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AHLA Announces Special Issue of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law


The American Health Law Association (AHLA) announces a special December 2021 issue of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law focused on "Emerging Issues in Health Equity in the United States: Legal, Legislative, and Policy Perspectives."

The issue will seek to advance public discourse on these issues for the benefit of AHLA members, the academic community, and decision makers in both the legislative and executive branches of government.

Consistent with the Association's role as a health care thought leader, the articles will identify the history and reasons why the US health care system has reached the current state of affairs of health inequity, and workable, effective strategies for meaningful, positive changes in our health care system, during a time of widespread disruption propelled by racial, social, political, environmental, and economic turmoil and inequity exacerbated by a global pandemic.

"AHLA's Board of Directors has stated that we will work toward effectuating lasting change around racial injustice," comments David S. Cade, Chief Executive Officer of AHLA. "One way we can do this is by shining a light on health care disparities, which will be a focus for AHLA in 2021 and beyond. Our community is well positioned to provide analysis of this very important topic and we are grateful to the journal's Advisory Board for overseeing this special issue."

A call for authors is currently open for the special issue. Authors are asked to develop an in-depth and balanced treatment of topics related to the overarching theme of health equity. This may include articles that address such topics as the disparate adverse impact of health policy or research on communities of color; the history and reasons why the US health care system has reached the current state of affairs of health inequity; social and environmental justice issues, and their impact on delivery of health care; and potential legal liability regarding the response to COVID-19 pandemic. Topics reflecting diversity of thought and perspective are welcomed and encouraged.


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