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Health Promotion Practice

Health Promotion Practice

An Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education

eISSN: 15526372 | ISSN: 15248399 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

A Journal of Health Promotion/Health Education Applications, Policy and Professional Issues

Health Promotion Practice (HPP) publishes authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education. The journal is unique in its focus on critical and strategic information for professionals engaged in the practice of developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Health Promotion Practice will serve as a forum to explore the applications of health promotion/public health education interventions programs and best practice strategies in various settings, including but not limited to: community, health care, worksite, educational and international settings. It also examines practice-related issues, including program descriptions, teaching methods, needs assessment tools and methodologies, intervention strategies, health promotion, problem-solving issues, and evaluation presentations.

Manuscript Categories

Health Promotion Practice welcomes submissions from any discipline as long as the results and implications are pertinent to health promotion or disease prevention. HPP is particularly interested in work that incorporates social ecological perspectives and addresses policy, systems, and environmental changes.

As of January 2019, HPP invites the following article categories:

· Full-length Original Articles: These manuscripts may be up to 3,500 text words (not including 250 word abstract, tables/figures/images, or references). Manuscripts must include a conceptual framework, detail implications for practice and/or policy along with implications for further research, and clearly and specifically advance knowledge relevant to the field of health promotion. Print articles may include up to 30 references and up to 5 tables/figures/images.

· Longer Implementation Articles: These manuscripts maybe be up to 4,500 words but must be very clearly structured, with emphasis on implementation. Specific and substantive implications for practice, policy, and research are expected. Submissions must include a 250 word abstract. Authors are asked to be judicious in the number of relevant references and tables/figures/images.

· Review Articles: HPP seeks to publish useful and timely reviews of current literature, particularly mapping, scoping, and/or state of the art reviews. Review articles are expected to adhere to the PRISMA guidelines for review and meta-analysis articles Manuscripts in this category may include up to 5,000 text words and up to 4 tables/figures/images. Review articles must address a new question and make specific linkages to health promotion policy and practice to move to peer review.

· Research Briefs: These shorter articles succinctly present research results of interest to health promotion scholars and practitioners. Research Brief submissions may be up to 2,000 text words, with no more than three tables/figures/images. The submission must include an unstructured abstract of 250 words or less and no more than 15 references.

The Journal also publishes brief articles and reflective commentary in three departments as of January 2019:

· Career Development provides practical resources for health education specialists and other professionals working in diverse health promotion settings. Articles address issues across the lifespan and career path, and may focus on academic preparation, workforce development, credentialing and accreditation, internship and fellowship experiences, professional development opportunities, and retirement. Submissions may be up to 2,000 words, include no more than 10 references and 2 tables/figures/images.

· Resources, Frameworks, & Perspectives provides a forum for shorter articles and commentaries that are grounded in the spirit and science of health promotion practice and policy. Submissions may focus on resources (e.g. books, media, “tools of the trade”, data visualization or mapping tools, law and policy databases, advocacy toolkits), innovative applications of theoretical frameworks, or policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to promote health equity. Submissions may be up to 2,000 words, include no more than 10 references and 2 tables/figures/images.

· Practice Notes provides readers with reflections on emerging and innovative practice-related strategies, initiatives, and programs important to health promotion and health education. Submissions highlight lessons learned, challenges and successes, and practical recommendations for working collaboratively in community or classroom settings. Practice Notes may include up to 1,000 text words, with no more than 5 references and 1 table/figure/image. Headings may include (but are not limited to): assessment of need, description of the strategy or innovation, intended impact/outcomes, evaluation approach, challenges and successes, next steps, lessons learned, and implications for practice.

Authors interested in contributing to HPP’s departments are invited to contact Editorial Manager Jeanine Robitaille at or Deputy Editor Holly Mata at

Supplement Information and Submission Guidelines

The journal occasionally complements its broad coverage with supplements on a particular topic. If you are interested in working with HPP and the Society for Public Health Education in developing a supplement or focus issue of the journal, please click here for[JR1] instructions and important information regarding the process.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Health Promotion Practice (HPP) publishes authoritative articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education. It publishes information of strategic importance to a broad base of professionals engaged in the practice of developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs. The journal's editorial board is committed to focusing on the applications of health promotion and public health education interventions, programs and best practice strategies in various settings, including but not limited to, community, health care, worksite, educational, and international settings. Additionally, the journal focuses on the development and application of public policy conducive to the promotion of health and prevention of disease. The journal includes issues related to the professional preparation and development of health educators. The journal recognizes the critical need to (1) promote linkages between researchers in the academic and private sectors with health promotion and education practitioners; and (2) address the health issues of ethnic and racial minority populations. These partnerships and collaborations are reflected in the editorial philosophy and the broad scope of published articles and contributed sections.

Kathleen Roe, DrPH, MPH Department of Health Science and Recreation, San José State University, USA
Deputy Editors
Holly J. Mata, PhD, MCHES, CPH New Mexico State University and The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Frank V. Strona, MPH Southern New Hampshire University and National University
Melissa A. Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, MPH University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio
Practice Notes
Danielle R. Brittain, PhD Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado, USA
Leo Kattari, MSW University of Michigan
Virginia Visconti, PhD, MAT Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Career Development
Kristen E. Ortega, MPH Louisiana Department of Health, USA
Jacob Martinez, PhD, BSN, RN The University of Texas at El Paso
Evelyn Thomas, MPH, CHES National Quality Forum
Resources, Frameworks, and Perspectives
Daniela Marquez, MPH, CHES Office of Border Health, El Paso, Texas
Deesha Patel, MPH Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Marco Zenone, MSc, University of British Columbia, Canada
Review Articles
Jin Kim-Mozeleski, PhD Case Western Reserve University
Juan Aguilera, MD, PhD, MPH Stanford University
Podcast Editor
Arden Castle, MPH(c),CHES San José State University, USA
Editorial Board
Sandra Acosta, PhD, MEd, MA Texas A & M University, USA
Juan Aguilera, MD, MPH Institute for Healthy Living, The University of Texas at El Paso
Anna Alikhani, PhD(c), MPH, MSW, CHES, CSW Brown University
Jimoh Amzat, PhD Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria
Sarah Bauerle Bass, PhD, MPH Temple University, USA
Cynthia Begay, DPM(c) University of Southern California
Jean Breny, PhD, MPH Southern Connecticut State University, USA
Andrea Buffa Prevention Institute
Shanaé R. Burch, EdD(c), MA Columbia University
Stephanie A. Dopson, ScD, MSW, MPH Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Robin Evans-Agnew, PhD, RN University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA St. Louis University, USA
Aline Gubrium, PhD, MA University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
John E. Hannay, MS, MCHES Health Resources and Services Administration, USA
Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
Patricia M. Juárez-Carrillo, PhD, MPH, MA The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Mira L. Katz, PhD, MPH The Ohio State University, USA
Katherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA University of California, Davis
Jin E. Kim-Mozeleski, PhD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, USA
Cathy Kodama, MPH University of California, Berkeley
Lilian Ferrer Lagunas, PhD, MS Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Nursing, Chile
Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, MPH East Carolina University, USA
Carlos Mahaffey, PharmD, MPH Oklahoma State University
Daniela Marquez, MPH, CHES Office of Border Health, El Paso
Franciso Soto Mas, MD, PhD, MPH University of New Mexico, USA
Carolyn P. Parks, PhD, MS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Valerie A. Paz-Soldan, PhD, MPH Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA
Ihor Perehinets, MD, MPH World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Denmark
Ryan J. Petteway, PhD, DrPH, MPH Portland State University
Tara Prairie, PhD, MA Tennessee Wesleyan University
Carlos E. Rodriguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES The George Washington University, USA
Armando De Alba Rosales, MD, MPH University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
Shyanika W. Rose, PhD, MA University of Kentucky
Victoria Sanchez, DrPH University of New Mexico, USA
Christina Severinsen, PhD Massey University, New Zealand
Aditi Srivastav, PhD, MPH Children's Trust of South Carolina, USA
Robert Strack, PhD, MBA University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Michelle M. Vine, PhD, MA University of Waterloo, Canada
LaNita Wright, PhD, MPH, CHES University of Central Oklahoma, USA
Irina Yakovleva, PhD (Sociology) School of Public Health, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Consulting Editors
Collins Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH Georgia State University
Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES Emory University
Stephen Fawcett, PhD, MA University of Kansas
Sarah Flicker, PhD, MPH York University, Toronto, Canada
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Daniel Perales, DrPH, MPH San Jose State University
Jill Sonke, PhD(c), MA University of Florida
Editor Emeritus
Leonard Jack Jr., PhD, MSc National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Jesus Ramirez-Valles, PhD Health Equity Institute, San Francisco University, USA
Randy Schwartz, MSPH American Cancer Society, USA
Editorial Manager
Jeanine Robitaille, MS, CHES Society for Public Health Education, USA
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