Special issue: Health education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Global challenges and future directions

Call for papers for: Health Education

Guest Editors

Deana Leahy, Associate Professor, Health Education, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Jessica Fields, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Society and Professor, Sociology, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Emily Darlington, Associate Professor, Health Promotion, at Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France

Whilst the field of health education has been called on to respond to various health crises over time, the present COVID 19 pandemic without question presents new and unprecedented challenges on a global scale. Public health, health promotion and health education are at the forefront of efforts to limit the spread of the virus. At the same time as trying to limit the spread of the virus, we need to be able to respond to the various health related issues that have emerged (or been intensified) as a result of COVID 19. Questions regarding the social determinants of health, health promotion, empowerment and capacity are central to ongoing and heightened debates regarding health education’s response to COVID-19.  The special issue will provide a place where articles, on their own and collectively, offer stimulating and incisive necessary coverage of an ongoing health crisis and emergent challenges. This special issue will offer researchers, policymakers and educators an opportunity to reimagine health education in light of the needs and gaps the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted.

This special issue aims to bring Health Education’s commitment to publishing the best of modern thinking about health education to the international response to COVID-19. We seek articles that, on their own and collectively, offer stimulating and incisive coverage of an ongoing health crisis and emergent challenges for health education across sectors; across the life course; and across categories of difference, experience, and disadvantage. Our editorial team spans Europe (France), North America (Canada), and Oceania (Australia) and represents significant disciplinary and methodological reach, including curriculum development and evaluation, community-based and mixed methods approaches, as well as school- and community-based education.

Indicative list of themes and key features of the Special Issue

  • What particular challenges has the emphasis on health and the constraints due to COVID-19 posed for those engaged in formal school-based education?
  • How have health education responses to the COVID-19 pandemic varied across sectors?
  • How do the shifts COVID has wrought in people’s sexual lives, food choices, substance use, relationships and mental health place new demands on health education?
  • How have public education efforts addressed--and failed to address--differences in risk and vulnerability, including (but not only) across racialized communities and age groups?
  • How has COVID-19 and the move to online education altered the conditions of teaching and learning about health?
  • How have learners and educators coped with the flood of information prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How might teacher education and professional development for health educators best shift in response to new demands of COVID-19?

Submission deadlines

  • Abstracts to [email protected] -  15 September 2020
  • Authors notified of the outcome of their abstract submission and will be sent an invitation to submit a paper - 30 September 2020
  • Articles due - 15 January 2021
  • Final acceptance - 5 July 2021
  • Publication - 24 September 2021

Author Guidelines

Papers should be 4000 to 6000 words in length, including abstract, tables, figures, references, and endnotes.  Emerald uses Harvard Style for references and citations, and authors must adhere to this style in their submissions. For an overview, refer to the Emerald Author Guidelines.

We welcome research papers, viewpoints, conceptual papers, case studies, literature reviews, and general reviews--see the Emerald Author Guidelines for an outline of each paper type. Given the emerging and pressing nature of the pandemic and our commitment to rapid publication, we expect to receive few empirical research papers.

Contact the Guest Editors

Deana Leahy, Associate Professor, Health Education, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

[email protected]

Jessica Fields, Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Society and Professor, Sociology, at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

[email protected]

Emily Darlington, Associate Professor, Health Promotion, at Claude Bernard University, Lyon, France

[email protected]