American Holistic Health Association (AHHA)
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You can view the articles for this category that are currently online at SELECTING & DEALING EFFECTIVELY WITH A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

Sub-Categories
The current articles in this category are arranged in two distinct sub-categories.

Purpose/Audience
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.

Article Content
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.

Author
Authors must have the education, training, and/or experience to be viewed as a credible expert on the material presented.

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
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.

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 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 information included.

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 BEFORE being released for public access.

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