Special Issue "Health Care Access among Underserved Groups"
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: 30 November 2021.
Interests: diversity-responsiveness; equity; cultural competence
Interests: ethnicity; migration; chronic non-communicable diseases
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We are delighted to organize a Special Issue on the health care access among underserved groups in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Underserved populations face persistent and systemic barriers to accessing health care. These barriers are complex and numerous and include cultural, financial, literacy, linguistic and geographical barriers as well as barriers caused by services and health care providers that are not aimed at the needs of underserved populations. Lack of access to health care contributes to profound and enduring health disparities.
Underserved populations include, but are not limited to, the following groups:
- Ethnic and racial minorities;
- Migrants, including refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants;
- Indigenous populations;
- Roma, travelers;
- Homeless people;
- Sex workers;
- Transgender persons and other sexual minorities;
- Drug addicts;
- Religious minorities;
- People with disabilities.
This Special Issue is open to any subject area, disease/health focus and geographical scope as long as they advance our understanding of pathways for improving health care access of underserved populations. Our interests include, but are not limited to, studies on innovative health care solutions for underserved populations; studies that address intersectionality and how belonging to different (sub)groups influences the access to care; studies that address the health care system as a complex system and apply the principles of complexity science to provide new insights as to why health care barriers are still in place; and studies that combine a high academic standard with a practical focus on improving health care access to underserved populations. The listed keywords below suggest just a few of the many possibilities.
Dr. Jeanine Suurmond
Prof. Charles Agyemang
Dr. Morten Skovdal
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.
- Inclusiveness, responsiveness, equity
- Discrimination/bias in health care services
- Underserved populations (including all groups named above)
- Innovative health care solutions
- Social inequalities
- Cultural competence
- Differentiated care, delivering health care differently to serve individual needs
- Client- and person-centered health care
- (Dis)continuities along care cascades