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UMass Amherst Faculty Named Editor of the International Quarterly of Community Health Education

The International Quarterly of Community Health Education (IQCHE) Editorial Board has announced that Dr. David Buchanan, DrPh, MPH, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences has been named its new Editor-in-Chief. He assumes the duties of Dr. George Cernada, DrPH, MPH, Professor Emeritus of Community Health Education, who is stepping down after 38 years in this role. At the same time, the IQCHE has been purchased by Sage Publications, Inc., from Baywood Press, its long-time home. Both changes bode well for the future of the journal.

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[Photo: Dr. David Buchanan]

Dr. David Buchanan is Chair of the Department of Health Promotion & Policy and Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed both his Master’s degree (MPH) and Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in Community Health Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a long record of research in the areas of substance abuse prevention, community-based participatory research, the intersection of the injection drug use and HIV/AIDS epidemics, international health and public health ethics. He has written extensively about the need to expand the field’s narrow understanding of the scientific causes of human behavior to include goal-oriented action motivated by the desire to realize moral values, such as justice and beneficence. Dr. Buchanan states, “I am very excited about the opportunity to take over editorial leadership and direction of the International Quarterly. It has long served as an invaluable outlet for less tightly-controlled, more systems-oriented field research that seeks to grapple policy issues in a complex moral and political space. I hope to be able to continue this proud tradition and serve as a forum for narrative and humanistic approaches to research that appreciate the complexities and contradictions of the human condition.”

The inaugural issue of the journal under its new editorial stewardship has just been released, with featured articles on Spatial Stigma and Health in Postindustrial Detroit, Culturally-attuned suicide prevention strategies among indigenous peoples in Alaska, the development of an integrated multidisciplinary liberal arts education in public health for undergraduate students, the need for promoting dignity, the ethical dimension of health, in health promotion programs, and other articles. The IQCHE welcomes articles that lead readers to question their assumptions and consider more innovative approaches to enabling people to look beyond physical fitness towards a richer understanding of human well-being found in striving to live with integrity based on values that matter.