Special Issue "Health Inequalities in Socially Disadvantaged 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: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elisha Riggs
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Guest Editor
1 Intergernational Health, Murdoch Chidren’s Research Institute, Parkville, Australia
2 Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia
Interests: public health; health equity; participatory methods; health services research; community engagement; social inclusion; health literacy; implementation and evaluation of complex interventions, knowledge translation
Prof. Stephanie Brown
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1 Intergenerational Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, Australia
2 South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia
3 Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
4 Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia
Interests: social epidemiology; health inequalities; Indigenous health; maternal and child health; intimate partner violence; complex trauma
Dr. Alice Rumbold
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Guest Editor
1. SAHMRI Women and Kids, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2. Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Interests: maternal and child health; perinatal care; preterm birth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At an international level, recognition that action is needed to address inequalities in health was first expressed in the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978. The Declaration stated that “the existing gross inequality in the health status of the people … is politically, socially and economically unacceptable”. Thirty years on, gross inequalities in health continue to exist within and between countries. These inequalities are both avoidable and modifiable. Reducing social inequalities in health is therefore an issue of social justice.

Working with communities to implement and evaluate multi-faceted, sustained efforts to overcome injustice are essential. The values and ethics underpinning the practice of research also have a critical role in producing meaningful outcomes for communities.

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight pioneering research that explores innovative ways to understand and respond to the inequalities experienced by socially disadvantaged and marginalised communities. This includes but is not limited to First Nations and Indigenous populations and populations forced to flee from countries of origin due to war and human rights abuse. By highlighting these issues, this Special Issue will shine a light on the role of research, policy and community partnerships and innovative research practices in addressing health inequalities and achieving change. This Special Issue invites researchers of any discipline that focus on health inequalities in socially disadvantaged communities, including but not exclusive of social science, public health, anthropology, law and medicine.

Dr. Elisha Riggs
Prof. Stephanie Brown
Dr. Alice Rumbold
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • health inequalities
  • social determinants
  • co-design and community engagement
  • intervention development and evaluation
  • epidemiology, qualitative and mixed methods
  • life course
  • maternal, paternal, child, family and community perspectives
  • indigenous, refugee and any population/community considered socially disadvantaged

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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