International Conference


2020 International Conference


New Perspectives on Healthy Public Policy

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, APPAM is committed to the world-class conferences you've been used to from us. The 2020 APPAM International Conference is still going to take place on July 23 – 24, 2020, but it will be virtual.

This decision was made after consultation with our co-hosts, American University and University of Toronto, and after taking into account some crucial aspect of meeting in person. The most important thing for APPAM is the health and safety of our members and attendees, and a large gathering like the International Conference would have been logistically difficult to carry on without endangering the wellbeing of conference-goers. In addition many countries, states and localities still have travel restrictions in place that would have made attendance difficult for a number of interested scholars. Further, academic institutions have announced steep budget cuts and strict spending requirements, making travel practically impossible for their employees.


Conference Theme

Healthy public policy, or the consideration of population health and health equity in all areas of policy, is vital to the achievement of sustainable and healthy communities. Policies affecting food systems, housing, education, immigration, transportation, employment and social assistance impact the social determinants of health and can have intended and unintended impacts on health and equity. This conference will showcase research examining how programs and policies affect health-related behaviors and outcomes, as well as inquiry into the development and analysis of healthy public policy. Policies and programs studied may have the objective of directly improving health or may affect health indirectly. The year 2020 seems to be a perfect storm for this conversation, as American University's Dr. Alison Jacknowitz, and University of Toronto's Dr. Sara Allin, argue in a guest blog for APPAM.

Online Program

The full Online Program for the condensed Virtual Conference is now available. Please consult our updated presenter guidelines.


Registration is now open.

Registration will remain open until Wednesday, July 22nd at 12:00 PM Pacific Time.

The registration rates for the Virtual International Conference are heavily discounted, as the virtual format is, of course, not ideal and some of the aspects of a live conference cannot be replicated in an online format. We also recognize that this is a time of potential financial insecurity for many of us and a professional conference should not add more monetary strain. While online, we are confident this is still going to be an amazing conference with top-notch research, with a primary focus on a timely topic, public health.

Registration for the Virtual International Conference will give paid registrants access to all Zoom sessions, plenaries, and poster receptions. Paid registrants have the option to watch the events live on July 23rd and July 24th, and/or access the session recordings at a later date.

Each session and special event will have a unique Zoom link that will be available in the Online Program in early July. Each Zoom link will be password protected and the password will be shared with registrants shortly before the scheduled event in late July. We kindly request that you do not share the password as this content is exclusive for paid conference registrants.

Conference registration is required for all virtual session attendees and participants (speakers, presenting authors, chairs, discussants, and poster presenters).

If you have questions about the registration process, registration rates, or your payment status, please contact

Student Member $25 USD
Professional Member $50 USD
Professional Non-Member $100 USD


Schedule at a Glance

The schedule is modified to a condensed version.

Thursday, July 23 (all times Eastern)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Session Block 1 
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Plenary: Emerging From The COVID-19 Crisis:
The Health Landscape of The Future
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Session Block 2
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Session Block 3
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Closing poster reception


Friday, July 24 (all times Eastern)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Session Block 1 
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Session Block 2
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Session Block 3
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Closing poster reception


Thursday Plenary: 
Emerging From The COVID-19 Crisis: The Health Landscape of The Future



Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Wellesley Institute & University of Toronto



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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist

Dr. Danielle Martin 

Women's College Hospital & University of Toronto



Policy Areas

For a full list of policy areas, click here.

If you have questions about the virtual conference format, how to access the virtual content, or any other conference-specific inquiries, please email Samantha Oliver Thomason,

Thank you to our 2020 hosts