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Special Issue "Role of Community Engagement to Understand and Address Health Disparities in Context of the COVID-19 Epidemic in the U.S."

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Arnab Mukherjea
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Sciences, California State University, East Bay, Student & Faculty Support Center (SF) 544, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542, USA
Interests: health disparities; Asian American populations; south Asians; community-engaged research; socio-cultural determinants
Dr. Jennifer Kue
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Assistant Guest Editor
College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
Interests: cancer control & prevention; breast & cervical cancer; refugee & immigrant health; health equity; program evaluation; global health
Dr. Monica D. Allen
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Public Health & Recreation; San Jose State University; Spartan Complex 201; One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0052, USA
Interests: multicultural health; diversity; health disparities; community health promotion; health literacy
Dr. Mariaelena Gonzalez
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Public Health, University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343, USA
Interests: tobacco control; marijuana control; health disparities; Latinos; rural populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global pandemic of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is resulting in unprecedented morbidity and mortality. The United States bears the brunt of this infectious disease, both in total number of cases and death count. Until an effective treatment or vaccine is developed, public health measures of screening for disease, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and social distancing remain pivotal for reducing transmission and death.

As with many conditions, certain segments of the population—particularly racial/ethnic minorities and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged—seem to be bearing a disproportionate burden of illness and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. Such disparities expand beyond clinical outcomes and manifest in pronounced social, economic, and cultural effects. Accurate and timely information for such communities to understand and act are absent or, at the very best, incomplete and fragmented. Community-engaged efforts are presumably an effective mechanism to ensure that inequities in testing and treatment are minimized. Moreover, myriad social determinants of health must be understood and addressed to ensure that public health interventions are tailored and effective.

Manuscripts highlighting community-engaged approaches to addressing health disparities in context of the COVID-19 epidemic are sought for this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Of particular interest is scholarship surrounding how health professionals work with communities to facilitate equitable access to accurate and culturally appropriate information, quality health care, and social services that address a wide array of consequences related to the pandemic. It is anticipated that readers will be able to develop and implement effective interventions based on an emerging base of evidence and promising practices featured in articles published in this Special Issue.

Prof. Arnab Mukherjea
Prof. Jennifer Kue
Prof. Monica D. Allen
Prof. Mariaelena Gonzalez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 semimonthly 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 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.


  • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Health disparities
  • Community engagement
  • Equitable access to care
  • Discrimination
  • Stigma
  • Social and cultural determinants

Published Papers

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