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Call for Papers
Deadline: 9 September 2019
Editor, Catherine Burnette, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work
Co-Editor, Michael Spencer, PhD
Presidential Term Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work
Mental, Physical and Social Dimensions of Health Equity and Wellness among U.S. Indigenous: What is Known and Next Steps
The Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, in collaboration with the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative led by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Work Welfare and the “Close the Health Gap” initiative, is inviting submissions for the Special Issue on Mental, Physical and Social Dimensions of Health Equity and Wellness among U.S. Indigenous: What is Known and Next Steps. The JECDSW is published by Francis & Taylor Group to help develop knowledge and promote understanding of the impact of culture, ethnicity, and class on the delivery of social services. JECDSW is a major social work journal that has been published since 1990 and provides an important forum for scholars and researchers to examine multicultural issues in social work and human services provision.
Despite experiences of structural and historical oppression, Indigenous peoples continually demonstrate resilience and transcendence, striving for wellness across mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions. The foci of this special issue are: (a) gaining a holistic and in-depth understanding of the current state of health equity across social, physical, and mental health domains; (b) identifying promotive, protective and risk factors for key outcomes; and (c) proposing solutions, approaches, and effective interventions to promote wellness. Indigenous tend to be overburdened with healthy inequities stemming from structural causes across mental (i.e., depression, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide), physical (i.e., heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries –often related to violence, and substance abuse—and diabetes) and social (i.e., child maltreatment, violent crime, and intimate partner violence) domains. A lack of research to promote health equity coupled with few culturally relevant and evidence-informed programs exacerbate these inequities. As such, this special issue focuses on systematic reviews, original research, and overviews of the current state of health equity as well as cultural and community assets to promote wellness. Risk and protective factors related to physical, mental, and social health are focal, along with the promising evidenced-informed and culturally grounded interventions and recommendations for health equity.
This Special Issue welcomes transdisciplinary submissions particular relating to:
• Systematic reviews or risk and protective factors serving as an overview of the current state of health equity (i.e., What is known? What are the key inequities?) specifically relating to:
• physical health
• social/behavioral health, and
• mental health
• Tracking assets, transcendence, and promotive pathways to health equity
• Strengths-based approaches to health equity, with a particular focus on promising evidence-informed interventions that span across ecological levels (individual, family community, and societal levels), including the culturally and methodologically innovative approaches.