Frequently Asked Questions

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Given the COVID-19 pandemic, why not go fully virtual?

At this point, we are very hopeful the in-person meeting will take place in Denver as planned. It is impossible to fully replicate the richness, chance encounters and energizing atmosphere of an in-person meeting. However, if circumstance dictate, we will be ready to transition to an all-virtual format. The good news: this has little impact on the work currently underway to develop the Annual Meeting program.

What safety precautions will be put in place for the in-person audience?

APHA is working with our partners to design a safe environment for all attendees, vendors and staff. Place are not finalized, but in-person attendees can expect more hand sanitizing stations, wider aisles in the exhibit hall, new layouts in session rooms, plexiglass dividers and limited food and beverage options.

How many people do you expect will participate in the meeting?

We are expecting 10,000 attendees, with half participating virtually and half in-person.

Why aren't all Denver sessions available for live online viewing?

Cost restrictions prohibit APHA from livestreaming all content from Denver. By providing recordings of in-person sessions only, we are able to reduce the cost for the virtual audience, allowing more people to participate than ever before. The virtual audience will still have live and on-demand access to more than 300 virtual sessions plus the recordings of all Denver presentations.

When will the online program be available?

The online program will be available July 1.

How many people to you expect to participate in APHA 2021?
We are expecting 10,000 attendees, with half participating virtually and half in Denver.
Will presenters be required to register for the in-person or the virtual meeting?

All presenters must be members of APHA and registered for the Annual Meeting. In-person presenters must be registered for the in-person meeting. Virtual presenters may register for the virtual meeting or the in-person meeting. Virtual presenters can present from Denver using their own laptop.

What time zones will be used?

The schedules for both the in-person and virtual meeting will refer to Mountain Time as the in-person meeting takes place in Denver.

Why are roundtable sessions only being offered virtually?

Currently, all roundtable sessions are virtual due to physical distance requirements. A typical roundtable session allows up to 10 participants at a table. In the in-person setting, only four people can be around a table. Going virtual allows more attendees to interact with the presenters. We have taken your feedback from last year's virtual roundtables and are working to improve the experience.

Why are poster sessions only being offered virtually?

Currently, all posters are virtual due to physical distancing requirements in the exhibit hall. We must limit the number of individuals in the exhibit hall. To allow more attendees to interact with exhibitors, we have moved the poster sessions to a virtual format. We have taken your feedback from last year's virtual poster sessions and are working to include a live portion.

As a virtual attendee, will I be able to ask questions or participate in discussions?

Yes, the virtual audience will be able to ask questions at virtual sessions and at the limited livestreamed sessions.

Will sessions be recorded for on-demand viewing?

Poster sessions and roundtable presentations will be pre-recorded. Virtual oral sessions are being recorded and will be available for on-demand viewing. In-person oral sessions are being recorded in Denver and will be available for on-demand viewing only. On-demand content will be available for three months following APHA 2021.

When should I travel to Denver?

Please plan your travel accordingly to arrive in time for the Opening General Session at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. A number of pre-convention Learning Institutes and business meetings take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. View the new schedule at a glance

When will registration open?

Registration will open on July 1.

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

Abstract submitters will be notified on June 1 if they have been accepted. On July 1, presenters will receive a second email with the date and time of their presentations.