PCD News Summary for August 23, 2021

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About the Journal: Published every Thursday, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed online journal established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The News Media Branch prepares press summary packets on a regular basis. To receive these press summaries on an embargoed basis, send an e-mail to media@cdc.gov. Please note that this e-mail list is for credentialed journalists only. All others, please visit Hookup to Health to sign up for e-mail updates.

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PCD Releases Collection on Health Equity and Health Disparities and PCD Position Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As part of its ongoing efforts to acknowledge, examine, and report on social determinants of health, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) has released an important collection: “Advancing Health Equity, Eliminating Health Disparities, and Improving Population Health.” This collection includes 10 papers submitted in response to PCD’s call for papers for the collection, along with 7 articles previously published in the journal. All 17 of these articles underwent the journal’s rigorous peer-review process. In addition, this collection features a position statement on the journal’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in its scientific leadership, publications, and communication.

Responding to longstanding health inequities and health disparities requires scientific peer-reviewed journals to play a critical role in widening the scope of its content to acknowledge, examine, and report on less-explored factors such as social determinants of health, including forms of racism that have resulted in the generational injustices. Broadening the definition of social determinants of health to include the influence of racism offers an opportunity to better understand how these risk factors also impact where people live, learn, work, worship, and play. This expanded area of study can also highlight how racism contributes to inequities in access to a comprehensive range of social and economic benefits — including housing, education, wealth, and employment — that ultimately impact population health.

Melissa Newton
Idoneous Consulting, Contractor
Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD), CDC


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