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Theme Issue: Health Equity

Sponsored by: CMS OMH

Submission deadline:  November 01, 2017

Health Services Research (HSR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) are partnering to publish a Theme Issue on Health Equity.

To achieve health equity and reduce health disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals living in rural areas, CMS has developed a framework grounded in three domains: 1) better understanding and awareness of disparities, 2) identifying and creating solutions based on that understanding, and 3) accelerating the implementation of measurable actions to achieve health equity.  This framework focuses on creating new solutions to achieve health equity and for accelerating the implementation of measurable actions.

For this Theme Issue, we are soliciting studies, evaluations, and policy analyses that use rigorous and scientific research methods to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.  We encourage work from a variety of disciplines including health services research, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, sociology, social work, economics, political science, anthropology, history of science, and others.

All papers must pertain to health equity and must report the results of original research.  Papers that are primarily editorial or opinion-based will not be considered.  We strongly encourage cutting-edge research that explores intersectionality, reflecting the theoretical framework related to the intersection of two or more social risk factors (e.g. race, socioeconomic status) as they jointly influence equity in health and healthcare.

Illustrative examples of topics within the area of health equity include but are not limited to:

  • Quality of care
  • Access to care
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Economic burden of disparities
  • Business case for health equity investments
  • Language access
  • Payment reform
  • Health care delivery reform
  • Condition-specific research or interventions
  • Population health
  • Comorbidities
  • Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by email to Dr. Beth Watts (HSRspecialissue@NORC.org) by November 1, 2017.  Abstracts that are submitted as a research or methods article must include the study objective, data source/study setting, study design, data collection/extraction methods, and, when applicable, principal findings and conclusions.  The Editor will consider all abstracts and then invite a selection to submit full papers for peer review by March 1, 2018.

    Criteria for selection to submit a manuscript for review include: (1) quality, rigor and originality, (2) significance and usefulness for informing health equity initiatives; (3) and clarity of writing and presentation.  All manuscripts must follow the “Instructions for Authors” listed at: http://www.hsr.org/hsr/information/authors/instrucauthors.jsp.

    Manuscripts submitted for the Theme Issue will first undergo the same HSR peer review process as all regular manuscripts. However, due to the timeline for publishing the Theme Issue, HSR will monitor the progress of manuscripts through the review process and thereby will try to shorten the overall review process; likewise, authors should expect to be especially timely in returning revisions. All accepted articles will be published electronically within a few weeks of acceptance using Blackwell-Wiley’s Early View process. Articles published through Early View are fully published, appear in PubMed, and can be cited. Accepted articles submitted for the Theme Issue will then undergo an additional selection process for inclusion in the printed Theme Issue. Approximately 8 to 10 articles will be selected, based on the most original and significant work addressing the theme.  Accepted manuscripts that are not selected for the Theme Issue will be automatically scheduled for print publication in a regular issue. The print publication date for the Theme Issue will be November or December 2018.

    Key dates for authors

    • September 1, 2017: Call for Abstracts dissemination begins
    • November 1, 2017: Submission deadline for abstracts for the Theme Issue
    • December 1, 2017: Notification of manuscript invitation for Theme Issue
    • March 1, 2018: Submission deadline of manuscripts for the Theme Issue
    • July 2018: Notification of assignment of accepted manuscripts to the Theme Issue or Regular Issue
    • November/December 2018: Print Publication Date for Theme Issue

    For questions, please email Dr. Beth Watts, Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago, at HSRspecialissue@norc.org

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