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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The mission of Preventing Chronic Disease is "to promote the open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve the health of the public through chronic disease prevention. The vision of PCD is to be the premier forum where practitioners and policy makers inform research and researchers help practitioners and policy makers more effectively improve the health of the population. Articles focus on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and conditions, promoting health, and examining the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their impact on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality across the life span." Stated goals include: "promot[ing] dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers on research findings and practical experience; encourag[ing] interdisciplinary approaches that examine multiple dimensions of public health interventions; encourag[ing] multisectoral partnerships that engage communities in translating public health science into effective interventions; and advanc[ing] the fields of chronic disease prevention and health promotion by exploring new theories and concepts." The journal publishes a wide variety of articles, including Original Research, Research Briefs, Systematic Reviews, GIS Snapshots (maps that "enhance the surveillance, prevention, and treatment of chronic diseases"), Community Case Studies, Special Topics, Tools and Techniques, Essays, Letters, and Book Reviews.
The current volume at the time of this review is for October 2016 (Volume 13). If offers up the following original research articles: "Hospitalizations for Substance Abuse Disorders Before and After Hurricane Katrina: Spatial Clustering and Area-Level Predictors, New Orleans, 2004 and 2008," "Perspectives of Urban Corner Store Owners and Managers on Community Health Problems and Solutions," "Who Is Food Insecure? Implications for Targeted Recruitment and Outreach, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2010," "Absenteeism and Employer Costs Associated With Chronic Diseases and Health Risk Factors in the US Workforce," and "Divergent Perceptions of Barriers to Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Among Patients and Care Providers, Los Angeles, California, 2014–2015." It also contains a CME activity (that is, an online activity that offers continuing medical education (CME) for a journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit): "Disparities in Who Receives Weight-Loss Advice From a Health Care Provider: Does Income Make a Difference?" This is an essential title that will be of use by those researching, working in, and supporting public health initiatives, and should be promoted to anyone involved in public health care and planning.