Call for Papers

Virtual Special Issue: Health Inequities and Cardiopulmonary Health

Guest Editors: Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA and Gayenell S. Magwood PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Life expectancy for Americans declined during the first half of the year 2020. Notably, racial and ethnic minority populations experienced the greatest declines with non-Hispanic Blacks suffering the greatest disparities. Expectedly, the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to these declining death rates and underscored health disparities experienced among racial and ethnic minorities. Covid-19 notwithstanding, cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders continue to be leading causes of death in the U.S. and major drivers of racial and ethnic disparities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define health equity as an individual’s “fair access to resources regardless of social standing in order to attain their full health potential.” Racial and ethnic cardiopulmonary disparities have persisted for decades and are the result of stark health inequities manifested in – but not limited to - differential access to care, education, residential segregation, structural racism, and discrimination. We invite manuscripts, including original research and systematic reviews, that tackle cardiopulmonary health inequities among racial and ethnic minorities. We are interested in publishing a broad scope of manuscripts related to this topic. These may include, but are not limited to epidemiological studies, clinical trials, investigations of health care resource utilization, and implementation science.

As a virtual special issue, manuscripts will be posted online in a special article collection as they are accepted. They will also be published in specially designated issues of the journal both in print and online.

Please submit online through the Heart & Lung online editorial system, under the article type “VSI : Health Inequities and Cardiopulmonary Health”.

The closing date for submissions for the Virtual Special Issue is October 15th, 2021.