Upcoming Event: “Writing for the Public Health Community” at 2016 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo

writing-for-the-public-health-communityGet Professional Writing Advice at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting

Are you finding it difficult to get published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals? Wish there were more hours in the day that would allow you to carve out time to dedicate to writing? Daunted by the idea of writing a scientific article? Then don’t miss this crucial session on “Writing for the Public Health Community” at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. Editor-in-Chief, Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH, and Associate Editor, Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice (JPHMP) will be presenting at a session intended to walk you through easy to learn and apply strategies that will improve your writing skills and cut down on the time it takes to develop a publishable article.

Learn the IMRAD Method of “Writing in Boxes”

Dissemination of information by public health practitioners occurs through many channels, including written communication. Scientific writing can serve many purposes. It can justify an action taken to improve the health of the public, it can fill a gap in the scientific literature, or it can inform public policy. This presentation will outline a method designed to remove many of the barriers encountered in writing a scientific article. This proven method — “writing in boxes” — has been used successfully in academic writing courses. Drafting an entire article is a daunting undertaking. In this method, the article can be divided into a series of elements or boxes. Construction of the article is accomplished by completing the boxes and linking them. The individual elements of the scientific article constitute the boxes and are denoted by the acronym IMRAD: (1) Introduction – What is the question? (2) Methods – How was it studied? (3) Results – What was found? (4) Discussion – So what? This is a helpful and proven strategy to develop scientific articles that will be detailed in the presentation along with a plethora of existing resources to help novice or experienced writers navigate every step of the publication process.

A Range of Writing-Related Advice

In additional to learning how to write a scientific article for a peer-reviewed journal, you’ll receive guidance on how to publish with APHA Press from acquisitions editor, Rich Lampert. John S. Marr, a public health historian and regular JPHMP author will detail the 100-year history of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, one of the most definitive guides to infectious disease for the public health community.


Session 3219.3: Writing for the Public Health Community


Monday, October 31, 2016
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM MDT


Colorado Convention Center – Room 506


Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH; Chair, APHA Publications Board


12:30 PM
Presentation: How to Publish a Book with APHA Press
Presenter: Richard Lampert, MS

12:50 PM
Presentation: A Century in the Life of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual: 1917 to 2017
Presenter: John S. Marr, MD, MPH

01:10 PM
Presentation: How to Write a Scientific Article for the Peer-Review Literature
Presenters: Lloyd Novick, MD, MPH & Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM