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Health Disparities, Disasters and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness
Health Disparities, Disasters, and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness, an edited volume, provides a much-needed forum on the role of health disparities in disaster preparedness and emergency management. The book will explore the intersectionality of health disparities of different socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups and how social determinants help shape exposure, vulnerability to pandemic disasters and crises, and differentially affect medically underserved social groups’ risk for illness or death. Immediate threats to public health during the response to a disaster, as in the current COVID-19 pandemic disaster, typically are addressed; however, the long-term resilience culture and critical emergency preparedness infrastructure do not tend to be put in place once the crisis ends. Thus, the lessons learned are not truly learned and formulated into workable policy solutions and lasting infrastructure that builds healthy resilient communities. When disaster strikes, the health care system is immediately overwhelmed with injuries and acute illness needs during the initial surge, defined as the sudden increase in demand for emergency medical services. Often, chronic conditions among the most vulnerable in the initial surge are exasperated leading to poor health outcomes, worsened disease state, or death during the disaster recovery phase. The degree to which a community endures disparities and environmental health threats is directly related to its ability to prepare adequately and recover effectively from disasters. Our purpose is to establish the preeminent comprehensive global resource in the area of health disparities and disasters. Health Disparities, Disasters, and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness will engage practitioners, academics, researchers, policymakers, and grassroots organizations in the search for the most appropriate (national and international multidisciplinary collaborations) to address health disparities and sustainable solutions to address both natural and technological disasters. Health Disparities, Disasters, and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness will employ diverse examples and frameworks to facilitate candid research and an in-depth comparison of the best practices, illustrating how differentially impacted communities experience health inequity and challenges during times of disaster and disaster recovery. In essence, Health Disparities, Disasters, and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness seeks to identify, explain, and understand the opportunities and challenges communities are confronted with on the road to recovery from a social scientific perspective. Ultimately, Health Disparities, Disasters, and Crises: Approaches for a Culture of Preparedness seeks to provide a better overall understanding of professional disaster management and safety, and equity for all citizens.
We seek chapters that will inform the themes of the book:
Comorbidities with Disaster
Social Determinants, Health Disparities, and Disasters
Best Practices for Addressing Health Disparities
Healthcare, Access, and Disasters
Health Disparities Modeling within Disasters and Pandemics
Global Health Disparities and Disasters: International Challenges
Resilience and Preparedness for Disasters to Come
What are the current challenges and opportunities that enable or constrain communities in their struggle to access government/NGOs assistance to address health disparities and other public health challenges during times of disasters and crisis?
What historic and contemporary challenges exist in relation to social, demographic, political, and public policy trends that facilitate and exacerbate health disparities of those most vulnerable during times of disasters and crisis?
What "best practices" emerge that encourage and promote lasting social change in order to enhance the lives of people via a culture of preparedness?
The editors will consider a mixed-methods approach among the chapters. We fully expect some of the chapters to be qualitative as well as quantitative (surveys, census data, focus groups, case studies, cross-cultural comparisons, etc.).
Based on your expertise, we are inviting you to write a chapter based on the themes listed above.
Send the title, list of coauthors and affiliations, a 200 word abstract (in English) by July 23, 2021 to email@example.com. Authors will be notified by August 1, 2021 regarding an invitation to submit a chapter. The deadline to submit the completed chapter will be December 15, 2021.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Ph.D.
DeMond S. Miller, Ph.D.
Roland J. Thorpe. Jr., Ph.D. Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
DeMond S. Miller, Ph.D., Professor, Rowan University