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Special Issue "Roma Health Disadvantage"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Jitse P. Van Dijk

Department of Community and Occupational Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Ant. Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: Roma health; Roma health disadvantage; chronic disease; adolescents and health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Roma ethnicity in a society where more than 5% of the population affiliates this ethnic minority gives a good opportunity for studying several health outcomes of such an ethnicity. In 2017, I was a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Roma health; by then, it had become clear to me that a considerable number of people were working on this issue. In this new Special Issue, studies might focus on comparison, on history, on interventions, on natural experiments, on (social) epidemiology, and on time trend analyses. As the Special Issue is called ‘’Roma Health Disadvantage’’, we are most of all interested in the health outcomes of all these approaches.

Roma are a rather large minority in many Eastern and Central European countries and generally report poorer health than the majority population. However, Roma health outcomes are varied and often contradictory. For us, this is the main reason for this Special Issue, which should be seen as a more focused continuation of the previous one.

This Special Issue seeks papers on topics related to Roma health disadvantage, both historical and present, preferably including comparisons over time and with non-Roma; the prevalence of chronic disease/non-communicable diseases; associated determinants and interventions, e.g., whether unemployment worsens their health; their mortality; and their adherence to preventive measures such as vaccination.

By learning more about the opportunity presented by Roma health disadvantage, we can better target interventions to improve the lives of Roma.

Assoc. Prof. Jitse P. van Dijk
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. 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 1800 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.


  • Roma health
  • comparison over time
  • comparison with non-Roma
  • chronic disease
  • non-communicable diseases
  • interventions
  • (un-)employment
  • mortality
  • vaccination
  • prevention

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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