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, https://www.berghahnbooks.com/series.php?pg=worl_moti). 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 atc.vindrola@ucl.ac.uk 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.

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