Guest Editor: Kerry J. Redican, MSPH, MPH, PhD, CHESÓ
Professor of Public Health, Virginia Tech
Helen Osborne in her book Health Literacy from A to Z (Jones and Bartlett, 2013) highlights that health literacy is about communicating health information in ways that others can understand. Health literacy has been described in various ways, but most of these conceptualizations have the same key aspects related to the knowledge and skills that enable individuals to obtain, understand and use information to make decisions and take actions that will have an impact on their health. These health literacy skills can be applied to the full range of determinants of health (individual, social, and environmental).
Health literacy is an important measure of the effectiveness of health education and is critical to ensuring that the public has the ability to be healthy throughout their lives. The National Commission on Health Education NCHEC), in concert with the Society for Public Health Education established the HESPA II 2020 Areas of Responsibility, Competencies and Sub-Competencies for Health Education Specialist Practice. Area I: Assessment, calls on health education specialists to analyze data to determine the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, and behaviors that impact the health literacy of priority populations. Area VI: Communication, is grounded in competencies and sub-competencies related to health literacy. In Healthy People 2030, a central focus is health literacy. Specifically, an overarching goal in HP 2030 demonstrates this focus: “Eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all. One of the initiative’s overarching goals includes the attainment of both personal and organizational health literacy to improve health and well-being for all
The American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) is accepting manuscripts on Health Literacy and Health Education: Research and Practical Applications. Health literacy methodologies and strategies are often important components of health education programs. To that end, AJHE is interested in receiving manuscripts related to health education research that highlight health literacy and practical health education applications of health literacy.
Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to: health literacy and health behaviors; health education programs incorporating health literacy strategies developed and/or implemented to address risk reduction and/or chronic disease; development and validation of health literacy measures; assessment of health literacy in populations; health literacy interventions with diverse populations; and sources of health information and the effect on health literacy.
AJHE does not charge page fees or submission fees.
Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed following standard AJHE journal procedures. All communication on manuscript submissions and the review process will be managed within the online Taylor & Francis ScholarOne Manuscripts system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajhe). This system will be used to facilitate the review and revision of all manuscripts submitted for this Special Issue.
When submitting your manuscript, please indicate in your Cover Letter that your manuscript is prepared for this special issue on Health Literacy and Health Education: Research and Practice Applications.
AJHE publishes 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 (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cirrhosis, etc.). For more information on how to submit manuscripts to the journal, please visit the journal website: https://www.shapeamerica.org/publications/journals/ajhe/