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Achieving Equity in Medical Care Access in the Next Evolution of Health Care for Historically and Contemporarily Medically Underserved Patient Communities

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 286

Special Issue Editor

Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Interests: digital health; health equity; community-engagement; linguistically diverse populations; health literacy; health disparities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Achieving health equity for all patients, especially those that are in communities that have been historically and contemporarily underserved, will require knowledge of the multilevel barriers to effective access to medical care. Patients from racial/ethnic minority, low income, and linguistically diverse communities have faced disparities in access to care and also consequential disproportionate poor health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic only served to amplify these disparities; we need to not only to correct the course after the traumas of COVID-19, but also provide a path to medical access that is far better than the health system we had in place before COVID-19. New knowledge urgently calls for a better and "new normal." Therefore, new strategies for expanding access to care, and improving health care quality, for the most vulnerable patients, are needed. This Special Issue plans to give an overview of the most recent advances in the field of and their applications in diverse communities.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of Community-Engagement (and other models that are rooted outside of health care settings) to improve medical care access and population health
  • The impact (and continuing effects) of COVID-19 on access to care
  • Conceptual Frameworks for medical care access among unserved communities-- specifically with a focus on marginalized racial/ethnic patients and patients who are linguistically diverse (primary language is non-English)
  • Use of data science (AI/ML) to focus on gaps in access to care, for specific populations
  • Role of technology for patient populations, and making health technology more patient-centered for uptake and use (especially focusing on unserved populations)
  • Role of changes in policy, insurance expansion, and other legislation to promote health equity in medical care access
  • Expanding the safety net

Dr. Alejandra Casillas
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 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.


  • health equity
  • community engagement
  • underserved populations
  • access to care
  • limited english proficient

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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