Health Equity across the Lifespan

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Dr. Wenjun Li
Health Statistics and Geography Lab, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01655, USA
Email: Wenjun.Li@umassmed.edu

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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 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. Health inequality occurs in various stage of life, from pre-birth, birth, childhood, adulthood, late life to death, in various forms, and affects various aspects of life. Contemporary research has advanced from documenting patterns to examining determinants, processes and remedies of health inequalities using multidisciplinary approaches, bio-behavioral and clinical databases, genomic data and systems modeling. For example, modern research has been carried out to elucidate the roles of pre-birth factors and early life stress in health, health behaviors and biomarkers in young and late adulthood, and to examine how genetic predisposition, health behaviors and neighborhood environments in young adulthood and middle age may jointly influence health, well-being and survival in late life. Many interventional studies have also explored potential ways to mitigate health inequalities through promoting healthy behaviors, preventing injuries and improving access to health care.

For this special issue on health equity, we call for systematic reviews, original research, and methodology articles that address one or more significant issues in health equity research. Both international and single-country studies are welcome. We are interested in racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, demographic and/or geographic disparities in health, health behaviors, injury prevention, community social and built environments, and access to and quality of health care. Manuscripts may report patterns, determinants, processes, and potential remedies of health inequalities. Finally, this issue is particularly interested in manuscripts that describe approaches to and report outcomes of population-based interventions to reduce health inequalities. As an international journal, AIMS Public Health welcomes articles that report international studies and/or provide readers with multicultural and global perspectives. Reports from studies conducted in low-income disadvantaged countries are especially welcome.

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All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is 15th June, 2017.

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