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Our New Blog – Prevention in Practice

November 15, 2011
Kevin Patrick, MD, MS AJPM Editor-in-Chief

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS AJPM Editor-in-Chief

We at AJPM have always tried to use the Journal as a platform for providing our readers with the most useful papers available on prevention and population health research, practice, policy and education. Now, with up-to-date information on prevention more important than ever if we are to address the critical challenges facing health and health care, we thought we’d bring even more expert voices to the table.

We hope to do that through the launch of our blog – Prevention in Practice – which is designed to draw your attention to particularly compelling research papers and other issues of interest to AJPM and the many communities of interest that we serve, as well as to encourage your comment and perspectives. By doing so, we hope to start a continuing conversation among and between health care professionals and the Journal. We plan to stimulate this conversation further by soliciting commentaries from time to time from independent authorities in the prevention field as well as in other relevant disciplines.

We intend to do all of this with a fairly light touch, since we believe the more informed points of view on the major research, practice and policy issues of the day, the better. We think this approach will nicely complement the primary source peer-reviewed papers that will continue to form the core of what we do, since publishing those papers should be not an end point in the process of scholarly communication but the start of an ongoing professional discussion.

In this regard, we are pleased to join other leading journals that seek to become more than a record of key milestones in the scientific and clinical research enterprise but rather an ever-richer collection of practical and compelling resources designed to help preventive medicine and public health professionals better achieve their No. 1 goal – serving the health of the community.

We hope you’ll join us in this effort and, if the spirit moves you, become an active participant in our ongoing conversation. You can comment on any blog post, or send us your thoughts via email, ajpmblog@ucsd.edu.

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, Editor-in-Chief

One Comment leave one →
  1. C. William Keck, MD, MPH permalink
    November 22, 2011 12:48 pm

    One way to help physicians-in-training have a deeper understanding of prevention and population health issues is to provide them with service learning opportunities in community health agencies, particularly health departments. Public health practice rotations in such settings can be seen as comparable to medical student clinical practice rotations in hospital or outpatient settings. A model that may prove useful is that of the Academic Health Department, defined as a formal affiliation between an academic health professions institution and a state or local health department. Academic Health Departments can serve as sites enhancing both teaching and research in the area of population health. If this is of interest, consider joining the new Academic Health Department Learning Community as described at link above.

    C. William Keck, MD, MPH
    AJPM Blog Contributing Editor

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