Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC (January 7, 2014)—Chloe E. Bird, PhD, has been appointed by the editors and editorial board as the new editor-in-chief of Women’s Health Issues, a peer-reviewed journal on women’s health care and policy. Women’s Health Issues is the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health and is based at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). Dr. Bird, a senior sociologist at RAND and professor of sociology and policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, has published extensively on women’s health issues, including numerous peer-reviewed articles and commentaries. She is co-author of Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies, published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press. In addition, she served for many years as an associate editor for the journal.
She assumes the role from Anne Rossier Markus, JD, PhD, MHS, who has been the editor-in-chief since 2006 when the journal and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health moved to SPHHS. Dr. Markus will continue to serve as an associate editor of the journal.
“We thank Dr. Markus for her years of service, including shepherding the journal into the online submission system that we now take for granted and continuing to increase the journal’s impact factor,” says Carol S. Weisman, PhD, an associate editor and former editor-in-chief at the journal. “In addition, we welcome Dr. Bird to her new position at the helm. She brings a deep knowledge base at a time when women’s health care is central to national health care reform.” At the same time, Warren H. Pearse, MD, FACOG, the founding editor of Women’s Health Issues in 1990 and long-time associate editor, has been named editor emeritus. His guiding vision and expertise have, for many years, contributed immensely to the success of the journal, as well as to the entire field of women’s health, particularly in the area of reproductive health. Dr. Bird assumed her new role at the journal on January 1.
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve as the new editor-in-chief of Women’s Health Issues,” Dr. Bird said. “I am excited by the opportunities the journal will have to review and publish research on the burgeoning field of women’s health. I also look forward to working with the editors, the editorial board, reviewers, authors and readers to further the mission of the journal in 2014 and beyond.”
Women’s Health Issues, which is published by Elsevier, is dedicated to improving the health and health care of all women throughout the lifespan. The editorial office of the journal will remain housed at SPHHS in Washington, DC--where the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health is based.
About Women’s Health Issues:Women's Health Issues is the official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, and the only journal devoted exclusively to women's health care and policy issues. The journal has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's health care issues in global context if relevant to North American readers. It is a journal for health professionals, social scientists, policymakers, and others concerned with the complex and diverse facets of health care delivery and policy for women. For more information about the journal, please visit http://www.whijournal.com.
About the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services:Established in July 1997, the School of Public Health and Health Services brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education and is now the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,100 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school now offers an online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, which allows students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world. http://sphhs.gwu.edu/