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Health and Healthcare Disparities in Injuries among Underrepresented Populations

Edited by:
Ashley Blanchard, MD, MS, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, United States of America
Michael Levas, MD, MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, United States of America

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 1 November 2024

Injury Epidemiology is calling for submissions to our Collection on Health and Healthcare Disparities in Injuries among Underrepresented Populations.

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Meet the Guest Editors

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Ashley Blanchard, MD, MS, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA

Dr. Ashley Blanchard is a pediatric emergency room physician and Assistant Professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research focuses on prevention of pediatric injuries and deaths within the high-risk and under-represented populations she treats in the emergency room. She has a specific interest in emergency department-based firearm-related injury prevention and the epidemiology of injuries in children with autism spectrum disorder. Her current work aims to 1) use mobile health technology to reduce adolescent access to lethal means, such as firearms, and prevent adolescent suicide and 2) describe the unique injuries that children with autism spectrum disorder sustain to provide evidence for preventive interventions.

Michael Levas, MD, MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Michael Levas is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research surrounds health care disparities and youth violence intervention/prevention. He has a particular interest in firearm related injuries and their impact on youth, family, and community well-being. He serves on the boards of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, and the American Academy of Pediatric Council on Injury, Violence, Poison Prevention.

About the Collection

Injuries differentially affect various populations and underrepresented populations have a greater burden of injury mortality and morbidity, across the lifespan. Studies demonstrate that non-White children are at greater risk of injury or death from firearm injuries, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), pedestrian injuries, drowning, and motor-vehicle collisions (in addition to other mechanisms of injury). Injuries occur from a combination of human factors, technical factors, and environmental factors (including physical and socioeconomic) that contribute to disparities in injuries among underrepresented populations.

Of note, underrepresented populations may include race, religious-association, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or disability status. Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of injury or of opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

This Collection may include the following topics, although not limited to:

  • Interventions to reduce environmental or healthcare-related disparities in the prevention or treatment of injuries among under-represented populations.
  • Epidemiologic description of disparities in the built-environment, access to injury prevention equipment, injury prevention education, incidence of injuries, or treatment of injuries.
  • Description of specific mechanisms of injury that contribute to disparities.
  • Interventions to promote health equity as it relates to.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Health and Healthcare Disparities in Injuries among Underrepresented Populations" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.