Special Issue "Social, Structural, and Policy Determinants of Maternal and Child Health and Health Inequities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: maternal and child health; health equity; social determinants
Interests: maternal and child health; sexual and reproductive health; health equity; structural racism; population health; medical education
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: HIV/AIDS prevention; health policy; maternal and child health; health services research; reproductive health; women’s health
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: structural determinants of health inequities; racism; trauma; community health and resilience; maternal and child health
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: pregnancy; birth; women's health
The health of women and children reflects the health of a nation. Yet, in countries across the globe—including the US—reproduction represents a potentially dangerous experience: maternal and infant mortality rates remain unacceptably high, maternal morbidity and other adverse maternal and child health outcomes continue to occur. The persistence of these health challenges, despite increased health care spending, improved access to care, and decades of public health and clinical research, suggests the need to explore more deeply rooted fundamental causes. These are features of the places where women are born, live, work, and play; the policies that shape those places as protective or harmful to health; and the very structure and functioning of a society that dictates the distribution of power and resources across the population.
Moreover, the persistence of vast inequities in maternal and child health outcomes reflects an ongoing failure to confront the reality of life in a stratified society, one where governance, policy, cultural, and societal norms and values are fundamentally shaped by structural racism, class, and gender oppression. Research is needed in order to illuminate how maternal and child population health inequities are a reflection of these conditions and how best to eliminate them.
This Special Issue seeks manuscripts that identify social, structural, and/or policy determinants of maternal and child health and health inequities. We welcome the submission of manuscripts that explore how maternal and child health outcomes and inequities are part of and inseparable from the contexts in which they occur. We encourage work that moves beyond documenting associations towards demonstrations of how policy can remediate harmful contexts to advance health equity. We especially welcome interdisciplinary work, mixed methodologies, and research that identifies interventions aiming to dismantle the systems that perpetuate racial, socioeconomic, geographic, and other health inequities in maternal and child health.
Dr. Maeve Wallace
Dr. Rachel Hardeman
Dr. Whitney Rice
Dr. Dara Mendez
Ms. Brigette Davis
Manuscript Submission Information
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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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2300 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.
- maternal and child health
- health equity
- social determinants of health
- health policy
- maternal mortality
- infant mortality