The Center for Advancing Health (CFAH) welcomes contributions for our Prepared Patient® Blog. Our blog complements CFAH’s Be a Prepared Patient resources for patients and consumers by hosting posts on what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it. Blog topics include interviews with patients and experts, personal stories with practical guidance and/or observations, and health care and health behavior research news. We do not accept any sponsorship, endorsements, press releases, promotional or marketing columns.
Please use these editorial tips:
- Posts should be 700 words or less, relevant, and helpful.
- We reserve the right to make suggestions or otherwise edit (with your approval) for length, content, style, grammar, etc.
- Please avoid "inside baseball" language (medical/health terminology, acronyms, etc.). If you must use them, please hyperlink them to the appropriate reference. Do the same when citing reports, newspaper articles and other sources.
- We prefer blogs and columns to be written in the first person.
- Please send your contribution as an email attachment to the Communications Manager, Goldie Pyka at [email protected] in .txt or MSWord format.
- Blogs accepted for publication also require an author photo in .jpeg format and a short bio for the post's footer.
We accept many posts that have been published online previously. In these cases we include a link to the site where the piece was originally published, the author's websites, etc. If you prefer to contribute anonymously, you may use a pseudonym as long as you disclose your name/contact information to the site administrators, and we will keep your identity confidential.
CFAH retains the right to accept or refuse to publish any submission. We will not publish anything without your consent, but once accepted, we assume the right to post/repost your blog in the future.
The Center for Advancing Health works to increase people's engagement in their health care.
All Americans act to fully benefit from their health care.
Work with policy makers, clinicians, and communities to more effectively support people's engagement in their health care.
Produce and disseminate research news stories that people can use to inform decisions about their health and health care.
Offer Be a Prepared Patient resources to help people find good health care and make the most of it.
Since it was founded in 1992, the Center for Advancing Health has aimed to increase people's engagement in their health and health care.
While advances in medical knowledge have been responsible for steady increases in the length and quality of life of Americans, the potential of health care to improve individual and population health in the future rests increasingly in the hands of individuals. Whether we are sick or well, we will not benefit from the expertise of health professionals and the technologies they deploy unless we participate actively and knowledgably in our own care. More