Cross-cultural Strategies to Address Brain and Mental Health in Underserved Populations
Special Issue Editor(s)
Vijeth Iyengar, PhD, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022
Globally, older adults face a unique set of health challenges threatening a universal desire to maintain their health and mental wellbeing, financial security, and functional independence while remaining in their homes and communities. As older adults represent a growing and an increasingly diverse population segment, it is paramount to advance our collective understanding of the services, supports, and needs of older adult individuals, those individuals that are entering older adulthood, and the family caregivers providing critical care and support to improve brain and mental health.
The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has further exposed the medical vulnerabilities of the older adult population and underscored the range of health-related inequities – ranging from access and delivery to service utilization – experienced by traditional underserved populations. With this in mind, this special issue focuses on the topics of brain and mental health as examined through the lens of factors (e.g., access to health care services, disability, and socioeconomic status, etc.) associated with health inequities experienced by traditionally underserved older adult populations including those (1) individuals residing in frontier, low-income, and rural communities and (2) members of racial and ethnic minority populations.
We invite submissions from both within and outside the United States. Submissions should be broadly relevant to healthcare professionals and policymakers.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Qualitative or quantitative analyses of the shared and differential health disparities in brain and mental health experienced by traditionally underserved populations;
- Qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods studies examining the linkages between brain and mental health and physical health (e.g., heart health) and in-turn, how these linkages are manifested in traditionally underserved populations;
- Evidence-based Interventions or evidence-informed interventions, model programs, or strategies/tools deployed either in the United States or abroad that have sought to improve brain and mental health in diverse populations;
- Culturally competent, evidence-based or evidence-informed behavioral interventions and recommendations to address brain and mental health in persons from traditionally underserved populations; and
- Cultural competency considerations for healthcare professionals and informal caregivers when discussing the topics of brain and mental health in traditionally underserved populations.
We welcome conceptual reviews, original brief reports, original research reports, and clinical comments. To gain a comprehensive perspective on this topic, we welcome submissions from a diverse set of stakeholders including academic institutions, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, entrepreneurs and technologists, healthcare providers, philanthropic organizations, and think tanks.
We ask those submitting to bear in mind that publications must have relevance to mental health providers across a range of settings; clinical implications of the work are required in all manuscripts.