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Families Systems & Health



Families, Systems, & Health® is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that publishes clinical research, training, and theoretical contributions in the areas of families and health, with particular focus on collaborative family healthcare.




Nadiya Sunderji

Jodi Polaha 


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Families, Systems, & Health® is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that publishes clinical research, training, and theoretical contributions in the intersecting areas of families, health, and system design, collectively known as Collaborative Family Healthcare.

The journal seeks scholarly manuscripts that make a contribution to the knowledge base of family function and the relationship between family function, health and health care. Further, the Journal seeks contributions examining models of collaboration between professional disciplines and system designs to effectively meet the complex healthcare needs of selected populations.

The journal's scope has three domains and our publications focus on the intersection of at least two of these domains:


  • Family Functioning: emphasizes understanding health, illness, and treatment from birth to death within the family context rather than focusing on individuals in isolation. The term "family" is used broadly to include but not be limited to the legal, biological, or psychological family, household members unrelated by blood or marriage, and intimates who have a relationship over time.
  • Systems Thinking: an overarching concept that recognizes the interrelatedness of all human systems (e.g., biological, psychological, interpersonal, familial, societal, political, economic, cultural, spiritual). This perspective is useful in examining dynamics within a profession or among clinical staff, relationships among patients, families, communities, and clinical staff, and the coordination of care across levels of the health system.
  • Health: refers to the optimal state of the body, mind, and spirit of individuals, families, or communities. Healthcare includes the practice of all health professionals, including physicians, mental health professionals, nurses, pharmacists, and many other disciplines.

Families, Systems, & Health is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. The goals of the journal are to:

  • To promote the awareness and inclusion of family processes in the provision of health care
  • Promote the integration of all human systems in health care training, service, and research (e.g., biological, psychological, interpersonal, familial, societal, cultural, spiritual).  
  • Enrich the understanding of health, illness, and treatment across the life span
  • Explore health policy and financial models that promote family healthcare and interdisciplinary collaboration
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