Health Equity and Disparities

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Health equity is a significant global public health issue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health equality is the absence of avoidable or remediable differences in health and health care among groups of people, whether those are defined socially, economically, demographically or geographically. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refers to health inequities (or more often, health disparities) as unfair health differences that are linked with social, economic or environmental disadvantages that adversely affect groups of individuals. Various types of health inequalities or disparities occurring in various stages of life have been reported in literature worldwide. Creating health equity is a priority of many countries and a core value of numerous national and international health organizations.

The Health Equity and Disparities Section of AIMS Public Health publishes editorials/commentaries, systematic reviews, original research and methodology articles that address one or more significant issues in health equity and disparities research and practice. The section is interested in publishing manuscripts addressing racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, demographic, linguistic and cultural, and/or geographic disparities in health, health behaviors, community social and built environments, and access to and quality of health care. Manuscripts may address patterns, determinants, processes, and potential remedies of health inequalities and disparities. The section is particularly interested in manuscripts that describe approaches to and report outcomes of population-based interventions to reduce health inequalities, and studies conducted in lower income, disadvantaged countries and communities.

Handling Editor(s)

Wenjun Li   

Health Statistics and Geography Lab, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, School Building S4-314, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, USA

Christopher A Birt   

Department of Public Health and Policy, Universityof Liverpool, Whelan Building, The Quadrangle, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GB, UK

Christy Pu   

Institute of Hospital and Healthcare Administration School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, 155 Li-Nong St. Sec, 2, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan, RO

Dustin T. Duncan   

Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA

Haslyn E. R. Hunte   

School of Public Health, Robert C Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, PO Box 9190, Morgantown, WV 26506-9190, USA

Huabin Luo   

Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834, USA

Jacob Heller   

Sociology Department, SUNY College at Old Westbury, USA

Junfeng Jiao   

School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 78759

Kenneth R. McLeroy   

Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University , 1266 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA

Niclas Olofsson   

LANDSTINGET VÄSTERNORRLAND Forskning & Utveckling, Landstingsstaben 871 85 Härnösand, Sweden

Peter Congdon   

Department of Geography, Center for Statistics, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS, UK

Jean-François Pelletier, Larry Davidson, David Gaulin, Jonathan Bordet
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Christian E. Vazquez, Catherine Cubbin
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