Dear AJPM reader,

We’re pleased to welcome our readership back to AJPM-NOW, which has been on hiatus the last several months as we all adjusted to working remotely and to the new normal. These are challenging times for everyone as we endure the continuing fallout from a global pandemic that has called into question the state of preparedness in the U.S. and our capacity to respond to an unprecedented public health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted pernicious racial and ethnic disparities in health that continue to plague this country. 

In our September issue, we address the COVID-19 pandemic with studies that examine access to testing, socioeconomic risk factors, and the role of health policy, in addition to other important preventive medicine and population health issues including substance use disorders, health disparities, and mental health, which have all been heightened during the pandemic.

We hope you find our September articles to be timely, topical and informative.

Yours in prevention and health,

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH

American Journal of Preventive Medicine