Call for Papers on Rural Health

The Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association (jGPHA) announces a call for papers for a special theme issue on “The Two Georgias: Addressing Health Equity in Rural Georgia.” GPHA members are encouraged to submit their work. Please note the deadline for submissions is April 1, 2016.

Background: According to the Healthcare Georgia Foundation:

“The ‘Two Georgias’ distinction applies to health and healthcare between large urban centers and a predominantly rural Georgia, and includes challenges in infrastructure, poverty, unemployment, education, transportation and changing demography. Addressing these conditions and their impact on the health of rural Georgians is critical to the prosperity of the state. It’s easy to see the link between these conditions and a rural Georgia population deeply entrenched in what has been called the stroke, cancer, obesity, and disparity belt.” (

Topics: Potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Chronic diseases
  • Current legislative issues
  • Health disparities
  • Migrant farmworker health
  • Social determinants of health
  • The safety net
  • Healthcare access
  • Healthcare provider shortages (e.g., physician, nursing)
  • Primary and emergency care in a rural setting
  • Pipeline of rural health disparities researchers
  • Rural health clinic management

Submission Guidelines:?

jGPHA is an open-access peer-reviewed journal published by the Georgia Public Health Association. The journal provides a platform for researchers, academicians, practitioners and students in the fields of public health, community health, and health education and promotion to impart and share knowledge and best practices. jGPHA includes research articles, case studies, literature reviews, study protocols, brief reports, book reviews, (invited) editorials and commentary.

The Editor invites original research and related papers in health promotion/disease prevention, community engagement, advocacy, and public health policy for its Spring 2016 issue: Vol 5, No.4. All aspects of the submission and notification process are managed electronically. Submissions must adhere to the paper formatting instructions and will be judged for quality and relevance through peer-reviewers. Click here for guidelines to authors for submission.

Submission Timeline

  • January 16, 2016 Call for Papers
  • April 1, 2016 Submission Deadline
  • May 21, 2016 Peer-Review Notification
  • June 1, 2016 Camera-Ready Proofs


The issue will be publicly available on the GPHA website on June 15, 2016.

Invited Editorial

Gary D. Nelson, PhD, President of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, will provide an invited editorial for the special issue.

*Limited space is available for submissions focused on non-rural health. Please contact the guest editor for additional information (