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DC COA Call for Frontline Articles

Updated: Apr 12

WHAT IS FRONTLINE? Frontline is a newsletter for, by, and about members of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service (COA) and its affiliate, the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF). COA publishes ten issues of Frontline each year—double issues are January/February and June/July.


WHO CAN WRITE ARTICLES FOR FRONTLINE? All authors and PHS officers (current and former) mentioned in articles must be current COA members or COF donors. Anyone submitting an article must confirm COA membership status before submission.


FORMAT AND STYLE: Articles should adhere to Frontline Publication Guidelines, as well as copy reference and style guidelines contained in the USPHS Commissioned Corps Brand Guidelines, which are designed to support a strong brand identity.


ARTICLE SUBMISSION PROCESS: To enhance your experience and streamline the submission process, we are excited to offer a pre-submission review service for Frontline articles. The D.C. COA Publications Subcommittee will carefully review your article for grammar, format, content, and alignment with Frontline Publication Guidelines.



  • Faster Approval: Expedite the approval process by addressing potential issues before submission.

  • Expert Guidance: Receive valuable feedback to enhance the overall quality and impact of your article.

  • Alignment with Guidelines: Ensure your article aligns seamlessly with Frontline Publication Guidelines.



  1. Email your article by the 1st of the month to for a comprehensive review with subject line: ARTICLE FOR REVIEW.

  2. The D.C. COA Publications Subcommittee team will provide feedback within one week.

  3. The author makes revisions and submits the finalized article, photos, and release forms (as applicable) by the 15th to

  4. If accepted, your article will be published in the next month’s issue.*

*Inclusion of articles is based on relevance, timeliness of content, and space availability.


ARTICLE CONTENT RECOMMENDATIONS: The list below is not exhaustive. It is intended to foster inspiration and provide recommendations for article topics.*

  • DC COA Activity: Highlight an activity and the impact of a recent DC COA activity as lead or participant.

  • Public Health Success Stories: Share experiences and success stories from the field that highlight the positive impact of public health initiatives.

  • Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: Explore innovative approaches and technologies that are transforming healthcare delivery.

  • Global Health Challenges: Discuss global health issues and the role of PHS officers in addressing and mitigating these challenges.

  • Community Engagement Initiatives: Showcase community-based projects and initiatives that demonstrate commitment to serving diverse and underserved populations.

  • Career Insights and Development: Share personal career journeys, lessons learned, and insights into professional development within the USPHS Commissioned Corps.

  • Public Health Policy and Advocacy: Examine the impact of public health policies and discuss the role of PHS officers in advocating for positive change.

  • Public Health Preparedness and Response: Explore experiences related to emergency preparedness, response efforts, and lessons learned from public health crises.

  • Collaborations and Partnerships: Highlight successful collaborations and partnerships between PHS officers, agencies, and community organizations.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Public Health: Discuss efforts to promote DEI within the USPHS Commissioned Corps and its impact on public health outcomes.

  • Public Health Research and Innovation: Share research findings, case studies, or innovative projects that contribute to advancements in public health.

  • Mental Health and Wellness: Address the importance of mental health and wellness for PHS officers and the communities they serve.

  • Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health: Explore the impact of social determinants on health outcomes and strategies to address health disparities.

  • PHS Officer/Retiree Spotlight: Highlight the impact and accomplishments of an active duty or retired PHS officer.

*Authors writing about deployments or agency activity must receive clearance or approval from the proper authority to share the information in a newsletter made available to the public.


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