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Who We Are
At New Solutions: The Drawing Board, we’re building a movement. By stimulating dialogue between policy makers, researchers, community activists, professors, doctors, union leaders and members, concerned parents, and interested students, The Drawing Board brings together a variety of voices concerned with environmental and occupational health hazards facing our world today in order to inspire, organize, and activate ideas for change. We want to take the ever-increasing body of knowledge about how our environment and jobs affect our lives, and light a fire under both the public health community and public at large to turn this knowledge into action. We ask our readers and contributors to consider the following:

  • What organizing tactics work, and what don’t?
  • What research is needed, and how can these findings be applied in the “real world”?
  • What topics are most important today?
  • How can we build a strong, powerful environmental and occupational health movement that affects policy change and protects our communities and families?

The Drawing Board is a project of the quarterly journal New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. New Solutions has been committed to highlighting scientists’ research, policy makers’ plans, academics’ understanding, environmentalists’ concerns, unions’ efforts and grievances, and activists’ struggles for 20 years. The Drawing Board offers an active and immediate medium for discussion that the printed version of the journal cannot.

New Solutions is published by Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

How it works
The Drawing Board highlights a new article concerning an environmental or occupational health topic once a month. We ask our readers to respond, thereby starting a dialogue, and moderate this discussion with key questions about how to turn knowledge into ideas for action and ideas for action into real change. Special guests particularly knowledgeable on the topic at hand will also respond to an author’s post, offering a diversity of views and knowledge from the field.

For more information on The Drawing Board, or to write for us, e-mail

Writer’s guidelines
Anyone concerned with environmental and occupational health is welcome to write for The Drawing Board. We want to hear about your work, your interests, your passions, and your activities. Article topics can range from a new piece of research to proposed legislation to community mobilization campaigns to union strikes. Articles are to not exceed 1300 words in length, and must be properly cited if outside sources are referred to using the style file for the American Journal of Public Health. For complete notation style, please visit this page.

Authors must submit a short bio about themselves and their organization if applicable, as well as a photo (jpeg or gif file). Authors are also encouraged to send external links such as related news stories, research findings, or websites, as well as the contact information for colleagues working on similar issues.

Since each article topic may very greatly, prospective authors are encouraged to write The Drawing Board’s editor, Mara Kardas-Nelson, at to discuss article ideas and the writing process.