Call for papers on intersectoral action for Public Health Panorama

Deadline for submissions: 14 June 2015

Public Health Panorama is the new public health journal to be launched in spring 2015. The WHO Regional Office for Europe plans to publish a themed issue on intersectoral action in the European Region and invites papers for this special issue. Authors may submit papers on scientific research or practice-oriented case studies; manuscripts can be submitted in either Russian or English.

The special themed issue will address the importance for public health of intersectoral action, highlighting lessons and experiences from the long legacy of such action in the WHO European Region. One of the key aims of the issue is to strengthen the discussion on intersectoral action, including on policy and outcomes to complement the existing literature, to provide a stronger evidence base for policy and planning decisions.

Health is a political choice

Intersectoral action for health and well-being is fundamental to fully implementing the Health 2020 vision. Its legitimacy stems from the existing strong evidence on the economic, social, environmental and behavioural determinants of health. Intersectoral action is required to implement the recommendations of the Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region. Only a whole-of-government approach can address today's growing systemic risks to health, as clearly shown in the reviews of governance for health that informed Health 2020 – the new European policy for health and well-being.

Health 2020 and WHO/Europe promote governance for health, with special emphasis on systemic and sustainable intersectoral action through whole-of-government, whole-of-society and health-in-all-policies approaches. This will be the theme of the 65th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Guidelines for submitting papers

We invite papers that demonstrate good practice in intersectoral governance for health and well-being at the European, national or subnational levels. Priority will be given to papers that can demonstrate outcome-oriented approaches, successful practices, innovative solutions and lessons learned from experience. 

Papers must explicitly consider the role of intersectorality and whole-of-government approaches in addressing public health and sustainable development priorities, such as:

  • addressing health inequalities and investment for health and development, including groups facing vulnerability;
  • ensuring a healthy start in life and healthy children;
  • addressing issues of health security, including cross-border health threats;
  • tackling complex public health challenges, including noncommunicable diseases, obesity, aging and mental health;
  • implementation of the European Environment and Health Process;
  • implementation of international legal obligations – for example, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the International Health Regulations;
  • improving health literacy and empowerment and building resilient communities;
  • striving for global policy coherence through health, foreign policy and development cooperation.

Papers should refer to one or more of the following components:

  • processes, tools and mechanisms involved in intersectoral governance for health, at the political, strategic or technical levels;
  • political and legal considerations;
  • sustainability of processes, tools and instruments; 
  • monitoring and evaluation of intersectoral processes or mechanisms;
  • accountability frameworks or mechanisms.

We welcome papers that document experiences from low-resource settings. The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2015. Manuscripts should respect the guidelines for contributors and mention this call for papers in a covering letter. All submissions will go through Public Health Panorama's peer-review process. For further queries, please contact panorama@euro.who.int.