Health Disparities: The Emerging Trends and Pressing Challenges
A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 3206
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines health disparities as “preventable differences in the burden, disease, injury, violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health experienced by socially disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and other population groups and communities”.
Health disparities have a profound influence on communities and individuals, shaping their overall health, wellbeing, and social dynamics. Health disparities are often deeply rooted in societal inequities related to factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, and access to resources. Health disparities contribute to unequal health outcomes, reduced community resilience, a lack of trust and cooperation, a burden on community resources, and disruption of wellbeing. Addressing health disparities requires a community-centered approach that involves collaboration between governments, healthcare providers, community organizations, policymakers, and individuals. By promoting health equity, improving access to healthcare, and addressing social determinants of health, communities can work towards reducing health disparities and creating healthier environments for all residents. While it is true that there have been increasing efforts to address health disparities in recent years, the persistence and complexity of these disparities present ongoing challenges. Continued research, data collection, and evaluation are essential to inform effective strategies and monitor progress in reducing health disparities.
The aim of this Special Issue is to raise awareness about the existence, magnitude, and impact of health disparities within specific populations or across various dimensions such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or geographic location, to explore and deepen the understanding of the determinants of health disparities and to inform and influence policy development and healthcare practice.
Prof. Keren Dopelt
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- health disparities and health inequality locally and globally
- health justice and distributive justice
- food insecurity
- public vs. private health insurance
- health of immigrants, minorities, LGBTQ
- health services utility among marginalized and vulnerable populations
- public health policy
- health workforce and services in peripheral areas
- social determinants of health