Special Issue "Neighborhoods and Cardiovascular Risk"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: racial/ethnic residential segregation and cardiovascular disease risk; social environment and health; psychosocial stress and health; systems science approaches to understanding eating decisions
Interests: socio-cultural and environmental risk factors for obesity and diabetes; Latino and immigrant health; nutrition-related health disparities; community-based healthcare
2. Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities, NIH, 10 Center Drive, Room 5-5332, MSC 1454, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
Interests: neighborhood social environment and cardiovascular risk factors; neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and obesity; systems science approaches in development of multilevel physical activity interventions; biologic markers of chronic stress from adverse environmental conditions
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
We are organizing a Special Issue on the impact of the neighborhood environment on cardiovascular disease risk in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). This peer-reviewed, scientific journal publishes research 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.
For nearly two decades, researchers have been examining the impact of neighborhood physical and social environments on cardiovascular disease risk. Studies initially focused on neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage, but they have since expanded to include a wide range of more specific neighborhood indicators, including food environment, greenspaces, walkability, crime and safety, and social cohesion. However, despite numerous epidemiologic studies demonstrating a relationship between neighborhood conditions and cardiovascular disease risk factors and outcomes, important gaps in the evidence remain. For example, studies that leverage planned and natural experiments or that utilize other longitudinal and experimental/quasi-experimental research designs are important for improving causal inference. More information is also needed regarding which aspects of the neighborhood environment impact subpopulations at high risk for cardiovascular disease and contribute to health disparities. In addition, utilizing systems sciences approaches to understanding neighborhood effects on cardiovascular disease risk may help researchers identify the most salient targets on which to intervene. This approach may also help identify potential unintended consequences of new policies. As these examples highlight, more well-designed research in this area is needed to inform policy and multilevel interventions in order to improve population health and reduce health inequities.
This Special Issue will feature new studies that advance our understanding of the ways in which where people live and spend time influence their risk of cardiovascular disease. To this end, we encourage contributions that measure the neighborhood in traditional ways, as well as those that seek alternative ways of thinking about place (e.g., activity spaces). This Special Issue is open to original research, review articles, short reports, methodological papers, and meta-analyses relating neighborhoods to cardiovascular disease risk. The listed keywords suggest a few of the many possible subject areas.Dr. Kiarri N. Kershaw
Dr. Sandra Albrecht
Dr. Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 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.
- Activity space
- Health geography
- Food environment
- Built environment
- Residential segregation
- Crime and safety
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diet or eating behaviors
- Physical activity