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The Health Promotion in Communities (HPC) Study Section reviews applications that develop and test the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions with a community-oriented approach aimed at promoting health or moderating health risks in the general population. HPC also reviews application proposing interventions to address health implemented in community organizations or other non-clinical settings (e.g., schools, worksites, service delivery organizations).

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.

Topics


  • Studies proposing interventions that utilize community resources, organizations, and information systems for outreach, health education, and service delivery; or interventions which use social and organizational networks as systems for intervention and services delivery.
  • Studies looking at community or local environment characteristics; developing and evaluating interventions at the community level among the general population.
  • Studies utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, experimental/quasi-experimental, and multi-level approaches, or mHealth technology where a specific community, community structure, or relationship to a local group/organization is a central consideration.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

HPC and Clinical Management in General Care Settings (CMGC) have shared interests in health status in the community setting. Applications that emphasize health promotion in general population in communities or through community organizations are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize clinical or patient management in general care settings (including ambulatory, community health care, or home-based settings) are reviewed in CMGC.

HPC and Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) have shared interests in health status in the community setting. Applications that emphasize community-oriented approaches or interventions to mitigate risk behavior and/or prevent onset of disease in the general population are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize community-level social, cultural, and environmental risk factors and processes and their relationships with a range of outcomes (using qualitative, ethnographic, mixed methods and other non-interventional designs) are reviewed in CIHB.

HPC and Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) have shared interests in addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations. Applications that emphasize community-oriented approaches to mitigate risk behavior and/or prevent the onset of disease in general population are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize healthcare access or utilization among a vulnerable group or examine healthcare service-related outcomes are reviewed in HHD.

HPC and Lifestyle Change and Behavioral Health (LCBH) have shared interests in health promotion and moderating health risks. Applications that emphasize community-level interventions to promote health and moderate health risks, including social environment change and policy change are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize behavioral approaches to promote health and prevent or delay the onset of disease at the individual, family or small group levels through the built environment are reviewed in LCBH.

HPC and Implementation Science in Health Research (ISHR) have shared interests in community or local environmental characteristics affecting intervention uptake, and both may utilize approaches that engage with relevant community stakeholders and end users. Applications that emphasize efficacy and effectiveness of community-level interventions on health outcomes are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize the testing of implementation and dissemination theories, models and conceptual frameworks in community settings and relevant implementation outcomes (such as feasibility, fidelity, penetration, acceptability, sustainability, uptake and costs) are reviewed in ISHR.

HPC and Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addiction (IPTA) have shared interests in preventing addiction. Applications that emphasize community-level interventions to prevent addiction in the general population are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize preventing, reducing, or treating addiction at the individual level are reviewed in IPTA.