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Submission Guidelines

Write for VITAL:

We love to feature guest writers. If you'd like to become one, just follow these guidelines:

How long should my post be?

400-800 words

What should I write about?

All VITAL posts should relate to IntraHealth’s mission of empowering health workers around the world and should not be self-promotional. 

VITAL publishes posts about health workforce development, gender equality, technology, current and emerging health threats, preventive care—in short, all the things that make a difference in the day-to-day lives of health workers. Write about:

  • Current events. Share your perspective when breaking news involves the health workforce or a global health issue you care about.
  • Findings. Struck by a new finding, article, statistic, infographic, video, or report? Comment on it and put it into context for others.
  • An interview. Talk to an expert, a leader, or an interesting member of the health workforce.
  • Express an opinion. What do you think? And why?
  • Send us your ideas. We’re always happy to discuss new topics and blog opportunities.

How do I write an effective blog post?

  • Choose a topic you care about.
  • Express a clear opinion.
  • Write in your own voice, using plain language and a conversational tone.
  • Avoid jargon, passive voice, and ambiguous language.
  • Keep paragraphs short. Use subheadings to make your text easier to scan.
  • Avoid footnotes and endnotes. Instead, link to relevant web pages, especially those that include data or information that you cite.
  • Use bulleted or numbered lists when appropriate.
  • Avoid acronyms except when necessary.

How do I submit my post?

Email us your pitch, draft, or request to cross-post, along with an author photo and brief bio.

IntraHealth reserves the right to reject posts and to edit headlines and text for length, clarity, and adherence to the Chicago Manual of Style. By submitting a post for publication you assert that you have the necessary clearances and copyright permissions to submit the content for publication. IntraHealth staff interested in blogging for VITAL should contact the Communications & Advocacy Department. 

Cross-posting policy:

We are happy to consider cross-posts and posts from guest authors on the vital role health workers play in improving global health. 

We also encourage cross-posting of all original VITAL content with the appropriate attribution: "This post originally appeared on VITAL, the blog of IntraHealth International" and a link to the original post. Please ask explicit permission before cross-posting any VITAL graphics or photography. After cross-posting content, please share the new link with us.

Photo-sharing policy

Photographs taken by IntraHealth-commissioned contractors are for IntraHealth’s exclusive use unless otherwise approved and are not made available on external sites for use under a Creative Commons license. Any use of IntraHealth’s photography by external individuals or organizations must be approved in advance by the IntraHealth Communications Team.

Any IntraHealth photography approved for external use must be properly credited to IntraHealth International and include credits that name the photographer, IntraHealth International as the source, and the copyright holder if other than IntraHealth International.