Guidelines for Contributors

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 gpyka@cfah.org 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.