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Welcome to Preventing Chronic Disease

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      Over the last 50 years, diseases of the heart, lungs, pancreas, and blood vessels, as well as tumors of all sorts, have pushed public health in new directions. These diseases require new and different interventions. We have fulfilled the prophesy of Charles-Edward Winslow, a prominent voice in public health during the early 20th century: "[P]ublic health which in its earliest days was an engineering science and has now become also a medical science must expand until it is, in addition, a social science" (1). Today, public health practitioners and researchers use more than epidemiology, biostatistics, and program management to fulfill their objectives. Their education includes social networks, stages of behavior change, street grids, advocacy politics, cultural differences, and multiple other topics. Few magic bullets for chronic disease equal the impact of early antibiotics on infectious disease; hence, the constant search for better ways to reduce chronic disease risk. These challenges point to the mission of this journal. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy will emphasize a comprehensive view of the challenges in preventing chronic disease — by promoting dialogue, encouraging interdisciplinary and multisectorial approaches, and exploring new theories and concepts. Our primary audience includes researchers in chronic disease prevention and intervention and health practitioners responsible for chronic conditions and population health. In addition, many other professionals, students, and advocates will have an interest in these topics, and we welcome them as readers and contributors. Population-based disease prevention appears in many forms and at many levels. We will be interested in all aspects of health promotion — from community-based screening programs to statewide laws and regulations. We will look for formal research and lived experience and encourage rigorous examination of both. This journal will seek to promote dialogue between researchers and practitioners by publishing original research and community case studies: both will be peer-reviewed by scientists and practitioners. Eisenberg noted that scientific evidence is an important part, but not the only aspect, of effective decision-making (2). Local culture and circumstances also shape the decision-making process, and local decision makers determine how evidence translates into practice. While evidence-based interventions may not generate sufficient political support in the community, popular community programs may not effectively prevent disease. Critical discoveries will occur only when researchers and practitioners work in concert with each other and the community.
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