or for the day of your presentation.

Can I participate in the business meetings even if I’m not in Boston?

No. All business meetings will be held Nov. 6-9 at the Annual Meeting in Boston.