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The essay initiates or focuses thoughtful discussion on a contemporary issue in public health, proposes a position or consensus statement, or reports on an unusual case or personal experience.

checkboxThe essay is of interest to PCD readers.

checkboxThe essay fits the mission of the journal to address the interface between applied prevention research and public health practice in chronic disease prevention.

checkboxA valid point is raised.

checkboxThe author’s point of view is supported by evidence.

checkboxReferences are cited to support the author’s argument.

checkboxCitations are up to date and relevant.

checkboxThe essay is written clearly and concisely and is free of jargon.

checkboxThe essay is well organized.

checkboxAny figures, photographs, illustrations, art work, or other supporting graphics are relevant to the topic, well constructed, easy to comprehend, and visually appealing.

checkboxThe text has no more than 1,500 words.

checkboxNo more than 10 references are provided.

checkboxNo more than 1 table or 1 figure is provided.

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