Presenter FAQs

Can't find the answer to your questions? Review the presenter guidelines or contact APHA.

Is there an online program where my session is listed?

Yes. You can search your name or title in the Online Program.

I can no longer attend to present at the meeting, but I would like to ask my co-author to present. How do I change the speaker?

You can change the presenting author in the Speaker Portal. We will email presenters with instructions on how to access the portal in September. If you need to change the presenter now, send an email to with “Change Presenter” in the subject line. Include the following details in your email: Presenter name, email, APHA member ID (if known), credentials, title, organization. 

How can I edit my abstract or update my author list?

You can make minor edits to your abstract and author list in the Speaker Portal. We will email presenters with instructions on how to access the portal in September

When will I recieve an updated on my abstract status?
  1. General abstract notification emails were sent on July 21. If you did not recieve an email and it is not in your SPAM, send an email to
  2. Latebreaker notification emails will be sent on August 19.
  3. Waitlisted abstract notification emails will be sent by August 25. If you have not heard about your abstract, please contact the program planner for more details.
Why was my abstract declined? Can you provide feedback?

Contact the program chair (PDf) of the section for details.

Can I present virtually?

No, all presenters (poster, oral and roundtable) must present in person in Boston this year. There are no virtual options for presenters. 

How do I make corrections to my abstract?

You cannot change your abstract content once the submission deadline has passed. However, minor corrections (i.e. spelling errors, etc.) can be made by APHA staff. Email us to make a correction.

How much time do I have for my oral presentation?

You will have 15 minutes for your presentation. Oral presentations are scheduled in 90-minute sessions. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present. The session will consist of 4-5 presentations followed by a Q&A session at the end.

I can’t present on this date, can I reschedule my presentation for another day?

Contact the program chair (PDf) of the section to see if there is space available in another session. If there is no space, you will need to either withdraw your abstract or ask the program chair to waitlist your abstract. 

Can I change the format of my presentation [oral, poster, roundtable]?

No, we can’t change the format. There may not be space available in a different session format at this time. Contact the program chair (PDf) of the section to see if there is any space available in a different format.

Do I have to create a digital poster presentation?
You do not have to submit a digital version of the poster before the meeting. Onsite printing services will be available. We will post additional details about this service on our web site soon. See poster guidelines.
Can my co-author(s) present?

Only one presenter per abstract is allowed to present. Your co-author(s) can join you for the Q&A portion of the session and help answer questions, but all co-authors must be registered for the meeting. 

How do I upload my PowerPoint presentation in advance of the meeting?

We will send presenters instructions on how to upload their PowerPoint presentations in October. 

How do I register for the meeting?

Presenters must be a member of APHA and register for the meeting. There is no discounted registration rate for presenters.

Registration Steps:

  1. Go to our registration page
  2. Select the button labeled "REGISTER ME AS AN ATTENDEE OR PRESENTER"
  3. Follow the first step to become a member or renew your membership. 
  4. Once membership is complete, continue to registration
  5. On the first step, indicate that you are a presenter and includer your abstract ID number. 
  6. Complete registration.