Other Conferences/Calls for Papers

JHHSA Symposium on Member Health 

  • Call for Papers
  • Symposium on Member Health
  • Journal of Health and Human Services Administration (JHHSA)
  • Socio-environmental context of our actions:
  • Building a culture of health

Symposium Editors

Hillary Knepper, PhD, MPA, Department of Public Administration, Pace University
Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC, College of Health Professions, Pace University
Helisse Levine, PhD, School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, Long Island University

Symposium Overview

Resiliency is often interpreted today to be a characteristic necessary for recovery after emergency situations. However, to ensure sustainably healthy communities, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaborations must aim to build a culture of health, which will require substantive shifts in current approaches and delivery systems. The purpose of this symposium is to engage a discussion about how resiliency demands that effective models of care integrate stakeholders beyond the patient and provider.

The impact of finance, economics, political science, healthcare practice, social work, public administration, legal & regulatory constructs, environmental context and advocacy all contribute to community health. While the Alma Ata (1978) declares ‘Health for All,’ we must ask what does this mean today and who is responsible for achieving it? Do we turn to governments, health care providers, the general population? In 2016, we have come to realize that in order to achieve true population health equity and improve health outcomes, we must create a community-based culture of health, grounded in the integrated influence and opportunities provided by home, work, and economic prosperity (RWJF, 2014). Yet, how do we create this community based culture of health? By considering the environmental context of our actions. The concept of social ecology frames this call for papers with particular attention to the influence of people, places and resources on public policy (Gaus, 1947). Phelan, Link, and Tehranifar, (2010) further note that simply understanding the nature of disease and prevention is inadequate to improve health outcomes, but rather a deeper understanding of the impact of context and socio-economics is necessary.

This symposium is soliciting a broad range of papers that use a variety of methodological modalities to explore this topic including empirical, theoretical, conceptual, and case study. Particular interest may be given to research that explores the resilience and sustainability of healthy communities, considers the influence of policy on healthy communities, and contributes to the discussion with interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to community health issues.

Manuscripts are sought which address the following broad range of topics, but not limited to:
Achieving positive health outcomes for all age groups and categories of citizens.
The impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the promotion of healthy behaviors and their support in communities.
The influence of family health and socio-economic issues on both individuals and the community.
Intergovernmental policy implications of primary care health outcomes.

Proposal Submission Process and Timeline

The editors for this symposia invite manuscript abstracts that advance scientific knowledge in research, practice, and policy. A 350-word proposal should be submitted via email to by June 30th, 2016. Proposals should include information on the population based problem statement, identifying the Healthy People 2020 objective; purpose or aim of the article; a discussion of the methods or approach used; a discussion of the fit with the symposium topic; and a conclusion, highlighting the policy implications. Please also include author name(s), affiliation(s), and full contact information. Proposal acceptance will be sent by July 15th, 2016. Full manuscripts will be due by September 15th, 2016, for peer review. Final decision on manuscript acceptance is anticipated by November 1, 2016, with publication in 2017.


Gaus, J. M. (1947). Reflections on public administration. Tuscaloosa, Ala: University of Alabama Press. Retrieved from

Lavizzo-Mourey, R. (2014). Building a culture of health. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retrieved from

Phelan, J. C., Link, B. G., & Tehranifar, P. (2010). Social conditions as fundamental causes of health inequalities theory, evidence, and policy implications. Journal of health and social behavior, 51(1 suppl), S28-S40.

World Health Organization. (1978). Declaration of Alma Ata. Retrieved from

Call For Papers

"Re-imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility" 

Venue: Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle
Dates: 7-9 December 2016


Addressing the urgent and compelling need to re-imagine Australia as inclusive, conscious of its landscape and contexts, locale, history, myths and memory, amnesia, politics, cultures and futures.

Re-imagined through story, critique, reflection, art, human rights and education. 

The conference will offer the opportunity of responding to the intensification of overlapping, interpenetrating and mixing of cultures and peoples in everyday life in Australia – and how its public culture has become increasingly re-imagined through intense conversations and inter-epistemic dialogue. 

 Re-imagining different ways of knowing, belonging and doing.

The conference aims to showcase contemporary research and creativity in understanding Australia through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches.

For the first time, the International Association of Australian Studies conference will take place in Western Australia (WA), following on the zeitgeist of  ‘Looking West’ (2014), the end of the mining boom and vigorous national protests against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities based on a racial and cultural politics of ‘lifestyle’ that bear the hallmarks of European Enlightenment triumph. Griffith Review’s

WA offers a rich context to explore the creative, cultural and critical dynamics of Australian society. Its proximity to the Indian Ocean, to Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Africa make WA an ideal place from which to look at Australia, as well as a place to understand how others see it.

Keynote Speakers Include:
Randa Abdel-Fattah (Macquarie)
Tony Birch (Victoria)
Anna Haebich (Curtin)
Vinay Lal (UCLA)
Suvendrini Perera (Curtin)
Ariel Heryanto (ANU)
Kim Scott (Curtin)

The conference encourages postgraduates, early career and senior scholars to present new and innovative work cognate to our theme. 

 We welcome the submission of abstracts from the following disciplines and fields:

African Studies
Australian Studies
Asian Studies
Creative Arts
Creative Writing
Critical Disability Studies
Critical Race and Whiteness Studies
Cultural Studies
Environmental Studies
Gender and Sexuality
Human rights
Indian Ocean Studies
Indigenous Studies
Law and Justice
Media and Film Studies
Multicultural Studies
Performance studies
Postcolonial Studies
Settler Colonial Studies
Sociology & Anthropology