Call for Manuscripts: Community Engagement at Academic Healthcare Systems – Oct 1

Posted by Metropolitan Universities journal on June 22, 2021

Over the past few years, academic health systems have responded to unprecedented conditions precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and, in many ways, have become anchor institutions for major community engaged work. More recently, academic-community partnerships occur in inter-professional education, when health professions students learn with and about each other while gaining skills necessary for effective teams and collaborative practice. Although initiatives continue to occur within and around academic health sciences centers around the United States and world, minimal research and dissemination efforts make it difficult to know the best approaches to academic-community partnerships and community engagement in these settings.

Metropolitan Universities journal welcomes manuscripts that provide critical, evidence-based studies that identify the influences, practices, frameworks, challenges, and strategies that inform effective community engagement in academic healthcare and medical settings, and their communities. Well-developed case studies that highlight best practices or that share early outcomes with a focus on successes and recommendations for overcoming challenges will also be considered.

We welcome evidence-based manuscripts that examine:

  • Definitions, operationalization, and measurement of indicators of success in programs to engage with the local and regional community in all areas of healthcare.
  • How healthcare institutions are serving as anchor institutions for community engagement at their institutes of higher education, both in the medical domain as well as in public health, and beyond.
  • How institutions are addressing the demand for services offered pre-COVID-19, during and after COVID-19, utilizing academic-community partnership or models of community engagement?
  • Pedagogical, curricular and co-curricular practices designed to advance the involvement of health professions students and trainees in community engagement efforts led by or supported by the academic health sciences institutions.
  • How academic health centers are partnering with communities and multi-sector stakeholders to address social determinants of health. This might include partnerships that seek to integrate assessment of social needs (housing, transportation, etc.) into healthcare services or ways in which partnerships have produced upstream projects to address social needs.
  • The ways in which using a student value-added framework (Gonzalo, et al. 2017) further develops community-academic partnerships to improve outcomes for learners and communities.
  • How baccalaureate nursing programs are partnering with primary care and community-based care sites to better prepare RNs for roles in primary care.
  • Approaches for advancing family-centered care and supporting family caregivers through academic-community partnerships
  • Community engaged learning as a pedagogical approach for improving community and population health outcomes, and health equity (direct care, organizational consulting, policy advocacy, access, etc.)

Full manuscripts are due by October 1, 2021 and should be submitted in accordance with MUJ guidelines.

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