Special Issue Call for Papers

The Social Determinants of Indigenous Well-Being: Building a More Complete Understanding

The social determinants of well-being are what the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants on Health (2007) called, “‘causes of the causes’ – the fundamental structures of social hierarchy and the socially determined conditions these structures create in which people grow, live, work and age.” Indigenous cultures view well-being holistically, which requires that we develop a similarly comprehensive understanding of the dynamics that support well-being, as well as how well-being itself is understood in Indigenous worldviews. While established social determinants models can help us understand the social and economic conditions that influence well-being, there has also been interest in social determinants that are either unique to or more relevant to the well-being of Indigenous peoples, such as colonialism, self-determination, cultural continuity, and traditional knowledge.

This special issue seeks research, policy, and editorial submissions that explore well-being or components of well-being among Indigenous peoples using a social determinants approach. All submissions must include lessons learned, actionable outcomes, or policy recommendations that have relevance to Indigenous populations worldwide. Submissions may focus on a single Indigenous population, examine dynamics within an Indigenous population (e.g., disparities based on gender, age, government designations, etc.), or make national or international comparisons.

The deadline for submissions is November 13, 2015. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

The special issue will be published in spring (Northern Hemisphere) of 2016.

Manuscript preparation guidelines can be found in IIPJ’s Author Guide