The Journal of Health & Social Policy promotes debate and discussion of policy formulation and analyzes responses to policies that have already been enacted. This comprehensive journal includes articles from many health and health-related professions and focuses on all aspects of policy - its development, formulation, implementation, evaluation, review, and revision. Policymakers, as well as representatives affected by particular public and social policies, discuss and debate new policies, thereby giving readers special insight into policy formulation. By blending conceptual and practical considerations, the journal enables authors from many disciplines to examine health and social policy issues, concerns, and questions. Journal articles examine health and social policy issues primarily from three perspectives: articles written on particular subjects such as primary prevention, health care strategies of various ethnic groups, and financial aspects in policy formulation, articles written from a multidisciplinary perspective, in which policy questions and issues on one topic are discussed by authors representing particular disciplines, articles centered on a particular theme or subject, such as homelessness, AIDS, or the economic costs of illness and health policy. Since the Journal of Health & Social Policy centers on social and health care considerations in policy-related matters, professionals in the health care and social work fields - public health, health education, allied health, nursing, social work, urban affairs, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, mental health, and medicine - whose work is profoundly affected by public and social policy issues, are strongly encouraged to read this practical and informative journal.