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Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on Interventional Approaches to Health Literacy in

Pharmacy Practice and Education.

Guest Editors:

Michael J. Miller, Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (

Don Nutbeam, University of Sydney, Australia (

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) is compiling a special issue to examine the meaning, relevance and impact of health literacy in pharmacy practice. We are keen to receive papers that examine health literacy from consumer, pharmacist, and broader health-system perspectives as well as papers that examine the organizational enablers and constraints associated with effective communication in pharmacy practice. Reports of theoretically grounded descriptive, observational or interventional studies addressing novel or previously unstudied determinants will receive priority.

Of particular interest are papers demonstrating the use and/or rigorous evaluation of recognized tools and techniques for improving health literacy among patients and consumers, especially those that focus on pharmacy practice; economic, clinical, and humanistic domains of the medication use continuum; or incorporation of health literacy concepts into pharmacy student and practitioner education. We also seek work on an increasingly important component; that is, interventional work for improving provider communication in plain language to optimize patient-centered healthcare decision-making. Review, discussion, and commentary pieces, which draw on existing research to inform any or more of these issues, are welcome.

Papers should be submitted to Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy on its electronic platform at  The deadline for submission is November 1 for publication in early 2018.

There are a number of advantages to publishing in any of RSAP’s special issues, including media support by Elsevier and more frequent citations of your published papers.

RSAP is a bi-monthly journal (becoming monthly in 2018) published by Elsevier that is the international home for theory-based and rigorous, methodologically-driven work in the social, clinical, and administrative sciences. It has the highest SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) of any journal in the category of ‘pharmacy’. RSAP has an increasingly public health bent aimed to demonstrate the need for and effectiveness of pharmacists and support cadres to avail patients of necessary medication-based services. RSAP’s mission is to improve the visibility and quality of social pharmacy research, worldwide.

We encourage your submission. Please pass this along to others whom you feel might have interest.

Please contact one of the guest editors with any questions.


Health Care Education Association

HCEA is excited to announce the 2017 conference “Reaching New Heights in Patient Powered Care”, being held in Salt Lake City, UT, September 6 – 8, 2017. We encourage you to present at the 2017 conference to an audience of patient educators, staff educators and other professional peers, gain exposure to your work and advance your career!

Conference Theme:
The central theme of the 2017 HCEA conference focuses on how educators can empower patients and families while they navigate through the ever-changing health care environment. The conference is organized around three key aspects:

  • Using Technology to Engage Patients and Improve Outcomes – Share your innovative solutions for meeting the educational needs of patients and staff using a variety of technology tools.
  • Putting Patient Powered Care into Practice – Share your successes and lessons learned as your organization moves toward a more patient-centered health delivery system.
  • Getting from Here to There: Shifting the Vision for Patient Education – Share how your organization is moving the bar with regard to health literacy and patient education. What innovative programs have you instituted at your organization that have brought patient education to the forefront?

To learn more about the conference, visit our website at


Health Literacy Data Map Website

This website provides an interactive, searchable, national map of health literacy estimated for 216,864 census block groups in the United States.  This map will help identify geographic areas that may be most affected by limited health literacy and are in the greatest need of health care services and improvements.  The literacy estimates may also be used to study health literacy on a larger scale than previously possibly with assessments administered in person.  The data can be downloaded.  This site was developed as a public resource and supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging/NIH under award number R01AG046267, Principal Investigators Stacy C. Bailey, PhD; Gang Fang, PhD, MD.


Health Literacy Research & Practice

Health Literacy Research & Practice is a new interdisciplinary and international publication dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities.

Open Now for Submissions!


September 11, 2017
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of BU School of Medicine