Announcement posted 11/14/13Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) announces its 2014 Student Research Paper Contest. PCD is looking for graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. A peer-reviewed electronic journal, PCD was established to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. The journal is published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
The winning manuscript will be recognized on the PCD website and will be published in a 2014 PCD release. Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 23, 2014. For more information on the contest and how to submit your manuscript, visit PCD Student Research Paper Contest . [DOC - 198 KB]
Announcement posted 11/07/13CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, in partnership with the Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response and the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health, is pleased to announce the 2014 call for applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH). NLAPH is an applied leadership training program that enables multisector jurisdictional teams to address public health problems within their communities through team-identified health improvement projects. The program develops advanced leadership skills through blended learning modalities, including a series of webinars, a national retreat, coaching support from national experts, and peer networking. These leadership skills are further refined through the experiential learning of an applied health leadership project that seeks to improve population health.
Groups of 4 leaders from different sectors (public, private, nonprofit, other) are invited to apply as a team. Examples of multisector teams include a representative from the city public health office, an urban planner, a business representative, and a local nonprofit leader. Each team must have 1 member from the local, state, or public health department. The application for the 2014 cohort is now available online at www.healthleadership.org. All applications much be submitted by November 26, 2013, by 5:00 PM PST. The team selections will be announced by December 20, with the 1-year program beginning January 2014.
NLAPH is free for all selected teams, including the cost of round-trip transportation and lodging at the national retreat, access to all program materials and archived webinars, and enrollment in the Leadership Learning Network after completion of the program year.
Announcement posted 10/31/13Beginning in October, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) will publish a new submission category entitled GIS Snapshots. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful tools for enhancing the surveillance, prevention, and treatment of chronic diseases. This new feature will enable public health professionals to demonstrate the diverse uses of GIS to efficiently and innovatively improve chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
Through the use of GIS, public health professionals can create maps and overlay data by location, often revealing unseen patterns not readily apparent in data tables and other graphic representations. These maps are a great way to communicate public health burdens or the public health needs to the general public, decision makers, and partners. When GIS is integrated into the decision-making process of state and local health departments, community-based organizations, health care facilities, and other organizations, it can play a key role in guiding effective development for chronic disease prevention and control.
PCD’s first GIS map posted October 31. This inaugural map features data detailing vascular care from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Accepting GIS Submissions
PCD invites all public health professionals using GIS for the surveillance, prevention, and treatment of chronic disease to submit their maps for publication as a GIS Snapshot. The maps may address the following aspects:
- chronic disease outcomes (eg, morbidity or mortality data)
- chronic disease risk factors
- access to preventive or curative health care
- the built environment
- the socioeconomic environment
- health care and socioeconomic policies
- health care programs
- other conditions relevant to chronic disease prevention and health promotion
Announcement posted 09/5/13Mehul D. Patel, an epidemiology student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the winner of the journal’s 2013 Student Research Paper Contest. Mr Patel’s paper, “Emergency Medical Services Capacity for Prehospital Stroke Care in North Carolina,” assesses emergency medical services (EMS) stroke care capacity in North Carolina and evaluates statewide changes in EMS.
This contest is part of Preventing Chronic Disease's (PCD) effort to support and encourage the development of the next generation of public health professionals. As in previous years, submissions in the 2013 contest examined a range of topics and used a variety of analytic methods. Since the first contest in 2011, number of submissions has increased, giving the panel of contest judges a large body of quality articles from which to choose.
Mr Patel’s winning paper will publish in the September 5, 2013, release of Preventing Chronic Disease along with a podcast interview, which is accessible inside the article. Congratulations to Mr Patel and his colleagues on a very informative and innovative paper.
Enter the 2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge, Deadline September 9, 2013
Announcement posted 08/12/13The number of Americans who have high blood pressure has increased dramatically in the past decade, and nearly 1,000 people die each day in the United States as a result of high blood pressure-related illnesses. The latest data show that nearly 1 in 3 American adults—67 million—have high blood pressure. More than half of those with high blood pressure—36 million—don’t have it under control, even though many have insurance, are being treated with medicine, and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year.
Please help us spread the word about what it takes to get high blood pressure under control:
- Submit your nomination or encourage high-performing, small and large practices to enter the 2013 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge: www.millionhearts.hhs.gov. The Challenge is open August 9 through September 9, 2013.
- Place the Challenge competition badge on your website homepage between August 9 and September 9.
Announcement posted 07/15/13Kaiser Permanente is seeking outstanding candidates for their 2014 Delivery Science Fellowship Program. Applicants must have health professional doctorate degrees and/or research doctorate degrees in related fields. Investigators and fellows in the Division of Research work on the cutting edge of delivery science, partnering directly with Kaiser Permanente physicians, operations leaders, and patient populations in developing and implementing research and quality improvement projects. Fellows will have the unique opportunity to develop delivery science research methods and writing skills for presentations and publications in a dynamic health care delivery environment, while being mentored by experienced scientists with translational research, health services, health policy, and delivery system science expertise.
The fellowship program is situated within the San Francisco Bay area of California. Inquiries about the fellowship can be made to Program Director Beth Dameron, MS, at DOR-Fellowship@kp.org. Additional information can also be found online at http://www.dor.kaiser.org/external/fellowship/. Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2013. The program begins July 1, 2014.
Announcement posted 06/14/13Preventing Chronic Disease Editor-in-Chief Samuel Posner, PhD, will be co-leading a learning institute on scientific writing at this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. The purpose of the institute is to help public health practitioners turn their work into articles for publication. Dr Posner will be joined by Michael Kogan, PhD, who is Director of Epidemiology and Research at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr Kogan has served on various editorial boards and has edited special issues of Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health Journal. Drs Posner and Kogan will be assisted by other experienced authors and editors who will work with attendees on their partially completed manuscripts. The course will be a mixture of presentations and hands-on work. Participants are strongly encouraged to come to the training with an abstract, article outline, data analysis results, or a draft of a manuscript that they would like to make into an article. During the institute, each student will receive individual guidance from the leaders and from prominent authors and editors. The class will close with a presentation on tips for submitting articles to journal. Visit http://www.apha.org/meetings/registration/ to register and to find detailed learning institute course descriptions and fees at www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/LearningInstitutes.
Announcement posted 06/06/13Join Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) as we host our next Twitter chat on Thursday, June 13 at 3 PM EDT. We will talk with University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio about her community-focused nutrition and tobacco photo documentary and the importance of community involvement when creating health interventions. Dr. Cannuscio’s study is slated to publish in PCD on June 13. CDC experts and Dr. Cannuscio will be available to answer your questions and take your comments on this exciting health topic. Follow our chat on @CDCChronic and make sure to include #CDCpcd in all your tweets. Join the discussion by typing #CDCpcd in the Twitter search box or in http://tweetchat.com. We look forward to this important discussion and to reading all your great comments and questions. Check out @CDCChronic before the chat for daily tweets from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Also, don’t forget to sign up for your free subscription to PCD at www.cdc.gov/pcd so you never miss an issue.
Announcement posted 05/20/13Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) has made available its collection on multiple chronic conditions in a convenient PDF package, which can be accessed on the PCD Collections page. Also, make sure to listen to our podcast interview with Dr Anand Parekh, US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, and with PCD Editor in Chief Dr Samuel Posner. In this interview, Drs Parekh and Posner discuss the definition of multiple chronic conditions, their burden in the United States, and the importance of this particular collection.
Prevention Institute honors Dr Toni Yancey with Instant Recess on May 7
Announcement posted 05/07/13The physical activity and public health world recently suffered the loss of a remarkable author, leader, and advocate. Dr Antronette (Toni) Yancey lost her battle with lung cancer on April 23 at the age of 55. Dr Yancey was a UCLA public health professor and a frequent Preventing Chronic Disease author, writing dozens of academic articles about obesity, nutrition, physical fitness and chronic disease prevention. She was also committed to real-life solutions to public health problems, working tirelessly to change norms surrounding physical activity. She encouraged workplaces and schools to make brief activity breaks a routine part of the day. Dr Yancey was the founder of Instant Recess —a “MOVEment of ACTIVE-ists” dedicated to making America healthier 10 minutes at a time. She spoke nationwide about the importance of physical activity and how it can improve attentiveness and efficiency among students and employees. Dr Yancey will be greatly missed by the CDC and the PCD team. Click here to read more about Dr Yancey’s life and legacy.
Prevention Institute, along with many of its partners, will honor her memory by hosting an Instant Recess session. They invite you to gather your coworkers on Tuesday, May 7, at 1 pm PDT (4 pm EDT) for a 10-minute instant recess. Click here and Dr Yancey and the Los Angeles Sparks will lead you and your colleagues through a brief activity break. Don’t forget to take a picture or quick video and share it with Prevention Institute on Facebook or Twitter! They will retweet and share so everyone can see #InstantRecess celebrated across the country.
Announcement posted 03/21/13Interventions, strategies, tools, training or research relevant to the multiple chronic conditions (MCC) population can now be found through the Inventory of MCC Activities: Database of Programs, Tools, and Research Initiatives to Address the Needs of Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions. This searchable database, developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), with the help of its partners and stakeholders, contains approximately 250 activities that support one or more goals, objectives, and strategies contained in the Department’s Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Strategic Framework . To further expand on these activities, OASH developed a companion piece that further highlights the goals of the Framework. The report, Private Sector Activities Focused on Improving the Health of Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Innovative Profiles, features innovative and successful activities to help stakeholders. Click here to view the innovative profiles report and inventory database.
In additional, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released additional resources and tools, CMS State Reports and the CMS Chronic Conditions Dashboard, which will allow users to conduct state-level examinations of patterns of chronic conditions and multiple chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries. The CMS State Reports on chronic conditions provides an aggregate prevalence of chronic conditions and multiple chronic conditions as well as utilization and Medicare spending for beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions for the 50 US states and Washington, DC.
Visit the HHS MCC Initiative Web Site for additional details and updates, and don’t forget to watch for Preventing Chronic Disease’s (PCD) collection of articles on multiple chronic conditions publishing April 25. Sign up for a free e-mail subscription to PCD today.
Announcement posted 03/01/13Join Preventing Chronic Disease for our first Twitter chat at 1 P.M. EST Wednesday, March 13. We will discuss healthful school food environments and chat with the authors of an article entitled Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture. Look for our tweets with tips and facts about nutrition in schools and follow our discussion on which school environments foster healthful lifestyles for students. The authors and CDC experts will be available to answer your questions and take your comments. Follow our chat on @CDCChronic and make sure to include #CDCpcd in all your tweets. Link in to the chat by typing #CDCpcd in the Twitter search box or in http://tweetchat.com. We look forward to this important discussion and to reading all your great comments and questions. Check out @CDCChronic before the chat for daily tweets from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and don’t forget to read the article that drives this chat, which was published online February 28.
Announcement posted 01/31/13Thinking about submitting an abstract for display at this year’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) conference March 23-27? Develop your abstract into an article and submit it to Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) for publication. The deadline for BRFSS conference submissions is February 15, but PCD is always taking article submissions. Visit our author information page to learn more about the submission process and requirements.
Announcement posted 01/24/13PCD now offers citation downloads, using the .RIS file format, so readers can better organize and manage bibliographic information from our articles. Our .RIS files can be saved and imported into bibliographic software tools such as EndNote, ProCite, and Reference Manager.
Look for the “Download citation” link inside the Article Tools box that appears with each article. We hope this new feature provides a convenient way to add PCD data to your personal research and reference libraries.
Announcement posted 01/17/13Preventing Chronic Disease’s Year in Review provides an overview of the journal’s accomplishments for the year 2012. Inside are detailed overviews of PCD’s 2012 achievements and plans for continued success in 2013. The past year has been one filled with a number of innovative accomplishments, including moving to a continuous publication model, releasing a PCD iPad and iPhone app, and increasing the journal’s presence on various social media channels.
Our success would not be possible without the cooperation of the many dedicated individuals who engage in activities that improve the health and well-being of communities around the globe. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to PCD’s success and will remain committed to bringing their experiences and perspectives together to advance the fields of chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
Read the Year in Review [PDF - 460 KB] to see what PCD accomplished in 2012, and find out what’s to come in 2013.
Announcement posted 9/18/12Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is now available as a free app on your iPad or iPhone, bringing you the latest and most relevant peer-reviewed research on public health efforts to prevent chronic disease. Established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, PCD publishes articles that cut across sectors and disciplines to address at-risk populations, health disparities, policy and legislation, and technical innovations and interventions that address major public health crises. Whether you are a researcher, health practitioner, student, or policy maker, PCD provides an open exchange on the very latest in chronic disease prevention, research findings, public health interventions, and the exploration of new theories and concepts. Visit iTunes and download the app for free today.
Announcement posted 8/02/12The August 2 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) features an article describing a preventive health education model that employs Spanish-language radio novellas, or soap operas, aimed at reducing the risk of chronic diseases in the Hispanic community. The article, Engaging a Community in Developing an Entertainment Education Spanish-Language Radio Novella Aimed at Reducing Chronic Disease Risk Factors, Alabama, 2010-2011, describes how the authors developed and evaluated 48 novellas and how they engaged the community in the process. In addition to the article, PCD interviewed two of the authors for an audio podcast. Listen in to the short interviews— in Spanish or in English—to hear what sparked the idea for the radio dramas and to find out how successful the shows were in educating the Hispanic community about chronic diseases.
Listen to the Author Podcasts:
Announcement posted 7/26/12Preventing Chronic Disease Journal (PCD) is seeking article submissions from state, tribal, local, and territorial health department practitioners who are on the front lines working to improve the health of the public. PCD is committed to providing a forum for the open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve the health of the public through chronic disease prevention. Publishing the work done by state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments is central to the journal’s mission and vision (about the journal). Submissions should showcase practice-based evidence from the field of public health and can include original research, community case studies, systematic reviews, special topics, or briefs. Articles should present research results to a broad audience of public health professionals and others who are dedicated to helping practitioners and policy makers inform research and researchers help practitioners and policy makers more effectively improve the health of the population.
Submissions are due by September 25, 2012. Publication of the series will start in April 2013 to coincide with National Public Health Week and continue throughout the summer. For complete submission requirements, visit www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors.
Announcement posted 7/26/12PCD received its first Thomson Reuters impact factor in June 2012. With an impact factor of 1.819, PCD is one of the highest debuting public health journals in 2012. Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The journal has a circulation of more than 46,000 and content is available via our webpage, RSS feeds, and the CDC iPad app. PCD is indexed in PubMed, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Current Contents (Social and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Medicine). Full-text content is available in PubMed Central, EBSCOhost, CrossRef, and LinkOut. Articles report on the latest developments in prevention, screening, surveillance, and population-based interventions that focus on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and conditions, promoting health, and examining the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their effect on quality of life, illness, and death across the life span.
Announcement posted 5/17/12Founding board member and contributing author to Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, was recently featured in The Weight of the Nation, a unique documentary series that premiered on HBO this month. The documentary — a collaboration between HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — featured case studies and interviews with the nation’s leading experts as well as people struggling with obesity. The 4-part series took an in-depth look at the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children and the major driving forces behind the obesity epidemic. Dr Kumanyika was featured in the series when it aired on HBO May 14 and 15.
Related to the series, IOM released Accelerating Progress on Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. The report, released May 8, is IOM’s latest on combating the obesity epidemic. Authored by a team that includes Dr Kumanyika, the report focuses on strategies that various sectors of society can take to support individuals’ and families’ efforts to achieve healthy diets and physical activity levels. Dr Kumanyika is the chair of the IOM Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity and Prevention and was interviewed in the HBO documentary to glean information from her, and others, about her previous work and expertise.
PCD had a chance to speak with Dr Kumanyika about her involvement with the report and the documentary. Read our question and answer session.
Announcement posted 5/04/12Founding board member and contributing author to Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD), Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, will be featured in a unique docu-series premiering on HBO this month. The documentary — a collaboration between HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health — features case studies and interviews with the nation’s leading experts, as well as people struggling with obesity. The 4-part series, entitled The Weight of the Nation, will also take an in-depth look at the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children and the major driving forces behind the obesity epidemic. Look for Dr. Kumanyika in The Weight of the Nation when it airs on HBO Monday, May 14, at 8:00 PM ET/PT, beginning with “Consequences” followed by “Choices” at 9:10 PM. The series continues May 15 with “Children in Crisis” at 8:00 PM followed by “Challenges” at 9:10 PM. Find out more by visiting HBO’s website at theweightofthenation.hbo.com.
Announcement posted 3/29/12Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) recently offered its first article for continuing medical education (CME) as part of its partnership with Medscape. PCD plans to offer at least 1 article per month for credit. CME activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Medscape, LLC, and PCD. Medscape, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Visit PCD’s CME page to learn more.
Announcement posted 02/16/10Preventing Chronic Disease has established an online forum called PCD Dialogue for our readers to share observations and thoughts on research findings and practical experience. Readers may comment on selected articles in PCD issues by visiting PCD Dialogue or by selecting the "Comment on this article" link located on the article page. We look forward to a stimulating discussion from our readers.