Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Editors: Cecilia Vindrola-Padros (UCL), Anne E. Pfister (UNF), and Ginger A. Johnson (Anthrologica)

Healthcare in Motion will explore the diversity of mobility forms associated with healthcare. It will consider both mobility and healthcare as complex cultural and political processes, which are influenced by global policies and structures but are also shaped on the ground by individuals and their local communities. The focus on ground-level, subjective experiences of (im)mobility and access to healthcare will allow the authors in this volume to study and understand mobility as a social practice imbued with cultural meaning, thus gaining insight into the social, cultural, political, and economic processes that make mobility possible as well as those that restrict movement. The relationship between mobility and healthcare will be analysed critically by focusing on inequalities in healthcare access in order to highlight critical areas of (im)mobility, as well as areas of innovation where volume contributors are seeking to deliver healthcare to populations in need.

The edited volume will be submitted to Berghahn Books for consideration in their Worlds in Motion book series (series editor: Noel B. Salazar, It will bring together authors from a wide range of disciplines who are working in multiple sectors (academia, public healthcare organizations, non-governmental organizations) and carry out research in a wide array of geographical contexts. We seek a diverse array of scholars and practitioners who will help contribute a range of theoretical, methodological and practical solutions to contemporary issues related to Healthcare in Motion.

The volume specifically seeks contributions to the following two thematic areas:

1) Delivering care to (im)mobile populations

What does it mean to deliver healthcare to populations who are (im)mobile due to emergency circumstances, geography, access issues (e.g. finance, transportation), etc.? What are the challenges of delivering healthcare services in a (im)mobile world?

Potential contributors to this section may be working with: refugee and displaced populations or within protracted humanitarian emergencies; difficult or hard-to-reach populations; disabled or elderly communities; etc.

2) Technologies of mobile healthcare

How is healthcare shaped by new technologies to deliver healthcare to (im)mobile and hard-to-reach populations? What new strategies and technologies are currently in use or are being tested and developed to provide healthcare services to (im)mobile and hard to reach populations?

Potential contributors to this section may be working to implement mHealth (mobile health) solutions in low or middle income countries; developing easy to use, open-source software for providing health services to immobile populations; creating (or utilising) mobile devices for community health workers who deliver care to hard-to-reach populations; using virtual platforms to deliver health services, etc.

Interested contributors must submit an abstract of 200-300 words electronically to Dr. Vindrola-Padros by January 31, 2016. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by February 12, 2016 and will have until May 1, 2016 to submit a full manuscript, which will be peer reviewed for potential inclusion in the volume.

A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution

Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, the principal scientific leader and adviser to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program, offers “A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution”

Beall’s 2016 List: Predatory Open-Access Publishers

Librarian Jeffrey Beall has posted his updated list of predatory online open-access publishers, now in a new format:

Best Wishes for the Holidays

NursingWriting goes on holiday hiatus, but we wish our readers the greetings of the season and best wishes for the new year!

The Wisdom of Robert Boice

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ANF 10,000 Nurses on Boards Coalition

Visibility and voice are important themes in the history of nursing. Nursing silence and invisibility doesn’t just impair the profession of nursing; it also deprives health professions and society in general from important insights and advocacy.

The 10,000 Nurses on Boards Coalition with the American Nurses Foundation is a national initiative to promote, prepare, and monitor nurse engagement on boards of directors in the United States. This is an important role for nurse leaders to engage in decision making for healthcare transformation as recommended in the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing. Nurses’ voices must be heard at the table!

We now announce the 10,000 Nurses on Boards database. This database will be used to monitor the number of nurses on boards and collect information about nurses who are searching for boards on which to serve. Please take the time to peruse the website and enter your information if this is relevant for you. Also please feel free to pass the link along to your colleagues.

CFP: Advances in Nursing Science

Given recent history of international conflict and violence, the health and well-being of those who have served the military of any country world-wide has become a major challenge that influences the well-being of families, communities and nations. This issue of ANS includes four articles that address the health of veterans and their families, and a guest editorial that provides information about the U.S. military research programs that are addressing these significant challenges. In addition, this issue includes a number of “General Topic” articles that extend the discourse in a number of areas of important nursing scholarship. Each article in this issue will be featured on the ANS blog, so I invite you to visit and follow the blog to stay informed about the latest in ANS! Visit our ANS Blog to share your comments.
Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut
Editor, Advances in Nursing Science
The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to advance the development of nursing knowledge and to promote the integration of nursing philosophies, theories and research with practice. While the journal provides scholarly articles that have relevance for all health-related disciplines, we are particularly committed to claiming nursing’s rightful place in the development of health knowledge. We expect high scholarly merit and encourage innovative, cutting edge ideas that challenge prior assumptions and that present new, intellectually challenging perspectives. We seek works that speak to global sustainability and that take an intersectional approach, recognizing class, color, sexual and gender identity, and other dimensions of human experience related to health. Manuscripts can be based on any methodology, including scholarly inquiry/research, philosophic and theoretic analysis/synthesis, integrative reviews, and original exploration of diverse approaches to creating nursing knowledge. All submissions must include a statement that addresses the significance of the work for the evolution of the discipline of nursing.
Our future issue topics manuscript submission timelines:
39:4 – Palliative Care
Manuscript Due Date – April 15, 2016
40:1 – ANS Retrospective – March 2017
Manuscript Due Date – July 15, 2016
40:2 – Toxic Stress- December 2016
Manuscript Due Date – October 15, 2016
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