Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of Women and Health: Infectious and Other Disease Morbidity and Health Equity Among Incarcerated Adolescent and Adult Women
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013
You are invited to submit a manuscript for publication consideration in a proposed special issue of Women and Health—a peer reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis.
Description: Women are the fastest growing prison population—surpassing men in prison population growth in the United States. Women at risk for incarceration frequently come from populations with higher rates of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. In addition, female prisoners are likely to have experienced physical or sexual violence, and two-thirds are mothers of minor children. This call invites papers presenting current research on disparities in infectious diseases or other diseases among incarcerated women, gender-related life concerns (e.g., marriage and partnering, pregnancies, parenting and child custody, homelessness, food insecurity, education, and job status/employment) inside and outside of correctional facilities, contextual and other issues related to becoming a prisoner, and programs and services for women in jails, prisons, and on parole. We hope to capture the most current and relevant work on adolescent and adult women that will serve as a resource for criminal justice agencies, institutions and organizations, law schools, legal services, health professionals serving women prisoners, schools of criminology and public health, other educators, social service agencies, researchers and many others dedicated to providing programs and other services in correctional facilities and beyond.
The following is a list of potential content areas (other topics will be considered also):
1. Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection and other infectious disease (TB and viral hepatitis) epidemiology, screening and treatment among women in jails and prisons. What other diseases are prevalent among women in correctional settings and what kinds of treatments are available? Which screenings are provided routinely upon intake?
2. Racial/ethnic disparities in infectious diseases among female detainees.
3. Pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and custody issues for women under correctional supervision.
4. Female victims of physical and sexual violence in jails and prisons.
5. Mental illness and substance abuse among female prisoners.
6. Social Determinants of health for women in jails and prisons, including poverty and lack of educational and economic opportunities.
7. Is health equity for jailed women possible? What constitutes health equity in these settings? Best practices for health equity in jails and prisons.
8. Reentry into society for women and recommendations for reentry. Are plans for follow-up care for women and girls with health concerns implemented? Are best practices for follow-up care available?
9. Gender vulnerability in correctional facilities.
10. Special concerns for transgendered persons.
11. Variation in national and state regulations for women’s health issues (e.g., shackling during pregnancy, availability of HIV medicines, etc.).
12. Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health services in correctional settings. Is enrollment into health care a component of release activities?
For further information, contact Tanya Telfair LeBlanc, PhD, Corresponding Guest Editor via e-mail at: email@example.com or via phone at: (404) 639-2976.