CFP: Health, Wellness, Society

The Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society will be held at the University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, 14-15 March 2014. This interdisciplinary conference is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in exploring matters of concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications.

Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables or colloquia are invited, addressing health, wellness and society through one of the following themes:

  •  The Physiology, Kinesiology and Psychology of Wellness in its Social Context
  •  Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  •  Public Health Policies and Practices
  •  Health Promotions and Education

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 16 April 2013. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to the one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society.


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:

CFS: Ethics with Minority Populations (Am J of Publ Hlth)

Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of the American Journal of Public Health: The Ethics of Human Subjects Research with Minority Populations

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) intends to publish a theme issue on the complex issues related to the ethical treatment of human research subjects with respect to underrepresented, minority, and vulnerable populations. As part of the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers grant, guest editors, Drs. Stephen B. Thomas, Sandra C. Quinn, and Nancy E. Kass are working with AJPH to produce this theme issue on the ethical engagement of minority participants in research.

The goal of this issue is to assemble a collection of papers that explores the factors that affect the inclusion of these populations in research and to identify innovative strategies, solutions, and policies to achieve ethical inclusion of minority populations in research, including clinical trials. The focus is on health issues, in particular how the exclusion and exploitation of minority populations in research can contribute to health disparities, how policy changes have affected minority inclusion in research, and how clinical practices and medical decisions may be impacted by more inclusive research studies. Topical areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel strategies for the ethical engagement of underrepresented participants in research
  • Impact of prominent cases of research abuse or controversy on researchers’ practices, community attitudes, and regulatory policy in
  • the oversight of research
  • Training and educational efforts designed to strengthen the capacity of investigators, research staff, and regulators to ethically engage minority communities in research
  • Challenges of ethical engagement of minority populations in cutting edge research including issues related to broad consent for genetic research among other topics
  • Implications of cultural, social, community, and political factors on willingness to participate in research and autonomous decision making about research
  • Consideration of social impacts of research on minority communities
  • Implications of the ethical duty to include and/or engage minority participants in research

All types of manuscripts will be considered and will undergo the peer review process by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH policy. Submission of a manuscript for consideration in this theme issue does not guarantee publication. Manuscripts will be due to the Journal by October 12, 2012 and can be submitted at:  Article guidelines and submission instructions are available at:


  • Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives, Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, Professor, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Director, University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Nancy E. Kass, ScD, Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Berman Institute of Bioethics and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

CFS: Global Public Health

Global Public Health is an essential peer-reviewed journal that energetically engages with key public health issues that have come to the fore in the global environment — mounting inequalities between rich and poor; the globalization of trade; new patterns of travel and migration; epidemics of newly-emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; the HIV/AIDS pandemic; the increase in chronic illnesses; escalating pressure on public health infrastructures around the world; and the growing range and scale of conflict situations, terrorist threats, environmental pressures, natural and human-made disasters. Directed and supported by a leading international board of experts, the journal is broad-based and wide-ranging, including work that draws on the environmental health sciences; epidemiology; health policy and management; and the social sciences as applied to public health and medicine. It is characterized, and distinguished from other journals currently available in the field by its:

  • global and multidisciplinary focus;
  • emphasis on significant global health issues, including their social and cultural dimensions as appropriate;
  • concern to understand resource-poor and resource-rich countries, and the public health challenges they face, as part of a single, interacting, global system.

The journal aims to become the lead environment internationally for the publication of papers adopting a global focus with respect to:

  • Social patterning of health, including social exclusion, health disparities and inequalities [Associate Editor: Christina Zarowsky – International Development Research Centre, Canada]
  • Environmental health sciences, including natural catastrophes, disasters, famine, pollution, ecotoxicology and environmental threats [Associate Editor: Paul Wilkinson – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK]
  • Population and health, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, indigenous health and the health of minorities [Associate Editor: Marcia Inhorn – University of Michigan, USA]
  • Conflict and health, including torture, war, terrorism, civil disturbance and the health of displaced populations [Associate Editor: Ron Waldman – Columbia University, USA]
  • International health policy and practice, including social justice, human rights and health; together with the role of international agencies, governments and civil society [Associate Editor: Sofia Gruskin – Harvard University, USA]
  • Global health and development, including the health effects of major economic development trends and the impact of globalization on health outcomes [Associate Editor: Anthony Zwi – University of New South Wales, Australia]

CFS: Complementary & Traditional Medicine, Public Health

Universitas Forum: International Journal on Human Development and International Cooperation  has launched a call for articles focusing on “Integrating complementary and traditional medicine in public health systems.” Universitas Forum is an international open-access journal offering critical analysis of current approaches to international development cooperation and practice-based research concerning global and local human development. The full text of the call (available in English, Spanish, French) can be found at:

Deadline: April 30, 2011

CFS: Race & Health (DuBois Review)


Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race

“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line”–With those words, W.E. Du Bois discussed the racial progress in the United States and foreshadowed the critical part race would continue to play in understanding inequality, mobility, and quality of life in American society.

This quote serves as a springboard for this special call of the Du Bois Review (DBR) soliciting abstracts for papers that describe novel and exciting research directions for studying how race and ethnicity affect health in the twenty-first century. That is, what are the next big ideas that can potentially unpack how and why race is so strongly associated with physical and mental health? What are the most promising new directions for the study of racial inequality and health? What are the key unanswered questions that researchers and policy makers should invest in? What is needed to make more progress in effectively addressing racial inequalities in health?

The DBR is truly multidisciplinary, spanning economics, political science, psychology, sociology, history, public health, and more. If you are not already familiar with the journal, we encourage you to go to the Cambridge University Press website and examine previous issues:

Guest editors for this special issue are David R. Williams (Harvard University) and David T. Takeuchi (University of Washington).

Submission Process: Two-page proposals for papers are due January 25, 2010. Two types of papers will be accepted for this special call: (a) state of the discipline presents lead essays that synthetically critique broad areas of research regarding race and health ; and (b) state of the art, is dedicated to observations and analyses of empirical research.

Proposals should state a tentative title, the type of paper to be written, listing of authors, contact information, and a synopsis of the paper idea. We will select papers that hold the most promise for advancing the field and that best combine, as a collection of papers, into a synergistic whole appropriate for this special call. We expect to make our final selection of proposals by February 15, 2010. Final papers will be due July 31, 2010 with publication of the special issue expected for early 2011.

DBR is a blind peer-reviewed journal and publishes only original, previously unpublished whether hard copy or electronic work. Submitted manuscripts may not be under review for publication elsewhere while under consideration at DBR. Please send an electronic version of proposals for papers to both David Williams ( ) and David Takeuchi ( ).

About DBR: DBR is an innovative journal that presents and analyzes the best cutting-edge research on race from the social sciences. It provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history. The editors of this peer-reviewed journal are Professor Lawrence D. Bobo (Harvard University) and Professor Michael C. Dawson (University of Chicago). Published by Cambridge University Press, and sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, each issue of the DBR contains between 200 and 225 pages.