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SELECTING & DEALING EFFECTIVELY WITH A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.
The current articles in this category are arranged in two distinct sub-categories.
Articles in this category are for people searching for a healthcare
professional to match their specific needs. The goal is to provide
these individuals with tips for their search and suggestions for
developing an effective working partnership with the professionals they
select for their healthcare team.
For this category we are interested in articles that offer unique,
cutting edge material with practical practical suggestions an individual
can apply for each of the following needs:
#1 - How to Find the Right Healthcare Professional for You sub-category articles are to focus on helpful selection skills, such as...
- How a patient can determine if a physician or practitioner is well qualified in the selected healthcare modality
- Tips for the patient to gain clarity about what is most needed by him/her from the healthcare professional being sought
#2 - How to have a Successful Doctor/Patient Relationship sub-category articles are to focus on building patient understanding and confidence to be an effective, active participant in his/her healthcare decisions, such as...
- What key elements make the doctor/patient relationship a partnership, rather than a dictatorship
- Reminders to keep a holistic perspective when reviewing healing options
- Tips for developing a healthcare "team"
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 do not limit
the length of submittals.
The material in the article does not have to be original. The author may
adapt material he/she has published elsewhere, such as in a book,
magazine or newsletter. When submitted to AHHA, it is important to
identify the original source so that this can be acknowledged at the end
of the article; and indicate that permission has been granted by the
publisher or whomever holds the copyright.
What is different from most articles is that we prefer that each article
include a practical tip that the reader can use to test out what the
article is recommending.
Authors must have the education, training, and/or experience to be viewed as a credible expert on the material presented.
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
We need a color or black and white head/shoulder shot of the author.
Author is encouraged to create a title for the article that is
innovative and reflective of the content. Best not to try being too clever.
Clarity is best.
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
Selecting and Dealing effectively with a Healthcare Professional.
Submitted articles are reviewed for appropriateness of content for the
AHHA article category and appropriateness of author to offer the
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
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 BEFORE
being released for public access.
Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Article title and content
- Article category and subcategory (from AHHA's lists)
- Author's bio - brief (up to 100 words) promotional paragraph
- If not original, provide where material was initially published and how AHHA can acknowledge this source at end of article
- Author's phone number and email address
- Attach digital photo of author (head/shoulder shot)
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