APHA 2021 — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

APHA 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo Denver and Online Oct. 24-27 Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

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APHA's 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo will take place Oct. 24-27 and will begin with the Opening General Session. Pre-meeting activities like business meetings, poster sessions and Learning Institutes will take place online and begin the week before on Oct. 18. 

Attendees can travel to Denver and participate in the meeting and expo at the Colorado Convention Center or participate online from anywhere in the world. The 2021 theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness." Registration and housing will open July 1. 

Call for Abstracts — Closed

Abstract status notification emails will be sent June 1. View more information about presenting at APHA 2021. 

Extended deadlines and latebreakers:

Public Health Film Festival

The APHA 2021 film festival will be split into categories. Short films (under 30 minutes) will be screened virtually. All feature film sessions will have live panel discussions, and most will take place in Denver. Learn more about the film festival.

Open Calls — All deadlines are June 10. 

What to Expect at APHA 2021

You spoke, and we listened! All the changes you see this year are designed to improve the attendee experience. We hope to be able to safely gather in October, but whether in Denver or online, APHA 2021 attendees will have access to high-quality scientific sessions, inspiring presentations and many opportunities to connect with peers. Check out our new expanded schedule.

Session Formats

While things are subject to change as we monitor the pandemic and safety protocols, we anticipate half of all oral sessions will be presented virtually, and half in-person. When submitting an abstract, you must indicate whether you prefer to present virtually or in-person. 

  • General and Featured Sessions: These key sessions will take place in Denver and be livestreamed to the virtual audience.
  • Oral Sessions: All presenters in a session must be in the same meeting format (virtual or in-person). If a virtual presenter attends the in-person meeting, they should plan to conduct their presentation from their personal laptop in their hotel room or a designated Wi-Fi-enabled space in the convention center.
  • Poster Sessions: We are currently planning for all poster sessions to be virtual. This year, we're adding an interactive element to allow poster presenters to easily communicate with attendees.
  • Roundtable Sessions: We are currently planning for all roundtable sessions to be virtual. New technologies will allow us to optimize virtual roundtable presentations.

Public Health Expo

There will be an in-person expo in Denver and a virtual expo. All exhibitors will have a virtual presence allowing them to connect and engage with all attendees. The expo hall is already filling up! View the 2021 Public Health Expo floor plan for a list of participating organizations. Interested in exhibiting? Email APHA's exhibits manager, Edward Shipley.

Virtual or In-Person Experience

Wondering which format to pick? This page helps you weigh your options.

We'll Keep You Updated

More information is coming on business meetings, receptions and other events. Check back here for the most current information on our meeting planning, or visit our FAQs. Questions? Please reach out to us at annualmeeting@apha.org

Beware of Scams

Tech-savvy scammers are reaching out to our attendees claiming to sell attendee lists. This is a scam! APHA exhibitors may purchase mailing lists or request to have an email sent out on their behalf. APHA does not give out attendee email addresses. Mailing lists are managed by our Exhibits Manager, Edward Shipley. If you receive an email from anyone other than Edward, please do not respond.