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 applications proposing interventions to address health implemented in community organizations or other non-clinical settings (e.g., schools, worksites, service delivery organizations).
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- 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
There are shared interests between HPC and Clinical Management in General Care Settings (CMGC) in the study of health status in the community setting. Applications that emphasize health promotion within 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.
There are shared interests between HPC and Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) in the study of 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 focus on community-level social, cultural, and environmental risk factors, the relationships among these processes and that do not include an intervention design are reviewed in CIHB.
There are shared interests between HPC and Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) 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 the general population are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize mechanisms affecting healthcare access or utilization among a vulnerable group or examine healthcare service-related outcomes are reviewed in HHD.
There are shared interests between HPC and Lifestyle Change and Behavioral Health (LCBH) in studies of health promotion and moderating health risks. Applications that propose interventions to promote health and moderate health risks using a community-oriented approach, 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 level through the built environment are reviewed in LCBH.
There are shared interests between HPC and Science of Implementation in Health and Healthcare (SIHH) 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 development 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 SIHH.
There are shared interests between HPC and Interventions to Prevent and Treat Addiction (IPTA) in interventions to prevent addictive health risks. Applications that focus on community-level interventions to prevent addictive behaviors using community-based participatory approaches are reviewed in HPC. Applications that focus on preventing and treating addiction at the individual level are reviewed in IPTA.
There are shared interests between HPC and Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Development (PDRP) in interventions targeting children to promote health or moderate health risk. Applications that propose interventions through a school or similar community for the purpose of reducing risk or improving general health among the student community and at the school-level are typically reviewed in HPC. Applications that target children and emphasize social development or risk and protective factors as they relate to individual level behavior are reviewed in PDRP.