AJPH celebrates Mary Northridge

Date: Jul 10 2014

For Immediate Release

American Journal of Public Health celebrates tenure of Mary E. Northridge as editor-in-chief

Journal begins search for new editor 

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Washington, D.C., July 9, 2014 –The American Public Health Association today announced that Mary E. Northridge, PhD, MPH, will complete her tenure in March 2015 as editor-in-chief of its prestigious, peer-reviewed journal, the American Journal of Public Health. Following a successful 16 years of editorial oversight, Northridge will become the first editor emeritus of AJPH.

Northridge, also the first female editor of this major health journal, strengthened a more than 100-year tradition of excellence in publishing original public health research, policy, practice and education papers at AJPH. During her tenure, the top-ranked journal saw its highest impact factor rankings, increased submission numbers, decreased publication times, instituted online only publication of select departments and created new article types that, for example, promote social science and policy. She and her diverse editorial team published landmark issues on a range of emerging topics, including prison health; pregnant and parenting adolescents; mental health stigma; veterans and suicide; influenza preparedness and response; housing and health; health equity; LGBT health; reproductive and sexual rights; systems thinking; and environmental justice.

“Through her dedication to scientific rigor and scholarly publishing coupled with her abiding commitment to advancing health equity and social justice, Dr. Northridge helped usher in a new era for the American Journal of Public Health,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, publisher of the journal. “Under her leadership, the journal has connected the latest research and science, not only to other public health thinkers, but also directly to the diverse needs of our nation’s health, practice and policies. The next editor-in-chief will build upon this superb record of achievement in advancing the journal as a key resource in championing good health for all.”

Northridge served as assistant, deputy and interim editor before assuming the role of editor-in-chief in 1999.

In her farewell editorial to be published in the September 2014 issue of AJPH titled, “The Social Justice Agenda,” Northridge wrote: “My appeal to the next team of journal editors is to remain steadfast in the honorable yet elusive pursuit of health equity, and I will be standing with you in support and encouragement. To echo the exhortation that John F. Duane and I wrote after President Obama was elected to his first term in office, ‘[T]hey deserve the best counsel our intellectual infrastructure has to offer. To be a part of charting a more humane course forward is more important than the ascendency of a pet theory or the appointment of a member of a given group to a strategic post … As a broad community of public health enthusiasts and supporters, let us act on the impetus to serve the public good and spend the rest of our lives working together to realize the dream of a just and healthy society.’”

“Under Dr. Northridge’s direction, the journal has incorporated editorial viewpoints, commentary and the latest studies from a range of contributors, covering a plethora of hard-hitting topics including veterans’ health, homelessness and health issues plaguing the LGBT community,” AJPH Editorial Board Chair Jeffrey Wilson, PhD, said. “Every month, these pieces join together, enriching the public health discourse while capturing the advances of science. We are grateful for Dr. Northridge’s extraordinary contributions knowing her legacy will continue to shape AJPH and the field of public health.”

AJPH has been publishing original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the public health field since 1911. The journal has consistently been ranked as a leader in public health research by the Journal Citation reports.

APHA has established a search committee and retained Alexander, Wollman and Stark to work with the APHA Executive Board in conducting the search for a new editor-in-chief. Terms of the search will be available soon on the APHA website.

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