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Teaching Prevention 2019

Extended Deadline: 12.16
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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The American Journal of Preventive Medicine is the official journal of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. It publishes articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice and policy. Original research is published on interventions aimed at the prevention of chronic and acute disease and the promotion of individual and community health. Of particular emphasis are papers that address the primary and secondary prevention of important clinical, behavioral and public health issues such as injury and violence, infectious disease, women's health, smoking, sedentary behaviors and physical activity, nutrition, diabetes, obesity, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Papers also address educational initiatives aimed at improving the ability of health professionals to provide effective clinical prevention and public health services. Papers on health services research pertinent to prevention and public health are also published. Additionally, the journal publishes official policy statements from the two co-sponsoring organizations, review articles, media reviews, and editorials. Finally, the journal periodically publishes supplements and special theme issues devoted to areas of current interest to the prevention community. 


Journal Ranking 

AJPM ranks in the top 10 percent of journals in the Public, Environmental and Occupational Health category of Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Report.


Elsevier is the world’s leading provider of science and health information, serving more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide.

Immunization Coverage of Children in Care of the Child Welfare System in High-Income Countries: A Systematic ReviewOpen in a New Window

Children in care of the child welfare system tend to underutilize preventive health services compared with other children. The purpose of this systematic review was to assess current knowledge regarding immunization coverage levels for children in the child welfare system and to determine barriers and supports to them utilizing immunization services.


U.S. Adult Attitudes About Electronic Vapor Product Use in Indoor Public PlacesOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that aerosol from electronic vapor products, such as e-cigarettes, can contain harmful and potentially harmful constituents. This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of U.S. adult attitudes toward electronic vapor product use in indoor public places.


Hepatitis C Testing and Patient Characteristics in Washington State's Prisons Between 2012 and 2016Open in a New Window

There is no widely accepted testing approach for hepatitis C virus infection in correctional settings, and many U.S. prisons do not provide routine testing. The aim of this study was to determine the most effective hepatitis C virus testing strategy in one U.S. state prison and describe the population with reactive testing.


Sexual Orientation Disparities in Prescription Opioid Misuse Among U.S. AdultsOpen in a New Window

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. continues to increase in severity, and misuse of prescription opioids is of particular concern since it commonly precedes heroin use. This study examined whether sexual orientation (i.e., sexual identity and sexual attraction) is a risk factor for prescription opioid misuse and use disorder among a nationally representative sample of adults in the U.S.


Lung Cancer Screening Inconsistent With U.S. Preventive Services Task Force RecommendationsOpen in a New Window

Prior studies suggest overuse of nonrecommended lung cancer screening tests in U.S. community practice and underuse of recommended tests.


State Preemption of Food and Nutrition Policies and Litigation: Undermining Government's Role in Public HealthOpen in a New Window

In the U.S., federal, state, and local governments have various legal tools to support public health and prevent diet-related disease, including enacting policy and bringing lawsuits against businesses that produce harm-causing products. Yet, states preempt, or limit, government's authority to enact public health policies or initiate litigation.


Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Myocardial Infarction: Persistent UncertaintyOpen in a New Window

We read with interest the cross-sectional analysis of the National Health Interview Surveys by Alzahrani et al.,1 specifically the finding of the association of electronic cigarette (EC) use with prior myocardial infarction (MI). Of concern, however, is the fact that 95% of EC users were also former or current tobacco cigarette (TC) smokers, and the timing of the MI relative to onset of EC use is unknown. For example, did the MI occur while the participant was a TC smoker, and EC use initiated later as a smoking-cessation strategy?2 The authors considered this possibility and did attempt to control for TC smoking as a confounding factor in their regression model.


Nativity and Occupational Determinants of Physical Activity Participation Among LatinosOpen in a New Window

Latinos in the U.S. bear a disproportionate burden of cardiovascular risk factors, including physical inactivity. Previous research among Latinos has focused on leisure-time physical activity, limiting understanding of the different ways in which populations, particularly working-class groups, achieve recommended levels of physical activity. This study examined associations of race/ethnicity; nativity; and leisure-time, transportation, and occupation-related physical activity among Latino and non-Latino white adults.


The Role of Intimate Partner Violence in Homicides of Children Aged 2–14 YearsOpen in a New Window

Child victims physically harmed in intimate partner violence incidents are understudied. The U.S. National Violent Death Reporting System abstractors can identify intimate partner violence–related child homicides in part through descriptive narratives from coroner/medical examiner and law enforcement reports. This study characterizes these homicides and assesses how well the coded and narrative data within the National Violent Death Reporting System align in identifying intimate partner violence–related child homicides.


Non-Daily Cigarette Smokers: Mortality Risks in the U.S.Open in a New Window

Worldwide, an estimated 189 million adults smoke tobacco “occasionally” but not every day. Yet few studies have examined the health risks of non-daily smoking.


Automated Vehicles and Pedestrian Safety: Exploring the Promise and Limits of Pedestrian DetectionOpen in a New Window

U.S. pedestrian fatalities have risen recently, even as vehicles are equipped with increasingly sophisticated safety and crash avoidance technology. Many experts expect that advances in automated vehicle technology will reduce pedestrian fatalities substantially through eliminating crashes caused by human error. This paper investigates automated vehicles’ potential for reducing pedestrian fatalities by analyzing nearly 5,000 pedestrian fatalities recorded in 2015 in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, virtually reconstructing them under a hypothetical scenario that replaces involved vehicles with automated versions equipped with state-of-the-art (as of December 2017) sensor technology.


Clinical Implementation of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring, 2015–2016Open in a New Window

Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) plus additional clinical support is an evidence-based strategy that improves blood pressure control. Despite national recommendations for SMBP use and potential cost savings, insurance coverage for implementation is limited in the U.S. and little is known regarding clinical implementation.


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