Injuries differentially affect various populations and underrepresented populations have a greater burden of injury mortality and morbidity, across the lifespan. Studies demonstrate that non-White children are at greater risk of injury or death from firearm injuries, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), pedestrian injuries, drowning, and motor-vehicle collisions (in addition to other mechanisms of injury). Injuries occur from a combination of human factors, technical factors, and environmental factors (including physical and socioeconomic) that contribute to disparities in injuries among underrepresented populations.
Of note, underrepresented populations may include race, religious-association, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or disability status. Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of injury or of opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
This Collection may include the following topics, although not limited to:
- Interventions to reduce environmental or healthcare-related disparities in the prevention or treatment of injuries among under-represented populations.
- Epidemiologic description of disparities in the built-environment, access to injury prevention equipment, injury prevention education, incidence of injuries, or treatment of injuries.
- Description of specific mechanisms of injury that contribute to disparities.
- Interventions to promote health equity as it relates to.