Special Issue "Health Literacy and Health Equity"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.
Interests: health literacy; health equity; medication adherence; diabetes; health communication; underserved populations
A Special Issue on health literacy and health equity is being organized in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Health literacy is commonly defined as the ability to access, understand, and use information to make health-related decisions. Health literacy research has also emphasized the interaction between individual skill levels and the attributes of available health information and services. Studies show that on average, adults have inadequate health-related literacy skills which do not match the complexity of existing health-related tools, materials, and services. This discrepancy, often more pronounced among underserved and vulnerable populations, is a source of escalating health disparities.
This issue is interested in how health disparities can be mitigated, and health equity for underserved populations improved through the lens of health literacy. There is interest in research contributions that examine the relationship between health literacy and health equity, interventions implemented to reduce health disparities with a core focus on addressing health literacy, public health efforts to address health literacy as a social determinant of health, and papers that feature innovative strategies towards enhancing health literacy among vulnerable and underserved populations. The keywords listed below provide a summary of some of the possible topics of interest.
Dr. Vanessa Simonds
Dr. Olayinka O. Shiyanbola
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Health literacy
- Health communication
- Health inequalities
- Social determinants of health
- Public Health
- Vulnerable populations
- Cultural competence and cultural safety
- Community participation
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Feasibility and Acceptability of the Peers LEAD (Supporting Health Literacy, Self-Efficacy, Self-Advocacy, and Adherence) intervention for African Americans with Diabetes
Authors: Olayinka Shiyanbola
Affiliation: Division of Social and Administrative Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53705, USA
Title: The role of Health Literacy in health disparities: a review of interventions in racial/ethnic populations
Authors: Vanessa W. Simonds
Affiliation: Department of Health and Human Development, Montana State University, Herrick Hall 316D, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA
Title: Exploring the relationship between medical research literacy and respondents’ expressed likelihood to participate in a clinical trial
Authors: Dorothy Farrar Edwards
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, United States