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Looking for Teachers to Share their Health Literacy Stories with the Field!

Hi Everyone,
Happy Fall! It's always bittersweet to see Summer end, but Fall is often an exciting new beginning, especially for those who teach and learn! 
Speaking of which...I'd like to announce a unique opportunity for Adult Educators to share their experiences by submitting a paper to the Health Literacy Research and Practice Journal. Note the word "practice" in the title. This journal welcomes papers about practices in the classroom, opinions, stories and many other formats besides traditional research papers. The Journal is doing a special issue on ABE (Adult Basic Education), and I'd like to encourage anyone who may be interested to write up accounts of your experiences and submit them.
This is a great chance to highlight ABE/Health Literacy work by publishing about projects or stories that are not research but shed light on the important shared goals of these two disciplines. It's rare to find a chance to publish on the amazing work that is being done with ABE/HL partnerships, and this journal has several categories to write about this work. For example, there's a Mission and Motivation category of less than 750 words that recounts true stories and could be written by learners or teachers.
We're also having a short Guest Discussion this week on the Health Literacy Discussion List  to answer your questions and speak to any concerns about submitting a paper to a journal. Our guest will be Maricel Santos, the guest editor for this Journal issue. Please take a look at the call for papers below, share this with your colleagues, and plan to join us on September 10-12 on the Health Literacy List! 
Thanks and take care!

*** CALL FOR PAPERS -- Health Literacy Research and Practice -- Special Supplement on Health Literacy and Adult Basic Education - DUE: October 15, 2018 ***

Dear colleagues -- 

Please share this publishing opportunity with colleagues, and if you're engaged in health literacy work that partners adult educators with public health practitioners, consider submitting an article! And if you're thinking "Who, me? I've never written for an academic journal!", don't hit 'delete' quite yet!  Please check out the Information for Authors on the journal's website as there are several submission formats to consider, not just the standard empirical journal article.  

CALL FOR PAPERS (also attached)
Health Literacy Research and Practice

Special Supplement on Health Literacy and Adult Basic Education

Deadline for submissions: October 15th

Health literacy and adult basic education practice have much in common, although they have largely developed as separate research, policy, and program domains. We hope this special issue highlights ways in which the health literacy and adult basic education fields have intersected and influenced each other to the benefit of people with the greatest literacy and numeracy challenges. We are particularly interested in submissions from practitioners working in public health and/or adult education who work in community-based organizations, coalitions, and public sector partnerships that have a focus on health literacy promotion. We are happy to consider a full range of articles as described in the author instructions.

Please email questions to Michael Paasche-Orlow, Editor-in-Chief:



What kinds of articles would you love to see in this special issue?  Here's a quick brainstorm...

  • How about a description and analysis of a health partnership you've helped to forge between adult education and a public health organization? Showcase that partnership journey in a "Best Practices" article?
  • Got a powerful personal story to share about your work with adult learners who have revolutionized the way you think about health literacy education, advocacy, or policy? Check out the "Mission and Motivation" category....
  • Or how about crafting a "Perspectives" piece that conveys your convictions about the need for more innovative thinking around the health literacy needs of under-studied populations, such as immigrant elder learners or adolescents (16-24 year olds) who end up in our ABE programs after failing to thrive in high school? 

Please check out the call and the information for authors -- and please forward this opportunity to your colleagues.

Best wishes, 

Maricel Santos,
Special Issue, Guest co-editor


Maricel G. Santos, Ed.D., teaches at San Francisco State University in the MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and EdD in Educational Leadership Programs. Her health literacy research explores ways that adult ESL participation serves as a health-protective factor in immigrant communities.  In collaboration with the University of California-San Francisco, she explores the impact of peer support networks and innovative curricula on health literacy outcomes among immigrant adolescent and adult learners.