Special Issue "Access and Healthcare for Disadvantaged Populations"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Assessments".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Khoa Truong
Guest Editor
Department of Public Health Sciences, 509 Edwards Hall, Clemson University South Carolina, Clemson, SC 29631, USA
Interests: access and healthcare for disadvantaged populations; insurance, utilization of healthcare services, and health outcomes; tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug control policy; obesity, mental health, child health; built environment and health, global health; statistical modelling, gis, and simulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Healthcare seeks commentaries, original research, short reports, and reviews on exacerbated and new challenges in healthcare services in the era of Covid-19 for disadvantages populations including the uninsured, under-insured, and rural population. While the Covid pandemic has taken heavy toll on the entire world population, certain sociodemographic groups are less prepared and more vulnerable to problems associated with isolation and reduced services. This Special Issue aims to publish research from emerging opportunities such as new data, revised care protocol, collaborative partnerships, and novel service model to inform the debate and discussion on meaningful changes or necessary modification in practice and policy. While addressing disparities in healthcare services has been an important priority of any health systems, this task will become increasingly critical in the years to come as Covid-19 has a lasting impact and probably widened the gap of health-related disparity. Progress in improving healthcare services for the disadvantaged population made in recent years could have been eliminated. Rigorous analyses and effective solutions to improve quality and access while containing and lowing healthcare costs for the vulnerable population are critically needed. Studies published in this Special Issue are envisioned to aid health administrators, policy analysts, and government officials in developing their strategic planning and policy implementation.

Prof. Khoa Truong
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Covid-19
  • Uninsured, under-insured, rural population, vulnerable groups
  • Healthcare needs, healthcare services, access to healthcare services
  • Isolation, barriers, disparities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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