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Call for Papers: “Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Disorders, and Chronic Disease”

Announcement posted 9/23/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) welcomes submissions for its upcoming collection, “Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Disorders, and Chronic Disease.” Sleep is an essential daily behavior that supports physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Nearly every system of the body depends on satisfactory sleep quality and quantity for routine healing, repair, and restoration. Factors that negatively affect health include sleep deprivation, poor sleep routines, and negative life events, as well as sleep disorders (eg, restless legs syndrome and insomnia). In addition, particularly short sleep duration may be associated with chronic diseases. Research shows that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes, and sleep duration and sleep quality have emerged as predictors of hemoglobin A1c level, a key marker of blood sugar control. Hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, and irregular heartbeat are more common among those with disordered sleep than those without sleep abnormalities. The link between psychological health and sleep has received attention as well; depressive symptoms can decrease when sleep apnea is effectively treated and sufficient sleep is restored. In addition, emerging studies are showing how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in daily routines, mental health, and an increase among the general population in the prevalence of sleep disturbances during periods of quarantine.

PCD is interested in publishing papers from around the world that bring increased attention to the relationship between sleep and chronic disease and offer insight into successes and challenges of public health strategies to improve the quality of sleep. For this collection, PCD encourages the submission of manuscripts covering diverse topics using various PCD article types. Please refer to the Types of Articles page on PCD’s website for specifications of each article type. Examples of topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prevalence of healthy and unhealthy sleep duration among children, adolescents, adults, and older adults
  • Latest research on causes, symptoms, and treatment of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders
  • Differences in the amount, frequency, time, efficiency, and quality of sleep among racial and ethnic groups
  • Research on the link between insufficient sleep and an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on sleep quality among the general population
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on sleep quality among racial and ethnic groups
  • Effects of social determinants (eg, job stress, neighborhood characteristics, education) on sleep quality and overall health
  • The influence of discrimination and racism to racial and ethnic disparities on sleep quality
  • The influence of alcohol consumption on sleep, including strategies to intervene on chronic drinking to improve sleep quality
  • Effects of TV, internet, and other screen time on quality of life among children, adolescents, and adults
  • Research exploring ways to optimize sleep duration and quality to improve blood sugar control in those with type 2 diabetes
  • The link between hypertension, stroke, and coronary disease and disordered sleep
  • Innovative interventions to reduce TV, internet, and other screen time among children, adolescents, and adults
  • The relationship between psychological health, sleep deprivation, and sleep disorders
  • Psychologically informed behavior-change approaches that contribute to improved sleep quality and improved chronic disease management
  • Practical “how-to” tips based on the latest research on ways to improve sleep quality
  • Public health awareness campaigns that promote good sleep hygiene, including behaviors that ensure sufficient, high-quality sleep
  • Multilevel approaches for addressing disparities in sleep health, such as individual-level behavioral recommendations and health promotion interventions at multiple contextual levels (eg, family, schools, workplaces, media, and policy) among those diagnosed with chronic disease
  • Clinical and population-based approaches to promote sleep health among children, adolescents, adults, and older adults
  • The do’s and don’ts of healthy napping among children, adolescents, adults, and older adults
  • Clinical, translational, and population-based research in pediatric sleep medicine

Submission Guidelines

Although not required, corresponding authors are strongly encouraged to submit an inquiry to the journal in advance of submitting a manuscript to determine suitability. PCD asks that only the corresponding author submit inquiries to the journal for review. The corresponding author is the person who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the submission, peer-review, and publication process if the paper is accepted. The corresponding author’s inquiry should include the following information:

  • Article title
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Author name(s), degree(s), title(s), and affiliation(s)
  • PCD article type (visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors/types_of_articles.htm)
  • Has the article ever been submitted elsewhere for consideration? If yes, please indicate the name of the journal, the date of the final decision, and an explanation of the decision
  • Indicate that this inquiry is related to this Call for Papers
  • Abstract (300 words or less)

PCD will provide feedback to the corresponding author about the journal’s interest in the proposed manuscript and guidance on what information is needed. The deadline to receive inquiries is June 15, 2022. If your inquiry is accepted, the deadline to receive your final manuscript is December 15, 2022. If accepted, your manuscript will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Disorders, and Chronic Disease.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

Call for Papers: “Global Responses to Prevent, Manage, and Control Cardiovascular Disease”

Announcement posted 9/14/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) welcomes submissions for its upcoming collection, “Global Responses to Prevent, Manage, and Control Cardiovascular Disease.” Heart disease and strokes continue to be leading causes of death and major disability worldwide despite the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past several years, efforts have increased to implement timely intervention programs in multiple settings, across all age groups, in the general population and among high-risk groups to achieve population-level improvements in cardiovascular health. Efforts have also been made to enhance data sources and data collection systems to monitor key indicators related to heart disease and stroke prevention. PCD is interested in publishing papers from around the world that offer insight into successes and challenges of public health strategies to improve cardiovascular health through prevention, detection, and treatment.

For this collection, PCD encourages the submission of manuscripts covering diverse topics using various PCD article types. Please refer to the Types of Articles page on PCD’s website for the specifications of each article type. Examples of topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Factors contributing to the decline or increase in heart disease risk
  • Drivers of racial and ethnic minority population disparities in cardiovascular health
  • Cardiovascular disease risk reduction programs in urban, rural, clinical, and/or community settings
  • Neighborhood-level segregation and its impact on cardiovascular disease risk and health status
  • Health equity approaches to reducing coronary heart disease and strokes among diverse populations
  • Health systems approaches to helping patients maintain their routine care, treatment, and access to medical care
  • Hospital and community collaborations to reduce cardiovascular disease risk
  • Timely appraisal and synthesis of primary research papers by using a rigorous and clearly documented methodology (eg, systematic reviews or scoping reviews)
  • Geographic variations in the costs of heart disease
  • Geographic disparities in declining rates of heart disease mortality
  • Link between sleep and heart disease
  • Relationship between cardiovascular health, COVID-19, and gender
  • Relationship between racism, cardiovascular health, and other health outcomes
  • COVID-19 vaccination among adults with heart disease
  • Influence of lifestyle practices on cardiometabolic disease and subsequent cardiometabolic multimorbidity
  • Relationship between coronary heart disease and mental health
  • Culturally appropriate health communication campaigns to improve prevention, detection, and treatment of cardiovascular health
  • Lessons learned from state, local, and tribal heart disease and stroke programs

 

Submission Guidelines

Although not required, corresponding authors are strongly encouraged to submit an inquiry to the journal in advance of submitting a manuscript to determine suitability. PCD asks that only the corresponding author submit inquiries to the journal for review. The corresponding author is the person who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the submission, peer-review, and publication process if the paper is accepted. The corresponding author’s inquiry should include the following information:

  • Article title
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Author name(s), degree(s), title(s), and affiliation(s)
  • PCD article type (visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors/types_of_articles.htm)
  • Has the article ever been submitted elsewhere for consideration? If yes, please indicate the name of the journal, the date of the final decision, and an explanation of the decision
  • Indicate that this inquiry is related to this Call for Papers
  • Abstract (300 words or less)

PCD will provide feedback to the corresponding author about the journal’s interest in the proposed manuscript and guidance on what information is needed. The deadline to receive inquiries is January 15, 2022. If your inquiry is accepted, the deadline to receive your final manuscript is July 15, 2022. If accepted, your manuscript will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection Global Responses to Prevent, Manage, and Control Cardiovascular Disease.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

 

Call for Papers: “Health Equity in Action: Research, Policy, and Practice”

Announcement posted 9/10/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) welcomes submissions for its upcoming collection, “Health Equity in Action: Research, Practice, and Policy.” Advancing health equity and eliminating health disparities have been and continue to be critical areas of great interest to PCD. Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as the attainment of the highest level of health for people: “Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.”

Despite the wealth of frameworks on social determinants of health (SDOH), 2 current limitations are 1) the superficial description of factors that affect health and 2) a lack of focus on measuring health equity. Equitable implementation requires public health professionals to assess our work in terms of social justice and pursue fair, restorative, and equitable outcomes. In light of this inquiry, we propose that if we are to truly engage in equity work, all interventions and accompanying implementation strategies must address SDOH — the broad range of social, economic, political, and psychosocial factors that directly or indirectly shape health outcomes and contribute to health disparities. Health is not just the absence of disease but also the presence of resources and supports that people need to thrive.

PCD encourages the submission of manuscripts on diverse topics. Illustrative examples are included below. Please refer to the Types of Articles page on PCD’s website for the specifications of each article type. PCD is interested in learning where, when, and how to effectively intervene to improve health equity. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advancing health equity and health disparities: similarities, differences, and rationale for next steps
  • Integrating health equity in all policies
  • Conducting early studies of interventions to improve health equity
  • Identifying potential health interventions to improve health equity in diverse populations and settings
  • Integrating health equity in program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Engaging community stakeholders to advance health equity
  • Developing communication approaches and strategies to convey meaning and importance of health equity science, practice, and policy
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies to improve health literacy
  • Understanding the intersectionality of structural racism and other social determinants of health
  • Discussing healthcare systems policies combined with approaches that target at-risk populations to address health equity
  • Integrating a health equity lens into Health Plans
  • Building knowledge, skills, and abilities regarding health equity science and practice among public health and nonpublic health workforce
  • Identifying strategies on avoiding silos in the pursuit of advancing health equity approaches
  • Identifying health equity measurement and metrics challenges and opportunities
  • Modernizing public health data infrastructure to improve health equity
  • Assessing tools and techniques on practical ways to measure health equity
  • Engaging partners and relevant sectors both inside and outside of public health to advance health equity

Submission Guidelines

While not required, corresponding authors are strongly encouraged to submit an inquiry to the journal in advance of submitting the manuscript to determine suitability. PCD asks that only the corresponding author submit inquiries to the journal for review. The corresponding author is the person who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the submission, peer-review, and publication process if the paper is accepted.

The corresponding author’s inquiry should include the following information:

  • Article title
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Author(s) name, degree, title, and affiliation
  • PCD article type (Visit: www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors/types_of_articles.htm)
  • Has the article ever been submitted elsewhere for consideration? If yes, please indicate the name of the journal, the date of the final decision, and an explanation of the decision
  • Indicate that this inquiry is related to the Call for Papers
  • Abstract (300 words or less)

PCD will provide feedback to the corresponding author about the journal’s interest in the proposed manuscript and guidance on what information is needed. The deadline to receive inquiries is March 15, 2022. If your inquiry is accepted, the deadline to receive your final manuscript is September 15, 2022. If accepted, your manuscript will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection: Health Equity in Action: Research, Policy, and Practice.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

PCD Releases Collection on Health Equity and Health Disparities and PCD Position Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Announcement posted 8/13/21

Collection on Health Disparities and Position Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

PCD has released the collection “Advancing Health Equity, Eliminating Health Disparities, and Improving Population Health” as part of its ongoing efforts to acknowledge, examine, and report on less-explored factors such as social determinants of health, including forms of racism that have resulted in the generational injustices.

Articles appearing in this collection include 10 papers submitted in response to PCD’s call for papers for the collection and 7 articles previously published in the journal. All 17 of these articles underwent the journal’s rigorous peer-review process. In addition, this collection features a position statement on the journal’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its scientific leadership, publications, and communication.

Since PCD’s establishment in 2004, its mission has been to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to address health disparities, advance health equity, and improve population health. To be the most successful in this mission requires that PCD adapt to a changing vocabulary and embrace areas of scientific exploration to include not only familiar terms and constructs such as race and ethnicity, health disparities, health inequities, social economic position, and social determinants of health but also all forms of racism, including structural and institutional racism. PCD is well positioned to address chronic disease prevention and health promotion within this changing landscape. This collection, including PCD’s position statement, demonstrates some of the intentional steps the journal has taken to bring attention to these issues.

 

 

PCD Journal Impact Factor Increases to 2.803

Announcement posted 7/7/21

PCD’s mission is to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to address health disparities, advance health equity, and improve population health. PCD just received its new Journal Impact Factor, 2.803, an increase from 2.144 the previous year and the largest 1-year increase in the journal’s history. PCD’s 5 Year Impact Factor is even higher, at 3.215, compared with 2.844 the previous year. From SJR, the journal moves up from 6th place to 4th place out of 27 open access US journals in the category of Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. PCD’s acceptance rate dropped to 21.3% in 2020, compared with 28.9% in 2019.

Editor in Chief Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MSc, credits this success to the journal’s growing team of Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, and Statistics Review Committee members, who bring to PCD a broad range of public health expertise. He also credits the support of senior leadership within NCCDPHP, dedicated peer reviewers, and the high quality standards maintained by PCD staff. Last year, PCD published a special supplement on the US public health response to COVID-19 and chronic disease, which has received considerable attention. In addition, PCD published well-received collections in 2020 on mental health, public health and pharmacy, and CDC’s High Obesity Program. According to Dr. Jack, “PCD has been especially committed to highlighting ongoing efforts during the pandemic to provide reliable, peer-reviewed research and proven practices to improve health outcomes worldwide for COVID-19 and chronic disease. We have fast-tracked articles with time-sensitive and critical information and identified responsive peer reviewers who can provide quality feedback. In addition, the journal has continued to identify the most relevant public health topics of interest to its readers. PCD remains committed to serving as a valuable resource to promote dialogue among researchers, evaluators, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide.”

PCD has built on its success in 2020 by publishing 2 collections so far in 2021: global perspectives on improving chronic disease prevention and management and oral health behaviors and availability of dental services. In July the journal will release a special collection of student papers around the topic of building public health research capacity in real-world settings. And finally, the journal is committed to taking active steps to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in public health, and in August will publish a collection entitled “Advancing Health Equity, Eliminating Health Disparities, and Improving Population Health.”

 

Call for Papers: 2022 PCD Publishing Opportunity for Students

Announcement posted 6/2/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is looking for students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels, and recent postgraduates to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, COVID-19 and chronic conditions. Accepted papers will become part of PCD’s special Student Research Collection.

PCD’s 5 primary goals for this publication opportunity for students and postgraduates are to:

  • Provide applicants with an opportunity to become familiar with a journal’s manuscript submission requirements and peer-review process;
  • Assist applicants to connect their knowledge and training on conducting quality research with a journal’s publication expectations;
  • Develop applicants’ research and scientific writing skills to become producers of knowledge in addition to consumers of knowledge;
  • Provide applicants with an opportunity to become first author on a peer-reviewed paper;
  • Promote supportive, respectful, and mutually beneficial author―mentor relationships that result in strengthening applicants’ ability to generate and submit future scholarly manuscripts.

 

Topics of Interest

PCD encourages the submission of manuscripts within a diverse range of topics. Illustrative examples are included below. Please refer to the Types of Articles page on PCD’s website for the specifications of each article types. Examples that follow are not limited to other topics that are relevant to the collection:

  • COVID-19 incidence and fatality among adults with chronic conditions
  • Racial and ethnic disparities among adults with chronic disease
  • Health-related behavioral risk factors related to chronic conditions
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 incidence and medical treatment among adults with chronic conditions
  • The influence/impact of social determinants of health on chronic disease
  • The impact of housing and residential segregation on chronic disease
  • Structural racism, chronic disease management, and COVID-19
  • Use of GIS to understand patterns of inequality, racism, drivers of health, and the identification of appropriate public health responses
  • Designing and evaluating multilevel interventions to reduce health disparities
  • Health communication related to chronic disease in rural and urban communities
  • Cultural considerations when creating risk communication messages about chronic disease
  • Impact of COVID-19 on mental and psychological health among adults with chronic conditions

 

Submission Requirements

PCD uses PCD ScholarOne Manuscriptsexternal icon for manuscript submission and tracking. Before submitting your manuscript, please read the instructions below in addition to the information provided on the PCD website under Manuscript Requirements.

Eligibility

  • Student applicants must be currently enrolled in a high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree program. Postgraduate applicants must have received their graduate degree within the past 12 months and be participating in a medical residency, postdoctoral fellowship, or similar training program under the supervision of a mentor, advisor, or principal investigator.
  • Applicants should meet the standard to serve as first author. The first author is the person who conducted or led the topic being presented and prepared the first draft of the manuscript. The first author must also ensure that all other authors meet the criteria for authorship.
  • Applicants and coauthors are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards in submitting scholarly work to the journal for consideration. Applicants and coauthors should become familiar with the journal’s Editorial Policy.
  • Applicants (not mentors) must serve as the corresponding author for manuscripts submitted in conjunction with the student research collection. No exceptions will be allowed.
  • Manuscripts must report on research done while in one of the qualifying student or postgraduate categories listed above.
  • The research must have been completed within the last 12 months.
  • Manuscripts must not be published previously or submitted elsewhere for publication.
  • Manuscripts must represent original research submitted as Original Research or GIS Snapshots article types. Other article types will not be considered. For a detailed explanation, see information on Original Research and GIS Snapshots articles on PCD’s Types of Articles page.
  • Students and recent postgraduates must submit a cover letter indicating their interest in being considered for the Student Paper Collection and the name and contact information of their advisor. The cover letter must also indicate current level of academic enrollment: high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree, or applicable postgraduate residency, fellowship, or other training program. In addition, applicants should address all routinely required disclosures in the cover letter. Learn more about general cover letter requirements on PCD’s How to Submit a Manuscript page.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their advisor confirming either the student’s enrollment in a degree program or the postgraduate candidate’s residency or fellowship. The advisor must confirm that the research was conducted while in training under the advisor’s supervision. The advisor’s letter must confirm that the applicant conceptualized the analysis and was the primary author of the manuscript. The advisor’s letter must also acknowledge that the advisor recognizes that no one other than the applicant can serve as corresponding author.
  • Applicants should submit the cover letter and advisor letter when they submit the manuscript.

Deadline

Manuscripts must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Manuscript Review Process

  • Not all manuscripts submitted for consideration will undergo peer review. The Editor in Chief will screen and determine which manuscripts advance to peer review. The decision to advance papers to peer review will be made based on fit, quality, and available human capital to handle submission volume.
  • Applicants and advisors must understand that the decision-making process to identify which manuscripts will advance through the various stages of review is a lengthy process. Therefore, applicants and advisors must have patience as the decision-making process moves through review stages.
  • An applicant receiving comments and suggestions on a manuscript does not mean the manuscript will be accepted for publication.
  • Applicants interested in getting a sense of where manuscripts are in the review process are encouraged to contact the journal. Such inquiries should come directly from the applicant serving as corresponding author.

Helpful Hints

Please be sure to visit the Author’s Corner section of PCD’s website for important information on what to avoid when developing the manuscript, tables, and figures.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed electronic journal 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.

 

Call for Papers: “Geospatial Perspectives on the Intersection of Chronic Disease and COVID-19”

Announcement posted 3/10/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) welcomes submissions for this upcoming collection, which highlights the variety of ways in which geographic information systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and other geospatial techniques and technologies are applied to research and public health practice, addressing the intersection of chronic disease and COVID-19.

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), presents the greatest medical and public health challenge in decades. Medical professionals, public health experts, and the public are all scrambling to understand and respond to this crisis. People living with underlying chronic conditions are likely to bear the most severe effects of COVID-19, and some groups, such as those characterized by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, rural status, and other factors, have been historically and disproportionately affected by these underlying conditions. Furthermore, the negative effects of COVID-19 on people with chronic conditions are compounded by the lack of access to health care, economic instability, occupational characteristics, physical and built environments, and other social determinants of health in their lives and communities. Understanding the role of place and space in shaping the interactions of chronic disease and COVID-19 is critical to informing effective public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting health equity. The application of spatial statistics, spatial epidemiology, location tracking, GIS, and other geospatial methods and technologies have provided opportunities to explore and address the geographic character of a wide range of COVID-19 and chronic disease-related outcomes, their relationships to risk factors, racial/ethnic disparities, access to health care, and nonpharmaceutical interventions intended to reduce COVID-19 transmission through social contact.

Research into the contributions of contextual, community-level factors moves beyond a narrow focus on individual-level risk factors and enables public health professionals to address underlying structural causes and advance health equity. Furthermore, advances in the delivery of place-based chronic disease data and maps via interactive websites and other geospatial tools provide public health professionals with opportunities to develop programs and policies, in partnership with others, tailored to the needs of specific communities. Understanding how to evaluate data from these sources is paramount as public health professionals navigate this burgeoning world of local-level chronic disease and COVID-19-related data.

This PCD collection will document research, translation, case studies, and analytic tools that have a geospatial perspective. PCD invites manuscripts that highlight the innovative and effective incorporation of place and space in addressing the intersection of chronic disease and COVID-19 to enhance surveillance, prevention, and treatment efforts, as well as public health interventions, public policy, health system changes, and beyond.

 

Topics of Interest

PCD encourages the submission of manuscripts within a diverse range of topics. Illustrative examples are included below. Please refer to the Types of Articles page on PCD’s website for the specifications of each article type. Examples that follow are not limited to other topics that are relevant to the collection:

  • Structural racism, chronic disease management, and COVID-19
  • Use of GIS to understand patterns of inequality, racism, drivers of health, and the identification of appropriate public health responses
  • Descriptive epidemiology of the spatial and/or spatio-temporal distributions of chronic disease and COVID-19 outcomes across the lifespan (children, adults, older adults)
  • The association of neighborhood or community attributes with chronic disease and COVID-19 outcomes
  • Use of geospatial technologies for digital contact tracing among populations with pre-existing conditions
  • Investigating geographic health disparities, social determinants of health, and community-level factors related to chronic disease and COVID-19 pandemic(s)
  • Long-term geospatial surveillance strategies of chronic disease among the people diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Use of GIS and geospatial analyses for COVID-19 vaccine delivery planning and implementation to ensure coverage of high-risk groups, including people with chronic disease, and equitable distribution
  • Maps that describe geographic variation in chronic disease and COVID-19 outcomes and/or risk factors, including social determinants of health, and community-level factors.
  • Maps that inform chronic disease and COVID-19-related policies, interventions, and/or programs
  • Maps used by local/state health departments in their response to chronic disease and COVID-19
  • Use of GIS by local and state health departments in response to chronic disease and COVID-19
  • Partnerships using GIS to effectively address service gaps (community, hospital or public health preparedness, social service needs)
  • Integrating the use of GIS with health communication principles to educate the public about chronic disease and COVID-19
  • Geospatial data ethical considerations related to chronic disease and COVID-19
  • Review of websites with small area, chronic disease-related data and mapping capabilities
  • Tools that support the use of small area chronic disease and COVID-19-related data

Submission Guidelines

While not required, corresponding authors are strongly encouraged to submit an inquiry to the journal in advance of submitting the manuscript to determine suitability. PCD asks that only the corresponding author submit inquiries to the journal for review. The corresponding author is the person who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the submission, peer-review, and publication process if the paper is accepted.

The corresponding author’s inquiry should include the following information:

  • Article title
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Author(s) name, degree, title, and affiliation
  • PCD article type (Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors/types_of_articles.htm)
  • Has the article ever been submitted elsewhere for consideration? If yes, please indicate the name of the journal, the date of the final decision, and an explanation of the decision.
  • Indicate that this inquiry is related to the Call for Papers.
  • Abstract (300 words or less) with the following information:
    • Study/intervention/project description
    • Dates when program/policy/study was conducted
    • Dates when data were collected
    • Research methods and data analyses
    • Findings
    • Implications for public health practice

 

PCD will provide feedback to the corresponding author about the journal’s interest in the proposed manuscript and guidance on what information is needed. Corresponding authors should submit their inquiry to the Editor in Chief at PCDeditor@cdc.gov for consideration on or before June 4, 2021. Complete manuscripts should be submitted to PCD on or before Friday, December 3, 2021. If accepted, your manuscript will be reviewed and published on a rolling basis. Articles will be assembled into a PDF collection accessible on the PCD website after all accepted papers have been published. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection: Geospatial Perspectives on the Intersection of Chronic Disease and COVID-19.

About the Journal

PCD is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

Call for Papers: “COVID-19 & Chronic Diseases: Burden, Access to Care, Community Engagement, and Partnerships”

Announcement posted 2/18/21

Chronic diseases have exacted a heavy burden on the adult population and account for leading causes of death globally. Many chronic diseases (eg, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic kidney disease) and risk factors (such as obesity and smoking) increase the severity of COVID-19 outcomes. Consequently, rates of hospitalization and fatality due to COVID-19 increase as the number of conditions increase. COVID-19 can further exacerbate the health conditions of individuals living with a chronic disease given that COVID-19 is a complex multisystem disorder that can affect multiple organs and tissues. Further, patients with chronic conditions report not engaging in recommended preventive health care due to the fear of COVID-19 infection.

The COVID-19 pandemic affects not only health, but also health care, social, and economic systems worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has also heightened anxiety and psychological stress among medical professionals, patients who have contracted the virus, family members, and the public who have been encouraged to change their day-to-day routines due to fear of infection. Emerging data also indicate that racial and ethnic groups are at an increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19. Persistent social determinants further compound the negative effects that COVID-19 has on people with a chronic condition. Examples of social determinants of health that have brought to light these disparities in health outcomes include unstable housing, racism, limited access to nutritious food, inadequate transportation, and low socioeconomic status.

Given the length of the pandemic, strengthening the evidence on the associations between chronic diseases, risk factors for chronic diseases, social determinants of health, and COVID-19 is therefore an urgent priority in public health.  In August of 2020, The CDC journal, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD), released a supplement, “US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease: Continuing the Commitment to Improve Population Health.” This supplement features commentaries addressing areas in which future submissions would be of great interest to the journal. Topics include men and COVID-19, behavioral health during the COVID-19 pandemic, importance of culture in communicating a global response to COVID-19, geographic information science in response to COVID-19, parks and green space during COVID-19, creating healthy schools during COVID-19, oral health and COVID-19, pharmacist-led chronic care management, and engaging racial and ethnic minority communities in rural and urban settings.

PCD seeks to expand these topics, along with these additional examples:

  • COVID-19 incidence and fatality among adults with chronic conditions by urban–rural classification
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates and access among adults with chronic disease
  • Health-related behavioral risk factors related to chronic conditions
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 incidence and receiving medical treatment among adults with chronic conditions
  • The influence/impact of social determinants of health on chronic disease and COVID-19 pandemic among vulnerable populations
  • Structural racism, chronic disease management, and COVID-19
  • Designing and evaluating multilevel interventions to reduce health disparities related to COVID-19 and chronic disease
  • Health communication related to COVID-19 and chronic diseases in rural and urban communities
  • Cultural considerations when creating risk communication messages about COVID-19 and chronic diseases
  • Use of preventive services during the COVD-19 pandemic
  • The impact of housing and residential segregation on chronic disease and COVID-19
  • Impact of COVID-19 on food access and availability
  • Impact of COVID-19 on mental and psychological health among adults with chronic conditions
  • Social isolation or lockdown and its impact on chronic diseases and behavioral risk factors (eg, physical activity, obesity, nutrition)
  • COVID vaccine and access for adults with chronic conditions
  • Pharmacists/pharmacies addressing disease management and enhancing access to COVID-19 vaccination to the general population and those at highest risk
  • Public–private partnership collaborations generating population-health responses to COVID-19 and chronic disease

While not required, corresponding authors are strongly encouraged to submit an inquiry to the journal in advance of submitting the manuscript to determine the suitability of the manuscript for PCD. PCD asks that only the corresponding author submit inquiries to the journal for review. The corresponding author is the individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer-review, and publication process (should the paper be accepted).

The corresponding author’s inquiry should include the following information:

  • Article title
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Author(s) name, degree, title, and affiliation
  • PCD article type (Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/for_authors/types_of_articles.htm)
  • Has the article ever been submitted elsewhere for consideration? If yes, please indicate the name of the journal, the date of the final decision, and an explanation of the decision.
  • Indicate that this inquiry is related to the Call for Papers.
  • Abstract (300 words or less) with the following information:
    • Study/intervention/project description
    • Dates when program/policy/study was conducted
    • Dates when data were collected
    • Research methods and data analyses
    • Findings
    • Implications for public health practice

 

PCD will provide feedback to the corresponding author about the journal’s interest in the proposed paper and guidance on what information is needed. Interested authors should submit their inquiry to the journal on or before Friday, April 2, 2021. Articles (manuscripts) should be submitted to PCD on or before Friday, October 1, 2021. All articles submitted in response to this call for papers will be reviewed and, if accepted, published on a rolling basis. All published articles will be presented as a PDF collection accessible on the journal’s website. PCD offers a range of article types, all of which have specific formatting instructions. Cover letters to the Editor in Chief are required and must state that the submission is for consideration in the PCD collection: “COVID-19 & Chronic Diseases: Burden, Access to Care, Community Engagement, and Partnerships.” 

About the Journal
PCD is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and authored by experts worldwide. PCD was established in 2004 by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with a mission to promote dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers worldwide on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health. For more information about the journal, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/pcd.

 

 

Top 10 Most Talked About Articles of 2020

Announcement posted 1/4/21

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is excited to announce its most popular articles of 2020, as rated by Altmetric. Thousands of conversations about scholarly content happen online every day. Altmetric tracks a range of sources to capture, collate, and score this activity.

 

  1. Men and COVID-19: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Sex Differences in Mortality and Recommendations for Practice and Policy Interventions
  2. Trends in Adolescent Treatment Admissions for Marijuana in the United States, 2008–2017
  3. Emergency Preparedness and Risk Communication Among African American Churches: Leveraging a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership COVID-19 Initiative
  4. Reaching the Hispanic Community About COVID-19 Through Existing Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
  5. Recommendations for Keeping Parks and Green Space Accessible for Mental and Physical Health During COVID-19 and Other Pandemics
  6. The Influence of Metabolic Syndrome in Predicting Mortality Risk Among US Adults: Importance of Metabolic Syndrome Even in Adults With Normal Weight
  7. Oral Health and COVID-19: Increasing the Need for Prevention and Access
  8. The Critical Need for a Population Health Approach: Addressing the Nation’s Behavioral Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
  9. An Overview of Social Media Use in the Field of Public Health Nutrition: Benefits, Scope, Limitations, and a Latin American Experience
  10. Community Pharmacists’ Contributions to Disease Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors’ affiliated institutions.

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