In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Dr. Laura Magana Valladares, president and CEO of ASPPH, Dr. Richard K. Riegelman, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and Dr. Susan Albertine, Association of American Colleges and Universities, discuss the importance of writing in public health. The priorities for the ASPPH/Riegelman writing program are to help improve writing in a larger sphere — public health research, the whole profession, and the public.
The ASPPH/Riegelman writing program created a Writing in Public Health Advisory Committee comprising public health and writing experts, including deans and faculty from schools and programs of public health, experts in writing education from outside public health, and the editor in chief of Public Health Reports.
The advisory committee and ASPPH staff members undertook a yearlong planning process that included workshops and presentations at the 2018 ASPPH national meeting. The advisory committee and ASPPH also are encouraging submissions to the Writing for Public Health department in Public Health Reports. This new department presents a unique opportunity for scholars and others who study and teach writing to publish research, case studies, and commentaries on writing for public health. The first article published in the new department focused on identifying and teaching writing in the range of public health genres. The authors acknowledge improving writing in public health will require long-term effort and long-term commitment and hope that the initial engagement of ASPPH faculty and deans, as well as Public Health Reports’ new Writing for Public Health department, will encourage excellence in public health writing.
Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. PHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.
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