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.

For our special Health Affairs Blog series on “Drugs and Medical Innovation ” we are interested in posts that explore issues related to evaluation and payment for prescription drugs and other medical technologies. What does paying for value look like for medical technology? How do we define value? How can we encourage access and innovation, but while also considering what is affordable for consumers and public and private payers? These questions have been sharpened by the emergence of drugs and other technologies—such as the Hepatitis C treatments Solvaldi and Harvoni—that promise great benefit but also carry great cost.

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 (but are not subject to a formal, peer review). 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.

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.

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, include a link to references within the text. 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.

If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

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.

For our special Health Affairs Blog series on End Of Life and Serious Illness we are interested in posts that document the challenges facing patients both young and old in the advanced stages of illness as well as those challenges confronting their caregivers, loved ones, and health care providers. Key questions include: How should physicians talk to their patients about death? How should patients plan for care and what should the provider’s role in the process be? How should we measure the quality of care for seriously ill patients? Can we learn lessons from other countries? What do new financial models portend for the quality of care in this difficult stage of life?

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 (but are not subject to a formal, peer review). 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.

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.

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, include a link to references within the text. 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.

If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

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.

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 (but are not subject to a formal, peer review). 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.

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.

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, include a link to references within the text. 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.

If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

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.


GrantWatch

The GrantWatch section of Health Affairs Blog features news and updates about health grant making, particularly as it relates to current health policy issues. Blog content includes information on foundation-funded reports and on new initiatives and grants, plus news from foundation meetings, occasional “People Posts” announcing personnel changes and job openings at foundations, and more.

Submission Guidelines

1.    In general, it is best that the document you submit not have been published elsewhere (in print or on the Web) before. Occasionally, we do publish a post that has been previously published on another blog—with necessary attribution and permissions, of course. Do let us know upfront if you are suggesting that we re-publish something that you have written.

2.    Your blog post should not be too general: there should be a philanthropy “angle.” For example, how did the foundation decide to fund this project? How much funding is the foundation putting into this project? If reporting results: most (perhaps many) foundation-funded programs do not have all good news to report: were there any “challenges” in this project—things that did not work out?

3.    Post should not be a PR piece for the philanthropy (or the grantee)! No press releases!

4.    Length should be 600–1,000 words.

5.    Try to avoid jargon and acronyms. The journal as a whole has a goal of making articles and blogs posts accessible to the educated non-policy wonk!

6.    Blog posts do not use footnotes or endnotes. However, we do encourage appropriate citation of others’ work by using hyperlinks. If you do not know how to create hyperlinks, you can just say <http://www.healthaffairs.org> etc., at the place in the sentence where you want the link, and we will put it in.

For our special Health Affairs Blog series on “Health Equity,” we are interested in posts that document key issues related to health equity and/or health disparities; explore factors that contribute to disparities in health and health care; discuss how to achieve greater equity through interventions both inside and outside the health services sector; and provide examples of cross-sector collaborations and partnerships aimed at reducing inequities.

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 (but are not subject to a formal, peer review). 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.

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.

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, include a link to references within the text. 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.

If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

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.