Achieving Health Equity - the 2020 APS Annual Meeting


On behalf of the program planning committee we are writing to invite you and your colleagues to submit your work to the 78th annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, which will take place March 11-14, 2020 at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, CA.
For reference, the American Psychosomatic Society is an international professional organization of academic researchers dedicated to advancing and integrating the scientific study of biological, psychological, behavioral, and social factors in health and disease. The annual meeting draws upwards of 500-600 MDs and Ph.D.s, student trainees, and NIH representatives for a four-day conference including invited talks, poster sessions, submitted science and networking.

APS is a highly multidisciplinary meeting featuring work from across the health spectrum including medicine, psychology, public health, epidemiology, demography, physiology, psychophysiology and related fields, genetics and bench science, and other related disciplines. Work ranges from studies of studies of psychosocial influences on disease, to biobehavioral pathways, to interventions and clinical trials.

The theme of the 2020 meeting is “Achieving Health Equity: Opportunities for Psychosomatic Science”. Understanding and reducing health disparities is a long-standing national health priority as outlined in Healthy People 2010 and 2020. The elimination of health disparities is seen as critical to achieving the broader international health goal of health equity; optimal health for every individual. With invited programming and the contributions from attendees, we have an opportunity to collectively make significant contributions towards achieving health equity.

The 2020 meeting will feature keynotes from respected national voices in health equity research including current NIMHD Director, Dr. Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, Dr. Wizdom Powell (University of Connecticut), Dr. Robert M. Kaplan (Stanford), and Dr. Steve Horvath (UCLA). Invited symposia include foci on LGBTQ health, pain disparities, and environmental determinants of health. Attendees to the 2020 APS meeting can also take part in two preconference workshop; one focused on secondary data opportunities with large NIH cohort data and a second on cutting-edge open science methodologies. We also offer focused programming slates for MDs, mid-career folks, and trainees. Mix in social networking happy hours, goat-yoga, and the rich paper and poster sessions and you have a packed conference experience that will leave you exhausted but eager to return next year.

The abstract submission window is now open through October 11th. Poster, paper, and symposia submissions are welcomed. More information and the submission portal are here:

We hope you will join us as we endeavor to advance the science of inequality and pursue the goal of optimal health for all.