Call for Papers: Chronic Disease and Climate Change

May 06, 2019 | Michelle Shapiro

Environmental Justice invites manuscript submissions for a special issue on chronic disease and climate change. The manuscript submission deadline is August 1, 2019.

Scientific and observational evidence documents the adverse and potentially irreversible population health outcomes associated with environmental health risks attributed to climate change. Acute health problems associated with climate change may lead to long-lasting chronic conditions in affected individuals. Increasing heat exposure can also worsen the clinical condition of people with pre-existing chronic diseases and those with mental health disorders.

Climate change is characterized by weather extremes, such as drought, wildfires, poor air quality, sea level rise, flooding, severe storms, extreme heat, and water security. Many vulnerable environmental justice populations such as the poor, communities of color, indigenous peoples, women, and the elderly, also suffer from higher incidence of chronic diseases. These can include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, primary and secondary lymphedema, lipedema, obesity, asthma and COPD, and mental health.

Papers should examine these key topics:

  • Short- and long-term impact of climate change on populations with cardiovascular and lymphatic disease
  • Emergency response justice for chronic disease patients with limited mobility
  • Health impact of extreme heat, flooding, and tornadoes/hurricanes on medical delivery systems and health care
  • Climate change impact on mental health in underserved and environmentally marginalized populations
  • Educating medical students, residents/fellows, and practicing clinicians about climate change as a risk factor for chronic illnesses, and their role as “change agents”

Advantages of publishing in Environmental Justice include:

  • Fast and user-friendly electronic submission
  • Rapid, high-quality peer review
  • Maximum exposure: accessible in 170 countries worldwide
  • Open Access options available

Please visit the Journal website for manuscript submission guidelines.


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About Michelle Shapiro

Michelle Shapiro is a communication specialist for the Environmental Health & Disability team at NACCHO.

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