This journal publishes studies of health and medicine that take a rhetorical perspective. Such studies combine rhetorical analysis with any number of other methodologies, including critical/cultural analysis, ethnography, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine seeks to bring together humanities and social scientific research traditions in a rhetorically focused journal to allow scholars to build new interdisciplinary theories, methodologies, and insights that can impact our understanding of health, illness, healing, and wellness. 

Request for Proposals: Co-Editor of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine


The co-editors and editorial board of the journal Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (RHM) are soliciting proposals for a co-editor with a five-year commitment. The appointed editor should be available to work with the current co-editors starting in the summer of 2021. They will be supported by a team of assistant editors and editorial assistants.

Response to Racial Injustice


The co-editors of RHM want to empahsize the journal's commitment in cultivating, sponsoring, publishing, and promoting scholarship that addresses racism and interlocking systems of oppression as public health (and/or other health or medical) issues. We welcome queries or submissions around these important issues.

Vol. 6 No. 2 (2023): In Living Color: Amplifying Racial Justice Work in RHM

Published: 2023-06-09

Introduction to In Living Color

Amplifying Racial Justice Work in RHM

Veronica Joyner , Kimberly Harper , Maria Novotny



Introduction to the Special Issue In Living Color: Amplifying Racial Justice Work in RHM

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“Dismantle or Step Aside”

The Road to HIV Racial Justice Now! and The Push for Racial Liberation in the Domestic HIV Movement

Deion S. Hawkins, Andrew Spieldenner, Venita Ray, Olivia G. Ford, Marvell L. Terry, II



While there have been tremendous advancements in HIV prevention, treatment, research, and care, vast health disparities still exist across race...

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Infertile Exclusions

Countering Race-Based Hyperfertility Narratives Online

Laura McCann



Women of color are more likely to experience infertility compared to white women. Despite this likelihood, infertility continues to be...

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"Redefining Our Own Center”

An Interview with Stevie Merino

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz, Shui-yin Sharon Yam



Radical doulas are often on the frontlines supporting multiply marginalized birthing people. In providing emotional and physical support to...

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Pain, No Gain?

A Narrative Analysis Exploring the Accounts of Older African American Patients and Their Discussion of Pain Management Related to Chronic Illness

Carly Braxton, K.M. Begian-Lewis, Richard Marback, Heather Fritz



Drawing from interviews conducted as part of a study of older African Americans with multimorbidity, we argue how various forms of racism work...

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Remember to P.A.C.K. for Racially Inclusive Content Strategy

An Infographic and Call to Action

Sara Doan, Cristy Kennedy

The included infographic describes P.A.C.K, guidelines that are a starting point for creating public health tweets that better meet the needs of...

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