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March 13, 2013

Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Launches


The Global Health: Science and Practice Journal (GHSP) is pleased to announce and celebrate the launch of its inaugural issue with an event on March 26, 2013, from 8:30–10:30 am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30 am and the launch will begin at 9:00 am with remarks from:

  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at the U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

Co-Editors-in-Chief Dr. James D. Shelton and Dr. Ronald J. Waldman will present their vision for the Journal and authors of three articles appearing in the first issue will present their findings.

We invite you to join us and learn more about this groundbreaking journal. Please RSVP at

About the Journal

Published by U.S. Agency for International Development, the Knowledge for Health Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, and the Department of Global Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, this new peer-reviewed, open-access journal particularly aims to reach those who implement and otherwise support global health programs. Recognizing that very little of the scholarly literature represents lessons learned from global health programs implemented in the field, these three institutions developed GHSP as a medium for global health professionals to validate their experiences and program results by peer reviewers and share them with the greater global health community.

GHSP strives to advance knowledge on how programs are implemented using a clear and concise communication style. “People implementing programs are busy implementing … and need efficiently packaged and thought-stimulating literature to meet their needs. So we will aim for a crisp style, one that lays out key concepts prominently,” explains James Shelton, co-editor-in-chief.

About the Inaugural Issue

The editors and peer reviewers have selected 13 papers for the first issue on many compelling topics of current interest to the global health community. “We aim to address those global health issues that have the most programmatic importance, global policy relevance, and potential impact, including those that may engender controversy in an engaging and sometimes provocative way,” says Ronald Waldman, co-editor-in-chief.

Five commentaries explore such thought-provoking topics as:

  • The promise of contraceptive implants to meet growing family planning demand
  • Whether antiretroviral treatment as prevention of HIV transmission will end AIDS
  • The use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care to increase newborn survival

Seven original articles share innovative approaches and lessons learned to improve health in a broad range of fields, including:

  • Reducing child undernutrition in Mozambique through a peer-to-peer behavior change communication program
  • Successfully eradicating polio in India through a network of community mobilizers

Please join us to celebrate our inaugural issue of GHSP at the launch event on March 26. Please RSVP at

More importantly, we invite and encourage you to visit our website at to submit articles, become a reviewer, sign up for alerts, and, starting on March 26, read the cutting-edge experiences and results our authors are publishing in GHSP.

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Global Health: Science and Practice Journal media contact: Natalie Culbertson at 410-659-6134 or

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health media contact: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or