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Invitation to Submit Manuscripts for a Special Issue of the American Journal of Health Education

This article by Dr. James Eddy, Editor-in Chief, AJHE, was reposted from HEDIR.org

Making the Case for Health Education with an Emphasis on Updated National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Responsibilities and Competencies and Economic Evaluation


Due Date: Submissions are due on July 15, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged and will be reviewed upon receipt.

The American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) invites manuscripts for a Special Issue on “Making the Case for Health Education with an Emphasis on Updated NCHEC Responsibilities and Competencies and Economic Evaluation”.  AJHE publishes research articles, feature papers, and commentaries.

For this Special Issue, AJHE is seeking submissions in two areas:

  1.     Discuss the role of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health education and health promotion programs.  In essence, how have the knowledge and skills inherent in the recently updated Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists lead to the success of health education and health promotion programs and interventions?  Some examples include but are not limited to:
  • How has fidelity to the needs assessment process outlined in Area I (Assessment of Needs and Capacity) influenced programmatic and research outcomes?  How has the practice of systematic needs assessment shaped research designs, methodologies, and results? How has the practice of systematic needs assessment shaped program development, evaluation methods and program effectiveness? Discuss the role of CHES® and MCHES® in the needs assessment process.
  • How have the procedures and processes inherent in Area II (Planning) such as “Identify desired outcomes using the needs and capacity assessment (2.2.1)”, “Adopt, adapt, and/or develop tailored intervention(s) for priority population(s) to achieve desired outcomes (2.3.4)”, and “Select planning model(s) for health education and promotion (2.3.1)” led to successful program and research outcomes? Describe procedures for incorporating theory into program design. Illustrate how theory is evaluated in your program. Include information on how the skills of CHES® and MCHES® in the planning process informed the program planning process.
  • How have the guidelines and processes outlined in Area IV (Evaluation and Research) enabled successful program outcomes? What competencies do CHES® and MCHES® bring to the evaluation process? Provide examples of how evaluation has been used for continuous program improvement.

 

  1.     Translating behavior change into cost savings is needed to advance the mission and goals of the Health Education profession. 
  • AJHE receives many research article submissions reporting on behavioral interventions with outcomes such as changes in dietary habits, weight management, smoking cessation, blood pressure control, etc.  Most results from these behavioral interventions, although important in the context of the research study, do not reveal the potential cost savings associated with intervention delivery for institutions, communities, and society.  For this Special Issue, AJHE is seeking manuscripts that present cost savings linked with Health Education and Health Promotion program outcomes using publicly accessible governmental, association, and institutional data sources.  For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide access to datasets with cost effectiveness indicators on a wide range of behavioral outcomes such as smoking cessation, diabetes control, hypertension control, etc.  Here, AJHE is seeking manuscripts that translate these types of behavior changes into cost savings through economic evaluations such as cost-minimization, cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. Translating behavior change into cost savings is needed to advance the mission and goals of Health Education.

 

Original and Secondary Research for this Special Issue. AJHE encourages submissions of original and secondary research manuscripts.

Original manuscripts should follow the prescribed headings for research papers and in the required “Translation to Health Education Practice” section include language that 1) describes how the knowledge, skills or processes inherent in the updated Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists informed the research design, and/or 2) the economic evaluation of the research outcomes.

Secondary manuscripts can analyze existing data to describe the impact of the Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists or discuss economic evaluations of the behavioral outcome(s). For secondary research papers, authors should 1) provide the background and significance of  the research topic, 2) summarize the original research from which the secondary data was acquired without referring the reader to another source, and 3) in the required “Translation to Health Education Practice” section, describe how the knowledge, skills, and processes in the updated Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists informed the research process and evaluation of how the behavioral change(s) was associated with economic benefits.

 

Questions: Contact Jim Eddy, Editor-in Chief, AJHE, jmeddy@uncg.edu


American Journal of Health Education

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS (2020)

Aims and Scope. The mission of the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) is to publish research manuscripts that focus on Health Education and Health Promotion interventions designed to prevent or delay the onset of the major chronic diseases and illnesses that impact populations of interest today (CVD, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, COPD, cirrhosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.). In addition, AJHE is actively seeking manuscripts that inform the discussion on the role of lifestyle behaviors (nutrition/diet, physical activity, weight management, tobacco use prevention, stress control, self-management of chronic disease, emotional and social functioning, alcohol and other drugs abuse, etc.) in chronic disease management. Manuscript reporting on research conducted in community, medical care, worksite and school/university settings are acceptable. AJHE is particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on interventions related to the primary prevention of chronic disease from a social ecological perspective that conceptualized the role of individual, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy factors on lifestyle behaviors.  Manuscripts grounded in health behavior theory are encourage. AJHE will also consider publish manuscripts on other health related topics based on the timeliness and merit of the topic. Health Education and Health Promotion are applied disciplines. Therefore, each manuscript should provide a clear discussion of how the research links together researchers and practitioners through professional practice in a section titled Translation to Health Education Practice. For many research studies, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. Areas of Responsibility and Competencies can frame the Translation to Health Education Practice discussion (www.nchec.org). The Translation to Health Education Practice section has two major purposes: 1) to inform Health Educators on how the methods and results of your study can assist them to design, Implement and evaluate similar interventions in their respective populations of interest, and 2) to explain the role of Health Educators and Certified Health Education Specialists in the design, implementation and evaluation of the study. In the Translation section, authors should consider how the knowledge skills, and processes inherent in the NCHEC Responsibilities and Competencies led to the success outcomes. When applicable, authors are encouraged to expand the discussion of results in the Translation section to show the cost benefit of the intervention. The CDC and other governmental agencies provide data on cost benefit of behavioral outcomes.

Research Articles. American Journal of Health Education invites manuscripts reporting original research and applications of social and behavioral theory related to the prevention or delayed onset major chronic diseases impacting populations of interest and the lifestyle behaviors that impact chronic disease. Data-based research manuscripts must include the following headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Translation to Health Education Practice. Generally, AJHE does not publish manuscripts on pedagogy, professional preparation, philosophical issues or pilot studies. Research manuscripts can be up to 25 double-spaced pages, not including abstract, tables, figures, illustrations and references.

Commentaries and Feature Articles. Commentaries and Feature Articles are learned opinions that address contemporary chronic disease and related lifestyle issues in Health Education research, policy, theory, philosophy, or practice. Commentaries can be ≤ 1,500 words in length, not including references. Feature Articles can be 25 double-spaced pages not including references or graphics. AJHE, as a rule, does not publish Letters to the Editor.

Manuscript Submissions. The American Journal of Health Education receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajhe. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at http://scholarone.com/services/support. If you have any other requests, please contact Jim Eddy, Editor, at jmeddy@uncg.edu. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to SHAPE America. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of SHAPE America. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced. Please number manuscripts pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the manuscript title suitable for the running head, not to exceed 50-character spaces. Research Articles require structured abstracts up to 200 words in length using the following headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Translation to Health Education Practice. Feature Articles require descriptive abstracts up to 200 words in length without headings.

References. References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the AMA Publication Manual. Manuscripts that do not adhere to AMA style will be returned to the author for revisions before being sent out for review.

  • Journal reference with three or fewer authors: Vitale S, Cotch MF, Sperduto RD. Prevalence of visual impairment in the United States. JAMA. 2006;295:2158-2163.
  • Journal reference with four or more authors: Bonilla M F, Kaul DR, Saint S, et al. Ring around the diagnosis. N Engl J Med.
  • 2006;354:1937-1942.
  • Book: Green LW, Kreuter MW. Health Promotion Planning: An Educational and Ecological Approach, 3rd ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publications; 1999.
  • Quoted chapter from a book: Baranowski T, Perry CL, Parcel GS. How individuals, environments, and health behavior interact: social cognitive theory. In: Glanz K, Lewis FM, Rimer BK, eds. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice. 3rd ed. San Francisco,CA: Jossey-Bass; 2002:153–178.
  • Web site: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults: United States, 1999. http://www. cdc.gov/nchs. Accessed July 1, 2006.

Illustrations. Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality production and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on journal page; EPS, TIFF, or PSD format; and submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files.

Tables and Figures. Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text but should be included as separate files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. Figures should be clearly labeled with a clear legend, taking into account necessary size reduction. Reference all tables and figures in text to indicate placement.

Proofs. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.

Complimentary Copies and Reprints. The corresponding author of each article will receive one complete copy of the issue in which the article appears. Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.

 

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