The Journal of Health and Human Services Administration is now affiliated with the School of Public Administration at UCF, and Associate Professor Mary Ann Feldheim, Ph.D., is the new editor-in-chief. The journal is also aligned with the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Health and Human Services Administration.

JHHSA is a scholarly journal that is peer-reviewed, and indexed and abstracted in these databases:

  • EBSCOHost – Academic Search Premier
  • Proquest – ABI\Inform Complete
  • Gale Cengage Health Reference Center
  • Academic JSTOR Arts and Sciences
  • Medline

Under Feldheim’s leadership, JHHSA will expand its focus to a broad perspective that addresses the creation of healthy communities. The journal’s model of healthy communities is based on the social determinates of health as defined by the World Health Organization:

“The social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness.”

Social Determinants of Health

The conceptual framework for the social determinants of health (see Figure 1) begins with the structural determinants of health inequities based on the socioeconomic and political context, specifically public policies along with cultural and societal values. Structural indicators are social class, gender, ethnicity, education, occupation, and income mitigated by social cohesion and social capital. Intermediary determinants of health are the individual’s material circumstances and physical environment, the individual’s behaviors and biological factors, and psychosocial factors and their access to health care. The outcome of the model is the impact the social determinants of health have on the individual’s health and quality of life.

Social Determinants of Health

JHHSA  has developed a healthy communities model based on the social determinants of health and a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to community health, which includes five dimensions: civic health, environmental health, individual health, community health and economic health.

Civic Health
• Citizens engaged in the governance of their community
• Citizens volunteering to help each other
• Strong fiscal condition of public and nonprofit institutions
• Strong social capital in a community


Environmental Health
• Basic environmental needs are met – clean air, clean water, safe soil
• Basic need met for affordable, safe housing
• Built environment is safe and healthy – streets, parks, neighborhoods
• Modes of transportation are safe, affordable, and accessible
• Access to healthy foods and gardens


Individual Health
• Positive health outcomes are achieved for individuals of all ages
• Healthy behaviors are promoted and supported in the family
• Culture of health created for individuals, families, and the community


Community Health
• Socialization opportunities are utilized by all citizens and age groups
• Healthcare services and social services are utilized by all
• Mental health services are readily available and utilized


Economic Health
• Robust, diverse, localized economy provides employment opportunities for all citizens.
• Diverse businesses providing necessary goods and services
• Educational and training opportunities provided to those most in need


The journal’s objectives for this approach are to:

  • Create dialogue that is interdisciplinary in nature and brings new approaches to long-standing community issues.
  • Revisit traditional conceptions and indicators of community health to explore the social determinants of health and the five identified dimensions of community health.
  • Re-conceptualize resiliency to include gradual and chronic threats to community health and apply it to existing frameworks of resilience research.
  • Promote a multi-dimensional, holistic approach toward community health based on addressing the social determinants of health.

To propose a symposium or to contribute to a symposium, please contact:

Mary Ann Feldheim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Central Florida
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration