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Editor's choice: Evidence-based campaigning

Evidence-based campaigning © Remains / FotoliaWhen promoting public health measures, such as reducing smoking, there are many different approaches, for example providing information, imposing legal restrictions, taxing products, and changing cultures. By analogy with evidence-based medicine, approaches to campaigning for health promotion can be compared by obtaining evidence of effectiveness. This article examines three contrasting Australian strategies linked to the promotion of vaccination.

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Call for papers: Public mental health

Public mental health © agsandrew / iStockArchives of Public Health invites you to submit to our new article collection on Public mental health. Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting one fifth of the world’s children and adolescents. This collection looks to approach mental health from a global, public, and interdisciplinary perspective. It aims to understand how political, social, and cultural factors co-determine mental health or illness, and to inform effective action to promote mental health.

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Archives of Public Health is a broad scope public health journal, dedicated to publishing all sound science in the field of public health. The journal aims to better the understanding of the health of populations. The journal contributes to public health knowledge, enhances the interaction between research, policy and practice and stimulates public health monitoring and indicator development. The journal considers submissions on health outcomes and their determinants, with clear statements about the public health and policy implications. Archives of Public Health welcomes methodological papers (e.g., on study design and bias), papers on health services research, health economics, community interventions, and epidemiological studies dealing with international comparisons, the determinants of inequality in health, and the environmental, behavioural, social, demographic and occupational correlates of health and diseases.

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Society logoThe Belgian Association of Public Health (BAPH) is a scientific organisation of research groups and institutions, health workers and policy makers who are active in the field of public health. The aims of the association are:

  • to increase the knowledge in different domains of public health
  • and to stimulate public health research

​​​​​​​Members of BAPH are entitled to a discounted article-processing charge when they publish in Archives of Public Health. To obtain the discount, members should contact the society before proceeding with submission of their article.

Herman Van Oyen, Editor-in-Chief

Herman is currently Director of the Directorate Epidemiology and public health in Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium. He is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Ghent. Professor Van Oyen first worked as a medical doctor in Haiti before going on to study public health, epidemiology and biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomburg School of Public Health where he completed a DrPH. His key research interests include epidemiological methods, survey methodology, health inequality and summary measures of population health. He is author of more than 180 scientific publications, books and book chapters.

Olivier Bruyère, Editor-in-Chief

Olivier is currently Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences and of Geriatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Sciences at the University of Liège in Belgium.  He is also head of the Research Unit in Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics at this University.  Professor Bruyère is the Chief Executive Officer of the European Society on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO), President of the Belgian Ageing Muscle Society (BAMS), General Secretary of the Belgian Bone Club (BBC), member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and is a member of the Group for the Respect of Ethics and Excellence in Sciences (GREES).  He also works as expert for the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES).  His main fields of interest are prevention, rehabilitation and pharmaco-epidemiology related to geriatric or rheumatic conditions.  He is Executive Editor of “Aging Clinical and Experimental Research”, Associate Editor of “BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders” and holds positions on the editorial board of various journals.  He is author of more than 250 international scientific publications and book chapters.

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