CFP: Health Disparities (WNC)

1st Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC) to be held in beautiful and vibrant Singapore. Nursing practice is both a science and an art. It requires scientific skill yet demands a strong background in the social sciences and humanities. Nursing makes a significant contribution to the health maintenance, health promotion and well-being of individuals, local communities and populations. The theme of the 2013 conference is health disparities. As a key part of the health workforce nurses are at the forefront of the provision of health care, and carry out their work in a global context of increasing social, economic and cultural inequalities that impact health. A major challenge for current and future nursing practice, education and management is to address health for all and work towards equity and access to health care.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Nursing Practice

  • •Innovations in Patient Care
  • •Multi-Professional Practice
  • •Nursing Practice Model Reform
  • •Acute / Critical Care
  • •Care of Patients with Chronic Disease
  • •Symptom Management

Nursing Education

  • •Innovations in Nursing Education
  • •Problem-Based Teaching and Learning
  • •Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning
  • •Critical Thinking and Caring Competency Training
  • •Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making Competency Training

Nursing Management

  • •Workforce Planning
  • •Innovations and Reforms in Nursing Management
  • •Human Resource Management
  • •Quality and Safety of Nursing Care
  • •Nursing Outcome Study
  • •Crisis and Risk Management
  • •Primary Care Nursing
  • •Information Technology in Nursing
  • •Nursing Ethics
  • •Ageing and Geriatric Nursing
  • •Mental Health Nursing

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th February 2013

Author Notification: 1st March 2013

Final Paper (Camera-Ready) Submission Deadline: 28th March 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 6th May 2013

Late Registration Deadline: 7th June 2013

Conference Dates: 8th – 9th July 2013


CFS: Social and Behavioral Aspects of LGBT Health (Annals Behav Med)

Call for Papers: Social and Behavioral Aspects of LGBT Health | Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Third Special Section on Understanding and Minimizing Health Disparities: Focus on Social and Behavioral Aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued the report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for a Better Understanding, which described the large disparities found in these populations, including disparities in physical health outcomes and inequities in healthcare access. The report noted the need for a firm foundation of research on LGBT health, and highlighted the need for studies in several areas related to behavioral medicine, including social influences on the lives of LGBT people (social structures such as families); inequities in healthcare (e.g., in access to care); interventions to decrease disparities (including intervention development research to identify underlying mechanisms leading to risk); and transgender-specific health needs.

Annals of Behavioral Medicine is committed to publishing excellent research on health disparities and has released two Special Sections to date on racial/ethnic health disparities. The focus of this third special section is on social and behavioral aspects of LGBT health disparities. The journal aims to attract a broad set of manuscripts on a variety of disease conditions, intervention modalities, and risk and protective factor(s).

Following IOM recommendations, articles should use one or more of the following questions as an underlying theoretical framework:

  1. How do social influences, structures, and contexts (e.g., families, schools, networks) serve as or moderate risk (e.g., stress, stigma, poor coping) or protective factors (e.g., social support) to maintaining or reducing LGBT health disparities, including in risk, disease outcomes and healthcare inequities?
  2. What kinds of psychosocial variables mediate the relationship between LGBT identity and health? Which cross-cutting socio-demographic characteristics might help to elucidate our understanding of LGBT health disparities (e.g., age, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity) and in what ways?
  3. What types of behavioral and psychosocial interventions can help to reduce LGBT health disparities?

Editorial Process

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for this Special Section are due by February 15, 2013. To submit a Letter of Intent, please use the PDF template that can be found at

LOIs should include the following sections:

  1. Rationale of how the manuscript complements and extends prior and current work on health disparities, and how it will contribute to theory, policy or practice
  2. Specific hypotheses or research questions
  3. Research methods, including sample definition and selection procedures, research design, intervention design (if applicable), and key constructs
  4. Central findings that address the major research questions. If the study involves statistical analyses, statistical analysis techniques and primary statistical findings supporting the research questions must be presented in the text as well as a table. If the study involves a qualitative analysis (e.g., narrative analysis, focus groups, discourse analysis), the methods used for analyzing the data should be described and summary findings should be presented in the text and a table.
  5. Assurance that that all data to be analyzed for this manuscript have been collected and analyzed at the time of this submission.

Sections 1-4 of the LOI should fit into the existing text boxes of the PDF. Please title the LOI as: [Your last name]_LOI_Round3. Once the LOI is completed and saved, please send it to the Senior Editor of the LGBT Special Section, Laura M. Bogart, PhD, at

The described research in the LOI should not be a mere documentation of LGBT health disparities, but instead should examine mechanisms that could explain the disparity. Although between-group studies (i.e., comparing LGBT to heterosexual individuals) can be presented as evidence for health disparities, within-group studies on a particular LGBT group that experiences significant disparities are also welcome. Both intervention and non-intervention studies are invited, as are both quantitative and qualitative studies. LOIs will be evaluated by the special section editors in terms of the adequacy of the theoretical or conceptual framework for the study; the study’s significance and contribution to the field; the study’s methodological adequacy, in terms of design, operationalization of constructs, sampling, and data analyses; and the overall comprehensibility and clarity of the writing. LOIs that do not present primary results will not be considered. In addition, the study’s main focus should be physical health disparities among LGBT people. LOIs focused solely on mental health or substance use outcomes will not be considered. LOIs that pass the first stage of review will be invited for full manuscript submission and peer review by the end of February, 2013. Manuscripts will be due by April 15, 2013. The journal is committed to devoting substantial journal space to health disparities research throughout future issues.

Special Section Editors: Laura M. Bogart, PhD, Harvard Medical School; Tracey A. Revenson, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Keith E. Whitfield, PhD, Duke University

CFS: Health Equity & Sexual Minority Populations (J Am Psych Nurs Assoc)

Call for Papers for a Focused Issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Advancing Health Equity in Disparity Populations–Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People

Guest Editors: Alicia Matthews, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Tonda Hughes, Ph.D., RN, FAAN University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Colleen Corte, Ph.D., RN University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL; Rhonda Brown, Ph.D., RN Deakin University, College of Nursing, Melbourne, Australia

The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is inviting papers for a focused issue of the journal that focus on a range of topics related to the emotional and behavioral health of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. For this special issue, the editors are seeking manuscripts that advance knowledge of the social and environmental determinants of emotional and behavioral health disparities among LGBT populations, methodologies that advance measurement and data collection, interventions aimed at prevention and treatment, the identification of factors associated with resilience, and analysis of policy approaches to improving LGBT health and well-being. Manuscripts may be analytic or descriptive in format and should include implications of findings for research, treatment, and public policy programs. Manuscripts focused on international perspectives are also welcomed.

Editors are seeking manuscripts addressing but not limited to the following broad range of topics:

  •  The role of nursing in promoting resilience and improving the mental well-being of LGBT individuals, including incorporating LGBT health content into nursing curricula;
  •  The identification of social, cultural, and environmental determinants of poor mental health and engagement in health risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use;
  •  The discussion of theoretical and analytic frameworks for improving understanding of intersectionality and mental well-being;
  •  The evaluation of prevention and mental health promotion interventions across the life span;
  •  Discussion of clinical and research best practices for the prevention and management of mental and behavioral health problems;
  •  Studies focusing on identifying metrics for measuring and monitoring LGBT mental and behavioral health;
  •  Papers focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of policies, services, and interventions that improve LGBT mental health outcomes;
  •  Enhancing training of health-care providers and communication to policy makers about LGBT health;
  •  Discussion and analysis of university and community partnerships aimed at reducing LGBT mental health disparities; and
  •  Papers focused on resilience and protective factors.

Deadline for Submission: February 15, 2013 |Anticipated publication date: October 1, 2013

Submission guidelines: Manuscript submissions will be reviewed per the usual journal procedures. Please refer to the journal for author guidelines. Any questions about this special issue may be directed to Dr. Alicia Matthews at (312) 996-7885 or .

Submit your manuscripts online via SAGE track at .

Visit  for manuscript submission guidelines.

RAMESES: Meta-narrative reviews & realist syntheses

The Journal of Advanced Nursing has published two standards developed as part of the Realist and Meta-narrative Evidence Syntheses Evolving Standards (RAMESES) project: “The RAMESES project is a NIHR funded international collaboration to produce such guidance and standards for these new forms of systematic review – Realist syntheses and Meta-narrative reviews.”

“RAMESES publication standards: meta-narrative reviews” can be found here:

“RAMESES publication standards: realist syntheses” can be found here:


Chronicle: Should You Say Yes Or No?

One obstacle to completing writing projects is already having too much else to do, what Robert Boice characterizes as “busyness.” Nurses, with an ethos of service at the core of their careers, may have particular difficulty knowing when (and how) to say, “No.”

Natalie Houston, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, offers some guidelines to help discern when and how to say “Yes” or “No.” Houston notes that “Some parts of your schedule are flexible and some are not,” while “Many academic commitments are hidden or variable.” She analyzes why we say “Yes.” She offers helpful analytical questions:

■What would be the benefit of doing this?

■Who would I meet or connect with through doing this?

■What would I learn from doing this?

■What experience would I gain from doing this?

■What would I have to give up to do this?

■What would be the consequence of not doing this?

And she provides formulas for declining invitations gracefully.

The article is on line:

CFP: Public Health (ICPP)

ICPP – Call for papers – The Widening Agenda of Public Health – Grenoble, June 26-28 June 2013

A widening public health agenda challenges governments in new and different ways. For example, the growing evidence of the importance of the social determinants of health suggests that economic inequality is closely correlated with poor health. New diseases require public health authorities to develop new programs and governance approaches for controlling infectious disease. Moreover, there is (at least in some countries) growing distrust by citizens of the traditional public health programs such as vaccination or water fluoridation. Whereas the traditional public health concerns were commonly seen as the responsibility of specialized officials (often at the local level), the new public health agenda involves governments at all levels and often implies an ambitious and expansive role for the national state and international collaboration efforts. Action on the SDOH often requires whole-of-government responses that are difficult to design and implement. Action on inequality requires redistribution and new initiatives in social provision at a time when the trend is to continue to shrink the welfare state. Research by public health specialists, while often empirically rich, is seldom linked to theories of the policy process and policy change. Thus, the framing of the new and expanded policy agenda of public health offers a rich menu for policy scholars working with existing theories of policy making and governance. This panel invites papers that deal with the wide range of public policy, politics and governance issues of the “new public health agenda”. We are interested in papers that create bridges between empirical research and theory in public health and contemporary theories of policymaking and governance. We also encourage contributors to come up with genuinely comparative papers that compares two or more countries or use a single case to address theoretical and conceptual issues or draw out differences from the general trend in other countries. This panel is part of the First International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) to be held at Sciences Po Grenoble, June 26-28 June 2013. The formal call for papers is now available:

The guidelines for proposing a paper are available here:

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013.

CFP: Global Public Health (APHA)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 141st APHA Annual Meeting | Theme: Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World Medical Care Submission Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2013

OVERVIEW: For the 141st Annual Meeting, in Boston, Medical Care Section invites abstracts that fit with this year’s theme (in the title above) and with the Section’s interests–advances toward universal and equitable access to quality health care and health. These embrace advocacy of industry, education, government, and professional policies congruent with these interests; ethics and history of practice and research; disparities of access, use, and outcomes; health services research; health economics and quality of care; women; incarcerated, military, native, and other special populations; cultural, environmental, and political aspects; safety of drugs and devices; as well as others.

The topics below, reflecting both historical concerns and committees’ current focuses, suggest subjects for abstracts. They are neither prescriptive nor exclusive. The Section’s program planners may fashion new topics and combine or eliminate others, according to the distribution and quantity of highly rated submissions. We welcome any abstracts that reflect good science and align broadly with interests and values prompted by the following topics:

  • Disparities of ethnic/racial, gender, and other groups (cross-cutting across all other topics)
  • Disparities in access/availability, utilization, costs, and outcomes
  • Interventions to improve equity and fairness
  • Cultural competence and health literacy
  • Drug policy, pharmacy services, and trade issues
  • Trade and governance
  • Marketing and research
  • Environmental and public health impacts of medication use and disposal
  • Health care advocacy and social justice
  • Consumer, grassroots, and lay groups
  • Peace
  • Universal health care
  • Adverse effects of business practices in public health and health care
  • Medication management for underserved populations
  • Health economics
  • International comparisons
  • Health care finance and delivery
  • Health care reform
  • Comparative effectiveness
  • Health services research
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Patient-centered decision-making
  • Cancer surveillance, services, and survival
  • Coordinating, managing, and evaluating care delivery
  • Social determinants of health, medical care, and health outcome
  • History of public health
  • Jail and prison health
  • Conditions, risks, prevention, and treatment
  • Effects on the community
  • Juvenile justice
  • Primary care
  • Patient-centered medical homes
  • The chronic care model and other models of primary care
  • Quality of care
  • Rural and frontier health
  • Information technology for education and care
  • Student submissions
  • Veterans’ health
  • Women’s health

CONTRIBUTED AND SOLICITED ABSTRACTS: Medical Care Section welcomes contributed abstracts for oral or poster presentations from all participants in the Annual Meeting. If they choose, students may submit theirs for the Student Paper Award Competition (as described below). The Program Co-Chairs, who arrange abstracts into sessions after reviewers score them, try to honor preferences for oral, poster, or roundtable presentations. However, this is not always possible. If you believe that your abstract(s) would fit well with others, or if you intend it/them for solicited sessions, please alert the Program Co-Chairs when you submit your abstract(s). Solicited sessions are proposed and arranged at the initiative of other organizers. Medical Care Program Co-Chairs assist with solicited sessions only as needed. Such abstracts may be submitted at the same time as contributed abstracts (and marked for solicited sessions) or later, starting March 25, when APHA accepts solicited abstracts. If you intend to organize a solicited session, please notify the Medical Care Program Co-Chairs as early as possible of its topic and titles of abstracts.

Medical Care requires the following of abstracts for presentation at the APHA Annual Meeting:

  • Abstracts should use up to 400 words (longer than APHA’s default length) to demonstrate their scientific quality and alignment with interests of the Medical Care Section.
  • Reviewers expect abstracts to reflect work which has been carried out rather than just proposed. An explanation of why this expectation may be inappropriate should accompany abstracts not reporting accomplished efforts.
  • Presenters at the Annual Meeting must be individual members of APHA.
  • All presenters must register for the Annual Meeting. (For guest participants in solicited sessions, APHA can provide complimentary, one-day passes.)
  • Abstracts may not be presented or published prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • Please submit an abstract to only one section of APHA.
  • Medical Care and other sections, special primary interest groups, forums, and caucuses are planning some sessions jointly. Please share your ideas for cross- or multiple-member group sessions and, if inclined, help plan them. Our proactive collaboration should result in broad appeal across APHA groups.

STUDENT PAPER AWARD COMPETITION: Medical Care Section will select the five most highly rated student papers for presentation in an oral student session at the Annual Meeting and recognize the one judged as reflecting the best research and presentation. Like other abstracts, they should address topics of interest to the Section, use up to 400 words, and designate themselves at submission for the “Student Submission” session. Students submitting abstracts for this competition must also furnish a letter for each abstract from an adviser (or other school official) assuring their student status. Advisers may attach letters to email or send them via USPS or fax to the Medical Care Section Program Co-Chairs (contact information below), who are happy to answer questions.

Details here: