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Health Affairs Blog is a vehicle for commentary and analysis on health policy and issues affecting health and health care. The Blog features posts from noted health policy experts and commentators from a wide variety of perspectives, as well as regular Health Affairs contributors and staff.

Health Affairs Blog has been cited in congressional testimony and by members of Congress. Media outlets that have cited the Blog include The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, National Journal, Reuters, and many others.

Submissions

Before being published on Health Affairs Blog, all posts are reviewed by Health Affairs editorial staff for timeliness, health policy relevance, originality, and constructive commentary. Not every submission is accepted for publication. Submissions under consideration for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Posts are edited in collaboration with authors before publication. See terms of use.

How to Submit

Potential posts, as well as follow-up correspondence, may be submitted by email to hablog@projecthope.org

What to Submit

Before submitting a post for consideration, authors are encouraged to review content recently published on Health Affairs Blog to get a sense of both the style and content that we’re looking for. The most successful posts are written to be accessible to the wide range of Health Affairs readers. We encourage authors not to shy away from complex or specialized topics, but to explain those topics in a manner understandable to readers interested in health policy who may not be completely versed in the particular area being discussed.

Unlike traditional research manuscripts that often begin with a long wind-up and extended background early in the piece, typical blog posts are structured like essays or op-eds, with a strong, clear explanation of the issue and key themes upfront. We encourage you to discuss how your work may be relevant to policymakers as well as researchers.

In addition, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Submit posts as a Word document.
  • Include a title.
  • Include author bio(s) and color headshot(s), or links to same (unless you have already supplied these for previous posts)
  • Please indicate any conflicts of interests, financial or otherwise, that would not be obvious from the authors’ bios or the text of the post; this would include any funding sources, as well as undisclosed affiliations that are relevant to the subject/content of your post).
  • If possible, attach applicable exhibits in jpeg, gif, or png format.
  • If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

For additional resources, see tips on writing for the web.

We can provide quick turnaround for particularly newsworthy posts, but due to the volume of posts it can sometimes take a few weeks from submission to publication. And, as mentioned above, we are not able to publish all submissions.

Comments

Anyone is welcome to comment on Health Affairs Blog posts. Before being published on Health Affairs Blog, all comments are reviewed by Health Affairs editorial staff for relevance and decorum. Users must refrain from inappropriate language, personal attacks, or the sharing of any confidential or false information. See terms of use.

How to Comment

  1. Use the form provided at the end of the blog post.
  2. Insert your first and last name* (usernames are not permitted except in very rare cases; contact HABlog@projecthope.org if you feel you can not reveal your name without revealing confidential information about someone else or for some other reason)
  3. Insert your email address* (this will not be published)
  4. Provide a link to your website, if applicable
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Writing For The Web

In addition to the Health Affairs Blog submission guidelines, here are a few additional tips we recommend when writing content for the web:

1. Be concise

Blog content should be concise and readable. Most blog posts come in under 2,000 words.

2. Link to references

Instead of using endnotes, highlight appropriate text and link to references. If a link isn’t available, include the citation in parentheses.

3. Use the “inverted pyramid”

Front-load your text. Put the most important information in the first few paragraphs and give the reader your main points quickly, but feel free (and indeed encouraged) to delve deeply into the material in subsequent paragraphs.

4. Use headers and lists

Separate your content using subheads so that it’s easier for your readers to navigate. It can often be useful to combine numerous items of a similar nature into bulleted or numbered lists.

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