September 14, 2020 | News | Call for Proposals

Why is Health in the US Continuing to Lag Behind?

We seek proposals for manuscripts assessing how and why health and mortality of adults in the US continues to lag behind their counterparts in other high-income countries. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in May or June 2021. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Three priority areas have been identified: 

  1. recent data on national-level differences and trends in differences in health and mortality between the US and other high-income countries; we are particularly interested in studies focusing on the post 2010 period, however, we will consider papers that use data from 2010 or earlier if that informs recent differences and trends 
  2. the role of public policy, health care, behavioral factors, and individual and structural socioeconomic factors in contributing to the U.S. lag in health and mortality; also of interest would be the persistent or changing roles of race/ethnicity and immigration 
  3. how differences in the structural determinants and pre-existing levels of population health in the U.S. compared to other countries are influencing the differential population health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic    

Travel expenses associated with participation in the conference will be covered if the conference is held in person (in Ann Arbor), although we anticipate a virtual conference.  

The 2-3 page proposal should describe the aim of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If initial findings exist, they should be described. Please include CVs of the authors along with the proposal. 

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 16, 2020. Please submit proposals to Jana Deatrick. Authors will be notified by October 23, 2020. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Neil Mehta or Bob Schoeni

Neil Mehta, University of Texas Medical Branch 
Mikko Myrskylä, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Bob Schoeni, University of Michigan 

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