2020 Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) Conference "Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health"

Date of event: 
September 30, 2020 - October 2, 2020
Submission deadline: 
March 9, 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health

Population health is shaped by the contexts in which people live. We are all embedded in geographic, policy, social, and economic contexts that shape our opportunities for creating a healthy life. These contexts have been rapidly changing and diverging in recent decades. Geographic inequalities in health in the United States and globally have widened; policy environments across U.S. states and across countries have polarized; and the roles of profit-seeking companies on population health has come into negative focus with rising obesity, the opioid crisis and climate change, and positive focus as reflected in the U.S. Surgeon General’s initiative “Community Health and Economic Prosperity.” How do these various policy, place, and profit-seeking contexts shape population health? How have they contributed to exacerbating or mitigating the troubling trends and growing inequalities in health across the U.S. and world populations? How can researchers from different disciplines ranging from the biological sciences to the social sciences work with policymakers and the private sector to make real improvements in these structural and commercial determinants of health?

The theme of the 2020 IAPHS conference is “Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health.” The theme recognizes the influential work of John B. McKinlay, who coined the phrase “manufacturers of illness” to emphasize the key role of upstream factors, particularly political-economic systems, in shaping population health. IAPHS has made McKinlay’s path-breaking article available for members (click here).

The overall goal of this year’s IAPHS conference is to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to share current research findings, frameworks, and methods; elevate awareness about how policies, places, and profits shape population health for better or for worse; facilitate new collaborations; and identify ways to improve health through outreach to policymakers, industry and the public. The conference will continue the IAPHS tradition of offering a scientifically engaging and interactive program, welcoming anyone interested in population health.

The Program Committee encourages submissions that highlight the promise of interdisciplinary population health science and action that can improve population health across the life course. Submissions from postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, clinical students, and trainees are especially encouraged.

Submission Formats

Panel Submission:
Groups of individuals are invited to submit panels that will present original research or engage in innovative discussions that push the boundaries of population health science, practice, theory, methods, student training, or technological innovations (or a combination of these) around a significant issue related to population health. Note that work presented in these panels should not yet be published. All proposed panels should include the session organizer, and 3-4 panelists.

All population health topics are welcome. Topics related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.

The IAPHS annual meeting is aimed at fostering cross-pollination of ideas among panel members and an interdisciplinary audience. Panels should not be comprised of presenters from a single academic discipline.

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2020

Panel Submission Form

Abstract Submission:
Individuals or co-authored teams are welcome to submit an original abstract for consideration on the program. Accepted Abstracts will be presented in either a Poster or Oral Contributed Session. Abstract may present original research, practice, theory, methods, new ideas on student training, or technological innovations.

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2020

Abstract Submission Categories

Abstract Submission Form

Submission Policy

Abstracts submitted for poster sessions or oral presentations

May be submitted:

  • Abstracts of work that has been neither published nor presented at another meeting.
  • Abstracts derived from papers under review by a journal but not yet accepted.
  • Abstracts that have been submitted to other meetings for presentation and are under review (however, if accepted may not be presented both at IAPHS and another meeting).

May not be submitted:

  • Abstracts derived from papers that have already been published, either in print or in an online format
  • Abstracts based entirely on research that has been presented at other meetings, even if unpublished.

NOTE: The Submission Policy listed above is based on the status of the work, at the time of submission.

Submission Guidelines And Criteria For Review

General Guidelines for All Submissions

Submissions must focus on population health, broadly defined.

  1. Submissions should not include unnecessary disciplinary jargon. Remember that there is a strong likelihood that your submission will be reviewed from at least one person outside of your field. If the reviewers do not understand your submission, it is less likely to be selected.
  2. If your panel submission or abstract is based on original research, you must include enough details about your data and/or results to convince the Program Committee that your work will be ready for presentation at the October meeting.
  3. Priority will be given to submissions that will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience.
  4. Submissions will be evaluated based on:

           a. Clarity of the formulation/conceptualization

           b. Assessment of the methodological approach(es) as appropriate

           c. Novelty of the results or discussion

           d. Innovation of the overall project or panel

           e. Fit on the program with other sessions

           f. Ability to speak to an audience that includes researchers and practitioners from

              multiple fields and sectors

Panel Guidelines
Panel proposals must include a description of the panel (as you wish for it to appear in the program, should the session be selected), a listing of the panelists, talk titles and talk descriptions (200 characters limit) for each panelist. All panel members, must indicate a willingness to attend the conference and participate on the panel. Contact information and each panelist’s professional affiliation also need to be included.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts that highlight original research must be 2,000 characters or less and must communicate to the Program Committee the question that is guiding the research, the significance of the research, data/methods, and preliminary results. These abstract submissions must be based on unpublished research.  Abstract submissions will be judged on the extent to which the research, practice, or training is pushing boundaries in this area of study, is clear and complete, and is related to the theme of the meeting.

If you have questions about submissions, please contact:

Sue Bevan