Health Equity


Health Affairs issue on Health Equity, March 2018.
Submit abstracts no later than April 24, 2017 via our online submission system.

See submission requirements below and see FAQs for additional information.


Health Affairs plans to continue its coverage of health equity with a theme issue in March 2018 that will present research that contributes to our understanding of factors that lead to health disparities and interventions that aim to reduce them. We are interested in examples of interventions from both inside and outside the health services sector, including partnerships, community-led efforts, and cross-sector collaborations.

We plan to publish about 20 peer-reviewed articles including original research, systematic reviews, well-designed case studies, analyses, and commentaries from leading researchers and scholars, analysts, industry experts, and policy and practice leaders. We also welcome contributions from individuals who can provide important perspectives on the topic.

We will consider research and reports on interventions of varying scales (from small to large) and origins—public and private; community, state/regional, and national levels; innovations in other countries, etc. We will place an emphasis on well-designed studies that contain objective evaluation and--for those that are evaluating innovative practices--offer promise of scalability and sustainability.

We will consider papers that cover:

All domains and dimensions of health equity, including:

  • Equity of health outcomes, access and utilization, quality of care
  • Inequities pertaining to racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic status, disabilities, gender and gender identity, geography, etc.

Sectors/factors that have the potential to reduce inequity through upstream interventions, such as:

  • Economic and community development, neighborhood conditions and social relationships
  • Housing, transportation, urban planning
  • Environment and public safety
  • Education, child care, and early-childhood development
  • Law and criminal justice

Sources, contributors, and mechanisms that can affect equity

  • Health care system design features
  • Racial discrimination, institutional racism, bias
  • Governance

First-person narratives that touch on these themes would also be of interest for consideration for our Narrative Matters section.

The list above is a guide and highlights a number of priority areas, but it is not exhaustive. We welcome submissions on complementary and related topics, as well.


We invite all interested authors to submit abstracts for consideration for this issue. Editors will review the abstracts and, for those that best fit our vision and goals for the issue, invite authors to submit full papers for consideration for the issue.

In order to be considered, abstracts must be submitted no later than April 24, 2017. We regret that we will not be able to consider any abstracts submitted after that date.


The editors will evaluate submitted abstracts and, in late-May, will invite authors of selected abstracts to submit their work for consideration for the issue. Invited papers will be due at the journal by October 2, 2017.

Following submission, full manuscripts will be subjected to peer review in October and November 2017, with revision beginning in November 2017 and running through January 2018. Copyediting and production for the issue will take place in February 2018, with publication scheduled for March 2018.


Abstract submissions should not exceed 500 words. Please consult our online guidelines for additional formatting instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.

Submit abstracts via our online submission portal.

We thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to colleagues who might be interested, as well.

If you have questions about this request, please e-mail