2021 Annual Institute - VIRTUAL

Advocacy in Community/Public Health Nursing Policy, Education, and Research.   

June 10-12, 2021

The 2021 ACHNE Annual Institute is going virtual! Building off the success of the 2020 Virtual Institute, the Program Committee is excited to dive into exploring innovative ways to bring members together online.  Updates will be posted as they become available.

As always, attendees with questions are welcome to contact us at ACHNE@meinet.com  


To provide a scholarly institute whereby community health nursing educators will collaborate and present their accomplishments; share strategies towards building a culture of health; promote health equity, and aim for community wellbeing as a vision for Healthy People 2030.

Intended Audience

Public health nurses, public health and community health nursing educators, public health leaders, and students and partners interested in public health, health equity, populations health, and other public health issues.

Conference Objectives

  1. Examine the role and scope of practice of the population health-focused nurse in addressing national and global health goals and objectives.
  2. Explore innovative educational models or programs that address population health competencies through active and experiential learning.
  3. Identify opportunities for partnering with nontraditional agencies to look at health promotion and disease prevention where people live, work and play.
  4. Describe community/public health nursing practices that address current and emerging population health issues and trends, such as the opioid epidemic and rise in preventable infectious disease in the U.S. and globally.
  5. Discuss emerging issues and trends in community/public health nursing education, such as increased use of technology/informatics, emphasis on interprofessional education, rise in online teaching platforms, and evolving curriculum.

Continuing Education

This continuing nursing education activity will be reviewed by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Call for Presentation Abstracts - EXTENDED

Deadline: November 15, 2020, 11:59 PM ET

We invite you to present your work, insights, and research on diverse topics that address the conference objectives and support ACHNE’s Core Values.

ACHNE's Core Values

  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Excellence in education
  • Inclusiveness
  • Leadership development
  • Professional development
  • Research and scholarship

If accepted, current ACHNE membership and Virtual Annual Insititute Registration is required in order to present,

Apply here

Abstracts will be accepted in one of three categories:

  1. Podium presentations - 15 to 20 minutes, single or multiple speakers, single topic. Authors will be expected to prerecord their presentation and upload prior to the AI meeting (deadline TBD). Authors will be expected to attend a live question and answer session at a date to be determined.  
  2. ePosters - Poster presentations will be created and accessed using Learning Toolbox again for 2021. Directions for creating e-posters will be sent to authors whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentations.  Authors will be expected to attend a live question and answer session at a date to be determined.  
  3. Symposia - Symposium presentations are for one (1) hour.

All abstracts are limited to 500 words.  Submissions must list up to three (3) measurable, educational objectives for your presentation, using only one (1) verb per objective.  Authors will also need to identify which conference objective(s) the abstract addresses and classify the focus of the abstract as Education, Practice, Research, Health Policy, or Other.  Authors must also provide a list of references within a five-year time limit. Objectives and References are not included in the abstract word count.  The lead author will enter the names, degrees, credentials, and institutional affiliations for each additional author.  All presenters are required to complete a Conflict of Interest form.  This information is required by our CE provider and must be provided in order to submit an abstract.  (Click here to download the Conflict of Interest form)

Abstracts undergo a blinded, peer-review process. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored [0=not apparent, 1-weak, 2=moderate, 3-strong] on each of the following criteria:

  • Relevance to conference theme and objectives
  • Significance to community health nursing education and practice (Of interest to our audience? Implications stated or suggested?)
  • Quality of description of subject matter (Well written and organized? Style and appearance adequate?)
  • Clarity and cohesiveness of abstract (Rationale sound? Conclusions logical?)
  • Creativity of approach / Originality of subject (Novelty of concept or application?)
  • Relevance to the conference theme (Developing and Supporting Leadership)

 Apply here

The deadline for these submissions is November 15, 2020. 

The ACHNE Program Committee will notify applicants regarding the status of their proposals by January 31, 2021If accepted for presentation, the presenting author(s) agree to present their proposal at the ACHNE Annual Institute on June 10-12, 2021.  Presenting authors must be members of ACHNE and registered for the 2021 Annual Meeting at the time of presentation.