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15 May 2021
COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health
Significant disparities persist for many groups in the U.S., and many have increased over time despite great advances in medicine and public health. Ethnic minority groups are disproportionately bearing the brunt of COVID-19, which may be the result of long-standing health disparities and social inequalities. According to a nationwide poll, a greater proportion of Black and Latina/o Americans reported facing serious financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to European and Asian Americans. Because this research is mostly cross-sectional and the pandemic is ongoing, the full consequences of COVID-19 on disadvantaged minority groups will not be known for years to come. Behavioral Medicine invites researchers and scholars to submit empirical articles as well as empirically grounded commentaries on the unfolding adverse medical, psychosocial, behavioral, mental health, and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic among ethnic minority groups.
All articles must be grounded in ecological theory and -
(1) clearly advance our understanding of how intrapersonal, cultural, and social factors shape the health of communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19;
(2) relate the disproportionate impact of the pandemic to long-standing disparities and social inequalities;
(3) identify sociodemographic, contextual factors, or modifiable factors that mitigate or exacerbate the adverse consequences of the pandemic;
(4) identify individual, community, and policy interventions that could help such groups better weather future affronts; and
(5) econometric forecasts of mid- and long-term impacts and/or recovery for these groups. Reviews of the literature will not be considered.
Associate Editors, Saul G. Alamilla and Miguel Ángel Cano, Behavioral Medicine, will edit this special issue.
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If you would like to have an article considered for this special issue, complete a letter of intent (LOI) form as a PDF and return via email by 5:00PM EST February 15, 2021 to Nicholas Acuna at [email protected] with the subject of ‘Behavioral Medicine: Special Issue on COVID-19 and SDOH’.
Please include the following information in your letter of intent:
- Tentative Title of Article
- Detailed Description of Manuscript (500 words)
LOIs received by the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions will be made by February 22, 2021.
Articles selected for publication will undergo a peer review process and must be submitted by May 15, 2021.
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