Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice (the HPCDP Journal) is a bilingual, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch. Learn more about the HPCDP Journal.

ISSN 2368-738X (Online)

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Volume 43 · Number 1 · January 2023

Updates and Announcements

Call for Papers: Social Prescribing in Canada

Guest Editors: Sandra Allison (Island Health Authority), Kiffer Card (Simon Fraser University), Kate Mulligan (University of Toronto)

HPCDP Journal Editors: Robert Geneau and Margaret de Groh (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Social prescribing (SP) is a practical tool for addressing the social determinants of health through supported referrals to community services. This globally spreading intervention aims to promote health and prevent chronic disease by supporting individual and community self-determination and connecting participants to non-clinical supports in their communities, such as food and income support, parks and walking groups, arts and cultural activities or friendly visiting.Footnote 1

Global evidence demonstrates that SP can support individual and population health, build the evidence base on the impacts of social interventions for health promotion and chronic disease prevention and integrate health and social care at the community level.Footnote 2 However, while SP practices continue to scale and spread across Canada, and knowledge mobilization is underway through the new Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing,Footnote 3 there is relatively little published literature on this novel intervention in Canadian contexts and by Canadian researchers, practitioners and participants.

The objective of this special issue is to identify and share the most current research and practice on SP by and for residents of Canada, particularly those facing inequities in access to health and its social and structural determinants. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice therefore seeks relevant qualitative and quantitative research articles, as well as commentaries, that present new findings, synthesize existing evidence or imagine new ways forward on (for example):

  • Applications of SP, including those for specific populations or specific types of social interventions;
  • Policies and systems changes relevant to SP uptake;
  • Expertise and experiences of SP actors, including participants (patients), health care workers, community organizations and caregivers;
  • Training, workforce development, collaboration and knowledge mobilization for SP;
  • Technology, data tracking, evaluation and evidence building in SP;
  • Understanding of SP through theoretical frameworks and systems trends.

International submissions will be considered if they include Canadian data, results (e.g. as part of multi-country studies or global comparisons) and/or evidence-based discussion of implications for community or population health in Canada.

Consult the journal’s website for information on article types and detailed submission guidelines for authors. Kindly refer to this call for papers in your cover letter.

All manuscripts should be submitted using the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts online system. Pre-submission inquiries and questions about suitability or scope can be directed to HPCDP.Journal-Revue.PSPMC@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2023.

News regarding the submission process

The HPCDP Journal is happy to announce that the review process is now being managed through our new ScholarOne Manuscripts online system. Any new articles should be submitted to the journal using our customized ScholarOne Manuscripts website.

Updated open call for papers: COVID-19 pandemic series

Online first publication process

In 2022, the HPCDP Journal announces a renewed invitation for manuscripts focused on original quantitative and qualitative research that address the links between the COVID-19 pandemic and health promotion, chronic diseases and health equity.

Relevant topics include, but will not be limited to:

  • Associations between chronic diseases (and their risk factors) and the risk for infection, severe illness and poorer outcomes.
  • The longer-term health effects of COVID-19 on survivors (post COVID-19 condition) and their caregivers, including long-lasting mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and more.
  • Public health responses and their wider impacts at the individual level (e.g. physical and mental health, health and health-seeking behaviours), family level, and the community or societal level.
  • Changes in access to services and delivery of preventive health care throughout multiple time points related to the pandemic.
  • Scientific evidence, including through natural experimental studies, about the wider health impacts of COVID-19 public health measures over time.
  • Health equity and the social determinants of health as cross-cutting issues.

To ensure lasting relevance, submissions should discuss the implications of their findings for recovery phases of the pandemic and beyond, where possible.

Manuscripts will be considered as they are received. Those selected for further consideration will be peer-reviewed as per standard journal policies. Submissions deemed to be of particular public interest by the Editor-in-Chief may be published as citable “online first” articles prior to being featured in a regular issue of the Journal in PDF and HTML formats.

International submissions will only be considered if they include Canadian data, results (e.g. as part of global comparisons) and/or evidence-based discussion of implications for public health in Canada.

Refer to our website for information on invited article types and detailed submission guidelines for authors. For any pre-submission questions about suitability or scope, please direct inquiries to hpcdp.journal-revue.pspmc@phac-aspc.gc.ca.

Submission information: Kindly refer to this call for papers in your submission covering letter and submit manuscripts through our online site.

Submission deadline: Open until further notice.

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice (the HPCDP Journal) is the monthly, online scientific journal of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Refer to our website to learn more about the journal.

COVID-19 information for authors, reviewers, editors and readers

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the journal Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada will remain supportive and flexible with editorial and production deadlines. We encourage authors, peer reviewers and editors to reach out to us if you need additional time or accommodation.

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