What We Do

People who work in public health promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. The medical profession focuses on individual treatment, while the public health profession focuses on large scale solutions that are prevention oriented. People who work in public health are researchers, practitioners and educators who work across a broad spectrum of fields examples of which include social work, child welfare, education, chronic disease, the science of aging, mental health, disaster response, refugee health, injury prevention and tobacco control.

In Pennsylvania, public health priorities include things such as:

  • Access to clean water
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Lead remediation
  • Substance Use Disorders including opioid use disorders
  • Rural Health
  • Urban Health
  • Gun Violence
  • Suicide


The PPHA Annual Conference - April 14th, 2020

The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program, and the Society for Public Health Education - Pennsylvania Chapter (SOPHE)are offering a one-day conference, Sustaining Public Health in Pennsylvania through Community-based Initiatives, which will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations.

Abstracts are now being accepted on topics that address:

  • Innovative strategies to address public and community health issues;
  • Current and emerging public health challenges;
  • Integration of public health into community-and state-based initiatives;
  • Best practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations;
  • Migrant and immigrant farmworker health and safety; and
  • Use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health.

Abstracts may be delivered in two formats.  Please note your preference on the submission.

Oral Presentations are presentations given to an audience. The duration of oral presentations may vary by session but are generally 20 minutes. Abstract submission requires a description of the issue/problem, methods, findings, conclusions, and practical implications or recommendations for implementation.  The presentations will be organized in sessions with similar topics.

Poster Sessions are visual displays of a project or research on poster boards.  A poster includes an abstract, methods, results and findings, conclusions and practical implications or recommendations for implementation.  The presenter will be assigned a specific time to present the poster in a group setting with other presenters


  • To submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster session, click here and complete the required fields.
  • Students are encouraged to submit abstracts.
  • All submissions must include learning objectives.
  • A completed biographical data form with conflict of interest disclosure statement is required and can be downloaded here. Biographical Data Form  (If you have any problems downloading or opening the form, please contact Terri Klinefelter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)
  • Questions about abstract submission can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Abstracts must be received by 5:00 pm on December 2, 2019.  By submitting an abstract, you agree to the following:
  • Your abstract can be accepted as a type of presentation other than that which you have indicated as preferred;
  • The author’s names and presentation title will be published in the conference program; and
  • Conference registration and payment of the registration fee is required for all presenters whose abstracts have been accepted. Anyone at the conference attending, presenting or co-presenting is required to register and pay prior to the conference.

All authors will be notified of abstract status via e-mail on or before January 17, 2020.