CFS: Faith-Based Initiatives to Promote Health

Call for Papers for a Thematic Issue of Family & Community Health: Faith-Based Initiatives to Promote Health

Social scientists and theologians have noted that churches and other faith-based organizations can have a considerable impact on society and its members. Over the past decade, government-sponsored faith-based initiatives have raised the profile of faith-based organizations as those that can provide services to disadvantaged individuals and communities. During this time, an increasing number of health scientists and public health practitioners have begun to work with faith-based institutions in health promotion and disease prevention efforts designed to improve the health of “hard to reach” or “at-risk” populations. The emergence of these efforts has sparked interests in examining the relationship between faith and health. “Faith” like “health” is a concept with multiple descriptions and applications, making it difficult to specify elements of successful collaboration between scientific and spiritual institutions.

This thematic issue will build on the foundation laid in Volume 32, Issue 4 which highlighted the diversity of faith-based programs and their potential impact for individuals and their communities. We invite investigators to contribute original research as well as review articles that will further broaden the understanding of the relationship between faith and health. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Papers that discuss or refine existing theoretical models undergirding current faith-based research
  • Papers that highlight seemingly subtle distinctions (i.e., faith-based orientation vs. church-based orientation) that can lead to considerable differences in approaches and outcomes
  • Descriptions of epidemiological studies examining associations between faith and health
  • Descriptions of intervention studies in faith settings and/or that incorporate faith-based elements

We especially welcome manuscripts that have leaders of faith-based organizations (e. g., pastors) as contributing authors.

Submissions: Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at:

Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal’s system at:  no later than October 1, 2012.


CFS: Health, Culture and Society

Health, Culture & Society is a new, digitally published periodical through Pittsburgh University’s D-publishing initiative with the internationally distinguished participation of members and senior members from The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil); The Institute of Public Health (Bangalore); The Center for Modern European Philosophy, University of Kingston (UK); CODESRIA: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Senegal); The Department of Anthropology (Brunel University, UK); Cambridge University (UK); The University of Colombo (Sri Lanka);The University of Rome (Italy); the Royal College of Psychiatry (UK); Kathmandu University (Nepal), and the University of ChapecÓ (Santa Catarina, Brazil). HCS is the product of initiative, research and debate centered on the history and development of the health paradigm and the social, cultural and community realities which define it. HCS is the product of dialogue and initiative from areas of expertise which have over the past decade been furnished by innovative research. HCS is a platform where protagonists in the debate of health, critical perspectives and research from the social and medical sciences, can give visibility and exposure to research, development strategy and important debate in health and culture. HCS is geared towards an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of health, culture and society inviting contributions from a diversity of fields. HCS encourages both original and funded research into regional developments which can impact upon the global image of health, society and culture. HCS will reflect the very real developments in ideas that shape our modern understandings of health, and how cultural and social factors are important to its paradigm.

Areas of interest: anthropology; health; social and community development; regional health research; national and global health awareness; mental health; quality of life issues; health legislation; health research, training and education; the social history of medicine; philosophies of health; cultural psychiatry; the history of medicine.

The first issue of HCS will be released late July 2011 . The theme will be “perspectives”. The international editorial committee invites contributions from researchers, workers and professionals who can relate the social urgencies and efforts of the realities they face as well as the changes they seek to implement. HCS adheres to the strictest of editorial and review standards. For details, contact and registration please go to:

Deadline for submissions: June 25, 2011

Contributions in English are preferred (Latin and Germanic idioms are also acceptable), the limit of which is 9,000 words including notes and bibliography.

Dr. David Reggio, Email: Visit the website at

CFP: Am Soc Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ 12th Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 21-24, 2010, in San Diego, CA at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

Guidelines. Submissions in any area of bioethics and humanities are accepted. Proposals that address provocative ideas and challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives will be given preference.

Proposals should be submitted in Empirical Research when the focus of your presentation will be the empirical study. If your proposal has an empirical component but the focus of your presentation is not the empirical component, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Interdisciplinary category when the work involves scholarship that crosses several academic areas. If your proposal has an interdisciplinary element but the focus of the presentation will not be the interdisciplinary nature of the work, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Visual Arts and Poetry category when the focus of the abstract is for an exhibit of art work or a session such as a poetry reading. If you wish to display your visual arts or hold a poetry session, please select this submission category.

Program Theme: Health and Community. Bioethics has been particularly concerned with the rights and welfare of individual patients and has often been criticized for not attending sufficiently to problems related to the health of populations. But there is little doubt that bioethics and the humanities have much to contribute to concerns connected to groups as well as individuals. We thus invite scholars to address health, disability, and disease as it affects local, national, and global groups. Healthcare professionals, researchers, humanists, and lawyers, can bring experiences, expertise, and interests that shape our understanding of the health of communities as it informs and is informed by ethics, law, politics, medicine, and the humanities. Proposals that critically examine issues related to social groups–such as the appropriate distribution of societal resources, the ways in which literature, film, and the arts inform concerns about the health of populations and our understanding of communities, healthcare professionals’ duty to warn in cases of communicable disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS), the fair distribution of health resources (e.g., medical supplies, water, etc.) during a natural disaster, the various contributions of the arts and the humanities to the health of communities, the social determinants of health and disease, healthcare disparities, the ways historical perspectives can bear on present day policy issues, and conflicts of values between different populations–are welcomed.

Submission Instructions (for all submission types). All proposals will be accepted through 4:00 PM Central Time March 3, 2010.

Submission Types

  • 90-minute Workshop Sessions
  • 60-minute Panel Sessions
  • 15-minute Individual Presentations (Paper Sessions)
  • Posters

Detailed call for proposals and full instructions: