Special Issue "Public Health and Disasters"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2018).
2. Center for Public Health and Disasters, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Interests: disasters; community resilience; climate and health; heat-health events
We are organizing a Special Issue on public health and disasters in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is an online, peer-reviewed, scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences, disasters and public health. For detailed information on the journal, please visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
The literature in public health and disasters has increased in quantity in the last fifteen years driven by research on more frequent and severe climatic events (typhoons, heat waves, flooding), emerging infectious diseases, global climate change and the rise of terrorism in many countries. Changing emphases in public health and disasters across the world have produced new frameworks for research and operations. Disaster resilience has left its infancy as a concept and is maturing to have defined interventions, methods of study, cross-sector interventions and research, metrics and measurements. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is guiding public health away from a reactive disaster planning cycle (mitigate, prepare, respond, recover) towards a systems-wide approach to causation, prevention and recovery. A U.S. National Academies of Science workshop on the subject of DRR identified that DRR concepts remain nascent in US public health planning strategies while DRR strategies are being implemented throughout the global health sphere (see the UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015).
This journal is a particularly appropriate venue to highlight community resilience and DRR since both are informed by emergency management, public health, climate change adaptation, social equity and environmental justice. This issue will highlight new approaches that have been applied in these areas as well as research at the nexus of community resilience and DRR. It is also open to empirical studies in any subject area related to public health and disasters. Data-driven research papers, including qualitative research using rigorous methods are sought. Evaluations, analytical reviews, conceptual framework, and policy-relevant articles are also invited.
The listed keywords suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Prof. Dr. David Eisenman
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Community Resilience
- Climate Change Effects and Adaptation
- Communication and Coordination
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Mental Health
- Mass Media
- Metrics and Measurement
- Public Health Practice
- Risk Communication
- Sustainable Programming
- Weapons of Mass Destruction