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Note that submittal of articles for the Healing Approaches category of the
online AHHA Self-Help Articles Collection are by INVITATION ONLY

Purpose/Audience
Articles in this category are intended:
(1) to meet the general public's growing need to understand complementary and alternative medicine modes of healthcare
(2) to encourage the reader to gather a multi-disciplinary personal healthcare team
(3) to provide contact information for professional organizations related to the modality being presented.

Article Content
Each article in the Healing Approaches category should educate the reader about a specific healing modality (acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy, etc.). It is important to define the modality and explain what it is and how it works. If there are multiple sub-categories or approaches in the modality, describe how each differs from the others so that the reader can determine which one would be appropriate for him or her.

The educational training requirements to qualify to practice need to be explained. In many cases, just graduating is not enough. Note when licensing and/or other government regulations are mandatory to have the authority to practice.

We request a warm, friendly style of writing using examples, anecdotes, and humor where appropriate. It is ideal when the information is presented in straightforward terms that the general lay public can understand. At the same time, the quality of the data should be of value to a health professional. Brief articles have a better chance of being read online. We recommend a maximum of about 800 words, but we do not limit the length of submittals.

What is different from most presentations of this type is that each article should feature at least one practical self-help tool that the reader can use. This tool will give readers the opportunity to experience first-hand what may be unique about this approach to healing.

Author
The authors of these articles need to be appropriate individuals that everyone working in that modality respects. Authors must have the credentials and/or leadership positions that qualify them to be appropriate spokespersons for their specific modalities. Consider the president or executive director of the professional association for that modality. When this person is not available, a recognized expert in that field may be an appropriate alternative. Once the author is identified, it is acceptable for a related professional organization to become involved in the drafting of the article.

Author Bio
Each online article is accompanied by a brief promotional piece about the author. This mini-bio paragraph shows why that person has the authority to speak on the subject at hand. Promotional mention of the author's publications, workshops, professional organizations, connections, etc., is encouraged. Be sure to include a phone number and an email address or website link so that interested readers can contact the author. Please limit this author mini-bio paragraph to 100 words or less.

Photo
We need a color or black and white head/shoulder shot of the author.

Title
The title of the article should be clear and connected to the content. Do not try to be too clever. Clarity is best.

Related Resources
To support readers motivated to learn more about a specific healthcare modality, each article will include extra sections.

  • One section will list the various professional organizations for that modality, including contact information for each. The author and affiliated organization submitting the article is invited to assist AHHA in compiling this list. Those that offer referral services will be identified.
  • One section will list the quality-control organizations for that modality, such as licensing or certifying boards.

Miscellaneous
In the interest of fairness and equal opportunity, each author is limited to one article per category in the AHHA Self-Help Article Collection. The guidelines you are reviewing are for the category Healing Approaches.

AHHA is a volunteer association that provides AHHA materials to the general public free of charge. AHHA does not provide any remuneration to the authors of articles, though authors do gain the benefit of the promotional exposure through the promotional paragraph accompanying each article. (The AHHA website averages almost 3,500 visitors a week, and one article from the AHHA Self-Help Articles Collection is featured on the site's home page each week, plus in our blog and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.)

AHHA covers the cost for a professional editor who reviews each article and suggests revisions to polish the presentation. The author has final say as to whether or not these changes are incorporated. A submitted article will be fully formatted for final approval by the author and the affiliated organization BEFORE being released for public access.

Submittal process
Email the following to mail@ahha.org:

  • Article title and content
  • Author's brief (up to 100 words) promotional paragraph
  • Author's phone number and email address
  • Author's head/shoulder photo
  • Affiliated organization's name, designated liaison, phone number, and email address.

Use the following contact information for submitting materials and/or questions
Suzan Walter, President
American Holistic Health Association
PO Box 17400, Anaheim, CA 92817-7400
Phone: (714) 779-6152
Email: mail@ahha.org
Website: ahha.org