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Call for Papers--Supplement on Applying Social Determinants of Health to Public Health Practice, Public Health Reports

Deadline May 1, 2012
Public Health Reports (PHR) is inviting papers for a Supplement on Applying Social Determinants of Health (SDH) to Public Health Practice.
The guest editors for this Supplement are Drs. Hazel D. Dean, Kim M. Williams and Kevin A. Fenton. Dr. Dean is Deputy Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Dr. Williams, a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NCHHSTP, serves as Co-Chair of the NCHHSTP Health Equity Work Group. Dr. Fenton is Director, NCHHSTP, CDC.
The editors seek manuscripts that advance scientific knowledge and illustrate how public health professionals can address SDH across a range of public health activities that promote health equity among populations most disproportionately impacted by infectious and/or chronic diseases.
Manuscripts may be analytic or descriptive in format and should report on SDH approaches in public health research, surveillance, communication, policy, program, capacity building, or partnership activities. The goal for the Supplement is to highlight best practices in addressing SDH across a broad range of public health activities.
Manuscripts addressing the following broad range of topics are requested:

  • Partnerships, particularly multisectoral, that address SDH and contribute to health equity;
  • Design of policies, programs, and interventions to address SDH and contribute to health equity;
  • Specific policies and interventions from health or other sectors designed to address SDH and contribute to health equity, with priority placed on those with demonstrated effectiveness;
  • Implementation and scale-up of effective interventions that address SDH;
  • Measurement, monitoring, and evaluation of the impact (anticipated and unanticipated) of policies, programs, and interventions on SDH and health equity, including development of  
  • innovative approaches;
  • Capacity building at the program and/or organizational level to address SDH and contribute to health equity; and
  • Best practices for communicating about disproportionately impacted populations, populations at high-risk for infectious and/or chronic diseases, health disparities, SDH, or health equity.

Manuscript requirements: Articles in PHR are typically 3,000 words in length. All manuscripts will be reviewed by the PHR Special Editorial Committee (SEC) for this Supplement. The SEC determines which manuscripts are sent for external peer review and which manuscripts will then be published in the Supplement.
Deadline for submission: May 1, 2012. The anticipated publication date for this PHR Supplement is May/June 2013.
Submission of manuscripts: Manuscripts for this Supplement should be e-mailed to [email protected].

Please include "Applying Social Determinants of Health (SDH) to Public Health Practice" in the subject line of the e-mail. If you have any questions about this Supplement, please contact Dr. Hazel Dean, 404-639-8000; [email protected]

For questions about PHR, please contact the Managing Editor, Julie Keefe, 513-232-3190; [email protected].
PHR is a peer-reviewed journal of the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Surgeon General. It is published in collaboration with the Association of Schools of Public Health. PHR is the oldest journal of public health in the U.S. and has published since 1878. The journal is widely distributed internationally, and is indexed by MEDLINE/Index Medicus, Current Contents, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Pais International, and LexisNexis. More information on the journal, including author guidelines, is available at

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