Special Issue "Public Health and Digital Technologies during Pandemic: A Multidisciplinary Perspective"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 24788
Interests: Supporting the use of research and knowledge in healthcare decision-making; Integrated knowledge translation or research co-production; The impact of research and evidence; Public health systems and services; Health equity
Interests: Digital Health; Health and Digital Health Literacy; Health Promotion
The goals of public health are to protect the health of individuals and communities during pandemic events and to ensure equitable access to health services for all individuals. To accomplish these goals, a multi-sectoral (e.g., health, economic, education, legal) response is required to ensure an effective, coordinated response during infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19. Digital technologies (e.g., websites, smart phones and apps, drones, virtual reality) are important health communication tools that have gained greater prominence within the COVID-19 context. Digital technologies have been used for communicating public health messages (social media, PH websites), as an information resource (Google, interactive maps), for social support (video chats), and for citizen surveillance or enforcement of PH pandemic measures (physical distancing). Further work needs to be done, however, to understand how to leverage digital technologies for evidence-based decision-making by organizations and governments. This Special Issue will compile 1) empirical articles, 2) review articles, and 3) digital methodological innovations about or closely related to the following topic areas to support decision-making:
- Understanding trends and sources of misinformation.
- Demonstrating effective strategies with which to communicate with the public.
- Exploring the role of influencers in disseminating, supporting or refuting public health directives; understanding how a legitimate voice is created and maintained through social media.
- Determining the effectiveness of digital monitoring of individuals during pandemics; appreciating related issues of surveillance and privacy from differing perspectives.
- Unpacking health literacy and digital health literacy for sub-populations.
- Gaining insight into issues related to equity, e.g., who has access and who doesn’t have access to digital technologies (older adults, long term care residents, the homeless).
- Demonstrating how we use findings related to social media data analytics from different sub-groups (industry, public).
- Revealing the stigmatized social media response among different disenfranchised groups (health care providers, immigrant populations).
- Methodological insight into the use of data science methods (e.g., sentiment analysis, natural language processing, data visualization) for public health pandemic communication.
Dr. Anita Kothari
Dr. Lorie Donelle
Prof. Michael Bauer
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- social media
- digital technologies
- public health
- digital health
- big data analytics