Special Issue "Minority Health Issues and Health Disparities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2019).
Prof. Dr. Monica Webb Hooper
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
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Interests: clinical health psychology; biobehavioral oncology; minority health; cancer health disparities; cancer prevention and control; cancer risk behaviors; health behavior change; tobacco use; obesity/weight management; stress processes
We are organizing a Special Issue on minority health and health disparities in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
The study of minority health and disparities is important globally. Multiple “minority” groups across the world face a disproportionate incidence and undue burden of health conditions that lead to disability, low quality of life, and mortality. By definition, minority groups are smaller in proportion to the dominant social group and are assigned based on categorical characteristics, such as sex, race/ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, geography, and citizenship status. These groups tend to experience social and health-related disadvantages relative to the dominant group, which may be exacerbated by membership in multiple minority groups (i.e., intersectionality). The definition of “health disparities” differs across institutions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines health disparities as significant differences between populations. In contrast, the definitions offered by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Healthy People 2020 recognize that health disparities are closely linked with environmental, economic, and social disadvantage.
Multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners, health systems, and policy makers have focused on improving minority health and reducing health (and healthcare) disparities for decades. Given the complexity and persistence of minority health concerns and health disparities, however, continued research is needed to make significant advances toward the aspirational goal of the highest level of health for all. Such work has the potential to inform the development of multi-level strategies for improving population and global health.
This Special Issue is open to the subject area of minority health and health disparities. The keywords listed below highlight of some of the possible areas of interest.
Prof. Dr. Monica Webb Hooper
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Minority health
- Health disparities
- Social determinants of health
- Environmental determinants of health
- Behavioral determinants of health
- Access to care
- Barriers to care
- Healthcare costs
- Mental health
- Socioeconomic status
- Stress processes
- Gene–environment interaction
- Risk and protective factors
- Chronic illness
- Infant mortality and maternal health
- Smart and connected communities
- Systems science
- Individual risk factors
- Early life adversity
- Geospatial analysis
- Health system level factors
- Community engaged research