Call for Papers on:
Health and the Environment
Papers due: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Health Affairs will publish a theme issue on Health and the Environment in May 2011.
We invite submissions of papers that inform policymakers about environmental dimensions of health and their impact on individual and population health, health disparities, and health care costs.
We particularly seek submissions that illuminate problems AND recommend thoughtful and effective policy responses for federal, state and local policymakers.
Papers should be submitted to Health Affairs by December 15, 2010 at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ha
Papers will be considered for inclusion in the theme issue as well as in subsequent issues of the journal.
The theme issue of Health Affairs will explore the current state of knowledge about how factors in the natural and built environments – including polluted air or water, chemicals, and climate change -- affect human health.
We seek to begin to bridge the gap in understanding between those who have long focused on these environmental contributors to health, and those who have traditionally focused on such areas as health services delivery and financing. The ways in which environmental stressors adversely impact the most vulnerable members of society will also be an important focus of the thematic issue.
We seek to present the latest research on environmental health threats and policies that have worked to minimize or ameliorate them. In particular, we hope to cast a spotlight on regulatory agencies and the regulatory frameworks that guide their actions. We also plan to present case studies of selected health impacts attributable to environmental conditions or aggravated by them. Research papers as well as analyses and commentaries from various viewpoints will be considered for publication.
This issue of Health Affairs is supported by a grant from the Kresge Foundation.
The journal welcomes original papers, analyses, and commentaries for the thematic issue by December 15, 2010.
Health Affairs editors and the theme issue advisors (Drs. J. Pete Myers, Kenneth Olden, and Tracey Woodruff) will evaluate submissions and make initial selection of those which warrant further consideration. Health Affairs will publish additional papers on environmental health through 2011.
Papers submitted after December 15, 2010 will be considered for publication in future issues of the journal.
Considering the short timeline, we do not expect all authors to initiate new research, but encourage synthesizing existing work to frame the issues and inform policy discussions and deliberations for an audience that heretofore may not have devoted much thought to environmental health.
Selected papers will be subjected to peer-review by external reviewers in a double blind process which masks the identity of both authors and reviewers. Authors of papers that are determined to be appropriate will be asked to revise their papers in January and February.
Copyediting and production for the issue will take place following that, with publication scheduled for early May 2011.
Manuscripts should be submitted via Health Affairs manuscript management system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ha .
Submissions should not exceed about 3500 words, plus a 100-word abstract, and may include up to 3 exhibits.
Papers should be original submissions not previously published or being considered by other journals.
Details on format and endnotes are available on the Health Affairs website under “Help for Authors”
Please contact Mary Rubino, Senior Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Don Metz, Executive Editor, email@example.com for more information.
We invite submissions of original quantitative and qualitative research that explore the scientific, societal, and economic aspects of environmental health policy, addressing the following questions and topic areas:
Why should health policymakers care about environmental health?
What are the key drivers/players in environmental health?
How does environmental health impact long term health care costs?
What is the current knowledge base about environment health and policy?
Where are the policy opportunities and obstacles to reduce negative environmental impacts on health?
Air Quality and Health: Asthma, Heart Disease, Cancers
Climate change: Impacts on human health
Chronic Disease: Environmental Contributors and Long Term Costs
Chemical Exposure and Health: Occupational, Fetal, and Lifetime Exposure
Costs and Benefits of Environmental Health Regulation
Food Safety: Reporting and Tracking
Genetic Impacts on Vulnerability
Green Chemistry: Life cycle impacts and costs
Health Disparities and Environmental Justice
International Approaches: What Can We Learn?
Legal Levers: Regulation and the Role of the Courts
Lessons Learned from Lead and Smoking
Ocean Health and Human Health
The Precautionary Principle: Help or Hindrance
Regulatory Intent and Impacts: ToSCA
Water Quality: Risks to Municipal, Ground and Well Water
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