Special Issue "Achieving Environmental Health Equity: Great Expectations"
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: 31 January 2019
Professor Timothy E. Ford
Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
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Interests: CBPR; community and population health; water and health; biofilms; waterborne pathogens; contaminant chemicals; microbial biomarkers; molecular diagnostics; microbial interactions with contaminants
I’m delighted to invite you to consider contributing to this special edition on Achieving Environmental Health Equity: Great Expectations.
To the rationally-minded, it has long been obvious that environment and human health are intricately linked, and that there are vast disparities in individual, community and population environmental health risks. These disparities are heavily influenced by socio-economics, geography, occupation, government policies and many other exacerbating factors such as conflict and climate change. In the last decade or so, funding agencies have recognized the importance of addressing health disparities in improving community and population health, and reducing the economic burden of poor health. In the US, centers of excellence have emerged (i.e., NIMHD’s U54 program), and global health centers and institutes that include health disparities in their mandates created. However, how does this help us achieve environmental health equity, and is this even remotely possible? A mining community, whether in Appalachia or the Witwatersrand, will always face greater environmental health challenges than wealthier communities that can afford access to clean air and water!
The premise of this special edition is that we can do more to move closer towards environmental health equity through reducing disparities, and that there are many “lessons learned” to be shared with communities that face these disparities—urban, peri-urban and rural. Invariably, these “lessons” are community driven, and therefore community engagement should be a major focus in addressing health disparities. Papers describing studies that engage communities in sustainable environmental health risk reduction are encouraged, but also research that realistically outlines the challenges researchers and community groups have faced are welcome. We encourage submission from as broad a range of international research groups as possible, representing a wide diversity of communities and their environmental health risks. The goal is to compile a sufficient number of these papers into an online resource to inform future work in this critical area of environmental health.
Prof. Timothy E. Ford
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 monthly 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 1600 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.
- Health equity
- Community engagement
- Environmental health
- Environmental justice
- Marginalized communities
- Health risks