Scholars of Color in Health Education & Behavior

May 14, 2020

Our collective vision of health equity requires racial equity. To achieve health equity, we need a diversity of voices, in the form of workforce, leadership, and scholarship. Public health is falling short— we are not diverse. The number of people of color – especially Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples – in our scientific journals, NIH grants, faculty, and students is low, and depleting.

In HE&B we are committed to health equity and we know that non-white scholars remain under-represented in our scientific publications. The voices of scholars of color are marginalized, if not quieted. We cannot afford such loss.

HE&B is calling for paper proposals (in the form of abstracts) for a special issue highlighting authors of color. We are seeking papers from authors of color (must be a first, lead, or senior author, self-identified as either Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander or non-white) on a variety of topics and methodologies within the scope of HE&B. Topics may be on, or about (but not limited to) health education processes, health behaviors, and health promotion as connected to:

  • Whiteness and white supremacy
  • Racism and racial equity
  • Intersection of heterosexuality, able-bodies, and white supremacy
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Health inequity
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Power, exclusion, and oppression
  • Queerness, race, and ethnicity
  • Immigration, nationalism, and colonialism
  • Social class, socio-economic status, poverty
  • Methodological and analytical approaches

Contributions to this special issue may be in the form of empirical analysis, theory, policy analysis, interventions, perspectives, auto-ethnography, essays, and literature reviews. We welcome authors from any part of the world.

Submissions of proposals must be in a form of an abstract: no more than 500 words, excluding tittle and authors, and double-spaced. Abstracts should include: title (limited to 16 words); authors and their affiliations; purpose, research questions and, or, argument; approach or methodology; and conclusion. Abstracts must clearly articulate the contribution(s) to this special issue.

Abstracts are due to by June 30, 2020. Selected authors will be invited to submit manuscripts. Full papers will be due on December 1, 2020 and undergo peer-review process. An invitation to submit full papers is not a guarantee of publication. Publication date is planned for June 2021.

HE&B is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly journal that publishes authoritative empirical research and commentary on critical health issues of interest to a broad range of professionals whose work involves understanding factors associated with health behavior and evidence-based social and behavioral strategies to improve health status.