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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Call for Papers on Public Health and Federal Health Reform

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics will host a thematic Issue on the topic of "Public Health Reform: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Implications for the Public's Health."

Enactment of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) represents a monumental political achievement and promises dramatic changes for the United States health care delivery system. But what impact will the law have on public health? PPACA's primary aim is improving access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage. Improved access to insurance should improve access to medical care which then should improve the health of individuals and, thereby, the population. Was public health merely an afterthought in the comprehensive package of reforms, or does PPACA offer real possibilities for strengthening the public health system and improving the population's health?

This issue seeks scholarly commentary on the public health impact of federal health reform. In addition to improving access to health insurance, PPACA promises to expand government health care programs, promote primary care and prevention, improve quality of care, increase the health care workforce, and invest in outreach, and education. Specifically in the public health realm, PPACA contains provisions addressing oral health, workplace wellness, menu labeling, tanning salons, immunization, obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, and health disparities.

This is an open call for papers from any perspective, concerning any aspect of the issue. We are primarily interested in shorter papers (10 - 30 double-spaced pages; 3000 - 9000 words, exclusive of endnotes), although longer paper will receive careful consideration. Click here for JLME's style guidelines. Please submit an abstract by February 15, 2011. Papers will be due May 15, 2011, for publication Fall 2011. Early submissions are appreciated. All correspondence should be directed to Elizabeth Weeks Leonard at

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