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Call for Papers--Healthy Communities and the Built Environment

This publication by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition will make facts available and increase awareness of the health impacts of the built environment. Written in a popular style, it will be aimed primarily at health promoters, planners, municipal elected officials, community organizations and environmental groups. It will include a collection of modules, each one relating to a particular aspect of how the built environment impacts on health, with a positive message of how communities can be designed to promote health.

We welcome unpublished contributions. When submitting articles published elsewhere, the author must mention this fact at the time of submission.

Submit all contributions as email attachments addressed to Identify your email including the words "Healthy Communities" in the subject line. Please send a short bio together with your submission. A full paper will not be required until after a proposal is accepted, but can be included if available.

Full papers may be up to 5 pages long, including figures and references, using 10 point or larger font.  Please submit all text in Microsoft Word format.  Please submit all graphics in JPEG format as separate files.

Authors will be compensated up to $500 for each paper accepted for this publication.

We are interested in the following areas: Active transportation; Environmental quality (air, soil and water); Land use planning (rural, suburban, urban), complete communities; Traffic; Community and rooftop gardens; Food production; Agricultural lands; Local purchasing; Green space (e.g. parks, urban forests, trails);  Mental health

Important Dates

  • Electronic submission of 200-300 word abstract - August 15, 2008
  • Author notification of acceptance - August 22, 2008
  • Full paper submission - October 3, 2008
  • Publication launch - December 1, 2008

For more information, please contact the Publication Coordinator: Dina Etmanskie, 150 Main St. (2nd floor), Cambridge, ON N1R 6P9, Tel: (519) 623-1713, Fax: (519) 621-6220,