Special Issue "Health Care Equity"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: health disparities; health care disparities; health economics, breast cancer disparities; family caregiving; minority health; implicit bias; long term care for ethnic elderly
Health care equity reflects an equal opportunity to utilize health care resources in order to maximize one’s health potential. This potential requires equitable access to and use of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic services. Achieving health care equity necessitates the consideration of both quantity and quality of care, as well as vertical (greater health care use by those with greater needs) and horizontal (equal health care use by those with equal needs) equity. Health care inequities may occur due to preferences, constraints, and perceptions of patients, providers, and institutions. Researchers, providers, community leaders, and patients have been working on policies, interventions, and strategies to address health care inequity.
This special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health will document how recent or proposed policy changes and interventions affect health care equity, with emphasis on the roles of biological, behavioral, physical/built environment, sociocultural environment, and healthcare system influences at the individual, interpersonal, community, and societal levels. Lessons learned across health care settings, geographic regions, and underserved populations will be provided. The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities provides a research framework for understanding the multifaceted domains of influence and levels of influence within domains that facilitate changes in health care equity. Researchers interested in submitting papers for this Special Issue should refer to this framework (https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/about/overview/research-framework.html). Examples of strategies that may influence health care equity include: expansion of Medicaid programs, implementation of the health insurance benefit exchanges, implementation of other provisions of the ACA, efforts to address environmental justice, neighborhood revitalization, community health coalitions, and implementation of precision medicine.
Dr. Shelley White-Means
Dr. Darrell J. Gaskin
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- Health care equity
- Health Care system influences